2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 6 – TOP 5 songs!

Here we are, the home stretch. This is your top 5, voted on by you, of the best Joan Jett songs that are NOT “I Love Rock ‘N Roll.” Enjoy!

#5 You Drive Me Wild

This song is incredibly special to me, because it’s the first song Joan Jett ever wrote. Ever. If she had worried whether anyone would still care about it 35 years later, she shouldn’t have. This song definitely deserves its top 5 spot. It was the second track on the first Runaways album, The Runaways,  in 1976, but I like the Live in Japan version better.

And here’s what it sounds like 35 years later:

#4 Fetish

If Joan does two things incredibly well, it’s writing break-up songs, and writing songs about sex. This song contains lyrics of a frank and sexual nature. The censored version is really not any cleaner, so I won’t bother. If you are under 18 and listening to this, please keep this in mind: “You Drive Me Wild” was written by a 15-ish year-old Joan Jett. “Fetish” was written by Joan in her 30s–a grown woman. Please don’t try to grow up too fast. Never be ashamed of who you are, but please be safe, and respect yourself. You deserve it!

And, if you really pay attention to the lyrics, Joan is saying “YOU are my fetish”… not any of the crazy objects in the room or the acts they are performing. She is putting her partner first, in a reverent and respectful way, without losing her own identity in the process. It’s a grown-up love song. That’s how I hear it, anyway.

Here’s a live video. You can buy the recorded version on Sinner.

#3 Crimson and Clover

Over and over… BA DA DA DA DA DA… *Sways back and forth* …

Another awesome tricep workout. (Try it!) Many artists have covered this Tommy James and The Shondells tune, but this has to be the best one. I also posit that it is the best cover song of all time, in any generation, of any artist. Kenny Laguna was actually in The Shondells when this song was first written in the 1960s, and it still holds magic for him, as he explains to jupiterindex.com in this May 2007 interview:

I love it and there are certain parts of every show that I love every night. Like, I had ‘Crimson and Clover” with Tommy James and I have “Crimson and Clover” with Joan, so I’m so excited with that every time, every night. Every time I go to sing those “ba da das”. I’ve been singing those “ba da das’ since I was a teenager. Can you imagine? I see God when I do it, I really see God every night when we hit the “ba da das”, and at the end -“Crimson and Clover/ Over and over”. I still get excited like the first time I heard it.

#2 I Hate Myself For Loving You

I was born as a Jetthead the night I first saw this video on MTV. Up Your Alley was my first Blackhearts cassette. (Yes, I said cassette.) This is, perhaps, the best song Joan and Desmond Child ever wrote together. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and spent 26 weeks on the chart. I hope the NFL gives them both gobs of money every time Faith Hill sings “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” on Sunday Night Football.

And the song we’ve all been waiting for… Drumroll please…

#1 Bad Reputation

In my incredibly biased opinion, in a reversal of “Crimson and Clover,” many artists have covered this song, but none of them compare to the original. I wonder what the executives from the twenty-plus record labels that heard the demo for this song, and rejected it, think about it now. They clearly weren’t thinking when they told Joan to lose the guitar or that she had no talent. There is a reason this song is still being featured in movies, TV shows, and video games, 30 years after it was written (See IMDB). Because when you want to assert your independence, and defend yourself against the morons telling you how worthless you are, this is the only song that will do.

So go ahead, jump around like a fool and celebrate! No one is watching. And if they are, you shouldn’t give a damn anyway.

That’s it, finally! I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did! I am going to do this poll again in 2012, with a longer voting period to get more votes. Maybe by then we’ll have a few new tunes to choose from. (No pressure, Joan.) 🙂

I don’t know how I’m going to top this next year though. I’ll just “use the force,” I guess. 🙂

Have a blessed, happy, new year everyone! Happy 2012!

Part 1: #55 through #46
Part 2: #45 through #36
Part 3: #35 through #26
Part 4: #25 through #16
Part 5: #15 through #6

2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 5

Almost there! #15 to #6 in the top 55 best “non-I Love Rock ‘N Roll” Joan Jett songs of all time, as voted on by you, for your listening pleasure. 🙂

#15 I Wanna Be Your Dog

The club is dark. You’re in the first row, directly in front of Joan’s mic stand. You’re sweaty; Joan is sweaty. Joan puts down her guitar for the only time this night–she clearly means business. Unencumbered, she leans into you, reaches out her hand, and asks you to bark. Who are you to say no?

Here’s another one… No barking this time, but you can’t beat the visuals.

The original version by The Stooges is on The Runaways official motion picture soundtrack, if anyone still cares. Hehe. 😉

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2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 4

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!

#25 Waiting for the Night

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.

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2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 3

Hello Jettheads! I’ve been making you wait long enough… Here’s #35 to #26 in the top 55 best “non-I Love Rock ‘N Roll” Joan Jett songs of all time, as voted on by you!

#35 Little Liar

I’m sure this song, and “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, would have ranked higher if we had more voters. “Little Liar” was a huge hit for The Blackhearts, and the fans are deliriously happy to have it back in the live set.

Joan did not like the original concept version of this video, so they shot a performance video to replace it. The concept version gave us Joan in white leather, and the performance version gave us Joan in red leather, so I really can’t pick a clear winner. 🙂 Here’s both, and if you get a chance, look up one of their recent live performances on YouTube. Stunning.

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2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 2

Hello Jettheads! You voted on the best “non-I Love Rock ‘N Roll” Joan Jett songs of all time, and you gave us 55 songs to celebrate! Let’s continue the countdown with #45 to #36. See #55 through #46 in Part 1 HERE.

#45 Hostility

Inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 1990’s, 1994’s Pure and Simple is arguably Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ heaviest record, which is what I love most about it. “Hostility,” co-written with L7’s Donita Sparks, is one of its best and heaviest tracks. The early 1990’s were a transition period for the music business in more ways than one: CDs were quickly gaining popularity, but LPs and cassettes were still being manufactured. As a result, Pure and Simple was released on all three, with different bonus tracks on the LP and cassette. “Hostility” can only be found on the LP and cassette versions, and “Here to Stay” (which did not make this countdown) is only on the LP. These two songs have never been released digitally. 😦

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