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“Living in Sin” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 7, 1989 as the fifth and the final single from their fourth studio album, New Jersey. It also was the fifth single from New Jersey to reach the top ten of Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Living in Sin” is part of the album New Jersey, which followed the massive success of Bon Jovi’s previous album, Slippery When Wet. New Jersey was released in September 1988 and sought to continue the band’s momentum with a mix of rock anthems and heartfelt ballads. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn, who had also worked on Slippery When Wet, ensuring a polished and radio-friendly sound.

Musically, “Living in Sin” is a rock ballad that features a blend of powerful guitar riffs, melodic keyboards, and Jon Bon Jovi’s emotive vocals. The song builds from a soft, introspective verse into a more intense and anthemic chorus, a structure that showcases the band’s ability to balance emotion with rock energy. The lyrics of “Living in Sin” address the struggles of a romantic relationship that faces external judgment and disapproval, particularly from family and society. The song explores themes of love, defiance, and the desire to be accepted despite living in a way that others might deem inappropriate. The chorus, “I don’t want to live without your love, I don’t want to live without you,” underscores the depth of the commitment between the couple, despite the obstacles they face.

“Living in Sin” was well received by fans and critics alike. It peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, demonstrating its commercial success. The song also charted in several other countries, contributing to the overall success of the New Jersey album, which produced multiple hit singles.

The music video for “Living in Sin” was directed by Wayne Isham, a frequent collaborator with Bon Jovi. The video depicts a young couple dealing with the pressures and challenges of their relationship, interspersed with performance footage of the band. The narrative elements of the video reflect the song’s themes of love and defiance against societal expectations.

“Living in Sin” remains a notable song in Bon Jovi’s catalog, particularly for its lyrical content and emotional depth. It is often included in compilations of the band’s greatest hits and continues to be appreciated by fans for its heartfelt message and strong musical composition.

Bon Jovi – Living In Sin – Lyrics