Bad Reputation (Joan Jett song)

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"Bad Reputation"
Single by Joan Jett
from the album Bad Reputation
Joan Jett singles chronology
"Bad Reputation"
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
Music video
"Bad Reputation" on YouTube

"Bad Reputation" is a rock song co-written and recorded by Joan Jett and first released from her 1980 debut album of the same name. It is her debut solo single.


In 2009, it was named the 29th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1] It is the highest-ranked song by a woman on the list.

Use in UFC and WWE by Ronda Rousey[edit]

Ronda Rousey first used the song in 2013 as her entrance music when she was Ultimate Fighting Championship's Women's Bantamweight Champion at the pay-per-view event UFC 157. In 2018, Rousey made her debut in WWE and would continue to use the song as her entrance music. Jett performed the song live at WrestleMania 35 as Rousey entered the ring for her match to defend her WWE Raw Women's Championship in the first ever woman's main event at WrestleMania 35.[2]

Other use in popular culture[edit]

It was used as the opening theme to the television series Freaks and Geeks.

It was used in a fight scene in the first Shrek film.

During the final fight scene in the film Kick-Ass the song is used while Hit-Girl shoots several people in a matter of seconds.


A music video was made in 1982 after the huge success of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". The video, directed by David Mallet, is a re-enactment of 23 record labels rejecting Jett's first solo album and her subsequent rise to the top of the charts with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". Kenny Laguna, cofounder of Blackheart Records, appears in a cameo as the Warner Bros. executive.[3]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Avril Lavigne version[edit]

"Bad Reputation"
Promotional single by Avril Lavigne
from the album One Piece Film: Z
A-side"How You Remind Me"
Released12 December 2012
GenrePop punk, punk rock
LabelSony Music Japan
Songwriter(s)Joan Jett

"Bad Reputation" was recorded by Canadian singer Avril Lavigne for a video montage interval in her Best Damn Tour. The studio recording of the cover was later included on the deluxe edition of her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby and on the Japanese edition of her fifth self-titled album. It was then reported on 17 October 2012 that Lavigne would be contributing two cover songs to the anime film One Piece Film: Z; the latter studio recording and a cover of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me".[5] The song was released for the film only in Japan on 11 December 2012, as a digital download on the One Piece Film: Z Original Soundtrack.[6] The 2-track promotional CD single was released on the next day, exclusive to Japan.[7] After heavy radio airplay, the cover peaked at No. 8 on the Japan Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[7]
  1. "How You Remind Me" – 4:05
  2. "Bad Reputation" – 2:42

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[8] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[9] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Japan December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) CD Sony Japan [7]


  1. ^ " music". Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Stroud, Brandon (March 26, 2019). "Rock Legend Joan Jett Will Play Ronda Rousey To The Ring At WrestleMania". Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Joan Jett and Blackhearts's Greatest Hits". Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Joan Jett – Bad Reputation". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Singer Avril Lavigne Contributes One Piece Film Z Themes". Anime News Network. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  6. ^ "One Piece Film Z Soundtrack". Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Avril Lavigne – How You Remind Me". Discogs. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  8. ^ Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN
  9. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会". (in Japanese). 1997-07-26. Retrieved 2016-10-17.

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