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Throwback: Bon Jovi

Valentine's Day '87: 'Livin' on a Prayer' hits No. 1


So what if you can't live on love? Bon Jovi fans have been "Livin' on a Prayer" for 30 years.

Like Cupid's arrow, the New Jersey hair band's signature hit shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on Valentine's Day 1987 and held on tight for four weeks.

The catchy sing-along about Tommy and Gina, a working-class couple struggling to make ends meet, was Bon Jovi's second consecutive No. 1 single from the 1986 album, "Slippery When Wet." It came right on the heels of their first-ever chart-topper, "You Give Love a Bad Name," and would be followed by "Wanted: Dead or Alive," which peaked at No. 7.

Awarded the top spot in VH1's "Greatest Songs of the '80s" in 2006, "Livin' on a Prayer" is now synonymous with its soon-to-be 55-year-old singer. Last summer, a wedding band corralled Jon Bon Jovi into joining their cover, much to his obvious discomfort.

Then again, Bon Jovi has long insisted he's never grown tired of his greatest hit. "Not when I see the jet with my name on it," he told the London Times in 2010.