Living in Sin (song)

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"Living in Sin"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album New Jersey
B-side "Love is War"
Released October 7 1989
Format CD Single
Recorded 1988
Length 4:39
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
"Living in Sin"
"Keep the Faith"
Music video
Living in Sin on YouTube

"Living in Sin" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi. It was released in 1989 as the fifth single from the band's smash-album New Jersey. It also was the fifth single from New Jersey to chart in the Top 10, allowing Bon Jovi to bear the record for the most songs from a rock album to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at #9 on that chart[2] and #37 on the Mainstream rock charts.

Song structure[edit]

The song, which has a slow beat, strong bass rhythm by studio bassist Alec John Such, an emotional delivery of lyrics, driving guitars, and interspersed keyboards, discusses cohabitation and argues that true love is stronger than anything, despite what other people may say ("I call it love, they call it living in sin").

When performed live, the band often play a short cover of "Chapel of Love" during the outro of the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was filmed in all black and white, just like "Born to Be My Baby." While the video does feature some shots of the band performing, primarily of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, most of the video focuses on a fictional young couple and their struggle to sustain a relationship despite the disapproval of the girl's parents. The video is noted for several of its steamy romance/sex scenes, including on a beach, in a car, and in a hotel room, and the video was censored in some parts because it was considered too racy. One scene shows the young girl taking communion with her family. The final scene of the video shows the girl running away from home to meet up with her boyfriend, and then the girl's parents walking in on them sleeping together in a hotel room. They take her home, and the video ends when the boyfriend driving in his car to the girl's home, where she snap-decides to run away with him.


Chart (1989–90) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 64
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[4] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 9
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 37


  1. ^ "Allmusic - New Jersey - Review". William Ruhlmann. Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard singles". 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ " – Bon Jovi – Living in Sin". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Archive Chart: 1989-12-30" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Bon Jovi. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Chart Search Results - Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1989-11-11". Retrieved November 1, 2012. 

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