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"Cherry Bomb" is a 1976 punk-influenced hard rock song by the all-girl band The Runaways off of their self-titled debut album. It is widely regarded by many as the band's signature song.[1]"Cherry Bomb" was also ranked 52nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[2] Singer/guitarist Joan Jett composed the song with the band's then-manager, Kim Fowley, and would later go on to re-record it with her band The Blackhearts for the 1984 album Glorious Results of a Misspent YouthCherie Currie also re-recorded "Cherry Bomb" with her identical twin sister, Marie on their 1997 re-released version of the album Messin' with the Boys. In the 2005 documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways, Fowley and former Runaways lead singer Cherie Currieclaimed that "Cherry Bomb" was quickly written just for Currie to audition for the band, because the band members could not perform the song she originally chose to sing. The Runaways' song "Cherry Bomb" charted number 1 on Japan charts. The song charted number 106 on US charts. [3]

The Runaways' version of "Cherry Bomb" was used in the TV film Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976) as well as the cult classic film Dazed and Confused (1993), and was featured on the latter film's soundtrack album.[4] The song also appears in the 1992 Highlander: The Series episode "Free Fall", which also features Joan Jett as a special guest star. "Cherry Bomb" was re-recorded by Jett and Currie for use in the 2010 video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as a playable song.[5] This version is heard in the season 5 premiere of the HBO series True Blood ("Turn! Turn! Turn!", 2012) which features characters playing the game. Currie performs "Cherry Bomb" with Warehouse 13 star Allison Scagliotti in the series' Season 5 episode "Runaway" (2013).

"Cherry Bomb" can be heard as a partial cover song by JoJo in the 2006 movie RV, and was covered by Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart (who played Currie and Jett, respectively) for the 2010 biopic film The Runaways.[6] This song is also covered by Verbal + Yoon on the 50 Years of Dr. Martens compilation disc (2010), and Miley Cyrus covered it for her 2011 Gypsy Heart Tour. "Cherry Bomb" is also featured in the 2012 game Lollipop Chainsaw.

Chart performance[edit][]

Chart (1976) Peak


USA 106
Japan 1
UK 2
Scandinavia 1