I Love Rock 'n' Roll
|"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"|
|Single by Arrows|
|B-side||"Broken Down Heart" (R. Ferris)|
|Writer(s)||Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker|
|Arrows singles chronology|
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" is a rock song written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, who recorded the first released version. The song was later made famous by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in 1982.
- 1 Arrows version
- 2 Joan Jett version
- 3 Britney Spears version
- 4 Alex Gaudino and Jason Rooney version
- 5 Other cover versions
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The song was originally recorded and released by Arrows in 1975 on RAK Records, with lead vocals by Alan Merrill and produced by Mickie Most. In an interview with Songfacts, Merrill said he wrote it as "a knee-jerk response to the Rolling Stones' 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)'." This version was first released as a B-side, but was soon re-recorded and flipped to A-side status on a subsequent pressing of the record. The Arrows performed the song in 1975 on the Muriel Young produced show "45," after which Young offered the Arrows a weekly UK television series, Arrows, which was broadcast on ITV starting in March 1976.
Joan Jett version
|"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"|
|Single by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts|
|from the album I Love Rock 'n' Roll|
|B-side||"You Don't Know What You've Got"
"Love Is Pain"
"You're Too Possessive"
|Released||20 January 1982|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Producer(s)||Ritchie Cordell, Kenny Laguna|
|Joan Jett and the Blackhearts singles chronology|
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Joan Jett saw Arrows perform "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" on their weekly UK television series Arrows when she was touring England with the Runaways in 1976. She first recorded the song in 1979 with two of the Sex Pistols: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. This first version was released on vinyl in 1979 on Vertigo records as a B-side to "You Don't Own Me". In 1981, Jett re-recorded the song, this time with her band, the Blackhearts. This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks. Billboard ranked it at the No. 3 song for 1982. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing two million units shipped to stores with Jett's I Love Rock 'n' Roll album reaching number two on the Billboard 200. Joan Jett's version was ranked #89 in the list 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of Rolling Stone and has also been inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame in 2016. 
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"'s black-and-white music video received heavy play from the just-launched MTV network. In it, Jett and the Blackhearts travel to a small, dingy bar and proceed to excite the drunken crowd by performing the song and yelling out its chorus. A snippet of Jett's 1981 "Bad Reputation" is featured at the beginning of the video. The video was originally in color, but it was converted to black and white because Jett was ultimately displeased with the look of her red leather jumpsuit in color.
In 1993 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts made another music video for the song as part of the Wayne's World 2 soundtrack. In the video appear several scenes from the movie with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey mixed with footage of Jett and her band in concert. It was again released as a single by Warner/Reprise with "Activity Grrrl" as the B-side.
Jett's version has received many accolades, including:
- Ranking #85 on Q magazine March 2005 list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks
- Ranking #484 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
- Ranking #56 in Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||1|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||4|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||2|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||6|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||1|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||1|
|South African Chart||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||3|
|UK (Official Charts Company)||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||31|
|Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)||81|
"Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Joan Jett version)
20 March 1982 – 1 May 1982
"Chariots of Fire" by Vangelis
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
|Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single (Joan Jett version)
20 March 1982 – 8 May 1982
"Don't You Want Me" by the Human League
"What About Me" by Moving Pictures
|Australian Kent Music Report number-one single (Joan Jett version)
3 May 1982 – 31 May 1982
"Mickey" by Toni Basil
Britney Spears version
|"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"|
|Single by Britney Spears|
|from the album Britney|
|Released||27 May 2002|
|Britney Spears singles chronology|
Background, release and composition
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" is the fourth European single released by pop singer Britney Spears from the album Britney on 27 May 2002. The song was used in her 2002 movie Crossroads. Spears's character, Lucy, performs it in a karaoke bar. Spears said of the song, "They asked me to sing karaoke in the movie Crossroads and I've actually sung I Love Rock 'n' Roll in a lot of clubs that I've been to." Spears has publicly admitted the original song to be one of her favorites. Spears listened to the original Arrows Mickie Most-produced version just before she recorded the song, according to Jive A&R representative Steve Lunt. The scratches performed on this song were performed by Corey Chase, at Hit Factory Miami. When promoting the single's release she mistakenly attributed the hit version of the song to Pat Benatar instead of Jett.
