102 Hidden Bon Jovi Gems 1985 – 2020

Click photo for An Evening With Bon Jovi (MTV October 1992) Also: I remember these rose pants were owned by both Richie as well as Jon, and got mixed up

Rare tracks, live covers, B-Sides, bonus tracks;
Fasten your seat belts because for the next 102 songs (!!), you’re in for a ride!

Listen to the playlist here:
Bon Jovi 1985 – 2020 Hidden Gems In Chronological Order

The first song We Rule The Night is from 1985; The final one Luv Can from 2020.
These are all tracks that were not released on the standard studio albums.

The Making Of

It has been a long lost wish of mine, to create a playlist with all these extra songs.
Today I encountered a playlist from another YouTuber, who had already done all the ground work of collecting all the songs.

With help from a friend, who was comfortable getting a 100+ song list with a line “Is this list complete?” and then come with a coherent answer within seconds (you have no idea how much I appreciate such friends), I added a few more.
And then the gargantuan task began of dating them, and lining them up in chronological order.

I am a purist, and instead of just chucking all the songs onto one list, and moving them around until they were chronological;
I wanted to add them, in this chronological order.
So that they don’t just line up correctly if you select “ordered manually”, but also if you display them in the order they were added.

For example, if I unexpectedly encountered a 1986 song (Out of Bounds), when I was already adding from the Keep The Faith era (early 90s)?
I had to remove all songs from the playlist until I was back in 1986, add the missing song, and then start adding 1987 until Keep the Faith back in.

The most meaty task was dating, marking, somehow systematizing, the 50 songs from the box set:
“100.000.000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong” (2004)
For which I used the Wikipedia page about the box set, which indicated for every song for which album, or from which year, it was.

However, an unexpected amount of work went into An Evening With Bon Jovi.
This VHS/dvd from 1993 was recorded in October 1992.
One month before the album Keep The Faith would be released.
More or less accidentally I found out, I did not have all (cover) songs from this show noted down, so I went looking for them.
Ultimately I found a couple more, which were added to the list. But this has resulted in at least one song being not so much double on the list, but double played in the videos (the video “Fever” also contains other songs).
An Evening With Bon Jovi videos are listed separately in the outline, or map, in the playlist below.

Another problem around this show An Evening With Bon Jovi, was related to dating.
“The Sole Truth” was dated (1991) but the video had a still/ a photo from 1992 An Evening With Bon Jovi.
Which meant I was confused and initially dated it wrongly, until I finally realized my mistake and put The Sole Truth earlier up the list in 1991 instead of 1992.

I think I must have spend an hour getting 1991-1992 straight, and it’s still one of the weaker spots of the list.
Maybe that is why with This Left Feels Right (dvd 2004, alternative versions of well known Bon Jovi songs) I was ruthless and threw everything off.
I only kept one cover song there, Sylvia’s Mother.

So all in all, like any curated body of work, the old question;
“What is part of the collection, and what isn’t?”
Reared its long haired rock n roll head.
And just like any curator, I made my choices, with which you may or may not agree.

This project, of cataloging the bonus tracks and rare songs, was my most satisfying Bon Jovi project to date.
And in retrospect
this playlist is more a framework for work to come, than an end point.

For this website, Rock Star Writer Nijmegen, I am already writing stories about the 50 Box Set songs. And to know that after I have had them, I can continue with the other 52 from the rarities list?
That’s inspiring!

So who knows!
Maybe one day I will be able to give you an overview, a page, or even a book in print, with 102 Bon Jovi inspired stories.

No doubt, getting lost all over again, in an evening with Bon Jovi.

But then again;
Who wouldn’t.

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

This is the exact list of all 102 songs in the playlist.
I will come back to these songs, writing stories about them.
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Outline/ Map To “Bon Jovi 1985 – 2020 Hidden Gems In Chronological Order 

A song with a link/ RED, means it is a song I can’t get enough of.

