Retro of the day: Joan Jett

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” is a rock song written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, who recorded the first released version.[1] The song was later made famous by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 1982.[2] The only Arrows band member still living, Alan Merrill has been playing the song recently live in England, Europe, Japan and most often in his home town New York City.

Joan Jett saw Arrows perform “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” on their weekly UK television series Arrows[2] when she was touring England with The Runaways in 1976.[4] She first recorded the song in 1979 with two of the Sex Pistols: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. This first version was released on vinyl in 1979 on Vertigo records as a B-side to “You Don’t Own Me”. In 1981, Jett re-recorded the song, this time with her band, The Blackhearts. This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks.[6]
Billboard ranked it at the No. 3 song for 1982.[7] The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing two million units shipped to stores with Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll album reaching number two on the Billboard 200. Joan Jett’s version was ranked #89 in the list 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of Rolling Stone

Jett’s version has received many accolades, including:

Chart performance

Chart (1982)

Peak
position

Australia (Kent Music Report)[10]

1

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11]

4

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12]

2

Canadian RPM Top Singles[13]

1

France (SNEP)[14]

4

Germany (Official German Charts)[15]

6

Irish Singles Chart[16]

2

Italy (FIMI)[17]

42

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18]

1

Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19]

1

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20]

1

South African Chart[21]

1

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22]

1

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23]

3

UK (Official Charts Company)[24]

4

U.S. Billboard Hot 100[25]

1

U.S. Billboard
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[25]

1

U.S. Billboard
Hot Dance Club Play[25]

31

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