We Weren't Born to Follow

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"We Weren't Born to Follow"
We Werent Born To Follow.jpg
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album The Circle
Released August 17, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded
Sanctuary Studios, New Jersey
Genre Rock[1]
Length 4:03 (Album version, 4:09 (Single edit)
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer(s) John Shanks
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Whole Lot of Leavin'"
(2008)
"We Weren't Born to Follow"
(2009)
"Superman Tonight"
(2010)
"Whole Lot of Leavin'"
(2008)
"We Weren't Born to Follow"
(2009)
"Superman Tonight"
(2010)

"We Weren't Born to Follow" is the first single released in August 2009 from Bon Jovi's eleventh studio album, The Circle.[1] The single premiered on radio on August 17, 2009. Jon Bon Jovi explained to the Daily Mail that this song is "about working people picking themselves up by their bootstraps in hard times." [2] The single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[3]

Since then, the song has reached the peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 68.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on October 14, 2009. It features the band performing on the roof of the Clinton Recording Studios in New York City with skyscrapers visible behind them. Interspersed with these scenes are archive clips and pictures of important events and people in history. These echo the themes of the song. The video includes images of:[5]

For the week ending November 21, the music video for "We Weren't Born to Follow" reached number 1 on the VH1 Top 20 in the USA.

Track listing[edit]

United States CD Single[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single Version) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:09
Total length: 4:09
Japanese CD Single[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single Version) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
2. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Instrumental) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
Total length: 8:18
European CD Single[8]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single Version) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
2. "Blaze of Glory" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, July 2008.) Bon Jovi 5:48
Total length: 9:57
European CD-Maxi Single[9]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single Version) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
2. "Blaze of Glory" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, July 2008.) Bon Jovi 5:48
3. "In These Arms" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, July 2008.) Bon Jovi, Sambora, David Bryan 6:08
4. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, July 2008.) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 6:22
Total length: 22:28

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 62
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 29
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[13] 46
Finland Download (Latauslista)[14] 25
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 41
Italy (FIMI)[17] 5
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[18] 3
Japan (Oricon)[19] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 73
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 21
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[22] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 25
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 68
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[27] 16
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 10
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[29] 3

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan October 21, 2009 Island CD UICL-5026[30]
Europe October 23, 2009 0602527239415[31]
0602527239408[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bon Jovi Releases New Single Ahead of Schedule". Rockstar Weekly. Retrieved 2009-08-19. Pop rockers Bon Jovi have streamed the new single 'We Weren't Born To Follow' on their website. The song is the first taste of the new CD The Circle, scheduled for release on November 10. It shows the band returning to its rock roots. 
  2. ^ We Weren't Born To Follow Songfacts
  3. ^ Bon Jovi Nominated for Grammy Award! † Bon Jovi News
  4. ^ "We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi". Billboard. 
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l We Weren't Born to Follow (United States CD Single). Bon Jovi. New York City: Island. 2009. B0013426-32. 
  7. ^ We Weren't Born to Follow (Japanese CD Single). Bon Jovi. New York City: Island. 2009. UICL-5026. 
  8. ^ We Weren't Born to Follow (European CD Single). Bon Jovi. New York City: Island. 2009. 0602527239415. 
  9. ^ We Weren't Born to Follow (CD-Maxi Single CD Single). Bon Jovi. New York City: Island. 2009. 0602527239408. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts Report: Week Commencing 21 September 2009 #Issue1021" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Bon Jovi – We Weren't Born to Follow" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Bon Jovi.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200945 into search.
  14. ^ "Bon Jovi: We Weren't Born to Follow" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Bon Jovi Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 45, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Bon Jovi – We Weren't Born to Follow". Top Digital Download.
  18. ^ "Hits of the World - Japan". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 21, 2009. p. 47. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ "ウィー・ワーント・ボーン・トゥ・フォロー ボン・ジョヴィ - ORICON STYLE". Oricon. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bon Jovi – We Weren't Born to Follow" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-11-14". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  22. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200947 into search.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bon Jovi – We Weren't Born to Follow". Singles Top 100.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bon Jovi – We Weren't Born to Follow". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-11-14" UK Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Bon Jovi.
  27. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Bon Jovi.
  28. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Bon Jovi.
  29. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  30. ^ "We Weren`t Born To Follow: Bon Jovi LAWSON-TICKET HMV - UICL-5026". HMV. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  31. ^ "Bon Jovi - We Weren'T Born to Follow gebraucht (2-Track) kaufen". reBuy.de. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  32. ^ "Bon Jovi - We Weren'T Born to Follow gebraucht kaufen". reBuy.de. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 

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