I Love Rock and Roll — 30 Years Ago!


Thirty years ago this week, the #1 song on the charts was Joan Jett’s I Love Rock and Roll.

What I (and I’m guessing most kids my age) didn’t know was that Jett’s version was actually a cover version. The original was written and performed by the Arrows a few years earlier in 1975. The song has been covered countless times since, including versions by Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, but Jett’s version is (by far) the most memorable. Jett’s version was responsible for launching her solo career, and remained number one on the charts for seven weeks.

Trivia Fact: According to Wikipedia, “[t]he 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 jacket in color.”