"This Is Our House" is a song by American band Bon Jovi. It was originally written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora and recorded in 2009. Originally intended as an exclusive track for the forthcoming National League Super Bowl season, it became a hit with Bon Jovi fans who asked for it to be including on the bands new hits collection. Greatest Hits had already been pressed to disk and it was too late to include the song of a physical format but it made its debut proper as a bonus track if one downloaded Greatest Hit from the bands website. The song was also released as a bonus track on the iTunes edition of their Greatest Hits collection in the UK and Europe, but was released as a digital single in September 2011. Bon Jovi opened many shows in 2010-2012 with This Is Our House.
Designed as a "sports anthem", the song was used by a number of sports leagues and teams, including Australia's National Rugby League, who prominently used the song as part of its marketing campaign beginning in the 2011 season. In contrast, its use by the New Jersey Devils was deemed controversial by fans due to the traditions surrounding Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll", which the team had discontinued to promote a more positive fan atmosphere.
At their home opener for the 2013-14 season on October 5, 2013, the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils adopted "This Is Our House" as its goal music, replacing part 2 of Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll"—whose use by the team dated back to the team's move from Colorado in 1982. The team later stated that the change was intended to "[create] a game experience that represents what we are on the ice, makes all age groups proud of who we are, and represents our community"—a comment alluding a mocking "hey, you suck!" chant sung in tune to the song by fans. The change was met with an immediately negative response; fans booed the playing of "This Is Our House" throughout the game and reacted via social networking services.Yahoo! Sports writer Greg Wyshynski pointed out the irony of Bon Jovi's music being booed by residents of their own state, joking that doing so "might be grounds for deportation in New Jersey. (OK, maybe just a shakedown from the feds; booing Bruce would mean deportation.)" Following a vote by fans on the team's website alongside Locksley's "The Whip" and Monster Truck's "Righteous Smoke", "This Is Our House" was ultimately replaced by The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army".