|Single by Alice Cooper|
|from the album Love It to Death|
|B-side||"Body" ("Is It My Body?")|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, protopunk|
|Writer(s)||Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith|
|Alice Cooper singles chronology|
"I'm Eighteen" is a 1970 song by rock band Alice Cooper, featured on their first major label release album Love It to Death. The single, called just "Eighteen", was released in November 1970, three months prior to the album. Even though Warner Bros. Records "considered it a fluke," it became the band's breakthrough hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard pop chart in 1971, the year when being 18 years of age was much in the news as the voting age in the United States was lowered to 18 by passage of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Rolling Stone included the song on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" at #482 and had this to say of the song, "Before 'I'm Eighteen,' Cooper was just another hairy rock oddball. But this proto-punk smash defined the age when, in Cooper's words, you're 'old enough to be drafted but not old enough to vote.' Years later, Johnny Rotten sang this at his audition for the Sex Pistols; by then, Cooper was a guest on The Muppet Show."
It was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song ranked #39 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs and appeared on Guitar magazine as one of the 50 heaviest riffs of all time.
Cover versions and appearances in popular culture
The song was covered by thrash metal pioneers Anthrax, on their 1984 album Fistful of Metal (the day their youngest member turned 19) and was later covered by post-grunge band Creed on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie The Faculty, and also by Zwan on tour.
It was used in an episode of the 1999 TV show Freaks and Geeks, when Guidance Counsellor Mr. Rosso (Dave "Gruber" Allen) played an acoustic cover of the song to show the kids he knew what they were going through. The song is featured in Bill Couturié's 1987 documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. At the end of the Sons Of Anarchy episode "Giving Back", a cover version by Scott Shriner & the Forest Rangers is played.
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