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I'll Be There for You (Bon Jovi song)

"I'll Be There for You"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album New Jersey
B-side "Homebound Train"
Released April 4, 1989
Format 7", CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 5:41
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Born to Be My Baby"
"I'll Be There for You"
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
Music video
I'll Be There for You on YouTube

"I'll Be There for You" is a power ballad by the American hard rock band Bon Jovi from their 1988 album New Jersey, was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. The song ranked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Mainstream rock charts.[1]


  • Background 1
  • Music video 2
  • Homebound Train 3
  • Charts 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Originally released on the 1988 album New Jersey, it became the band's third single from the album when it was released as a single in 1989. As the band (and hard rock music) was at its peak popularity at this time, the song quickly climbed to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their fourth and final number one single.[2] The song has remained as one of Bon Jovi's signature songs and a classic in the power ballad genre. The song was also a peek into a more mature sound heard on their following albums Keep the Faith and These Days.

Some think the verses have an eerily and uncredited similarity (both musically and melodically) to John Lennon's Beatles' track "Don't Let Me Down" (recorded during the Get Back sessions) and the chorus was claimed, by some fans of the late 1980s hard rock genre, to have been culled from an unreleased song by Joel Ellis of Cats in Boots and Heavy Bones.[3][4] Ellis has said that Lehua Reid (Richie Sambora's ex-fiancée) regaled him with anecdotes regarding Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora "sitting at the piano for hours with a box full of tapes they got from people and going through the songs looking for stuff they could rip off and laughing about it, your [Ellis'] song was played over and over and over."[4]

On March 16, 2011, James Durbin performed the song on the 10th season of American Idol.

Music video

The video for the song features the band performing on a dark stage with an almost monochromatic blue color due to the stage lighting, with close-ups of each member, most notably lead singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora. However, it is persistent throughout the clip that Richie Sambora's face is constantly in shadow through the entire video. The video footage then switches midway to black-and-white footage from a Bon Jovi concert at the old Wembley Arena in London, England.

Homebound Train

"Homebound Train," the B-side to "I'll Be There for You", is notable for being one of the band's heaviest songs, and also for the brief back-and-forth keyboard and harmonica solos leading up to the guitar solo. It is a heavy metal song opposed to its A-side that is a hard rock/glam metal power ballad. When played during The Circle Tour, it was sung by Richie Sambora.


Chart (1989-1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 29
Canada (RPM)[7] 2
France (SNEP)[8] 68
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 67
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 1
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 5


  1. ^ "Allmusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ Billboard Top Pop Singles 1955-1996
  3. ^ "If you have a juicy original,dont send it to BON JOVI". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Joel Ellis Interview". Sleaze Roxx. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ " – Bon Jovi – I'll Be There For You". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ " – Bon Jovi – I'll Be There For You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 50, No. 5, May 29, 1989".  
  8. ^ "Accès direct à ces Artistes" (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2012.  Select BON JOVI then press OK.
  9. ^ " – Bon Jovi – I'll Be There For You". GfK Entertainment.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts - Search the Charts - I'll Be There for You".  
  11. ^ " – Bon Jovi – I'll Be There For You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ " – Bon Jovi – I'll Be There For You". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ " – Bon Jovi – I'll Be There For You". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1989-05-13" UK Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Bon Jovi – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Bon Jovi.
  16. ^ "Chart Search Results - Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1989-03-18".  

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Preceded by
"Like a Prayer" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 13, 1989
Succeeded by
"Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul
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