Cherry Bomb (The Runaways song)

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"Cherry Bomb"
Cherry Bomb (cover).jpg
Cover of the 1976 Japan single
Single by The Runaways
from the album The Runaways
Producer(s)Kim Fowley
The Runaways singles chronology
"Cherry Bomb"
"Rock & Roll"

"Cherry Bomb" is a 1976 punk-influenced hard rock single by the all-female band the Runaways from their self-titled debut album, and is often regarded as the band's signature song.[citation needed] "Cherry Bomb" was also ranked 52nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[1] It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart in the U.S.

Singer/guitarist Joan Jett composed the song with Kim Fowley, the band's then-manager. In the 2005 documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways, 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.

Jett re-recorded the song with her band the Blackhearts for the 1984 album Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth. 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.


"The Runaways"

Additional Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976-1977) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[2] 106

Popular culture[edit]

  • The "Cherry Bomb" refrain is sung by Jojo Levesque in a scene of the 2006 movie RV. Levesque had to be trained to sing the song poorly for humorous effect.
  • Appeared in The O.C. episode "Man of the Year".
  • Appeared in the 10th episode of the 3rd season of the Netflix series Lucifer.


  1. ^ 52nd Greatest Hard Rock Song Archived February 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 311. ISBN 0-89820-128-4.
  3. ^ "Dazed And Confused". September 28, 1993 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ news Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Dakota Fanning cover music video on YouTube
  6. ^ "YouTube".
  7. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin. "'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Features David Bowie, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Runaways & More - IndieWire". Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.