1985

1 We Rule The Night

1986/ Slippery When Wet

2 Borderline

3 Edge Of A Broken Heart

4 Out Of Bounds

5 Deep Cuts The Night [Slippery When Wet Outtake]

6 Game Of The Heart [Slippery When Wet Outtake]

1988/ New Jersey

(I could have marked all these 1988 New Jersey tracks red/ a favorite, to be honest)

7 Love Is War

8 Born To Be My Baby (Acoustic Version)

9 The Boys Are Back In Town

10 Rosie

11 Full Moon High (Demo)

12 Judgement Day (Demo)

13 Growing Up the Hard Way (Demo)

14 Love Hurts (Demo)

15 Backdoor To Heaven (Demo)

16 Now And Forever (Demo)

17 House Of Fire (Demo)

18 Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore? (Demo)

19 Lets Make It Baby (New Jersey/Sons of Beaches demo (1988))
“Is it a coincidence this is bold?” I hear you ask.
No.
Let’
s Make It Baby is the sexiest Bon Jovi song ever written.

undated 80s/ 1992 latest

20 Outlaws Of Love 

1991

21 The Sole Truth (New Jersey 1991)
“This one should be bold!” I hear you shout, avid Bon Jovi fan! 
Yes, it should.
The only reason I didn’t, was because the quality of the audio (a live recording) is suboptimal. 

22 Cadillac Man (Osaka 1991)
YES!!!!!!!!
Not just a great song, but also with video (image) and both Jon and Richie looking so hot my cat jumped off my lap. 

1992 / Keep The Faith

23 Save A Prayer [Keep The Faith Outtake]
I m having early U2 vibes, you?

24 Starting All Over Again 

25 Fields Of Fire [Keep The Faith Outtake]

26 The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
Not just an amazing song, it’s also very fresh and exciting;
I think Jon Bon Jovi had a cold, altering his voice.
It’s as if your boyfriend plays he’s a different man, you’ve never slept with.
Well the last part would be correct regardless, of course.

27 Taking It Back
Tokyo Road revisited. Damn! What a killer song, you guys!

28 Miss Fourth Of July

29 Every Beat Of My Heart

30 Sympathy
+ 31 Billy 
I don’t know what they were “on” in 1991, or as we say in The Netherlands “What was stirred through their porridge” but Sympathy and Billy show they were on fire.

An Evening With Bon Jovi October 1992 | VHS 1993

I m not even going to individually rate songs from this fest of musical mastery! 
But here’s the link to the entire 1992 show “An Evening With Bon Jovi”
WATCH -> Keep The Faith: An Evening With Bon Jovi (1080p)

And here are the (rare) ones which I copied to my playlist:
32 With A Little Help From My Friends

33 Brother Louie 

34 Fever

35 It’s My Life~We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Live

36 Baby What Do You Want Me To Do

1995 These Days

37 I Thank You [These Days Outtake]
Rare song with horns and female backup singers

38 Mrs Robinson [These Days Outtake]
Live recording, which is indeed very lively!

39 Let’s Make It Baby [New Jersey Outtake – remixed version 1995]
“I know this one!” I hear you say.
“I bet it is no coincidence the sexiest Bon Jovi song ever written, is bold again?”
That is correct!

40 I Don’t Like Mondays Live Duet with Bob Geldof
Recorded in Wembley 1995, ten years after Live Aid. 

41 Crazy [Live These Days Bonus Track]
Waltz sung by drummer Tico Torres! 

42 Tumblin’ Dice [Live These Days Outtake] 
Rolling Stones cover by keyboard musician/pianist David Bryan!

43 Heaven Help Us [Live These Days Outtake]
By guitarist and singer Richie Sambora!
OR!
As I have heard;
“Jon Bon Jovi may be the heart of Bon Jovi, but Richie Sambora is the soul!”
Amen!

44 Prostitute [These Days Outtake] 
You didn’t know you needed Bon Jovi to go grunge, until you hear this song. 

45 Lonely At The Top ( Bonus Track )

46 The End [These Days Outtake]

47 When She Comes [These Days Outtake]

48 Wedding Day

49 These Days (Acoustic Demo)
I can’t help it: I m a sucker for the raw, the real, the stuff that ain’t finished but that is So! Much! More! Powerful! 
(because of that)

50 634-5789 [These Days Outtake]

51 Bitter Wine [These Days Outtake]
If you liked Wild Horses by the Stones, you should not miss out on this one.

52 I Get A Rush
🎵🎶 I like it, I like it, I can’t get enough🎵🎶
🎵🎶 I like it, I like it, yeah I get a rush 🎵🎶
🎵🎶 I like what I like and I like it too much 🎵🎶
🎵🎶 You know what I like, yeah I get a rush 🎵🎶

I m not even going to apologize for liking ALL the songs on this list!

