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"Always" is a power ballad[1] by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released as a single from their 1994 greatest hits album Cross Road and went on to become one of their best-selling singles, with a million copies sold in the US and more than 3 million worldwide.[2] The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was an international hit, peaking at number one in Belgium, Canada, Ireland and Switzerland, number two in Australia and the United Kingdom, and number four in Germany. In the United Kingdom, it was the very first number-one single on the UK Rock and Metal Singles Chart.

"Always"
Always BonJovi.jpg
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Cross Road
B-side"Edge of a Broken Heart"
Released20 September 1994 (1994-09-20)
Format
Recorded1994
GenreRock
Length5:52 (Album Version)
4:55 (Single Edit)
4:37 (Radio Edit)
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Jon Bon Jovi
Producer(s)Peter Collins
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Dry County"
(1994)
"Always"
(1994)
"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
(1995)
Music video
"Always" on YouTube
Music video
"Always" (Alternate Version) on YouTube
Audio sample

"Always" was Alec John Such's final single with the band before he left in late 1994.

Contents

Song originEdit

The song was originally written by Jon Bon Jovi for the soundtrack to the 1993 film Romeo Is Bleeding, starring Gary Oldman as a corrupt cop and Mafia aide who is renounced by his wife. After being unimpressed by a preview screening of the movie – which was a critical and box office flop[3] – he decided not to lend "Always" to the producers. Bon Jovi commented, "The script was great: the movie wasn't." He left the track on his shelf and forgot about it until John Kalodner, a friend and A&R executive, found it and convinced him to re-record and release the song.[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video featured Jack Noseworthy, Carla Gugino, Jason Wiles and Keri Russell.

Live performancesEdit

The song's powerful lyrics and power ballad sound made "Always" an instant hit at live concerts, but the high demand on Jon Bon Jovi's vocals have seen it rarely performed in concert following the band's 1995–1996 These Days Tour. Hence, when it is performed it is done so in a lower key. The song is featured on the band's Live From London video. During the 2005-2006 Have a Nice Day Tour it was occasionally performed in the acoustic style heard on the band's 2003 This Left Feels Right album. The band performed the original version on their Lost Highway Tour, particularly in the UK leg. A live version performed on the final night of the Lost Highway Tour was included on the concert DVD Live at Madison Square Garden. Since then, the song in its original version has been occasionally performed during every tour.

Track listingEdit

Promo CD single

  1. "Always" (Radio Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:37
  2. "Always" (Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:52
  3. "Always" (Jon Bon Jovi) 5:52

UK CD single

  1. "Always" (Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:52
  2. "Always" (Jon Bon Jovi) 5:52
  3. "Edge of a Broken Heart" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 4:33

German CD single

  1. "Always" (Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:52
  2. "Always" (Jon Bon Jovi) 5:52
  3. "Edge of a Broken Heart" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 4:33
  4. "Prayer 94" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 5:20

US Cassette single

  1. "Always (Edit)"
  2. "Never Say Goodbye"
  3. "Edge of a Broken Heart"

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[44] Gold 25,000*
Italy (FIMI)[45] Gold 25,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[46] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[48] Gold 25,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[49] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[51]
Physical single
Platinum 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[52]
Digital single
Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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