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MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 03: Singer Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage during the Bon Jovi live concert presented by SiriusXM during Art Basel at Faena Theater on December 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. Private Concert Airs Live On SiriusXM's Bon Jovi Radio. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

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Bon Jovi: “It’s My Life”

The Hook: Jon Bon Jovi says fans took the song away from him and made it their own.

Year: 2000

Album: Crush

Writers: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Max Martin

Stats: Peaked at number-33 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Despite its never becoming a huge hit single, “It’s My Love” is one of Bon Jovi’s indisputable classics. Jon Bon Jovi explains that this happened because of the way fans related to its lyrics, and especially the title line.

Jon Bovi on how fans’ reacted to the title phrase of “It’s My Life.” OC:…in hope. :29

“They took it away from me, they made it their own. That was a universal and timeless and a beyond our expectations line. I mean, I selfishly said that line, ‘Like Frankie said, I did it my way.’ I’d just come back from making a movie and said, ‘This is me-me-me.’ Wow! Who knew? It gets out into the consciousness – it’s timeless, classic, it translates to any language, the language of the heart, which is music. And it all goes back to those underlying themes of having faith in faith and hope in hope.”