Never Say Goodbye (Bon Jovi song)

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"Never Say Goodbye"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Slippery When Wet
Released June 15, 1987 (1987-06-15)
Format CD single
Recorded 1986
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 4:50
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Never Say Goodbye"
"Edge of a Broken Heart"
Music video
Never Say Goodbye on YouTube

"Never Say Goodbye" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was a track off the band's album, Slippery When Wet, in June 1987, and reached number 11 on the mainstream rock charts[1] and number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. Because it was not released as a commercially available single, "Never Say Goodbye" could not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was featured on some versions of the band's Cross Road greatest hits album and is still occasionally performed live by the band in concert.

Song style[edit]

"Never Say Goodbye" is a power ballad, featuring drawn out vocals and a slow tempo, in contrast to the other tracks on Slippery When Wet, which are of a much more upbeat, hard rock pace.

This song is often used as the class song at prom nights, especially in New Jersey. Jon Bon Jovi claims that his inspiration for the song was the Southside Johnny song "Hearts of Stone".[2]

The song is in the key of A major and progresses to C# minor, E, G, D major and D minor.

28 second sample from Never Say Goodbye by Bon Jovi

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Track listing[edit]

  • Original US Release (Mercury 888 806-7, August 14, 1987)
  1. "Never Say Goodbye"
  2. "Edge of a Broken Heart"
  • Original European Release (August 13, 1987)
  1. "Never Say Goodbye"
  2. "Shot Through the Heart" (Live)

US & UK CD "Re-Release"[edit]

  1. "Never Say Goodbye"
  2. "Social Disease"
  3. "Edge Of A Broken Heart"
  4. "Raise Your Hands"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 59
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 21
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[8] 11


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