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"My Sharona" is the debut single by The Knack, released in 1979 from their album Get the Knack. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart where it remained for six weeks and was #1 on Billboard's Top Pop Singles of 1979 year-end chart. It was certified gold (one million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Inspiration and legacy

According to lead singer/guitarist Doug Fieger, he met Sharona Alperin (who was 16 at the time) and she inspired a two-month-long run of songwriting. "It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat; I fell in love with her instantly. And when that happened, it sparked something and I started writing a lot of songs feverishly in a short amount of time." Whenever he thought about her, he would think of Averre's riff. The two worked out the structure and melody from there. Sharona appears on the picture sleeve for the single, and became a major booster of the band bringing many girls to their early shows. Sharona Alperin is now a real estate agent in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker. [199052]

The easily recognizable riff of "My Sharona" was written by the band's guitarist, Berton Averre, long before he ever joined The Knack.

The song's bright, driving bassline, played mainly in G octaves, appears in the playlist of many aspiring bass players, often cited as a superb technical example of its genre.

In 1994, "My Sharona" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at #91) when it was released as a single from the Reality Bites soundtrack album.

The original song gained some attention in 2005 when it appeared on the playlist of U.S. President George W. Bush's iPod.

The song was ranked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs in 2008. [199053]

A cover version song is also featured as downloadable content the music video game series Rock Band.

Chart performance

Chart (1979) Peak

U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles 1
Australian Kent Music Report 1
UK Singles Chart 6

Parodies, samples and covers

With both the notoriety gained from being an international hit, and its distinctive rock guitar riff, "My Sharona" has been the subject of numerous parodies, tributes, and sampling, including:


  • The song was spoofed in a Taco Bell commercial as "My Chalupa".

  • Two versions of "Nine Coronas" was parodied by John Cougar Mammoser.

  • Paroided as "My Mohegan" in a Mohegan Sunmarker commercial.

Audio samples

Cover versions


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