However, the song received favorable reviews. NME's Ted Kessler wrote that Britney "still works best when making a good pop cheese and dance sandwich: there's the ace Rodney Jerkins-produced version of Joan Jett's (sic) 'I Love Rock'n'Roll', which does exactly what is says on the tin." Rolling Stone's Barry Walters wrote that "producer Rodney Jerkins' hip-hop blaspheming of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" doesn't go as far as it should (is a Limp Bizkit remix in its future?), but it certainly beats what her earlier studio architects did to those Sonny and Cher ("The Beat Goes On" on ...Baby One More Time) and Stones ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on Oops!... I Did It Again) songs." Another positive reception came from PopMatters's editor Nikki Tranter,who enjoyed that the song is "different from the average run-of-the-mill pop offering, and praised that "she does strange justice to the tune vamping up her vocals and turning out something, that while silly and camp, is actually a fun listen."
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" failed to make the top ten in most countries. However, the track was not a complete commercial failure as it made the top forty placement in most regions. The song was moderately successful in the UK, where it peaked at number thirteen (which, at the time, was her lowest peak for a single released there, until "Radar" only managed to reach number forty-six in 2009). The single sold a total of 65,000 copies. The single also attained Gold certification in Australia despite missing the top ten.
Directed by Chris Applebaum, the music video for "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" features Spears in a tight-fitting leather getup in a dark black room. Straightforward, it features Spears jamming in a large red room, complete with her own band, a stack of speakers, and flashing lights. She crawls along on the floor, and plays air guitar before smashing the speakers with a real guitar. Spears also dances on a rotating motorcycle and gets covered with confetti. The video made its way to the No. 2 spot at the 100 Best Videos of 2002 at MTV Latin America's countdown, only behind Avril Lavigne's "Complicated". The Director's Cut version of the video was later leaked; it included previously unseen scenes from the video. The Bar where it was shot is called The Inn, in Long Beach, New York.
Charts and certifications
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Germany||27 May 2002||Maxi single||JIVE|
|Japan||19 June 2002||Sony|
|United Kingdom||1 July 2002||JIVE|
Alex Gaudino and Jason Rooney version
|"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"|
|Promotional single by Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney|
|Released||3 December 2008|
|Writer||Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker|
The Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney cover version was released in 2008.
|UK Digital download|
|1.||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Radio Edit)||3:37|
|2.||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Extended Mix)||7:43|
|3.||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Dabruck, Klein Remix)||6:01|
|4.||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Nari & Milani Remix)||5:35|
|5.||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Disko Kriminals Remix)||7:05|
- Credits and personnel
- Lead vocals – Alex Gaudino
- Music – Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker
- Lyrics – Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker
- Scratches – Corey Chase
- Label: 541/NEWS
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||10|
|United Kingdom||3 December 2008||Digital download|
Other cover versions
|This section does not cite any sources. (December 2013)|
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" is an often-covered song, and has been notably recorded by such artists as:
- L'Arc~En~Ciel released the song as a single internationally in 2011 and it was featured in a Pepsi commercial in Japan.
- Lee Da-hae released the song as a single in 2007, with versions in both English and Korean.
- Boy band Five sampled the song for "Everybody Get Up".
- Reverend Run sampled the song for his song "Mind on the Road" on his solo album Distortion.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic (parody, as "I Love Rocky Road")
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- "Outsight Radio Hours interview, 12 February 2012". Retrieved 18 March 2012.
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- "Ten hits you may not know were cover versions". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2014
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- Talevski, Nick (2006). Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-8460-9091-2.
Cordell joined Kenny Laguna, his former session player and then manager of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, to co-produce the group's chart-topping hard-rock anthem 'I Love Rock 'N Roll'.
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- Dingwall, John (5 November 2001). "OTR..Off the Record: Your Time Is Up, Jacko; Britney Wants Album Top Slot". Daily Record (Scotland). p. 19.
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- History of the song "I Love Rock 'n Roll"
- Bill Harry's Merseybeat article
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics