New Jersey (album)

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New Jersey is Bon Jovi's fourth album, released on September 19, 1988. The album charted at #1 on The Billboard 200[1].New Jersey was particularly notable for producing five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album.


Unreleased songs

The album was initially meant to be a double album, however this idea was rejected by the record company because they got nervous about the higher price point and decided they would only release a single album. Songs that were recorded but withheld from the album are[citation needed]:

  • "Love is War"
  • "Let's Make it Baby"
  • "Outlaws of Love"
  • "Judgment Day"
  • "Growing Up the Hard Way"
  • "Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?" (later recorded by Cher)
  • "Rosie" (later recorded by Richie Sambora)
  • "River of Love (Come Alive)"
  • "Backdoor to Heaven"
  • "Love Hurts"
  • "Diamond Ring" (released on the album These Days)
  • "Now and Forever"
  • "Cadillac Man" (recorded for the movie of the same name but not used)

Critical reception

Critical reception for New Jersey was mostly positive.

Chart success

New Jersey was a commercial success. The album debuted at #8 on Billboard 200, the following week reached #1 and spent four weeks at #1. In the United States, it sold five million copies in six months. New Jersey was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for 7 million U.S. shipments.

New Jersey also holds the record for the hard rock album to spawn the most Top 10 singles, with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in United States. No other hard rock album has ever equaled or broken this feat. "Bad Medicine" and the ballad "I'll Be There for You", both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. The album's three other singles ("Born to Be My Baby", "Lay Your Hands on Me", and "Living in Sin") reached the Top 10.

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