It's My Life (Bon Jovi song)

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"It's My Life"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Crush
Released May 23, 2000
Format CD single
Genre Hard rock, glam metal, alternative metal
Length 3:46
Label Island
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Max Martin
Producer(s) Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Real Life"
(1999)
"It's My Life"
(2000)
"Say It Isn't So"
(2000)
Music sample
Music video
"It’s My Life" (official) on YouTube
Alternative cover

"It's My Life" is Bon Jovi's first single from the album Crush. It was released on May 23, 2000. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin. The song hit #1 across several countries (although it only reached #33 in the US).[1] However, it has the distinction of making Bon Jovi the only band once classified as 1980s hair metal to reach the top 40 in the 2000s, a testament to how the song managed to introduce the band to a new, younger fanbase. The song is arguably their most well known post-1980s hit single and it has been performed live at almost all shows since its release.

Background[edit]

The song has many classic Bon Jovi features, such as Sambora's use of the talk box, and a line in the second verse "For Tommy and Gina, who never backed down" refers to Tommy and Gina, a fictional working class couple that Bon Jovi and Sambora first wrote about in their 1986 hit "Livin' on a Prayer".

"It's My Life" is also notable for its line referencing fellow New Jerseyan Frank Sinatra: "My heart is like an open highway / Like Frankie said / I did it 'My Way'." Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora apparently had a disagreement over those lines, with Bon Jovi recalling:[2]

I had just come home from making U-571 and I said "Sinatra made 16 movies and toured 'til he was 80. This is my role model". He [Sambora] said, "You can't write that damn lyric. Nobody cares about Frank Sinatra but you." And I wrote it anyway.

Response from fans[edit]

The song became an anthem that appealed to many fans. As Jon Bon Jovi later stated:[3]

When I was writing "It's My Life", I thought I was writing very self-indulgently about my own life and where I was in it. I didn't realize that the phrase "It's My Life" would be taken as being about everyone--by teenagers, by older guys, mechanics, whatever. "It's my life, and I'm taking control". Everyone kind of feels that way from time to time.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Wayne Isham. Will Estes (as Tommy) and Shiri Appleby (as Gina) are the two main characters (as it says in the lyrics "for Tommy and Gina, who never back down"). At the beginning, Tommy is watching a video of a Bon Jovi concert on his computer when Tommy's mother ordered him to take out the trash and suddenly Gina calls, and during the whole video, Tommy starts running down to his apartment and obediently takes out the trash and runs through the streets of Los Angeles up to the concert, getting chased by dogs, running a marathon, posing for pictures, and jackknifing a truck. The video was inspired by the movie Run Lola Run.[4] Jon Bon Jovi met Will Estes on the set of U-571 and chose him to be in the video. The music video features the 2nd Street Tunnel as one of the main settings.

Track listings and versions[edit]

Major formats released for "It's My Life":

Official versions and remixes[edit]

The following versions and remixes were commercially released.

  • Main version — 3:46
  • Acoustic version — 3:41
  • Dave Bascombe Mix — 3:44

Acoustic version[edit]

A much slower, acoustic ballad version of the song is featured on Bon Jovi's 2003 album This Left Feels Right, a collection of their greatest hits that were readapted into new formats. This version was also released as a single.

Awards[edit]

Won:

  • "Video Of The Year" at the VH1 My Music Awards[5]
  • Chosen as one of the greatest songs of the year at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Nominated:

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
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"Vamos a Bailar (Esta Vida Nueva)" by Paola & Chiara
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single
May 18, 2000 - June 15, 2000
June 22, 2000 - July 6, 2000
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
"Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears
Dutch Singles Chart number-one single
May 20, 2000 - June 10, 2000
Succeeded by
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Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
May 28, 2000 - June 4, 2000
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
June 4, 2000 - June 18, 2000
Preceded by
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Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
June 24, 2000 - July 22, 2000
Succeeded by
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"Freestyler" by Bomfunk MC's
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