“Blaze of Glory” is a song by Jon Bon Jovi which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990, his only chart-topper away from his band Bon Jovi. The song also reached #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart “Blaze of Glory” also topped the ARIA music chart in Australia for a total of six weeks, and it reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart
The song remains a crowd favorite with Bon Jovi fans, despite the fact that the song wasn’t released as one of the band’s singles.

The song was also notable for the performance of rock legend Jeff Beck on guitar.

In October 2005, “Blaze of Glory” was voted as “Best Song to Ride a Horse to in Slow Motion” by Blender Magazine.

It first appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded. It later appeared as the title track on his solo album Blaze of Glory. Next, it appeared on Cross Road, Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits album. Finally, it appeared on Bon Jovi’s live DVD Live From London. It was sung by Phil Stacey on American Idol.

The song is referenced in the 2008 romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Girl, where Jason Biggs’ character is told by a babysitter he has been “Shot down… in a blaze of glory” after insulting the woman he was about to go out on a date with.

* 1990 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song: Won
* 1990 Academy Award for Best Original Song: Nominated
* 1991 American Music Award: Favorite Pop/Rock Single, Won

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