Britney Spears - I Love Rock 'N' Roll

September 04, 2011 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

This marks Britney's only cover which she released as a single. This song is the closest she has ever become to going down the rock route, however I very much advise her never to try another rock song, purely because she has a specific twang in her voice that is perfect for pop and dance music. And although she sings this cover really well, I'm not sure if I prefer it over anyone elses. This song has been covered so many times by so many people, it's a wonder that the original still exists. The original song was sung by the Arrows, however Joan Jett and the Blackhearts made the single most famous. The Arrows wrote it as a response to The Rolling Stones "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)", Joan Jett heard the Arrows performing it on their own show and soon decided to record it and release it as a single. Since then many, many artists have performed and released this song, the most recent single release of this song is Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney's collaboration.
Britney Spears' single managed to get to number 1 here in the UK, and although nowadays that is considered as a high charting position, it was Britney's lowest charting until the recent releases of "Till The World Ends" and "I Wanna Go". I am really hoping that sometime in the future, Britney will get that UK number one that she has been unable to get in the past 6-7 years.
When Britney's version is played on the radio (which is rare), you can tell it is her version because of that twang that you can hear in the song. She sings the song well, although she definitely couldn't make it in the rock industry, and she definitely wouldn't suit being in a female-fronted band. She was asked to sing karaoke for the film Crossroads, and she had actually sang this song a few times in clubs that she's been to. She also publicly admitted that this song is one of her favourites.
The music video, is the typical rock band video, Britney is in the front singing the song, while rocking out and head-banging now and again. She had a band behind her, on drums and guitars and maybe other instruments. She is dressed in tight-fitting leather getup. It is a simple video with not a lot going on, Britney crawls, and jamms out and she plays air guitar and also smashes a real guitar. I have to admit though, it is kind of saved thanks to the clip on the motorcycle, I don't know why but it brings out a biker chick in Britney and it really works. However seems like a very low-budget music video and some unexplained things happen in the music video.
The drip drip drip of whatever is leaking makes no sense whatsoever, and doesn't really fit in with the lyrics of the song, however it's not a bad music video, although I do think they could have done a lot more. Maybe they could have set it in a bar that has it's own jukebox and she sings it there. Since the jukebox links perfectly with the line in the chorus: "put another dime in the jukebox baby".
Overall I love the song and it works perfectly with Britney's voice, every now and then. However the music video isn't so engaging and it definitely seems like they never actually thought it through. Honestly I would say that it definitely isn't one of Britney's top music videos, it may even be her worse, after a few shocking ones that have been released a few years ago. Anyway I think I have rated it fairly, and I hope you agree.