It's My Life (Bon Jovi song)

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"It's My Life"
Bon jovi-its my life s 1.jpg
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Crush
Released May 23, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 3:44
Label Island
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Real Life"
(1999)
"It's My Life"
(2000)
"Say It Isn't So"
(2000)

"Real Life"
(1999)
"It's My Life"
(2000)
"Say It Isn't So"
(2000)
Music video
"It’s My Life" (official) on YouTube
Audio sample
Alternative cover
BonJoviItsMyLifeCDSingleCover.jpg

"It's My Life" is song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on May 23, 2000 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Crush (2000). The song was written and produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin, and co-produced by Luke Ebbin.

The song peaked at number one in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland while it charted within the top 10 across several other countries (although it only reached at number 33 in the US Billboard Hot 100).[2] Though the band had moved away from the glam-oriented sound with 1992's Keep the Faith, it has the distinction of making Bon Jovi one of the only bands once classified as 1980s glam 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. This song appeared on Mitsubishi Motors promotional video in 2001-2004

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:[3]

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]

"Nobody had anticipated the song 'It's My Life'," noted Jon Bon Jovi in 2007. "Except us. We knew we had a hit."[4] The song became an anthem that appealed to many fans. As Bon Jovi later stated:[5] "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. At the beginning, Tommy is watching a video of a Bon Jovi concert on his computer when he is ordered by his mother to take out the trash. Suddenly, Gina calls, and Tommy starts running down to his apartment and obediently takes out the trash. He then 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 film Run Lola Run.[6] Jon Bon Jovi met 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.

It is the most viewed video for Bon Jovi on YouTube, with over 600 million views as of June 2018.

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 adapted into new formats. This version was also released as a single.

Awards[edit]

Won:

  • "Video of the Year" at the VH1 My Music Awards[7]
  • Chosen as one of the greatest songs of the year at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Nominated:

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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