Um… I guess I should finish revealing the rest of the 2011 Greatest Joan Jett Song of All Time poll results before 2012…
So here’s part 4, #25 to #16, in the top 55 best “non-I Love Rock ‘N Roll” Joan Jett songs of all time, as voted on by you. Enjoy!
For me, this is one of the most epic Runaways songs, ever. I could get lost in it for hours. Joan wrote this with Kari Krome and Kim Fowley for the album with the same name–the first album without Cherie Currie.
One of the few non-angsty, true-blue love songs The Blackhearts have. Joan wrote this with Kathleen Hanna in the late 1990s (The Blackhearts played it at the infamous Telluride show on VH1 in 1998), but it wasn’t released on an album until the 2003 and 2004 Japanese releases, Jett Rock and Naked, and later, 2006’s Sinner.
Who would ever guess that Joan Jett would record a Leslie Gore song? On purpose? Probably no one, which is why I love her. From Bad Reputation. Joan’s version is a little slower than the original, and replaces the strings with a soulful sax.
This is one of five songs from Notorious that Joan co-wrote with Desmond Child, three of which are on this countdown. (Not to mention the Joan/Desmond collaborations from other albums that also made the cut.) I love every single one of them. Joan got to induct Desmond into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. The ceremony was not televised, and Joan’s speech hasn’t turned up on YouTube yet, but it happened.
It feels like Joan is talking to an actual person in this song, but I don’t know any stories about it (nor do I want to). I’m just glad she’s not singing about me. Ouch. From Naked and Sinner.
*Jumps up and dances* This is the second single and video from Sinner. The lyrics are downright infectious. Yes, Joan, I want to change the world too.
I cannot tell you what this title means. I mean, I know what it means, but it makes me blush, so I just won’t. Google it. I can tell you, however, that the title is not actually part of the lyrics. Another great “F U” break up song, from Album. Calling someone a “scumbag” never felt so good.
Joan and Kenny wrote this with Diane Warren for 1988’s Up Your Alley. The lyrics are direct and sexy, yet incredibly sweet.
When they play this live, Joan and Dougie’s dueling guitar solo make you forget that this is a Sly and the Family Stone cover. A Blackhearts show without it is almost not a Blackhearts show. For that reason, I’m giving you a live version (San Diego 2009), instead of the Album version.
If we Jettheads were ever going to have a theme song for ourselves, this Sinner track could be it, no? I am a Jetthead, AND I DON’T CARE IF EVERYONE KNOWS. 🙂
Were you surprised? There are only 2 parts left. Part 5 will be #15 to #6, and part 6 will be the top 5 in its own finale post.