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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 10: Recording artist Lita Ford performs at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When it comes to influence, especially on female rock musicians, The Runaways almost always get a mention and rightfully so.

Serving as a launchpad for Joan Jett and Lita Ford, who celebrates her birthday today (September 19), The Runaways released four studio albums and the killer Live In Japan live album from 1976-1978, however, everyone’s go-to song for the band is “Cherry Bomb.”  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that because that track is a monster!)

The thing is, this iconic outfit is so much more than just one song.  In honor of Ford’s birthday today, here are 10 other songs by The Runaways that everyone should know.


“School Days”

If you’re a fan of the movie Detroit Rock City, you likely recognize this track from the film’s soundtrack.  If you’ve never seen Detroit Rock City, please enjoy this rebellious track from the band’s third studio release Waitin’ For The Night.

TOPPOP: The Runaways - School Days

Artist: The Runaways Title: School Days Broadcast date: 26-11-1977 TV program: TopPop Video rights: AVRO gives you easy access to unique footage. . TopPop was the first regular dedicated pop music TV show in the Dutch language area. Dutch broadcaster AVRO aired the programme weekly, from 1970 to 1988.

“You Drive Me Wild”

In case you forgot, The Runaways weren’t afraid to push the sexual envelope.  If “Cherry Bomb” is exhibit A, consider “You Drive Me Wild” exhibit B.

The Runaways-You Drive Me Wild

The Runaways-You Drive Me Wild Lyrics:Joan Jett (the first song she has writin!) From the album "The Runaways" 1976.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.