Always (Bon Jovi song)

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"Always"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Cross Road
B-side Never Say Goodbye, Edge of a Broken Heart
Released September 20, 1994
Format CD single and cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Rock
Length 5:54 (Album Version)
4:55 (Edit)
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Certification Platinum (U.S.)
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Dry County"
(1994)
"Always"
(1994)
"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
(1994)
Music sample
Music video
"Always" on YouTube
Music video
"Always" (Alternate Version) on YouTube

"Always" is a power ballad by Bon Jovi. It was released as a single from their 1994 album Cross Road and went on to become their best-selling single, with a million copies sold in the U.S. and more than 3 million worldwide.[1] The song reached #4 in the U.S. Billboard charts, #2 on the Mainstream Top 40[2] and was also an international hit (#1 in Australia, [3]#2 in the United Kingdom and #4 in Germany).

Song origin[edit]

The song was originally written for the soundtrack to the 1993 film Romeo Is Bleeding. After disliking the film, the band decided not to lend the song to the producers; upon release, the film was a critical and box office disaster. Jon Bon Jovi left the track on his shelf and forgot about it, until a friend found the track and convinced him to re-record and release it on the band's Cross Road compilation album.

Music video[edit]

The music video featured Jack Noseworthy, Carla Gugino, Jason Wiles and Keri Russell.

Live performances[edit]

The song's powerful lyrics and power ballad sound made "Always" an instant hit at live concerts, but the high demand on Jon Bon Jovi's vocals have seen it rarely performed in concert following the band's 1995-1996 These Days tour. The song is featured on the band's Live From London Video. During the 2005-2006 Have a Nice Day Tour it was occasionally performed in the acoustic style heard on the band's 2003 This Left Feels Right album. Recently the band has performed the original version on their Lost Highway Tour, particularly in the UK leg. A live version from the song, performed on the final night of the Lost Highway Tour has been included on the concert DVD from the band: Live at Madison Square Garden. Since then the song in its original version has been occasionally performed during every tour.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[edit]

  1. "Always" (Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:52
  2. "Always" (Jon Bon Jovi) 5:52
  3. "Edge of a Broken Heart" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 4:33

German CD single[edit]

  1. "Always" (Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:52
  2. "Always" (Jon Bon Jovi) 5:52
  3. "Edge of a Broken Heart" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 4:33
  4. "Prayer 94" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 5:20

US Cassette Single[edit]

  1. "Always (Edit)"
  2. "Never Say Goodbye"
  3. "Edge Of a Broken Heart"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Me for a Reason" by Boyzone
Irish IRMA number-one single
4 November 1994 - 18 November 1994
Succeeded by
"Spanish Lady" by Dustin

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  23. ^ "Accreditation Awards". Australian Fun Countdowns. 2011-04-07. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  24. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Jon Bon Jovi – Always" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Jon Bon Jovi in the field Interpret. Enter Always in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  25. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  26. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bon Jovi; 'Always')". Hung Medien. 
  27. ^ "British single certifications – Bon Jovi – Always". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Always in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  28. ^ "American single certifications – Bon Jovi – Always". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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