500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 'I Love Rock 'N Roll'

Writers: Jake Hooker, Alan Merrill
Producers: Ritchie Cordell, Kenny Laguna
Released: Jan. '82, Boardwalk
20 weeks; No. 1

Attempting to jump-start a solo career after her stint in the Runaways, Jett had her demo tape to "I Love Rock 'N Roll" rejected by 23 record labels. Tiny Boardwalk Records finally bit, but the label sold her the radio rights to the track for $2,500. Today, the song is worth nearly $20 million.

Appears on: I Love Rock 'N Roll (Blackheart)

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