New Jersey (album)

New Jersey (album)
New Jersey
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released September 19, 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 57:42
Label Mercury Records (USA)
Vertigo Records (Europe)
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi chronology
Slippery When Wet
New Jersey
Keep the Faith
Singles from 'New Jersey'
  1. "Bad Medicine"
    Released: September 1, 1988
  2. "Born to Be My Baby"
    Released: November 24, 1988
  3. "I'll Be There for You"
    Released: April 4, 1989
  4. "Lay Your Hands on Me"
    Released: August 1, 1989
  5. "Living in Sin"
    Released: November 11, 1989

New Jersey is Bon Jovi's fourth album, released on September 19, 1988. The album charted at #1 on The Billboard 200.[1] New Jersey was particularly notable for producing five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album.


Unreleased songs

The album was initially meant to be a double album, however this idea was rejected by the record company because they got nervous about the higher price point and decided they would only release a single album. Songs that were recorded but withheld from the album are[citation needed]:

  • "Love Is War"
  • "Cadillac Man"
  • "Let's Make It Baby"
  • "Outlaws of Love"
  • "Judgment Day"
  • "Growing Up the Hard Way"
  • "Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?" (later recorded by Cher and Kane Roberts)
  • "Rosie" (later recorded by Richie Sambora)
  • "River of Love (Come Alive)"
  • "Backdoor to Heaven"
  • "Love Hurts"
  • "Diamond Ring" (released on the album These Days)
  • "Now and Forever"
  • "House of Fire" (Alice Cooper cover of the same name)
  • "In America"
  • "Seven Days" (Bob Dylan cover)
  • "The Boys Are Back In Town" (Thin Lizzy cover)

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Piero Scaruffi 6.5/10 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (C+)[3]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]
Kerrang! 3.75/5 stars[6]
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Critical reception for New Jersey was mostly positive.

Chart success

New Jersey was a commercial success. The album debuted at #8 on Billboard 200, the following week reached #1 and spent four weeks at #1. In the United States, it sold five million copies in six months. New Jersey was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for 7 million U.S. shipments.

New Jersey also holds the record for the hard rock album to spawn the most Top 10 singles, with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in United States. No other hard rock album has ever equaled or broken this feat. "Bad Medicine" and the ballad "I'll Be There for You", both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. The album's three other singles ("Born to Be My Baby", "Lay Your Hands on Me", and "Living in Sin") reached the Top 10.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lay Your Hands on Me"   Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 6:00
2. "Bad Medicine"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 5:19
3. "Born to Be My Baby"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 4:40
4. "Living in Sin"   Bon Jovi 4:39
5. "Blood on Blood"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 6:16
6. "Homebound Train"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:10
7. "Wild Is the Wind"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child, Diane Warren 5:08
8. "Ride Cowboy Ride"   Captain Kidd, King of Swing 1:25
9. "Stick to Your Guns"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Holly Knight 4:45
10. "I'll Be There for You"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:46
11. "99 in the Shade"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:29
12. "Love for Sale"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:58
1998 Japanese special edition bonus CD PHCR-90017~8
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Bad Medicine" (Live at Wembley Stadium, 1988) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child  
12. "Bad Medicine" (Live on the New Jersey Tour) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child  
13. "Blood On Blood" (Live at Wembley Stadium, 1988) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child  
14. "Born To Be My Baby" (Acoustic version) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child  
15. "I'll Be There For You" (Live at Lakeland[disambiguation needed ], 1989) Bon Jovi, Sambora  
16. "Lay Your Hands On Me" (Live at Giants Stadium, 1989) Bon Jovi, Sambora  
17. "Love Is War" (Studio outtake) Bon Jovi, Sambora  
2010 special edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Blood On Blood" (Live at Wembley Stadium, 1988) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child  
14. "Born To Be My Baby" (Live in 1988) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child  



  • John Allen - Engineer
  • Peter Berring - Arranger, Vocals, Vocal arrangement
  • Joanie Bye - Vocals, Vocals (background)
  • Chris Cavallaro - Engineer
  • Bruce Fairbairn - Percussion, Horn, Producer
  • Scott Fairbairn - Cello
  • Lovena Fox - Vocals, Vocals (background)
  • Linda Hunt - Vocals, Vocals (background)
  • Cecille Larochelle - Vocals, Vocals (background)
  • Sue Leonard - Vocals, Vocals (background)
  • George Marino - Digital remastering engineer
  • Goudin Dido Morris - Percussion
  • Audrey Nordwell - Cello
  • Bob Rock - Engineer, Mixing
  • The Sweet Thing - Vocal association
  • Hugh Syme - Artwork, Design
  • Chris Taylor - Assistant engineer
  • Jim Williams - Assistant engineer
  • Joani Taylor - Vocals, Vocals (background)
  • Tim White - Photography
  • Cameron Wong - Photography



Charts[7] Peak
Australia 1
Brazil 1
Canada 1
Germany 4
Japan 2
Mexico 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 4
Russia 1
Sweden 1
Switzerland 1
United Kingdom 1
United States 1


Year Single Chart Rank
1988 "Bad Medicine" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1988 "Bad Medicine" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1988 "Born to Be My Baby" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1988 "Born to Be My Baby" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1989 "I'll Be There for You" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1989 "I'll Be There for You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1989 "Lay Your Hands on Me" The Billboard Hot 100 7
1989 "Bad Medicine" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
1989 "Living in Sin" The Billboard Hot 100 9
1989 "Living in Sin" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold November 18, 1988
RIAA – USA Platinum November 18, 1988
RIAA – USA 3x Platinum November 18, 1988
RIAA - USA 4x Platinum January 11, 1989
RIAA - USA 5x Platinum May 25, 1989
RIAA – USA 6 x Platinum November 17, 1994
RIAA – USA 7x Platinum March 12, 1996



  1. ^ "Allmusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard albums". 
  2. ^ Scaruffi, Piero. "Bon Jovi". Piero Scaruffi. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: New Jersey". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Bon Jovi New Jersey review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Bon Jovi Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  6. ^ Henderson, Paul (24 September 1988). "Bon Jovi 'New Jersey'". Kerrang!. 206. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd.. pp. 26-27. 
  7. ^ Hit Parade (1995). "European charts". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  8. ^[clarification needed]
Preceded by
Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 15 - November 11, 1988
Succeeded by
Rattle and Hum by U2
Preceded by
Hot City Nights by Various artists
UK number one album
October 1, 1988 – October 14, 1988
Succeeded by
Flying Colours by Chris de Burgh
Preceded by
88 The Winners by Various artists
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
October 17–23, 1988
Succeeded by
Rattle and Hum by U2

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