It's My Life (Bon Jovi song)

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"It's My Life"
A grayscale image of a man removing his jacket. His T-shirt reads "BON JOVI" on the top and "FOREVER" on the bottom. In between these two ribbons is a skull wearing sunglasses and a peaked cap. On the right side of the image is a red square displaying "BON JOVI IT'S MY LIFE". A black sticker is located below this square detailing information about the release.
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Crush
B-side"Next 100 Years"
ReleasedMay 8, 2000 (2000-05-08)[1]
Genre
Length3:44
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Real Life"
(1999)
"It's My Life"
(2000)
"Say It Isn't So"
(2000)
Audio sample
It's My Life
Alternative cover
BonJoviItsMyLifeCDSingleCover.jpg
Music video
"It’s My Life" on YouTube

"It's My Life" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on May 8, 2000, as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Crush (2000). It was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin, and co-produced by Luke Ebbin. The song peaked at number one in Austria, Flanders, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland while charting within the top 10 across several other countries and peaking at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

"It's My Life" is Bon Jovi's most well known post-1980s hit single and helped introduce the band to a new, younger fanbase.[3] It is the only song released in the post-heyday portion of their career that stands alongside their biggest heyday-era hits such as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer" in regards to being a setlist staple in their concerts, as it has been performed live at almost all shows since its release.[4]

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:[5]

I had just come home from making U-571 and I said "Sinatra made 16 movies and toured till 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.

In Paul Anka's cover of the song for his 2005 album Rock Swings, he sings the second line as "Frankie said he did it my way", since Anka wrote the English lyrics for "My Way".

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."[6] The song became an anthem that appealed to many fans. As Bon Jovi later stated:[7] "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.[8] 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 tells him to immediately come to the tunnel as the live concert has already started. 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.[9] 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 1 billion views as of June 30, 2021.[10]

Track listings[edit]

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. A live performance was uploaded to YouTube in May 2020.

Awards[edit]

Won:

  • "Video of the Year" at the VH1 My Music Awards[17]
  • Chosen as one of the greatest songs of the year at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Nominated:

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[67] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[68] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[69] Platinum 50,000*
France (SNEP)[70] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[71] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[72] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Japan (RIAJ)[73]
PC download
Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[74]
Full-length ringtone
Gold 100,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[75] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[76] Platinum 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[77] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[78] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[79] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States May 8, 2000 (2000-05-08) Hot adult contemporary radio Island [1]
May 9, 2000 (2000-05-09) [1]
United Kingdom May 22, 2000 (2000-05-22)
  • CD
  • cassette
Mercury [80]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "It's My Life" reached number 20 when RPM ceased publication in November 2000.
  2. ^ "It's My Life" reached number 38 when RPM ceased publication in November 2000.
  3. ^ "It's My Life" reached number 11 when RPM ceased publication in November 2000.

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