What Do You Got?

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"What Do You Got?"
Bon Jovi-What Do You Got.jpg
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Greatest Hits
Released September 21, 2010
Format Digital download, CD
Studio Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, California
Sparky Dark Studios, Calabasas, California
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:47
Label Island
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Brett James
Producer(s) Howard Benson, Bon Jovi(co-producer), Sambora(co-producer)
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"When We Were Beautiful"
"What Do You Got?"
"No Apologies"
Music video
"What Do You Got?" on YouTube

"What Do You Got?" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It is one of four songs written for the band's Greatest Hits album, released in November 2010.[1] The song is the first single from the compilation album.[1] The song was released on the band's official website on August 27.[2] It was officially released on September 21, 2010 as a digital download, but the physical single was released in Germany on October 22, 2010.[3]

Background and lyrical content[edit]

"What Do You Got?" is a song that was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Brett James, produced by Howard Benson and co-produced by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was recorded in Bay 7 Studios in Valley Village and Sparky Dark Studios in Calabasas, California.[4] The song was written during sessions for The Circle (2009), but it didn't fit that album, so band decided to hold it and finished it for the Greatest Hits (2010).[5] Lyrically, the song is about the esthetic of love. Richie Sambora explained: "It's a worldly thing and it doesn't have to be exactly about romance. It could be about with your family, daughter or son. What Do You Got If you ain't got love. It's a profound statement in it's simplicity."[6]

Music Video[edit]

Music video for the song "What Do You Got?" was directed by Wayne Isham and produced by Dana Marshall. Isham explained: "I dug the 3D process, and it was awesome to execute it with long-time friends and collaborators Bon Jovi. We've worked together a long time, evolving and growing, so I'm happy to continue that tradition with the new medium of 3D".[7]

Release and reception[edit]

Originally, Jon Bon Jovi didn't want to release "What Do You Got?" as first single and instead favorised "No Apologies" as a first single candidate. Jon said: "If anyone wants to pick a single, you tell me. What do I know? That was the one that floated to the top, and I was taken aback because it was the (last) of the five I would've picked. But people have really been relating to the lyric, and seemingly for...radio, it's a hit."[5]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic said that "What Do You Got?" and "No Apologies" "will likely not make any subsequent best-of".[8] Mike Diver from BBC said that song is a "by-the-book slowie worthy of a few lighters held aloft".[9] Glenn Osrin from Examiner.com said that song "What Do You Got?" "artistically is as slick, smooth and musically competent as fans expect of Bon Jovi". He also stated that "Jon's voice is crisp and clear, up in front in the mix; and Richie Sambora’s guitar work is neat, clean, and growing more minimal by the minute". Describing the composition, Osrin said that song "continues the bands trend of recording music that tries to be more socially conscious than rollicking".

Track listing[edit]

U.S. CD Single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Do You Got?" Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Brett James 3:46
Total length: 3:46
German CD Single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Do You Got?" Bon Jovi, Sambora, James 3:46
2. "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Live from New Meadowlands Stadium) Bon Jovi, Sambora 7:09
Total length: 10:57
German CD Maxi Single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Do You Got?" Bon Jovi, Sambora, James 3:46
2. "Livin' on a Prayer" (Live from New Meadowlands Stadium) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 7:21
3. "Born to Be My Baby" (Live from New Meadowlands Stadium) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 5:16
4. "What Do You Got?" (Music video) Bon Jovi, Sambora, James 3:52
Total length: 20:23


  • Jon Bon Jovi – writer, co-producer
  • Richie Sambora - writer, co-producer
  • Brett James - writer
  • Howard Benson - producer
  • Mike Plotnikoff - recording engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 30
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 23
European Hot 100 Singles[12] 79
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 23
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[14] 43
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[15] 77
Spain Airplay (PROMUSICAE)[16] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[17] 8
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 16
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[19] 2


Country Date Type
Austria August 27, 2010[20] Radio airplay
United States/Canada August 27, 2010 Radio airplay
Malaysia August 31, 2010 Radio airplay
United Kingdom September 4, 2010 Radio airplay
United States September 21, 2010 Digital download
Germany October 15, 2010[21] CD single

In TV[edit]

"What Do You Got?" was used in a promotional video for Grey's Anatomy in Canada.


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  9. ^ Diver, Mike. "Review of Bon Jovi - Greatest Hits". BBC. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
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  17. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Bon Jovi. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
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  19. ^ "Chart Search Results - Bubbling Under Hot 100 2010-10-09". Billboard.biz. Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
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