->''"I love rock and roll, so put another dime in the jukebox baby!"''

Joan Jett (September 22, 1958-) is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987's ''Light Of Day'' and a memorable cameo in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''; and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs' LA punk masterpiece, GI.

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Carrie Underwood sings "I Hate Myself for Loving You" as the theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy A, Kick Ass, Film/TheRunaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.

Since co-founding Music/TheRunaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett's determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie's book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer.

The two discs of the Greatest Hits set, meanwhile, present twenty blazing tracks from Jett's three-decade-plus career. It's a comprehensive look at one of rock's most iconic figures. Of course, the hits collection was released through Jett's own Blackheart Records, a label she founded with long time songwriting partner and producer Kenny Laguna, in 1980 - which made her the first female artist to own and operate an independent record company.

Blackheart Records is currently home to such up-and-coming groups as San Antonio-based female threesome Girl in A Coma (Both Before I'm Gone, Trio B.C., Adventures in Coverland) and Los Angeles' pop-punk trio the Dollyrots (Because I'm Awesome, A Little Messed Up). The label continues to add new artists to its roster.

Jett and the Blackhearts continuously tour across the globe to throngs of adoring fans. Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations - this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She's fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.

"I've had a blessed career," she says. "I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way."

* ''Joan Jett'' (1980)
* ''Bad Reputation'' (1981) - re-issue of ''Joan Jett'' on a bigger label
* ''I Love Rock 'n' Roll'' (1982)
* ''Album'' (1983)
* ''Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth'' (1984)
* ''Good Music'' (1986)
* ''Up Your Alley'' (1988)
* ''The Hit List'' (1990)
* ''Notorious'' (1991)
* ''Pure and Simple'' (1994)
* ''Evil Stig'' (1995) - recorded with The Gits
* ''1979'' (1995) - fan club only album
* ''Naked'' (2004)
* ''Sinner'' (2006)

!!Associated Tropes:

* AwesomeMcCoolName: Though she was born with the less awesome last name Larkin.
* BaldOfAwesome: Shaved her head in 2000 (to play Columbia in ''The Rocky Horror Show'' and kept it shaved for a few months.
* BiTheWay: Has also recorded songs about it.
** "Switch hitter, you know she plays the field"
* BreakupBreakout: She's now more famous than when she was with Music/TheRunaways.
* CoolOldLady
* CoverVersion: A lot of her output with the Blackhearts is made up of covers, not that we're complaining.
** TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and a few others.
** Covers include (get ready for a LongList):
*** "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Arrows
*** "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore
*** "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)", "Doing All Right with the Boys", and "I Love You Love Me Love" by Gary Glitter
*** "Shout!" by Music/TheIsleyBrothers
*** "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
*** "Call Me Lightning" by Pete Townshend
*** "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells
*** "Bits and Pieces" by the Dave Clark Five
*** "Little Drummer Boy" by too many to count
*** "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen
*** "Summertime Blues" by Music/EddieCochran
*** "Nag" by the Halos
*** "Everyday People" by Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone
*** "Starfucker" by Music/TheRollingStones
*** "You're Too Possessive"
*** "Cherry Bomb" and "I Love Playin' with Fire" by her old band Music/TheRunaways
*** "Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis
*** "Bird Dog" by Boudleaux Bryant
*** "I Can't Control Myself" by Reg Presley
*** "Hide and Seek" by David Walker
*** "I Need Someone" by The Belmonts
*** "New Orleans" by Mike Berry
*** "Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman
*** "Fun, Fun, Fun" by Music/TheBeachBoys
*** "You Got Me Floatin'" and "Up from the Skies" by Music/JimiHendrix
*** "Just Lust" by Rick Nowels
*** "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by Music/TheStooges
*** "Tulane" by Music/ChuckBerry
*** "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by Music/{{ACDC}}
*** "Love Hurts" by the Everly Brothers
*** "Pretty Vacant" by the Music/SexPistols
*** "Celluloid Heroes" by Music/TheKinks
*** "Tush" by Music/ZZTop
*** "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers
*** "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival
*** "Love Me Two Times" by Music/TheDoors
*** "A.C.D.C." by Music/{{Sweet}}
*** "Androgynous" by The Replacements
*** "[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Science Fiction / Double Feature]]" by Richard O'Brien
*** "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Music/TwistedSister
* CulturalRebel: One of the first prominent female ''hard'' rockers.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Arguable example - Jett is known for wearing all-black clothes to the point that it can become a IconicOutfit, but this is more to reinforce her image than to actually denote, y'know, evil and stuff. She's said to be very amicable and kind-hearted in real life.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
** DyeHard: But, wore her hair short and blond for a while around 2000.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Let's just say that she's aged very, very well.
* HeavyMeta: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll".
* HellBentForLeather: And how!
* IconicOutfit: Leather vest, black eyeliner, black hair, leather pants, and tattoos.
* IronicEcho: From "Victim of Circumstance": "I'm just a victim of a ''bad reputation'', I've got no chance to shake it!"
* MaleBandFemaleSinger: Joan leading The Blackhearts.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Jett is famous for being one of the first extremely successful women for getting into the 5-6 range, standing shoulder to shoulder with rock titans like Music/{{ACDC}} and Music/VanHalen
* NiceGirl: She even says people find it shocking when they find out how much more subdued she is in real life, compared to her stage image.
* NonActorVehicle: ''Light of Day''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She was born in 1958, but doesn't look past her thirties.
* RealSongThemeTune:
** "Bad Reputation", for ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and ''Series/AmericanChopper''.
** In general, "Bad Reputation" seems to have been adopted as the unofficial theme of any work featuring rebellious young people.
** UFC fighter Ronda Rousey uses it as her entrance music.
* RearrangeTheSong: All the songs she's ever covered become punk-hard-rock. And it's awesome.
** When she starred as Columbia in ''The Rocky Horror Show'', the character was modified from a perky 50s burlesque girl to a tough punk drifter. This lead to, among other things, Columbia's tap dance interlude in "The Time Warp" being replaced by her [[BreakingTheFourthWall reaching into the orchestra pit]] to grab an electric guitar and shredding an improvised solo.
* SdrawkcabName: The album title ''Evil Stig''.
* StageName:
** Born Joan Marie Larkin
** The name Larkin is derived from an old Irish name meaning "fierce."
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: It's occurred sometimes, such as with "I Need Somebody".
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Album''.
* TheLadette: Famously so. She's known for her [[BoyishShortHair short hair]], [[HellBentForLeather dressing like a biker]], having numerous tattoos, and getting on stage swearing like a sailor while playing [[EpicRiff badass riffs]] like it's nobody's business.