Never Say Goodbye (Bon Jovi song)

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"Never Say Goodbye"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Slippery When Wet
Released June 15, 1987 (1987-06-15)
Format CD single
Recorded 1986
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:50
5:27 (DualDisc Intro Version)
Label Mercury
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Never Say Goodbye"
"Edge of a Broken Heart"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Never Say Goodbye"
"Edge of a Broken Heart"
Music video
Never Say Goodbye on YouTube

"Never Say Goodbye" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was a track off the band's third album, Slippery When Wet, in June 1987, and reached number 11 on the mainstream rock charts[1] and number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. Because it was not released domestically as a commercially available single, "Never Say Goodbye" was ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100;[2] nevertheless, it reached number 28 on the Hot 100 Airplay survey.[3]

The song was featured on some versions of the band's Cross Road greatest hits album and is still occasionally performed live by the band in concert.

Song style[edit]

"Never Say Goodbye" is a power ballad, featuring drawn out vocals and a slow tempo, in contrast to the other tracks on Slippery When Wet, which are of a much faster, hard rock pace.

This song is often used as the class song at prom nights, especially in New Jersey. Jon Bon Jovi claims that his inspiration for the song was the Southside Johnny song "Hearts of Stone".[4]

The song is in the key of A major and progresses to C# minor, D major and D minor.

Track listing[edit]

  • Original European Release (August 13, 1987)
  1. "Never Say Goodbye"
  2. "Shot Through the Heart" (Live)

US & UK CD "Re-Release"[edit]

  1. "Never Say Goodbye"
  2. "Social Disease"
  3. "Edge Of A Broken Heart"
  4. "Raise Your Hands"


Chart (1987-18) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 59
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 21
US Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard)[3] 28
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard)[11] 11


  1. ^ "Allmusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ Ellis, Michael (May 23, 1987). "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight" (PDF). Billboard. Billboard Publications, Inc. 99 (21): 75. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Hot 100 Sales & Airplay" (PDF). Billboard. Billboard Publications, Inc. 99 (25): 69. June 20, 1987. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Video: Hearts of Stone - Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny Live on YouTube
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 41. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ " – Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved October 26, 2012.  Insert Never Say Goodbye in the field Search by Song Title, then press Search.
  8. ^ " – Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ " – Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Chart Search Results - Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1987-04-11". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 

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