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"Have a Nice Day" is Bon Jovi's first single off the 2005 album Have a Nice Day. It was first performed at the 2004 American Music Awards, where an incomplete version of the song was played. The final version of the song was first performed in full at the Philadelphiamarker Live 8 concert on July 2, 2005, and released worldwide as a single the following month. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and John Shanks.

"Have a Nice Day" preceded the September 20 release of the album Have A Nice Day, which also included the hit single.

Music Video

The Music video was directed by Eric Hirshberg and produced by Janice Biggs and John O'Grady.The music video of Have A Nice Day begins when the band arrives in a jeep in front of a crowd of the fans. Jon draws a smiley on the album cover of the corresponding album for one of the fans in the crowd. The guy takes a photo of the album cover with his mobile phone and sends it to all his friends. Soon the red face pops everywhere. We see Jon, Richie, Tico and David in New York throughout the video. After the second verse, we see Bon Jovi performing in the Manhattan Ballroom. At the end of the video we see Bon Jovi leaving with a helicopter.

Releases

UK CD single #1


"Have A Nice Day""I Get A Rush"(Live Atlantic City)"Miss Fourth Of July" (Live Atlantic City)

UK CD single #2


"Have A Nice Day" (Radio edit)"The Radio Saved My Life Tonight" (Live Atlantic City)

Chart success

"Have A Nice Day" charted at #2 in Sweden, #6 in the United Kingdom, #7 in Germany, #8 in Australia, #8 in Finland, #10 in Switzerland, #10 in Japan, #53 in the United States (Billboard Hot 100) and #38 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Chart Highest

position
Billboard Hot 100 53
Billboard Pop 100 38
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
Hot Digital Songs 25
Hot Digital Tracks 24
Hot 100 Singles Recurrents 8
Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 6
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 7
Canadian Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 7
Australian Singles Chart 8
Finlandmarker 8
Norwegian Singles Chart 8
Japanmarker 10
Swiss Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 18


Lyrical content

"Have a Nice Day" is a song of defiance and rising against adversity, its strong lyrics reinforced by heavy guitar riffs with powerful vocals. "There's obviously a sense of irony when you say it. You can say it one way and you can take it another way", says Jon Bon Jovi about the song's title[381382]. On the documentary on the Live from Atlantic City Bonus DVD, Richie Sambora says that the title of the album is meant to be said aggressively, likening it to the way that Clint Eastwood said "Have a nice day" in his earlier movies. To stress the emotion, he said "Have a nice day," followed by giving the finger.

Jon wrote the song in the wake of John Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid, for whom Jon had been a strong campaigner. The line "Take a look around you nothing's what it seems / We're living in the broken home of hopes and dreams" reflects Jon's thoughts on the political state of America.

The song has proven to be popular among Bon Jovi fans and was staple performance during the band's 2005/2006 Have A Nice Day Tour. However, it was missing from some concerts on the Lost Highway Tour, replaced by Have a Nice Day's second and more successful single "Who Says You Can't Go Home".

It was also featured as one of the six live tracks on the promotional album Live from the Have a Nice Day Tour, released through Wal-Martmarker.

Melinda Doolittle covered the song during Bon Jovi Week on American Idol .

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