Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead Or Alive


[Verse 1]
There is no political solution
To our troubled evolution

Have no faith in constitution
There is no bloody revolution

We are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world[x2]

[Verse 2]
Our so-called leaders speak
With words they try to jail you
They subjugate the meek
But it’s the rhetoric of failure


Where does the answer lie?
Living from day to day
If it’s something we can’t buy
There must be another way

We are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world

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Wanted Dead or Alive” is a single by American rock band Bon Jovi. It is from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. The song was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and was released in 1987 as the album’s third single. During a February 20, 2008 encore performance in Detroit, Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd about running into Bob Seger at a Pistons game. As he introduced his song “Wanted Dead or Alive”, he said it was inspired by Seger’s “Turn the Page” hit and called the song the band’s anthem.[1] The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[2] making it the third single from the album to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100. As a result, Slippery When Wet became the first hard rock album to have 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2001 a live version from the album One Wild Night Live 1985–2001 was released as a single featuring a promotional music video. In 2003 a new version was released on the album This Left Feels Right and this version was also released as a single with a promotional video.

Considered to be one of the band’s signature songs, it has become known to younger audiences as the theme song for Discovery Channel‘s Deadliest Catch TV show.

The song was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015.[3]

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The song’s title pays homage to Jon’s admiration for Old West heroes, and how he identifies with them as being hated and loved at the same time (“wanted dead or alive”, so to speak). During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Jon said he got the inspiration for the song early one morning when he could not sleep while riding in a tour bus. The “lifestyle of every rock band” was similar to that of outlaws in that each was, “a young band of thieves, riding into town, stealing the money, the girls, and the booze before the sun came up.”[4]

Jon Bon Jovi said during a concert in Detroit, Michigan, on February 20, 2008, that the song “absolutely positively was influenced by [Bob] Seger’sTurn the Page.'”[5] Bon Jovi performed “Turn the Page” during a concert in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) on July 21, 2010. Afterward, Jon told the audience he remembered listening to this song in 1985 while traveling on a tour bus in the midwest and telling Richie Sambora, “We got to write a song like this.” The following year the duo composed “Wanted Dead or Alive”.

Music video

The music video was filmed in black and white by cinematographer Derek M. Allen features footage from the band’s massive 1986-1987 world tour, including shots from Rochester NY’ s War Memorial Auditorium Chicago‘s UIC Pavilion, Rochester, Minnesota‘s Mayo Civic Center, Denver, Colorado’s McNichols Arena, Pittsburgh, PA F. Pitt Tunnel and Pittsburgh Skyline, Oklahoma City, Huntington, WV, and other venues. The video captures the life-on-the-road feeling, with several shots of the exhausted band members.[6] The audio for the video uses the short (edited) version of the song.

In Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet Special Edition, Jon and Richie perform the acoustic version of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” live, and before singing they mention they wrote the song in Richie’s mother’s basement a year ago (1985 or 1986) and Richie says “Mom this is for you” and Jon thanks her by saying “Thanks for Richie’s mom for not doing the laundry the day we wrote this song, it’s called Wanted Dead or Alive”. In this version, Richie and Jon take turns singing during the second and the last verse. The guitar solo is performed on one of Sambora’s trademark multi-necked 12 string Ovation guitars, rather than switching to an electric guitar for the solo and last verse of the song.

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Track listings

Japan 7″ Single (Mercury 888 482-7) [7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:10
2. “Shot Through The Heart” Bon Jovi 4:24
Japan CD-Maxi (Mercury PPDM 1003)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Single Version) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 5:11
2. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Acoustic) Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:39
3. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Live) Bon Jovi, Sambora 8:14
4. Edge of a Broken Heart Bon Jovi, Sambora 7:25
Promo – 7″ Single (Mercury 88 467-7 DJ)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Long) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 5:07
2. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Short) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:10
CD Video (Mercury 422870721-2)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Never Say Goodbye Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:48
2. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:07
3. “I’d Die For You” Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:31
4. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Acoustic) Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:41
5. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Music video) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:08
CD-Single (Island Def Jam 588 718-2) [8]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wanted Dead Or Alive (Live)” (Recorded Live On September 20, 2000, New York City, NY) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
2. “Thank You For Loving Me” (Recorded Live Acoustic On December 6, 2000, TMF Cafe, The Music Factory, Bussum, The Netherlands)
Limited Edition Promo – CD-Single (Island 440 011 172-4)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Live) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 3:43
2. “The Distance” (Live At The Yokohama Arena, Japan, January 29th 2003) Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:54

Chart positions

Original version

Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 36
Canada (RPM)[11] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 47
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 7
US Album Rock Tracks[18] 13

2000 live version

Chart (2000–01) Peak
Germany (Media Control AG)[20] 45
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[21] 26

Year-end charts

Chart (1987) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[22] 82
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 74
Chart (2007) Peak
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[19] 25


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[3] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone



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