Bad Reputation (Joan Jett song)

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"Bad Reputation"
Single by Joan Jett
from the album Bad Reputation
B-side "Jezebel"
Released 1981
Length 2:48
Label Boardwalk
Joan Jett singles chronology
"Bad Reputation"
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
"Bad Reputation"
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"

"Bad Reputation" is a rock song co-written and recorded by Joan Jett and first released from her 1980 debut album of the same name.


In 2009, it was named the 29th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1] It is the highest-ranked song by a woman on the list.


The video, directed by David Mallet, is a re-enactment of 23 record labels rejecting Joan Jett's first solo album and her subsequent rise to the top of the charts with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". Kenny Laguna, cofounder of Blackheart Records, appears in a cameo as the Warner Bros. executive.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the following films and television series:

Additionally, the song is featured as a playable song in the video games Rock Band 2 and Band Hero. Cover versions are sung by surf band Los Straitjackets and Avril Lavigne. The song was sampled by Peaches on the track "I Don't Give A...," taken from her 2003 album Fatherfucker.

The song was used for a 2011 animated AIDS awareness video produced by the French non-profit organization AIDES. The cartoon, produced by Goodby, Silverstein and Partners[4] and presented in the style of 1920s era animation, features the comically exaggerated sexual adventures of a cat named "Smutley" and ends with the message, "He has nine lives. You only have one. Protect yourself."[5]

The song is also used as the walkout song for former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.[6]

Juliette Barnes, the emotional chanteuse in the ABC musical drama series, Nashville, sings an abbreviated version in the October 7, 2015, episode.

The song was used in the summer 2016 Shakespeare in the Park (New York City) production of "The Taming of the Shrew."

Avril Lavigne version[edit]

"Bad Reputation"
How You Remind Me Avril.png
2-track CD edition cover
Promotional single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Goodbye Lullaby
A-side "How You Remind Me"
Released 11 December 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:42
Label Sony Music Japan
Songwriter(s) Joan Jett
Producer(s) Whibley
Goodbye Lullaby track listing
"Wish You Were Here (Acoustic)"
"Bad Reputation"

"Bad Reputation" was recorded by Canadian singer Avril Lavigne for a video montage interval in her Best Damn Tour. The studio recording of the cover was later included on the deluxe edition of her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby and on the Japanese edition of her fifth self-titled album. It was then reported on 17 October 2012 that Lavigne would be contributing two cover songs to the anime film One Piece Film: Z; the latter studio recording and a cover of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me".[7] The song was released for the film only in Japan on 11 December 2012, as a digital download on the One Piece Film: Z Original Soundtrack.[8] After heavy radio airplay, the cover peaked at No. 8 on the Japan Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[9]
  1. "How You Remind Me" – 4:05
  2. "Bad Reputation" – 2:42

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[10] 8


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[11] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ " music". Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Joan Jett and Blackhearts's Greatest Hits". Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Joan Jett's 'Bad Reputation' Featured in New 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Teaser". 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  4. ^ Campagnes de sensibilisation on AIDES' website
  5. ^ "Un épisode de Smutley: La queue en l'air" on the AIDES website
  6. ^ Messano, Tommy (2013-12-30). "The Walkmen: UFC 168 Walkout Songs". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Singer Avril Lavigne Contributes One Piece Film Z Themes". Anime News Network. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  8. ^ "One Piece Film Z Soundtrack". Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Avril Lavigne – How You Remind Me". Discogs. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN
  11. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会". (in (in Japanese)). 1997-07-26. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 

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