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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

From their self-titled 1976 debut album.


“American Nights”

The bravado of The Runaways as a band can be described in this lyric from “American Nights”:  “Cause we’re the Queens of Noise, the answer to your dreams.”  PERFECTION!

The Runaways- American Nights

The Runaways- American Nights- The Runaways

“Dead End Justice”

A kitschy tune about being hauled off to juvie, this song is like a mini two-act play with a spoken word part in the middle.  Did we mention it was kitschy?

The Runaways - Dead End Justice (studio version)

Off the self titled (1st) album "The Runaways". After being excited about the upcoming movie about the Runaways, I made this tribute to the girls who in my opinion are goddesses (fu*k divas!).


“Waitin’ For The Night”

Ballads were few and far between for The Runaways, but out of the tracks that could fall under that classification, “Waitin’ For The Night” is the best.

THE RUNAWAYS "Waitin' For The Night" 1977 *(Promo Video)

THE RUNAWAYS "Waitin' For The Night" 1977 *(Promo Video) Joan Jett - Guitar / Vocals Lita Ford - Lead Guitar Sandy West - Drums Vicki Blue - Bass ..... Video Editing & Audio Restoration by Tuscadero ..........



“Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin”

Featured on the band’s second studio release, “Neon Angels…” is a great example of Cherie Currie and Joan Jett’s vocals providing a one-two punch. 


“I Love Playin’ with Fire”

Remember that whole “sexual envelope” thing mentioned a few songs back?  Welcome to exhibit C and one of the strongest songs in the band’s catalog.

The Runaways - I Love Playing With Fire (HD Audio)

I do NOT own the copyright to this song nor the video. I just uploaded an already existed video,with better audio quality.

“Take It or Leave It”

A great track with Jett on lead vocals and the perfect example of how potent Ford and Jett’s dulling guitars were in The Runaways.


“I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are”

Only featured on Live in Japan, this track is simply a force.

The Runaways - I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are

Good quality. I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are. Live In Japan 1977.


“Queens Of Noise”

The title track from the band’s second studio album, as badass as the studio version is, the live version is that much tougher. 

Queens Of Noise (Live)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Queens Of Noise (Live) · The Runaways Best Of/20th Century ℗ 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group Released on: 2005-01-01 Author, Composer: Billy Bizeau Music Publisher: Southern Music Publishing Co., Inc. Auto-generated by YouTube.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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