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):

Joan Jett is on Kim Fowley’s list of top 10 L.A. guitarists tapped Kim Fowley for his list of top L.A. guitarists, and Joan Jett comes in at #3:

3. Joan Jett

No, don’t cluck your tongues. Joan Jett is the female John Lennon/Keith Richards who has never quite gotten her due. I produced her with the Runaways and always thought she was a genius with a guitar. You know her sound anywhere, and she had that right from the start. Lead guitars get all the credit, but Joan is one of the best rhythm players in all of rock’n’roll.


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