10 Best Joan Jett Songs

By Nico Gonzalez

Joan Jett is a punk rock icon. She’s been a major influence to musicians for decades and her music is a reflection of the punk movement in the 70s. Here are our 10 favorite songs about this iconic female punk rocker.


Do You Wanna Touch Me – Joan Jett

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Do You Wanna Touch Me by Joan Jett is a rock song that was released in 1982 as the lead single from her album, I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. The song became a hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the song, Jett sings about her desire for physical contact with someone. The lyrics are flirty and suggestive, and the song is known for its upbeat and party-friendly sound.

Activity Grrrl – Joan Jett

“Activity Grrrl” is a great example of how Joan Jett embodies the punk ethos. The lyrics are about being active and not sitting around waiting for things to happen. Joan Jett is encouraging girls to get up and do something to make a difference in the world. Some people think “Do You Wanna Touch Me” is a sexual song about asking the guy if he wants to touch her body. While this might be true, I think it goes deeper than that.

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Joan Jett

You Don't Know What You've Got

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got is a song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The song was released as a single in 1982 and later featured on the album I Love Rock ‘n Roll. The song was written by Jett, Kenny Laguna, and Michael James.

The song is about a young man who is in a relationship with a woman and takes her for granted. The man eventually realizes that he lost the best thing that ever happened to him and tries to get her back.

Fake Friends – Joan Jett

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "Fake Friends" - Official Music Video

The song “Fake Friends” by Joan Jett is about the betrayal of friends. The lyrics are about how people can be very disloyal and how it’s hard to know who to trust. This song is a reflection of the punk movement in the 1970s, when people were starting to become disillusioned with the world around them. Its lyrics are about how people can abruptly turn on you, and how it’s hard to know who to trust.

I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - I Hate Myself for Loving You (Official Video)

I Hate Myself For Loving You by Joan Jett is a song about the pain that comes with being in a dysfunctional relationship. The lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of being trapped in a cycle of abuse and desperation. The song is one of Jett’s most popular tracks, and has been covered by many artists over the years. Its lyrics are about being in a relationship that has become toxic, and realizing that it’s time for it to end.

Dead End Justice – Joan Jett

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Dead End Justice is a gritty and hard-hitting song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It was released in 1990 as part of their album, Notorious. The song is about the harsh realities of life on the streets and the lack of opportunities for those who live there. Its lyrics are about standing up for your rights, not allowing people to walk over you, and fighting for what you believe in. This song is about determination and standing up for yourself even when it seems like there is no hope.

I Love Playin’ With Fire – Joan Jett

Joan Jett-I Love Playing With Fire

I Love Playin’ With Fire is a song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It was released as a single in November 1983 and was later included on their album I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. The song reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1984. Some people also think it is a reference to sex, but Joan Jett has said that the song is about playing with fire as in getting burned by love.  Some people think it’s about drugs.

I Love Rock ‘N Roll – Joan Jett

Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'n' Roll

When it comes to iconic female punk rockers, Joan Jett is certainly at the top of the list. She has been a major influence to musicians for decades, and her music is a reflection of the punk movement in the 1970s. One of her most famous songs is I Love Rock ‘N Roll, which was released in 1982.

The song was written by Jett and her longtime collaborator and guitarist, Kenny Laguna. It became an instant hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I Love Rock ‘N Roll is a high-energy anthem that celebrates the power of rock music. Jett’s vocals are raw and powerful, and the guitar riff is catchy and memorable.

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "Bad Reputation" - Official Music Video (1983)

Bad Reputation is a song by Joan Jett and the first single released from her first solo album. The song was written by Jett, Kenny Laguna, and Michael White. It was produced by Laguna. Bad Reputation is about not caring what other people think of you. “I don’t care if I’m misjudged / I’ve got a bad reputation” Its lyrics are about being a self-confident, free-spirited individual.

Cherry Bomb – The Runaways

Cherry Bomb (lyrics) - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

“Cherry Bomb” is a song by the Runaways, an all girl punk band that Jett was a member of prior to founding Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The song was written by Jett, James E. Creighton, and Kenny Laguna. “Cherry Bomb” was released as a single in November 1980 and reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its lyrics are about a girl who manipulates boys to get what she wants. Some people believe the song was written about Jett’s love interest at the time, The Runaways manager Kim Fowley.