Welcome to Wherever You Are (song)

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"Welcome to Wherever You Are"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Have a Nice Day
Released

January 17, 2006 (UK)

June 12, 2006 (US)
Format CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre Rock
Length 3:47
Label Island
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and John Shanks
Producer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and John Shanks
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
(2006)
"Welcome to Wherever You Are"
(2006)
"(You Want To) Make a Memory"
(2007)

"Welcome to Wherever You Are" is a song by rock band Bon Jovi from their 2005 album, Have a Nice Day. It was released as the album's third single in the US, following "Have a Nice Day" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home", while worldwide it was released as the album's second single.

Chart success[edit]

"Welcome to Wherever You Are" failed to gain success in the US, but it reached the top 40 in several European countries, including the UK (#19),[1] Italy (#33) and Germany (#40).[2] Speaking about the song on Larry King Live, Jon Bon Jovi said "I thought for sure this was going to be a universal, timeless theme song of unity, diversity. Not a hit, not even close. Swing and a miss."[3]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 36
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 9
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[6] 74
European Hot 100 Singles[7] 53
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 40
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[9] 25
Italy (FIMI)[10] 33
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 19

Lyrical content[edit]

"Welcome to Wherever You Are" is a song of affirmation, about accepting who you are and being comfortable in your own skin. Jon Bon Jovi claims the song is greatly influenced by events during the 2004 Presidential Election.[3] Jon campaigned for John Kerry during that time. The song is also notable for being one of the few Bon Jovi songs lacking a guitar solo.

The song also shares its name with an episode of The West Wing's seventh season, in which Jon Bon Jovi appears endorsing the fictional presidential nomination Matt Santos.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1[edit]

  1. "Welcome to Wherever You Are" (Jeremy Wheatley Mix)
  2. "Last Man Standing" (Recorded Live at Nokia Theatre Times Square, NYC, September 19, 2005)

UK CD2[edit]

  1. "Welcome to Wherever You Are" - (Jeremy Wheatley Mix)
  2. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" - (Recorded Live at Nokia Theatre Times Square, NYC, September 19, 2005)
  3. "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Recorded Live at Nokia Theatre Times Square, NYC, September 19, 2005)

DVD[edit]

  1. "Welcome to Wherever You Are" (Music Video)
  2. "Have A Nice Day" - (Recorded Live at Nokia Theatre Times Square, NYC, September 19, 2005)
  3. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Recorded Live at Nokia Theatre Times Square, NYC, September 19, 2005) (Audio only with photographs)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart stats - Bon Jovi". Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Chart Data: Bon Jovi". Worldwide chart positions. Retrieved November 19, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Interview with Jon Bon Jovi, Aired August 16, 2006 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 30, 2007)
  4. ^ "Bon Jovi – Welcome To Werever You Are – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bon Jovi – Welcome To Werever You Are" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  6. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200611 into search.
  7. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles 2006-02-18". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bon Jovi – Welcome To Werever You Are". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  10. ^ "Classifica Mix & Singoli" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 24 December 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bon Jovi – Welcome To Werever You Are" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Bon Jovi – Welcome To Werever You Are – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Bon Jovi" UK Singles Chart.

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