Cross Road by Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi’s album, “Cross Road,” released in 1994, is a fantastic album for anybody who enjoys great rock music. All fourteen songs on the album are great hits, many of which almost everybody would recognize. “Cross Road” was Bon Jovi’s first greatest hits album. It includes songs from his 1984 album, “Bon Jovi,” and his 1992 album, “Keep the Faith,” along with some new singles.
The first single that was released from the album, “Always,” spent six months in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Bon Jovi’s highest selling single in the United States. “Always” was also a worldwide hit, reaching number one in thirteen different countries. Cross Road has sold over 21.5 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.
“Cross Road” has achieved many great things throughout the twenty years of its existence. And it deserves all of it.
A lot of the time, many songs on an album are overlooked, due to the more popular ones that receive the majority of the credit. “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” and “ You Give Love A Bad Name” are all amazing songs, and are probably the most popular and well known songs on the album. All of the other songs on this album deserve just as much credit. Jon Bon Jovi took part in writing every single song on the album, and a lot of them he wrote by himself. Because of this, nearly every song has an awesome story behind it. For example, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora wrote “Runaway” after Sambora came up to Jon Bon Jovi after one of his concerts(this was before the band, Bon Jovi, was formed) and told him that he should be a guitarist. Jon told him off, but said to come to a rehearsal sometime. Sambora came to a rehearsal and things clicked. Thus, Bon Jovi was born.
Bon Jovi has one of the most obvious, burning passions for music that I have ever heard. Jon Bon Jovi and all the band members pour their hearts and souls out into every single song on “Cross Road”. I love that every song has a story behind it, and in my opinion, albums like that, are far better than any others. I feel that the artist can really make the album their own when they write the songs themselves. “Cross Road” exemplifies exactly this. Bon Jovi does a fantastic job on this album and I would recommend it for anybody who enjoys hard rock music.