Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009

4. New Jersey by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi was already an established part of the rock landscape by the time of their fourth album, unimaginatively named after the group's home state.

New Jersey did not disappoint, in so much that it holds the record for a "hard rock" album spawning the most Top 10 singles ever: five. The group even caused a slight stir when their video for "Living In Sin" was banned by MTV because it was too risqué. Shocking, right, to find out that MTV once played actual music videos?

TIME's Take: "The success of such currently hot groups as Bon Jovi and Poison is largely traceable to the saturation airplay given their videos on MTV."