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These Days (Bon Jovi album)

These Days is Bon Jovi's sixth studio album, and was released on June 27, 1995. "These Days" has sold over 8,000,000 copies worldwide and is Bon Jovi's 6th biggest selling album. It achieved platinum status all over the world, especially in Europe where it enjoyed the most success, due to the overwhelming response to the accompanying tour.

These Days was regarded as a much maligned album full of subtle lyrics and deeper references with respect to life today. It was an overall darker album in contrast to the band's usual brand of feel good, inspiring rock songs and love ballads. This was the first album Bon Jovi released after the firing of bassist Alec John Such. To this day, Such has not been officially replaced. These Days only had one hit single in the US, "This Ain't a Love Song," which charted at #14. The expression "these days" is used 25 times through the entire album.

Track listing

  1. "Hey God" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora) – 6:10
  2. "Something for the Pain" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child) – 4:47
  3. "This Ain't a Love Song" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child) – 5:07
  4. "These Days" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) – 6:27
  5. "Lie to Me" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) – 5:34
  6. "Damned" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) – 4:33
  7. "My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) – 5:41
  8. "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" (Bon Jovi) – 5:51
  9. "Hearts Breaking Even" (Bon Jovi, Child) – 5:06
  10. "Something to Believe In" (Bon Jovi) – 5:25
  11. "If That's What It Takes" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) – 5:17
  12. "Diamond Ring" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child) – 3:47
  13. "All I Want Is Everything" (Bon Jovi, Sambora)*
  14. "Bitter Wine" (Bon Jovi, Sambora)* - 4:33
  15. "Como Yo Nadie Te Ha Amado [Spanish version of "This Ain't a Love Song" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child)" - 5:07
  16. [*] May not be on all releases, especially U.S. release.

    French Bonus CD

  17. "Always" (Live in Montreal) (Bon Jovi, Sambora) - 5:52
  18. "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) - 4:27
  19. "Prostitute" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) - 4:28
  20. "Lonely at the Top" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) - 4:14
  21. "When She Comes" (Bon Jovi, Sambora) - 3:29
  22. "The End" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, David Bryan) - 3:38

Australian Tour Edition Bonus CD

Mercury 528 874-2 Recorded live at Wembley Stadium, London

  1. This Ain't A Love Song (Live)
  2. I Don't Like Mondays (Live)
  3. Livin' On A Prayer (Live)
  4. You Give Love A Bad Name (Live)
  5. Wild In The Streets (Live)

Japanese Limited Edition Bonus CD

1998 Nippon Phonogram PHCR90023/4

  1. This Aint't A Love Song (Wembley 1995)
  2. Hey God (Johannesburg 1995)
  3. These Days (Johannesburg 1995)
  4. Something For The Pain (Miami Arena 1995)
  5. (It's Hard) Letting You Go (Johannesburg 1995)
  6. Rocking In The Free World (Johannesburg 1995)
  7. 634-5789 (Studio Outtake)
  8. All I Want Is Everything
  9. Bitter Wine

Special Edition Bonus CD

The album was later released as a "Special Edition 2 CD Set", which included a 2nd CD containing several demo tracks, and an assortment of cover songs.

  1. "Fields Of Fire" - demo (Bon Jovi) – 4:10
  2. "I Thank You" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 3:14
  3. "Mrs. Robinson" (Paul Simon) – 3:21
  4. "Let's Make It Baby" - demo (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child) – 6:19
  5. "I Don't Like Mondays" - live at Wembley Stadium, featuring Bob Geldof (Bob Geldof) – 5:58 (later available on One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001 and on the Something for the pain single)
  6. "Crazy" - live, lead vocal by Tico Torres (Willie Nelson) – 3:29
  7. "Tumblin' Dice" - live, lead vocal by David Bryan (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:17
  8. "Heaven Help Us All" - live, lead vocal by Richie Sambora (Ron Miller) – 4:34

Personnel

Additional musicians:

Charts

Album -
Year Chart Position
1995 UK Top 75 Albums Chart #1 (4 weeks)
1995 European Top 100 Albums #1 (6 weeks)
1995 Germany Album chart #1 (3 weeks)
1995 US Billboard 200 Albums #9
1995 Australian ARIA Albums Chart #1

Singles -

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "This Ain't A Love Song" UK Top 75 Singles #6
1995 "This Ain't A Love Song" European Top 100 Singles #1
1995 "Something For The Pain" UK Top 75 Singles #8
1995 "Something For The Pain" European Top 100 Singles #8
1995 "Lie To Me" UK Top 75 Singles #10
1995 "Lie To Me" European Top 100 Singles #18
1996 "These Days" UK Top 75 Singles #7
1996 "Hey God" UK Top 75 Singles #13
1995 "This Ain't A Love Song" The Billboard Hot 100 #14
1995 "Something For The Pain" The Billboard Hot 100 #76
1995 "Lie To Me" The Billboard Hot 100 #88

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