Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

We have to admit that this cover is very similar to its original (a song by Arrows); however, it’s one of the rock music’s emblematic tracks. What makes it special is the Joan Jett‘s voice…


Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Released: 20/Jan/1982
Label: Boardwalk Records
Album: I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Memorable line: “I love rock ‘n’ roll / So put another dime in the jukebox, baby”
Genres: rock

The Original Song:


Arrows – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

Released: 01/Jun/1975
Label: RAK Records

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3 Responses to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

  1. Jo says:

    The song was always special. What made it a hit wasn’t “Joan Jett’s voice” (although she does have a great rock voice but does the singer of the Arrows). The main element in the song’s success was the perfect promotion by the late Neil Bogart of Boardwalk records in 1981. Please remember both Jett and the Arrows had both already released flop versions of the song, Arrows in 1975 and Jett in 1979. Hit singles are all about corporate promotion in the end. Boardwalk records made Joan Jett a star. Promotion is the key to a hit. Not magic.

  2. Jo says:

    Re: “I Love Rock N Roll.”
    Let me be very clear. I appear to have made a typing error. What I actually said was:

    “The song was always special. What made it a hit wasn’t “Joan Jett’s voice” (although she does have a great rock voice but SO does the singer of the Arrows).

    The lead singer of the Arrows Alan Merrill has sung and written songs later covered by R&B greats Lou Rawls (“When The Night Comes”), Freddie Scott “Brand New Man”), Wilson Pickett (“It’s Harder Now”), Robert Cray (“24-7 Man”), Buddy Guy (“Midnight Train”) BB King (“The Beginning Of The Blues”), Johnny Winter (“I Smell Smoke”) and more.
    Please indicate any songs Joan Jett has recorded first that were later covered by any R&B or rock greats. Oh, and of course Alan Merrill released the original version of “I Love Rock N Roll” covered by Joan Jett. Just pointing out a some facts you probably don’t know.
    Thank you.

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