Cherry Bomb (The Runaways song)

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"Cherry Bomb"
Cover of the 1976 Japan single
Single by the Runaways
from the album The Runaways
ReleasedMarch 16, 1976
Songwriter(s)Joan Jett, Kim Fowley
Producer(s)Kim Fowley

"Cherry Bomb" is the debut single by the all-female band the Runaways from their self-titled debut album. "Cherry Bomb" was ranked 52nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs[1] and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. The song is featured in the films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).[citation needed]

About the song[edit]

Rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Joan Jett composed the song with Kim Fowley, the band's then-manager. In the documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways (2005), Fowley and former Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie claimed that "Cherry Bomb" was quickly written just for Currie to audition for the band because the band members could not perform the song she originally chose to sing.

The song was included in the soundtrack for the made for the TV movie: "Dawn Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" starring Eve Plumb, in 1976. The song was also included in the film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), in the second episode of the Amazon Prime series The Boys (2019), in the seventh episode of the FX/Hulu miniseries Mrs. America (2020), and in the Netflix film Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021).

Jett re-recorded the song with her band the Blackhearts for the album Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1984). Cherie Currie also re-recorded "Cherry Bomb" with Marie Currie, her twin sister, on their 1997 re-released version of the album Messin' with the Boys (1980).


Additional musicians


Chart (1976–1977) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 57
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[3] 6


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 200,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ 52nd Greatest Hard Rock Song Archived February 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 261. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 311. ISBN 0-89820-128-4.
  4. ^ "British single certifications – Runaways – Cherry Bomb". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 3, 2023.