Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer' Back on Billboard 100: Does Video Content Keep Older Artists Relevant?

Peter Charles 2013/11/21 20:00:00
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On Wednesday, we shared with you how Bob Dylan's 1965 classic "Like a Rolling Stone" is getting everyone's attention again with its interactive music video. Now, Bon Jovi's memorable "Livin' On a Prayer" has returned to the Billboard Hot 100 because of a fan video.

In an age where video content is king, Bon Jovi has resurfaced at No. 25 on the industry charts due to a 2009 clip of basketball fan Jeremy Fry putting on an enthusiastic lip-sync and dance routine to the band's 1986 single. The video depicts Fry moving up and down the steps at Boston's TD Garden, engaging other fans along the way and generally energizing the crowd.

"Livin' On a Prayer" spent four weeks at No. 1 back in 1986, but the track gathered 5.1 million U.S. streams this past week alone due to a new upload of Fry's video on Utrend.tv. Although the clip has been available for several years, this new platform generated 1.6 million Facebook shares and an astounding 11 millions views worldwide.

What are your thoughts, SodaHeads? Is creative video content allowing older artists to stay relevant? Do you enjoy seeing older tracks resurface, or does it take away opportunities for new artists to break through?

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  • Katt 2014/02/10 03:56:28
    bon jovi will always be at the top no matter what
  • tfernandes2 2013/11/25 14:16:41
    if you asked me about Rap and most of their music (with the exception of Eminem) NO! it's not the racist thing there have been many great black Americans who gave character to the times( the four tops, the temptations, many male and female groups) made and sang beautiful music, we still enjoy them today, whistling or humming them to our selves, on our way to or at work or at any time of day, those were artists of their profession Della Reese, Donna Summers, Diane Ross, Gloria Gaynor, Nat king Cole, the blind piano player don't recall his name any more, Stevie wonder great, Dione Warwick so many an of course Whitney Huston she gave class and beauty, that ! even many white male or female performers don't share ! I believe yes their videos should go on forever so that generations can witness the great music for ever, the times and the real artists that gave their profession character, Elvis (love me tender, love me sweet) in my opinion the founder of rock-n-roll he should never be forgotten ether he's an all time every generations favorite
  • Ian 2013/11/25 04:34:43
    Another cool thing about YouTube is that I can find many of my childhood cartoons, shows, and music on it and share them with my kids
  • May 2013/11/23 22:24:31
    I love Youtube. You can see so many things like this that take you back to a special place in your life. You can learn so many things, verify things that were said or done. Then there is the trash that makes it on there too. I wish they would not allow the swearing in the comment section.
  • Ian May 2013/11/25 04:35:16
    Yes, see what I said in my comment http://www.sodahead.com/enter...
  • Dave 007 2013/11/23 12:57:05
    Dave 007
    Yes, too bad MTV doesn't show them.
  • cranejumper 2013/11/23 06:05:33
  • SoonerShankle 2013/11/23 04:32:36
    Glee helps too.
  • Adam Dodge 2013/11/22 16:44:33
    Adam Dodge
    Did anyone else notice that this page says the song's called "Livin' Like a Prayer" instead of "Livin' On A Prayer"? For shame, Peter Charles, for shame!
  • Ashley 2013/11/22 15:25:54
    Not all but some do.
  • Deurdre 2013/11/22 11:10:58
    But if the song is really a hit , it will just keep coming back on its own. Also I think older stars do better on tours because they can re-connect with their old fans and also connect with new ones.
  • Jeditard 2013/11/22 08:11:45
    This is really funny because this song came on the radio today and I got really into it. I'm not a big Bon Jovi fan, but really, who doesn't like this song? I had no idea it was making a comeback.
  • La 2013/11/22 07:24:56
    This song will always be "relevant" kthx
  • gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F 2013/11/22 03:30:35
    gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F
    Yes, No, what ever, lol All I know is, Bon Jovi had it then and still has now.
  • Cal 2013/11/22 01:50:54
    That and the fact most modern music sucks anyways. Rap has all but died out, Hip Hop fizzled, but Pop is the big thing right now. Eventually rock will rise again.
  • zeldamaster17~平和 2013/11/22 01:36:45
    Nah, I don't think so. But Bon Jovi is still relevant and I love the band to death <3
  • phuque vitch BAN ME 2013/11/22 01:21:54
  • Cher 2013/11/22 01:11:24
    I maybe 60 years old but Love Bon Jovi still..
  • deidara.true,art-[SHP]- BTO... 2013/11/21 22:01:34 (edited)
    deidara.true,art-[SHP]- BTO-t- B
    That was adorable!
  • BeatleStone1 2013/11/21 21:54:19
    Bon Jovi is only worth their only great rock album Slippery When Wet & calling them relevant is silly.
  • Mel BeatleS... 2013/11/22 03:53:31
    I liked their first album out of all of them, to me they were just more hard rock then, SWW was a massive sales album of course but to me it just didn't rock as hard as the first one.

  • Christian Collins 2013/11/21 21:33:41
    Christian Collins
    Meant to hit sometimes.

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