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"We Weren't Born to Follow" is the first single released from Bon Jovi's eleventh studio album, The Circle. The single premiered on radio on August 17, with tour plans in support of the album announced in October. Jon Bon Jovi explained to the Daily Mail that this song is "about working people picking themselves up by their bootstraps in hard times."

It has since reached the peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 68.

Music video

The music video for the song was released on October 14, 2009. It features the band performing on the roof of the Clinton Recording Studios in New Yorkmarker with skyscrapers visible behind them. Interspersed with these scenes are archive clips and pictures of important events and people in history. These echo the themes of the song.
The video includes:

For the week ending November 21, the music video for We Weren't Born to Follow reached #1 on the VH1 Top 20 in the USA.

Track listing

Japan CD single
  1. We Weren't Born to Follow (Single Edit)
  2. We Weren't Born to Follow (Karaoke Version)

Europe CD single
  1. We Weren't Born to Follow (Single Edit)
  2. Blaze of Glory (Live) - 5:48

Europe CD Maxi single
  1. We Weren't Born to Follow (Single Edit)
  2. Blaze of Glory (Live) - 5:48
  3. In These Arms (Live) - 6:06
  4. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Live) - 6:22

Recording process

When Richie Sambora recorded the solo for this song, he played a very melodic, Beatles-esque break. But as soon as the song debuted at radio, many fans expressed dismay at the lack of a guitar solo. In response to this criticism, Sambora recorded a new guitar solo to appear in both the music video and album versions of the song.


"We Weren’t Born to Follow" is Bon Jovi's fastest moving single at HOT AC radio in its 25 year history.

On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 90, making it the band's 27th Hot 100 entry. It has since re-entered at #68.

Chart (2009) Peak

Australian Singles Chart 62
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Hot 100 29
Czech Radio Top100 46
Irish Singles Chart 41
Dutch Singles Chart 73
European Hot 100 22
German Singles Chart 6
Swedish Singles Chart 30
Swiss Singles Chart 14
Japan Hot 100 3
Oricon Chart (Japan) 36
UK Singles Chart 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 68
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 10

In other media

"We Weren't Born to Follow" was used as a promotional song for the Major League Baseball 2009 playoffs on TBS. For the last two years, Bon Jovi promoted Major League Baseball with the song "I Love This Town" from the album Lost Highway.On November 1, Bon Jovi performed "We Weren't Born to Follow" on the results show of rock week, on the sixth series of the The X Factor . The song was significantly cut for broadcasting, with the second half of the second verse being cut in half and Sambora's guitar solo being removed in its entirety.Bon Jovi performed on Radio 1's Live Lounge on November 3 as part of Fearne Cotton's mid-morning show, they performed 'We Weren't Born to Follow and the slow version of 'Livin on a Prayer'.The song was performed during the Fest der Freiheit on November 9 in Berlin, a memorial for the Fall of the Berlin Wall.


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