However, if I keep going at this pace, it will be March before I finish.
So I m going to be ruthless, and skip a bunch.
A bunch of entire cd’s from the box set.

1996

53 Someday Just Might Be Tonight

54 River Runs Dry 

1997

55 Shut Up And Kiss Me

56 All I Wanna Do Is You

1998

57 Last Chance Train 

58 Rich Man Living In A Poor Man’s House

59 Crazy Love 

1999

60 Real Life 

61 Garageland 

62 Maybe Someday

63 The One That Got Away

64 You Can Sleep While I Dream

65 Satellite

66 Too Much Of A Good Thing

67 Kidnap An Angel

2000/ Crush

68 I Could Make A Livin’ Out Of Lovin’ You
Heavy guitars which must be listened to by everybody.

Everybody.

69 Neurotica

70 Ordinary People

71 Temptation
Ooh….. this is a good one.
And fans of The Doors, may want to check out the organ and Jon’s dark singing technique. Just sayin’.

72 Hush

73 Stay

74 Gimme Some
In the category, Upbeat Bon Jovi Songs About Sexual Encounters That Never Get The Attention They Deserve

75 Do It To Ya

76 You Can’t Lose At Love

2002/ Bounce

77 No Regrets

78 Postcards From The Wasteland

79 Lucky

80 Breathe

81 Another Reason To Believe

82 One (demo later released as Undivided )

2003

83 Thief Of Hearts

84 Sylvia’s Mother (Live from This Left Feels Right)

2005/ Have A Nice Day

85 Dirty Little Secret

{ I don’t make the law but: }

THIS SONG IS THE KING OF UPBEAT SONGS ABOUT SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS! 

Damn, that’s a good song.

86 Unbreakable
YES! BRING IT ON!
Did I mention Bon Jovi is famous for its anthems that could bring you back from the brink of death?

And Unbreakable is proof of that.

87 These Open Arms
This is a good time to get your box of tissues.

2007/ Lost Highway

88 Put the boy back in cowboy
This fan made video just got chosen, as the closer on the bottom of this post!
Props for this fan who made this video featuring all the times Jon danced, kissed, or otherwise engaged with a woman on, or in the proximity of a, stage.
Or swayed his hips, in more or, more likely, less innocent fashion.

We need fans like this, who go the extra mile to create something special.

Speaking of fans who go the extra mile;
After starting early today to create this 102 song long playlist, and now this matching blogpost; Watching all this warm Jon-female interaction makes me feel needy and clingy.
And kind of like I m not focusing on the right things in life!
I m at 11 hours behind my desk.
Time to start wrapping up this post.

89 Walk Like A Man

90 Hallelujah
A little shy of midnight, after my computer crazy day, I m not going to watch this. But Jon Bon Jovi singing Hallelujah is so incredibly beautiful that it will not just be the best thing you saw in February.
But the best you saw this year. 

91 Lonely
I get it. You have already cried your way through your box if tissues, didn’t you? 

2010

92 This Is Our House

2011

93 Have a little faith in me

2013/ What About Now

94 Into The Echo (Japan Bonus Track)

95 Burn With Me

2015/ Burning Bridges

96 Take Back the Night

2016/ This House Is Not For Sale 

97 Touch of Grey

98 Color Me In

2018

99 Walls

100 When We Were Us

2020

101 Shine

102 Luv Can
Best track of the album “2020”; Which was never selected for the official album.
Luv Can was a bonus track for the Japanese album.
But what a song…. Beautiful.

It’s almost midnight.
I ve worked on this post and playlist the entire day, and feel a little overworked and exhausted.
But as said in the first paragraph it has also been very rewarding to finally get my head around it, and have a structure and starting point for future projects.

For now good night. 

Sayonara, adios, auf wiedersehen, farewell

.
~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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