These Days (Bon Jovi song)

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"These Days"
These Days Bon Jovi.jpg
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album These Days
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1996
FormatCD single
GenreRock
Length6:28 (Album Version) 4:31 (Single Edit) [1]
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer(s)Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Peter Collins
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Lie to Me"
(1995)
"These Days"
(1996)
"Hey God"
(1996)

These Days” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released in February 1996 as the fourth single from their 1995 album These Days, and showcases the darker tone that Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora’s lyrics sought to achieve with the album. The song which begins with a haunting piano progression, deals with homelessness, loss of innocence and the difficulty of keeping up a relationship in the modern age. It is about people out there trying to be understood, to live their dreams.[citation needed]

The single peaked at #7 in the UK,[1] #38 in Australia and #40 on the Euro hot 100 singles chart.[2]

“These Days” stands as the most-performed live song from the album of the same name; nonetheless the song has not been consistently played on any tour since the These Days Tour closed,[3] and has been performed only a total of 162 times as against over fourteen hundred for “Living on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive”.[4] The song is present on the DVD Live from London at the end of the concert, and during the 2007-2008 Lost Highway Tour Sambora often took lead vocals on the song and references the difficulties he had been through over the past year.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "These Days (Edited version)"
  2. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
  3. "These Days (Live)"
  4. "Helter Skelter (Live)"

Disc 2

  1. "These Days (Edited version)"
  2. "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)"
  3. "(It's Hard) Letting You Go (Live)"
  4. "Rockin' in the Free World (Live)"

Japanese single[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "These Days (Edited version)"
  2. "(It's Hard) Letting You Go (Live)"
  3. "Rockin' in the Free World (Live)"
  4. "Helter Skelter (Live)"
  5. "Hey God (Live)"
  6. "These Days (Live)"

Disc 2

  1. "These Days"
  2. "The End (Demo)"
  3. "When She Comes (Demo)"
  4. "Lonely at the Top (Demo)"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 38
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 61
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 45
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 31
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart stats - Bon Jovi". Archived from the original on 2012-05-30.
  2. ^ "Chart data - Bon Jovi".
  3. ^ Setlists; ‘These Days’ by Bon Jovi
  4. ^ Setlists; Bon Jovi Tour Statistics
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bon Jovi – These Days". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Bon Jovi – These Days". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bon Jovi – These Days" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bon Jovi – These Days". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 3, 2012.

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