BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #514: ‘I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL’ -JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS -MARCH 20,1982

I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackheads US vinyl single.png

Billboard #1 Hits: #514: ‘ I Love Rock And Roll’ -Joan Jett. March 20, 1982. #1 for 7 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “I Love Rock And Roll’- Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  • Record Company-Boardwalk
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker
  • Time: 2:45
  • B-side:”You Don’t Know What You’ve Got’
  • Album- I Love Rock And Roll
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 7 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden.

‘I Love Rock And Roll’ was originally written and recorded in 1975 by the Arrows. Alan Merrill one of the songwriters said he wrote the song as a direct response to The Rolling Stones “It’s Only Rock And Roll [But I Like It.} Joan Jett heard the song in 1976 while touring in England with The Runaways. In 1979 she recorded it with two members of the Sex Pistols-Steve Jones and Paul Cook. In 1981 she re-recorded it with her band The Blackhearts- and the single received heavy airplay on both the radio and on MTV- and it shot to #1- where it stayed for 7 weeks. Rolling Stone magazine listed it as #491 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.

2 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #514: ‘I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL’ -JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS -MARCH 20,1982

  1. While I think it’s fair to say the tune has been overexposed, it’s a great rock riff, and Joan Jett’s cover still is fun to listen to. In fact, I saw her open up for The Who in Forest Hills, N.Y. in May 2015, and she was still rockin’ mightily!

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