The Hunger is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton. It was released in 1987 by Columbia Records. This was his breakthrough album, with the hits "That's What Love Is All About" and the Otis Redding cover "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay".
Several songs from this album feature Journey members Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Neal Schon on guitar, and previous member from their Raised on Radio 1986-87 tour Randy Jackson (of American Idol fame) on bass. During this time, there were rumors that Bolton might have been in the running as Journey's new lead singer after Steve Perry's initial departure from the band in early 1987.
Despite only reaching #46 on the charts the album had achieved stability in the charts. After several weeks on the charts the album was certified double Platinum in the US (Bolton's first certification of his career). Worldwide, the album has shipped four million copies over the years.
Also along for this album on certain tracks was then-current Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Track listing 
||"You're All That I Need"
||Bolton, Cain, Neal Schon
||"Take a Look at My Face"
||Bolton, Diane Warren
- Producers: Jonathan Cain, Keith Diamond, Susan Hamilton
- Engineers: Wally Buck, Jonathan Cain, Bob Missbach, Paul Lani, Jeffey Norman, Larry Hines, Tom Anderson, Jamie Bridges, Michael Rosen, Acar S. Key, (Ken) K.C. Collins, George Karras, Peter Robbins, J.C. Convertino, Don Peterkofsky, Ed Bruder, Mark Cobrin, Jay Healy, Dave Dachinger, Bob Broockman, Tom Vercillo, Scott James, Jon Smith, Jon Wolfson, Jackie Brown, Debi Cornish
- Second Engineers: Rob Beaton, Jim Champagne, "Bino"
- Additional Engineering & Pre-Production: Dave Dale
- Mixing: Keith Diamond, Bob Rosa, Ron St. Germain, Kevin Elson
- Mastering: Bob Ludwig
- Drums, Percussion: Michael Baird, Mugs Cain, Chris Parker, Keith Diamond
- Bass: Timmy Allen, Randy Jackson, Will Lee, Doug Wimbish, Keith Diamond
- Keyboards: Skip Anderson, Jeff Bova, Jonathan Cain, Keith Diamond, Rob Mounsey, Steve Rimland
- Programming: Mugs Cain, Dr, Bob Khozouri, Jeff Neilblum
- Guitars: Bob Halligan, Bruce Kulick, Danny Merlin, Paul Pesco, Neal Schon, Ira Siegel
- Saxophone: Danny Hull, V. Jeffrey Smith
- Horns: Jerry Jumonville, Steve Madaio, R.A. Martin, Thomas R. Peterson
- Violin: Karen Dreyfus, Katsuko Esaki, Richard Hendrickson, Harold Kohon, Anthony Posk, Rebecca Young
- Cello: Jesse Levy
- Flute: Alex Foster
- Reeds: Lenny Pickett
- Backing Vocals: Michael Bolton, Joe Cerisano, Bob Halligan, Joe Lynn Turner, David Glen Eisley, Dennis Feldman, Hawkins Singers, James Ingram, Eric Martin, Jeanie Tracy
Cover versions 
- Sunstorm, who are fronted by Joe Lynn Turner (Who sang backing vocals on "Hot Love" and "Gina"), covered "Gina" for their 2012 album Emotional Fire.