I Wanna Rock

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"I Wanna Rock"
Single by Twisted Sister
from the album Stay Hungry
Released 1984
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Length 3:02 (Album version)
3:24 (Full version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Dee Snider
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Certification 2x Platinum (CRIA)[3]
Twisted Sister singles chronology
"We're Not Gonna Take It"
"I Wanna Rock"
"The Price"

"I Wanna Rock" is a song from the album Stay Hungry (1984) by Twisted Sister. In 2009, it was named the 17th VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs by VH1.[4]

Music video[edit]

Like the earlier "We're Not Gonna Take It", the video features actor Mark Metcalf, best known as the sadistic Neidermeyer from the movie Animal House. Here, he plays a ferocious teacher who harasses a student for drawing the Twisted Sister logo on a book or yearbook, shrieking: "What kind of a man desecrates a defenseless textbook?! I've got a good mind to slap your fat face!!" (echoing his line from Animal House: "What kind of man hits a defenseless animal [a misbehaving horse]? I've got a good mind to smash your fat face in."). After his attempts to stop his rock-loving students fail, he crawls into the principal's office — only to be confronted by the principal, played by Stephen Furst (Flounder from Animal House). Furst even gets to reprise one of his big lines from the movie: "Oh boy, is this great!" as he squirts water at the mean teacher.

Charts performance[edit]

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 43
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 5
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[9] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 68
US Billboard Top Tracks[10] 35

Media appearances[edit]

"I Wanna Rock" is subject to numerous media appearances, including:

Video games
Other media
  • The song is New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's entry music.
  • Its music video appears in an episode of Beavis and Butt-head.
  • The characters sang-along to the song, playing on the radio of the bus, in the 2000 movie Road Trip.
  • Mackdawg productions used the song as the intro of their 2001 snowboard movie called The Resistance, featuring the forum team.
  • It was also heard in the 2008 movie The Rocker.
  • The song was featured on the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, and its subsequent movie adaptation.
Cover versions


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  4. ^ Winistorfer, Andrew (January 5, 2009). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list only slightly less annoying than their hip-hop list". VH1. Prefix Magazine. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Chart Positions Pre 1989 Part 3". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock". VG-lista. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (T)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Stay Hungry – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Various Artists – Hair Apparent: The Main Man Records Tribute to Hair Bands –review on Allmusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ Stone, Doug. "Various Artists – Twisted Forever". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 

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