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CRATE DIGGIN’: Joan Jett - I Love Rock ‘n Roll

Joan Jett. It’s difficult to think of things to say about her that would do her justice. Throughout her 40-year career, she’s seen her songs go from being major label rejects to multi-platinum rock and roll anthems. You could argue that it all started with the “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” single, which rocketed up the charts to #1, then the record, which has gone on to sell 10 million copies, going platinum in the US and Canada. The record’s heart lies in mega-hits “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” and “Crimson and Clover,” but the deeper cuts like “Victim of Circumstance” and “Nag” hold their own with just about any ‘80s punk rock song you can find. She has been an advocate for women in music since the beginning of her career, slinging a beat-up Gibson Melody Maker over her shoulder and ditching glitz and glam for denim and leather. She made it cool for girls to be punks and constantly beat down those who said otherwise. She scoffed at those who said girls shouldn’t play guitar or lead a rock ‘n roll lifestyle. Her attitude and unwavering fight for what she believes in has culminated in her being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. She’s the baddest woman in rock ‘n roll and almost 35 years later “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” still blares through speakers in dive bars, stadiums, and everywhere in between. Hopefully these short few words have done her some level of justice, but regardless, her songs say enough and “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” is one of those songs that is truly in a league of its own. Joan Jett is the definition of rock ‘n roll. 

-Stephen Smith