You Give Love a Bad Name (song)

You Give Love a Bad Name (song)

Infobox Single
Name = You Give Love a Bad Name

Artist = Bon Jovi
from Album = Slippery When Wet
B-side = "Raise Your Hands"
Released = 1986
Format = CD Single
Recorded = 1986
Genre = Hard rock
Length = 3:42
Label = Mercury
Writer = Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child
Producer = Bruce Fairbairn
Certification =
Last single = "Silent Night"
This single = "You Give Love a Bad Name"
Next single = "Livin' on a Prayer"
Infobox Single
Name = You Give Love a Bad Name

Artist = Mandaryna
from Album = mandaryna.com2me
B-side =
Released = 2005 (Poland)
Format = Digital download, Maxi-single
Recorded = May 2007
Genre = Pop, Dance
Length = 3:19
Label = Universal Records
Writer = Jon Bon Jovi Richie Sambora Desmond Child
Producer = Harald Reitinger
Ulrich Fischer
Certification =
Last single = "Ev'ry Night"
This single = "You Give Love a Bad Name" (2005)
Next single = "A Spaceman Came Travelling (Christmas Remix)"
Infobox Song
Name = You Give Love a Bad Name

Artist = Blake Lewis
Album = Blake Lewis (EP)
B-side =
Released = May 22, 2007
Format = Digital download
Recorded = May 2007
Genre = Pop rock
Length = 3:08
Label = 19 Entertainment
Fox Interactive Media
Writer = Jon Bon Jovi Richie Sambora Desmond Child
Producer =
Certification =

"You Give Love a Bad Name" is a song written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora about a nameless woman who has jilted her lover. Although originally written for the band Loverboy, the song was recorded by Bon Jovi. The track was released as the first single from the hard-rock album "Slippery When Wet" and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986, Bon Jovi's first number one hit. The song reentered the charts at #29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol.

ong structure

The song was written with several catchy repeated lines and associated hooks to appeal to mainstream audiences including the chorus as well as several bridges. Much of the resulting cross-over pop success can be attributed to the work of professional songwriting collaborator Desmond Child.Fact|date=June 2007Listen|filename=Bon Jovi- You Give Love A Bad Name.ogg|title=You Give Love a Bad Name|description=22 second sample from You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi|format=Ogg

Music video

The music video for the song used all-color concert footage (the only all-color video song from "Slippery When Wet") and Soteria photogenic shots primarily of Jon Bon Jovi as well as other band members in concert. This video, along with Livin' On A Prayer, was filmed at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center.

Mandaryna version

In 2005, Polish singer Mandaryna released a version of "You Give Love a Bad Name" as the second single from her number one album "mandaryna.com2me". The song became her second #1 single on Polish Singles Chart. Jon Bon Jovi said that he really likes Mandaryna's version so she could release it as a single.Fact|date=June 2007

Blake Lewis version

The song was performed May 1, 2007 by "American Idol" season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis, who radically transformed it via a beatbox arrangement, to much acclaim from the judges. The performance was later ranked #6 on AOL's top 20 all-time greatest "American Idol" performances. [cite web |title="The Top 20 'Idol' Performances Ever" |url= |accessdate=2007-05-30 |] Lewis later performed it again for one of his three songs for the season finale on May 22, 2007.

Shortly after the "Idol"'s finale, the studio version of the song was released on iTunes Store as well as being a track on "Blake Lewis - EP". It peaked at #4 on the iTunes Top 100 chart and peaked on the "Billboard" Hot 100 chart at #18. [cite web |title="Rihanna, Shop Boyz Rocket to the Top of Hot 100: 'Now' 15, 'Name' 18" |url= |accessdate=2007-05-31 |date=May 31, 2007 |publisher=Billboard "Chart Beat" |author=Fred Bronson] The song charted higher and sold more in every week of its chart run than "Idol" winner Jordin Sparks' single "This Is My Now", with the exception of the first week, in which "This Is My Now" debuted three places ahead, at #15. [cite web |title=Chart Run for "You Give Love a Bad Name" |url= |publisher=α |accessdate=2007-06-23] [cite web |title=Chart Run for "This Is My Now" |url= |publisher=α |accessdate=2007-06-23]

{|class="wikitable" !align="left"|Chart (2007)!align="center"|Peak
align="left"|U.S. "Billboard" Hot 100
align="left"|U.S. "Billboard" Pop 100
align="left"|Canadian Hot 100
align+"left"|Itunes Top 100

Other versions

The song was also covered by the Metalcore band Atreyu and is available on their 2004 album "The Curse". It was covered on the Kerrang! CD, High Voltage. It is frequently played during their shows even though it was voted one of the years biggest rock atrocities in Total Guitar.

Jonathan Fin covered this song, but, talking about how Barry Bonds gave baseball a bad name. The line, "shot through the heart and you're to blame, you give love a bad name,' was changed to, "Shot in the ass before the game, you give baseball a bad name."

Some critics say that the song has the same chorus structure as "If You Were A Woman And I Was A Man" by Bonnie Tyler. [ cite web | title = "Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire" | url= | accessdate = 2007-07-30 | ] The Tyler song was also cowritten by Desmond Child. There is also a remix called "Shock From The Heart" with a new rapper named Famouz.

In Pop Culture

This song is also played several times by the character Barney Stinson on the CBS TV Show "How I Met Your Mother" in Episode 11 of Season One (The Limo). It is the first song on his '"Get Psyched" Mix'.

In the popular game Warcraft 3, the Night Elf Archer unit will quote after multiple mouse clicks, "Shot through the heart, and I'm to blame."


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