The song was written by Bon Jovi members, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi and lead guitarist Richie Sambora, along with American songwriter and producer Desmond Child. “Livin’ on a Prayer” s the band’s second chart-topping single from their third album Slippery When Wet. The single was released on October 31, 1986 with “Wild In The Streets” on the B-side. It was the band’s their first No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and their second consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit. The original 4single release sold 800,000 copies in the United States. In 2013 was certified triple platinum for over 3 million digital downloads. The official music video has over 850 million views on YouTube as of October 2021. The single topped the singles charts also in Canada, New Zealand, and Norway. In the UK, it peaked at #4.
The music video was directed by American dicector Wayne Isham. It was filmed on September 17, 1986, at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It all starts with a silhouette of the band walking down the hall and it features shots of the band rehearsing.
Bon Jovi have themselves reworked the song several times, including an acoustic live version and a re-recorded version of the song, “Prayer ’94,” which appeared on U.S. versions of their Cross Road hits collection.