I Love Rock 'n Roll (album)

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I Love Rock 'n Roll
Studio album by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Released November 18, 1981
Recorded 1981
Kingdom Sound Studio
Genre Hard rock, punk rock
Label Boardwalk (Original)
Producer Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts chronology
Bad Reputation
I Love Rock 'N Roll
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

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I Love Rock 'n Roll is the second studio album by Joan Jett and the first to feature her backing band The Blackhearts. It is Jett's most successful album to date with over 10 million copies sold, largely due to the success of the title track (which was released as a single soon after the album was released).

Early copies of the album released during December 1981 ended with the track "Little Drummer Boy". However, after the holiday season passed, the track was replaced by "Oh Woe Is Me" on most pressings.

The initial CD release was in 1992 on Blackheart Records and featured 13 tracks. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD in 1998 and featured two additional bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker) – 2:55
  2. "(I'm Gonna) Run Away" (Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna) – 2:27
  3. "Love Is Pain" (Jett) – 3:07
  4. "Nag" (Arthur Crier) – 2:46
  5. "Crimson and Clover" (Tommy James, Peter Lucia) – 3:17
  6. "Victim of Circumstance" (Jett, Kenny Laguna) – 2:54
  7. "Bits and Pieces" (Dave Clark, Mike Smith) – 2:07
  8. "Be Straight" (Jett, Greg Kihn, Kenny Laguna) – 2:40
  9. "You're Too Possessive" (Jett) – 3:35
  10. "Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone) – 4:14

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Oh Woe Is Me" – 2:43
  2. "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry)
  3. "You Don't Know What You've Got" (live)
  4. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) – 2:16
  5. "Nag" (featuring The Coasters)

Tracks 12–15 are bonus tracks on the 1998 CD reissue. Original Boardwalk Records vinyl versions of the album contain only tracks 1–9 and either 10 or 11. The LP saw a vinyl reissue in 2009 containing both "Little Drummer Boy", "Oh Woe Is Me", and the rehearsal version of "You Don't Know What You've Got" that was the original B side to Boardwalk Records issues of the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" single. Note: It was possible to acquire "Oh Woe Is Me" without purchasing a replacement album as it was also released as the B side of the "Crimson and Clover" single.

The album contains several cover songs, including: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (originally by Arrows), "Nag" (The Halos), "Crimson and Clover" (Tommy James & The Shondells), "Bits and Pieces" (The Dave Clark Five), "You're Too Possessive" (The Runaways), "Little Drummer Boy" (The Harry Simeone Chorale and other artists), and bonus tracks "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry, later performed by The Kingsmen) and "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran).

"Summertime Blues" was originally left off the vinyl LP, and Boardwalk passed on releasing it as a single, but it was leaked to rock radio stations and became a Most Added listing (which Kenny Laguna said infuriated Boardwalk president Neil Bogart). The song was eventually released as a one-sided single in Canada and as a 12-inch single in Australia (accompanied by "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)").


The Blackhearts:

  • Joan Jett – vocals, guitar
  • Gary Ryan – bass, back vocals
  • Irvan Arifin Harahap – guitar, back vocals
  • Lee Crystal – drums
  • Ricky Byrd – guitar (Soon after start of 1st record sessions original Blackheart guitarist Eric Ambel replaced by Byrd)

Additional musicians:[3]

  • Steve Jones – bass, guitar
  • Lou Maxfield – guitar
  • Jeff Peters – bass, vocals
  • Paul Simmons – drums, vocals
  • Joel Turrisi – drums
  • Sean Tyla – guitar
  • Martyn Watson – vocals


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[4] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 10
Austrian Albums Chart 14
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 38
Swedish Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart[6] 25
US Billboard 200 2