Ranking All the Songs from The Joe Dirt Soundtrack

Joe Dirt

“Joe Dirt” is a 2001 film revolving around a man searching for his family after being left behind at the age of eight. He’s a janitor who shares his tale with listeners at a radio station in Los Angeles. With little knowledge of his surname, he heads out to a small town in the Pacific Northwest. The rest of the scenes portray him as an object of ridicule, but he emerges victorious because he gets his family what he’s always wanted. The film has fantastic tracks from rock bands and pop artists from the 1970s to 1980s. According to IMDb, one of the most popular rock artists, Kid Rock, plays “Robby” in the film. Here is a ranking of all the songs from the Joe Dirt Soundtrack.

10. “Hold Your Head Up” by Argent (1972)


“Hold Your Head Up” by Argent is a 1972 classic rock single from the album “Joe Dirt.” The 3:15-minute song from the English rock band peaked at number five in the Top 5 in the US and UK. Unfortunately, that’s the only track that claimed the 72nd spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It appeared on the rock band’s studio album, “All Together Now,” recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Best line: “Hold your head up, oh (7).”

9. “When I’m With You” by Sheriff (1982)


In 1982, a Canadian rock band called Sheriff released “When I’m With You” as the second single. It peaked at 61 in the US in the summer of 1983. Arnold Lanni, the band’s guitarist, wrote the love song to his then-girlfriend. His efforts bore fruits because she married him two years later. Sadly, the band called it quits; hence couldn’t create videos. Best line: “Oh baby, my world stands still when I’m with you.”

8. “Who Do You Love?” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1978)


Another fantastic song featured in the “Joe Dirt” film is “Who Do You Love” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers. The band released the song in 1978 and has released more than 20 albums, two of which earned a Platinum certification, while six earned Gold. In 2014, the band celebrated its 20th anniversary. The song talks about a man asking his lover about her love interest. We might not know her answer, but we feel it’s a fantastic soundtrack to complement the film. Best line: “Come on, take a little walk with me, child, tell me who do you, love?”

7. “Walk on Water” by Eddie Money (1988)


“Walk on Water” is a pop/folk song by Eddie money released in 1988. Written by Jesse Harms, the pianist, it’s a breakup song portraying a man involved with a woman who constantly doubts him. The video is about Blair Valk, a French lass, and actress known for making sexy poses and getting very wet. Initially, a horn-playing section was supposed to be, but the instrumentalist never showed up. Money decided to make up for this by adding a lot of “na na na na,” which he confessed sounded odd. Best line: “Well, if I could walk on water, would you believe me?”

6. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by Bachman- Turner Overdrive (1974)


In 1974, a Canadian rock band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), released a song called “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” It was written by Randy Bachman for the 3rd album, “Not Fragile.” It revolves around a man encountering a biblical “Jezebel” who offers dangerous love. At the time, this track peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. The Canadian RPM chart also placed it at number one. Best line: “You ain’t see nothin’ yet.”

5. “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent (1977)


Did you know that there’s a disease called cat scratch fever? You can develop this disease when a cat scratches you. However, that’s not the literal meaning Ted Nugent wanted you to get out of his “Cat Scratch Fever” song. The cat represents a dangerous woman, while scratch fever is lust. The song was released in 1977 by Epic Records on the singer’s third studio album, “Cat Scratch Fever.” Best line: “You know you got when you’re going insane.”

4. “China Grove” by The Doobie Brothers (1973)


“China Grove” is a track by Doobie Brothers, a US-based rock band, released in 1973. The song peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 RPM Top Singles in Canada. It featured in the band’s third studio album, “The Captain and Me.” Even though China Grove is a town in Texas, the characters that the main singer, Tom Johnston, talks about are fictional. Best line: “The people of the town are strange.”

3. “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh (1973)


In 1973, Joe Walsh and his band (Barnstorm) released their “Rocky Mountain Way” song from their album, “The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get.” Joe wrote the song as a tribute to his home state, Colorado. When he was mowing the lawn, he saw the Rocky Mountains, and they were covered with snow. The sight knocked him back because it was beautiful. Best line: “Cause the Rocky Mountain Way is better than the way we had.”

2. “If You Want My Love” by Cheap Trick (1977)


“If You Want My Love” by the American rock band Cheap Trick is a pop-rock/ alternative-Indie track released in 1977. It’s the first single from album number six, “One on One.” The guitarist, Rick Nielsen, wrote it, while Roy Thomas Baker produced it. The track peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, almost claiming the number one spot on the Australian chart, after peaking at number two for 14 days. Best line: “If you want my love, you got it.”

1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)


According to Movies Anywhere, “Sweet Home Alabama is one of the soundtracks in Joe Dirt performed by the Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The controversial song came like a clap back to Neil Young, who did two songs, “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” Some critics claim it was targeting the former governor, George Wallace, for his character of racial segregation. Best line: “I miss Alabama once again, and I think it’s a sin.”

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