“Never Say Goodbye” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was a track off the band’s third album, Slippery When Wet, in June 1987, and reached number 11 on the mainstream rock charts and number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. Because it was not released domestically as a commercially available single, “Never Say Goodbye” was ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100; nevertheless, it reached number 28 on the Hot 100 Airplay survey.
The song was featured on some versions of the band’s Cross Road greatest hits album and is still occasionally performed live by the band in concert.
“Never Say Goodbye” is a power ballad, featuring drawn-out vocals and a slow tempo, in contrast to the other tracks on Slippery When Wet, which is of a much faster, hard rock pace.
This song is often used as the class song at prom nights, especially in New Jersey. Jon Bon Jovi claims that his inspiration for the song was the Southside Johnny song “Hearts of Stone”.
The song is in the key of A major and progresses to C# minor, D major and D minor.