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We Weren't Born To Follow

"We Weren't Born to Follow"
The Circle
Released August 17, 2009 (US radio)
August 31, 2009 (International)
September 15, 2009 (iTunes)
October 21, 2009 (Japan)
October 23, 2009 (Europe)
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded Sanctuary Studios, NJ
Henson Recording Studios, CA
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:03 (Album version)
4:09 (Single edit)
Label Island
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer John Shanks
Bon Jovi singles chronology

"Whole Lot of Leavin'"
"We Weren't Born to Follow"
"Superman Tonight"

"We Weren't Born to Follow" is the first single released from Bon Jovi's eleventh studio album, The Circle.[1] The single premiered on radio on August 17, 2009.[1][2] Jon Bon Jovi explained to the Daily Mail that this song is "about working people picking themselves up by their bootstraps in hard times." [3] The single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[4]

Since then, the song has reached the peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 68.[5]

Music video

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 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:[6]

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


U.S CD Single (Island: B0013426-32)
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single edit)Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:09
Total length:
Japanese CD Single (Island: UICL-5026)
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single edit)Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
2. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Instrumental)Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
Total length:
European CD Single (Island: 0602527239415)
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single edit)Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
2. "Blaze of Glory" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, NYC on July 14, 2008.)Bon Jovi 5:48
Total length:
European CD-Maxi Single (Island: 0602527239408)
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "We Weren't Born to Follow" (Single edit)Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
2. "Blaze of Glory" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, NYC on July 14, 2008.)Bon Jovi 5:48
3. "In These Arms" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, NYC on July 15, 2008.)Bon Jovi, Sambora, David Bryan 6:08
4. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, NYC on July 15, 2008.)Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 6:22
Total length:

Recording process

When Richie Sambora recorded the solo for this song, he played a very melodic, Beatles-esque break. But as soon as the song debuted at radio, many fans expressed dismay at the lack of a guitar solo. In response to this criticism, Sambora recorded a new guitar solo to appear in both the music video and album versions of the song.


"We Weren’t Born to Follow" is Bon Jovi's fastest moving single at HOT AC radio in its 25 year history.

On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 90, making it the band's 27th Hot 100 entry. It has since re-entered at #68.

Chart (2009–10) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 62
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Hot 100 29
Czech Airplay Chart 46
Dutch Singles Chart 73
European Hot 100 22
German Singles Chart 6
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[7] 3
Irish Singles Chart 41
Italian Singles Chart 5
Japan Hot 100 3
Japanese Oricon Chart 36
Polish Singles Chart[8] 38
Spanish Airplay Chart[9] 9
Swedish Singles Chart 30
Swiss Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 25
US Billboard Hot 100 68
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 10
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 16


Year-end charts

Chart (2009) Position
Hungarian Airplay Chart[14] 105
Chart (2010) Position
Hungarian Airplay Chart[15] 24

In other media

"We Weren't Born to Follow" was used as a promotional song for the Major League Baseball 2009 playoffs on TBS. For the last two years, Bon Jovi promoted Major League Baseball with the song "I Love This Town" from the album Lost Highway. On November 1, Bon Jovi performed "We Weren't Born to Follow" on the results show of rock week, on the sixth series of the The X Factor (UK). The song was significantly cut for broadcasting, with the second half of the second verse being cut in half and Sambora's guitar solo being removed in its entirety. Bon Jovi performed on Radio 1's Live Lounge on November 3 as part of Fearne Cotton's mid-morning show, they performed "We Weren't Born to Follow" and the slow version of "Livin' on a Prayer". The song was performed during the Fest der Freiheit on November 9 in Berlin, a memorial for the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In Japan, the song was used in a commercial for the Wii video game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers. "We Weren't Born to Follow" is also being used as the theme song for PWFs 6th annual WWEFANMANIA which can be found on the WWEFan website.[16] On November 9, 2010 the song appears in the pack of Greatest Hits in the video game Rock Band 3.


External links

  • "We Weren't Born to Follow" on the Official Bon Jovi website
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