We are going to play the gender card again on this selection. There are musicians who are ranked lower on this list who may have been more successful and played in much bigger venues, but it is our guess that nobody inspired more women to pick up a guitar than Joan Jett.
First gaining notice as a member of the all girl group, The Runaways, Jett formed her own band in the early 80’s. The premise of her new band was based on simple basic principle of straight forward Rock and Roll. Jett had the look, the attitude and the ability to become a true star that certainly had the respect of her peers. Helping to break down the gender barriers for other female rockers to follow, Jett’s career may have had various peaks and valleys, but throughout she never veered to far from her basic Rock roots. Considered influential to many women, this may be enough to propel Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to the Hall, but they are likely a long shot at this stage.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Philadelphia, PA)
Why They Will Get In:
The gender card works in their favor.
Why They Won’t Get In:
The gender card works against them too. The longer it takes, the more female musicians become eligible that may squeeze Jett out.
Bad Reputation (1981)
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (1981)
Up Your Alley (1988)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Bad Reputation (From Bad Reputation, 1981)
You Don’t Own Me (From Bad Reputation, 1981)
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (From I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1981)
Crimson and Clover (From I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1981)
I Hate Myself for Loving You (From Up Your Alley, 1988)