Cover vs. Original

I Love Rock n Roll


Who wrote "I Love Rock n Roll"? - Joan Jett, of course.
A dialogue like that you can hear quite often. Unfortuantely it's not correct. Joan Jett had a big success with this song (7 weeks No.1 in the US), but she has not written the song. The Arrows, a British Rockband out of the 70s, already published "I Love Rock n Roll" in 1975 - but only as B-Side of a Single. Nevertheless, both versions don't differ very much in the music. Joan Jett just changed the lyrics, so that the text fits better to her female voice. So it is quite amazing that The Arrows didn't have more success with this great song.
I like the version by The Arrows and because I'm always rather on the side of forgotten originals, I vote for The Arrows.

- Michael Müller, Hamburg, Deutschland, 09.10.2005


Joan Jett
1981

vs.

The Arrows
1975

CD-Cover: Joan Jett - I Love Rock'N'Roll 46.6 % 53.4 % CD-Cover: The Arrows - The Singles Collection...Plus
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Joan Jett 1471 Votes The Arrows

Further information about song and bands:

I Love Rock n Roll Splendid Magazine reviews the song and The Arrows. A whole page dedicated to the song you can find here.
Joan Jett
Official Site
News, biography, discography, pictures, lyrics and even guitar tabs and much more. Really a great site for Joan Jett fans!
The Arrows
Official Homepage
Discography, Arrows comics, posters, and funny pictures from old magazines. I really enjoyed browsing through this site.

Comments about I Love Rock n Roll:

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Would love to have preferred lost original, but Joan Jett put WAY more balls into it and has a sense of fun the first version lacks.
- Michael, Oxford, England, 08.05.2006
Jone Jett has by far the better Song the public agrees
- smart, nowheres ville, Other, 24.04.2006
No contest! The first cut is the deepest! Arrows Rocked!
- Andicat, Someplace, England, 25.10.2005
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