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"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Have a Nice Day
Released late 2005
Format CD single: Worldwide
Digital download: Worldwide
Vinyl single: Worldwide
Genre Heartland rock, southern rock, country rock
Length 4:40 (Album/Rock version)
3:50 (Duet with Jennifer Nettles/UK radio edit)
Label The Island Def Jam Music Group
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Have a Nice Day"
(2005)
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
(2006)
"Welcome to Wherever You Are"
(2006)
Audio sample
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Alternate cover
Cover of Bon Jovi/Jennifer Nettles version

"Who Says You Can't Go Home" is a rock song written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora for Bon Jovi's ninth studio album Have a Nice Day (2005). The song was produced by John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was released as the second single in North America in the first quarter of 2006 and reached the top thirty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at #23. Outside North America, "Welcome to Wherever You Are" was released as the second single with "Who Says You Can't Go Home" being released as the album's third release on June 12, 2006. The song reached #5 in the UK, becoming the band's second Top 10 single from Have a Nice Day. A version of the song was also shipped to country music radio, featuring duet vocals from Jennifer Nettles of the duo Sugarland. This version was a Number One country hit in May 2006.

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The lyrics to "Who Says You Can't Go Home" reflect on lead-singer Jon Bon Jovi's own personal passion for his community and New Jersey roots. The song was used by the New Jersey state tourism office in television advertisements.[1]

Country music version

In the United States, a version of the song was released to the country music format as a duet with Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the duo Sugarland. This version became the first song by a rock act to reach Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart,[2] spending two weeks at Number One in May 2006.

The country music version was originally to have been recorded as a duet with Keith Urban, who was also to play banjo on the song. After Jon Bon Jovi decided that Urban's voice was too similar to his own, he asked a representative of Mercury Records to recommend a female duet partner.[3][4]

Music video

The music video for the country version features Habitat for Humanity volunteers, including members of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team owned in part by Jon Bon Jovi, building homes for low-income families and was used to promote the organization while another version of music video features a man in a dog suit. It also received an award for Best Collaborative Video at the CMT Music Awards in 2006.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Who Says You Can't Go Home".

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UK CD single #1

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Radio edit)
  2. "Complicated" (Live in Boston)

UK CD single #2

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Radio edit)
  2. "Last Man Standing" (Live in Boston)
  3. "Raise Your Hands" (Live in Boston)
  4. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" music video (dog suit version)

Vinyl single

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Radio edit)
  2. "Complicated" (Live in Boston)

Digital Download

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Acoustic Version)

Charts

Country version featuring Jennifer Nettles

Chart (2005-2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 7
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 3
Preceded by
"What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts
Billboard Hot Country Songs number-one single
May 6—May 13, 2006
Succeeded by
"Wherever You Are" by Jack Ingram
Preceded by
"My Give a Damn's Busted" by Jo Dee Messina
Canadian Country Singles Chart number-one single of the year
2006
Succeeded by
"Moments" by Emerson Drive

Rock version

Chart (2005-2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
UK Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 30
Austrian Singles Chart 36
German Top 100 54

Awards and Achievements

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