I Love Rock N' Roll Introduction
About the Song
|Artist||Joan Jett and the Blackhearts||Musician(s)||Joan Jett (vocals, guitar), Gary Ryan (bass, back vocals), Ricky Byrd (guitar, back vocals), Lee Crystal (drums)|
|Album||I Love Rock N' Roll|
|Writer(s)||Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker|
|Producer(s)||Richie Cordell, Kenny Laguna|
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Joan Jett, venerated as a godmother of rock and a leading "woman in rock," is a case in point. In fact, after Jett left her 1970s all-girl get-up, The Runaways, she intentionally sought out male musicians to back her, aware that it might be the only way to succeed. "I Love Rock N' Roll" is a perfect example of Jett beating male rockers at their own game. Did her achievements lead to a more open world for women in rock, or reinforce expectations that were already weighing on women trying to be taken seriously while wielding guitars?
On the ChartsJoan Jett and the Blackhearts' cover of "I Love Rock N' Roll" spent a whopping seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, making it one of Billboard's biggest number one hits ever.
Billboard listed it among fifty of the "hottest rock songs" to appear on the Hot 100 in the first fifty years of the list's existence, and it is #56 on Billboard's list of All-Time Top Songs.
The album containing the song, also called I Love Rock N' Roll, peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has sold over 1,000,000 copies.
The song went up to number one in Canada and the Netherlands, and number four in the U.K.
Joan Jett was named #87 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, one of a woeful two women to make the list (the other was Joni Mitchell).
The song also ranked on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time listing in 2004, although it was near the bottom at #484. In 2010, Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" took over the #484 spot. Coldplay's 2002 release "Clocks" took over at #490, and Jett was booted to #491. Ouch?