Joan Jett’s 10 essential albums


The New York Times once described Joan Jett as “the godmother to female musicians with loud guitars and idealistic dreams.” Nearly four decades into her career, the ever-youthful Jett remains an inspiration for any girl–or guy–armed with three chords and a passion for rock and roll. Jett’s latest release, Unvarnished, ranks among her very best. In the comments below, she shares her thoughts about her favorite albums.

1) The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed

“Pure organic sound, and attitude with great hooks.”

2) Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

“The greatest punk recording ever.”

Read the rest of Joan’s list HERE. The greatest thing about this list? Joan has covered songs from many of these albums over the years. See the evidence below. 🙂

Joan Jett – Let it Bleed (The Rolling Stones):

Joan Jett – Pretty Vacant (The Sex Pistols):

Joan Jett – Androgynous (The Replacements):

Joan Jett – Judy is a Punk (The Ramones):

Joan Jett – Friend to Friend (Lungfish):

Joan Jett – Ball and Chain (Social Distortion):

Joan Jett – Rebel Rebel (David Bowie):

WATCH: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts on The View

If you missed JJBH on The View on Monday, check out the her interview and performance with The Blackhearts HERE.

I love the HUGE pics of Joan from every era in the background during the interview. (They even got Light of Day!) And Whoopi Goldberg’s intro was the most enthusiastic I’ve seen for Joan on TV in a long time. The video above is cued up to Joan’s interview and performance, but rewind it to the beginning also–they walked out to “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and talked about Joan a little.

You can also watch the whole episode on here –