Most Pittsburghers probably know Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” for its video which features shots from the Fort Pitt Tunnel and Bridge (see the 1:28 and 52 second marks of the video, respectively). For me, however, “Wanted Dead or Alive” is a song that was written inside out. I’m pretty sure Jon Bon Jovi was working on Slippery When Wet and decided he wanted to write a song where he would get to sing the line, “I’ve seen a million faces, and I rocked them all!” Because really, that’s what the whole song builds to and it ends pretty quickly thereafter. I don’t think there’s a song with a more singular, more distinct pinnacle anywhere. The song is all about the line, and that’s okay. Even better, it’s grocery store music now, at least if you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s.
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi