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(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

by

The Rolling Stones



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On May 6, 1965, The Rolling Stones played to about 3,000 people at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida while on their first US tour. According to an article in the St. Petersburg Times, about 200 young fans got in an altercation with a line of police officers at the show, and The Stones made it through just four songs as chaos ensued. That night, Keith Richards woke up in his hotel room with the guitar riff and lyric "Can't get no satisfaction" in his head. He recorded it on a portable tape deck, went back to sleep, and brought it to the studio that week. The tape contained his guitar riff followed by the sounds of him snoring.

Richards was staying at the Fort Harrison Hotel (known at the time as the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel) when he rolled out of bed with the idea for this song. The hotel still exists. In 1975, it was bought by the Church of Scientology and frequently hosts religious retreats.
The guitar riff is similar to Martha & the Vandellas "Dancing in the Street." Richards thought that is where he got the idea, and was worried that it was too similar.
This was released in the United States on June 6, 1965, just a month after Keith Richards woke up with the guitar riff in his head. In the UK, it wasn't issued until August 20, since The Stones did not want to release it in England until they were there to support it. While they were touring in America, they became very popular in England, so they kept recording singles in the States to keep their momentum until they could return for a tour.
Mick Jagger (1968): "It sounded like a Folk song when we first started working on it and Keith didn't like it much, he didn't want it to be a single, he didn't think it would do very well. I think Keith thought it was a bit basic. I don't think he really listened to it properly. He was too close to it and just felt it was a silly kind of riff." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Richards ran his guitar through a Gibson Fuzz Box to create the distortion effect. He had no intention of using the sound on the record, but Gibson had just sent him the device, and he thought the Fuzz Box would create sustained notes to help sketch out the horn section. The band thought it sounded great and wanted to use the sound because it would be very unusual for a Rock record. Richards thought it sounded gimmicky and did not like the result, but the rest of the band convinced him to ditch the horn section and use the distorted guitar sound.
There is some debate as to whether this is the first use of Fuzz guitar in a Rock song. Shiloh Noone sheds some light on the subject in his book Seekers Guide To The Rhythm Of Yesteryear: "Anne Margaret does have one claim to fame that embarrassingly whitewashes the Rock generation, namely her studio recording of 'I Just Don't Understand' which boasts the first fuzz guitar applied to wax, courtesy of Billy Strange, a one time member of Phil Spector's session crew who later hit the charts with an instrumental version of Monty Norman's 'James Bond theme.' 'I Just Don't Understand' was later launched as a single by Freddie & The Dreamers and also played live by the Beatles at the Cavern. Billy Strange repeated his fuzz on 'Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah' (Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans). So what's the buzz about fuzz? Well it did launch the early stages of Psychedelia and boost its prime exponents The Ventures, specifically their 1962 single '2.000lb Bee.' Sure fisted Keith Richard claims he revolutionized the fuzz on the ripping 'Satisfaction' while utilizing his new fuzz box, yet Big Jim Sullivan used it previously on P.J. Proby's 'Hold Me.' Billy Strange exalted the riff that Link Wray had already laid claim to 3 year previous, so what's the fuzz?"
Richards (1992): "It was the first (fuzztone box) Gibson made. I was screaming for more distortion: This riff's really gotta hang hard and long, and we burnt the amps up and turned the s--t up, and it still wasn't right. And then Ian Stewart went around the corner to Eli Wallach's Music City or something and came around with a distortion box. Try this. It was as off-hand as that. It was just from nowhere. I never got into the thing after that, either. It had a very limited use, but it was just the right time for that song." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Mick Jagger wrote all the lyrics except the line "Can't get no satisfaction." The lyrics deal with what Jagger saw as the two sides of America, the real and phony. He sang about a man looking for authenticity but not being able to find it. Jagger experienced the vast commercialism of America in a big way on their tours, and later learned to exploit it, as The Rolling Stones made truckloads of money through sponsorships and merchandising in the US.
The Stones performed this on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966. The line "Trying to make some girl" was bleeped out by censors.
This was included on the US version of Out Of Our Heads, but not the British. Putting singles on albums was considered ripping people off in England.
The stereo mix has electric instruments on one channel and acoustics on the other.
Jack Nitzsche worked with The Stones on this, playing piano and helping produce it. He also played the tambourine part because he thought Jagger's attempt lacked soul. Nitzsche was a successful producer who worked on many early hits for the Stones, including "Get Off My Cloud" and "Paint It, Black." He died in 2000 at age 63.
Otis Redding recorded this in 1966 at the behest of Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones, who were part of his backing band at Stax Record. Otis hadn't heard the song, and he didn't like it, so he did a radically different version of the song, using horns and changing many of the words. Using horns was what Keith Richards originally had in mind for the song, and he lauded Redding's take. His version was one of the first British songs covered by a black artist; usually it was the other way around.
The final take was recorded just 5 days after Richards first came up with the idea. 3 weeks later, it was released as a single in the US. An instant hit, it made The Stones stars in America. It helped that they were already touring the US to support it.
There is a song by Chuck Berry called "30 Days" with the line "I can't get no satisfaction from the judge." Richards is a huge Chuck Berry fan and it is possible that this is where he got the idea for the title.
Mick Jagger (1995): "People get very blase about their big hit. It was the song that really made the Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band. You always need one song. We weren't American, and America was a big thing and we always wanted to make it here. It was very impressive the way that song and the popularity of the band became a worldwide thing. It's a signature tune, really, rather than a great, classic painting, 'cause it's only like one thing - a kind of signature that everyone knows. It has a very catchy title. It has a very catchy guitar riff. It has a great guitar sound, which was original at that time. And it captures a spirit of the times, which is very important in those kinds of songs... Which was alienation. Or it's a bit more than that, maybe, but a kind of sexual alienation. Alienation's not quite the right word, but it's one word that would do." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This was featured in the 1984 film Starman, starring Jeff Bridges. The movie is set on a deep space probe in the '70s. (thanks, jeff - ozark, MO)
Sesame Street did a version of this called "(I Can't Get No) Cooperation." It was about a school kid who couldn't find anyone to play jump rope or seesaw with.
Some of the artists who have covered this include Britney Spears and Devo. Another unusual cover was by The Residents, whose version is much more intense, with distorted, raging vocals, and a heavy guitar solo courteously of Phil "Snakefinger" Lithman. (thanks, Drew T Jensen - West Covina, CA)
The Stones don't own the publishing rights to this. In 1965, they signed a deal with an American lawyer named Allen Klein and let him make some creative accounting maneuvers to avoid steep British taxes. He ended up controlling most of their money, and in order to get out of their contract, The Stones signed over the publishing rights to all the songs they wrote up to 1969.
Richards says he never plays this on stage the same way twice. (thanks, Christopher - Chicago, IL)
In 2006, The Rolling Stones played this at halftime of Superbowl XL. (thanks, Jonathan - Toronto, Canada)
The phrase, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," is grammatically incorrect. It's a double negative and really means, "I Can Get Satisfaction." (thanks, Javier - Corpus Chisti, TX)
Keith Richards used his "fuzzbox," but he also played clean guitar during the song, with Brian Jones strumming an acoustic throughout. This meant that Keith had to switch between his two tones during the song, as multiple tracks were sparse back then and overdubs rare. If you listen to the song at :36 you will hear Keith switching on his fuzz with an audible click, just between Jagger's "get" and "no." At about 1:35, Keith is stomping his fuzz too late, slightly missing his cue, ending up playing the riff a little behind. At his next cue (2:33) he probably wants to be sure that his fuzz is on, so you can hear a short but audible fuzz note (accidentally?) played before the actual riff and slightly before Jagger's "I can't get." (thanks, christopher - vienna, Austria)
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Comments (89):

Chris Farlowe recorded a few versions of Stones songs, including "'Satisfaction'. Farlowe is probably most well-known for another Stones cover - 'Out Of Time', but he recorded some fantastic songs and I think he's one of the most under-rated singers out there.
- Mick, Co Cork, Ireland
i see that there is no mention that the Rolling Stones actually DID NOT play in Clearwater on the afternoon of June 5, 1965 - I was there and remember what happened very, very well! Several of my friends and quite a few others I didn't know, got a little carried away and jumped the guardrail to 'horse around' and began to run around shoulder riding on each other. It was no big deal and they were beginning to climb back into the stands to take their seats, when, at that moment, a fleet of black limousines drove onto the field with the Stones in the main car. The caravan of limousines slowed down to access the situation, then circled around the front of the stage and quickly exited the way they came in. They came, they saw, they left! We were all speechless! They never got out and played 4 songs as was written above. And we never got our money back for the tickets as was promised over the loud speaker a few minutes later. By the way, the 'troublemakers' who jumped the bleachers left as quickly as they could because when it began to dawn on everybody that these jackasses ruined the chance of a lifetime to see the Rolling Stones in Clearwater that summer. Many in the crowd wanted to kick their asses! and so did it!!!
- paul, san antonio, TX
The riff is from "Martha and the Vandellas" "Nowhere To Run" and not "Dancing In The Streets.

"Nowhere To Run" was released in February 10 1965 and Keith was using the horn riff from "Nowhere To Run" as the base to Satisfaction around May/June 1965.

"Martha and the Vandellas" did record "Dancing In The Streets" and that's where it gets mixed up.
- stan, brisbane,
Well yeah, that riff... But does anybody ever listen to the electric guitar part when that infamous Maestro fuzz unit is off???? Give it a listen and you will find that pure Keith Richards rhythm guitar genius at work. (You can tell the fuzz unit is back on by the loud switching noise it makes after "I can get no..KRCH ..").
- Tom, Freiburg, Germany
Hey could someone please explain to me how putting singles on albums was like ripping people off? I'm from a younger generation and I always was curios about this. Someone told me it was done so the record companies could make more money, but wouldn't that just tempt people to just buy the singles and forget about the albums? If someone could clear this up for me it would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
- Zero, Nowhere, NJ
Proto-metal band Blue Cheer did a cover of this song in 1968, it's heavier and has a more frantic pace and tempo. I like it but no one else does.
- Zero, Nowhere, NJ
It's a mystery why "Starman" indicated that this song was placed on the records that went into space with the Voyager probes, because it wasn't.
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
Go to youtube.com u can find the original Chess recording of this song with Brian on harmonica. They used it was a track on a TV show.
- Ken, Booneville,MS, MS
This song was released in 1965.At the 1964 chicago blues festival buddy guy performed "Satisfaction" A song with the same riff and lyrics.Coincidence?
- Tom, des plaines , IL
In 1965 the word can't appeared in three of the Top 10 song titles of that year. According to Billboard's Year-End chart of the Top 100 Songs of 1965, No. 1 was "I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, No. 2 was "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops, and finally No. 8 was "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" by Herman's Hermits!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Concerning the first post about Richards getting the idea for the song after a June 5th, 1965 concert in Clearwater, FL. The U.S. release date of the song was June 6th, 1965 {The dates don't jive}
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
I saw the Stones in Chicago at the new McCormick Place's Crowne Aerie Theater (about 1500 seats)in 1966 before it burned down. Original line up, number 1 song was Paint It Black, opened with Not Fade Away and they were electifying and raw. They played so many great songs, after all Aftermath was the number one album. But don;t kid youseves when the opening notes of Satifaction, original tempo and minimalist perfection, the place went nuts, absolutley crazy. John Cusack, Huntintong Beach, CA.
- John, Huntington Beach, CA
Greatest Rock Song EVER. Live version from "Gimmie Shelter" illustrates why the Stones are the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in The World and why no front man can ever come close to Mick Jagger
- James, Bronx, NY
Not my favorite Stones song, but there is no mistaking it's great intro {one of the best}. Springsteen performed it in concert on Sept. 16th, 2009 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
probably one of the angstiest songs ever! i love it! i cant believe britney spears actually covered this. ack.
- chloe, St. Louis, MO
Hells Bells I just like it :) and always will.
- Tony Brown, Adelaide, Australia
What can you say about this song? It is an instant classic all the way around. If it came out today it would be considered a punk rock song. It definitely deserves to be on the top 10 all-time greatest rock songs list. I heard Mick say once that people weren't really buying Stones' records before "Satisfaction". And then it all changed. Supposedly Bob Dylan once told Mick "I could have wrote Satisfaction" and Mick said "Yeah,but you couldn't have sung it". Classic,timeless.
- wayne, Salem, VA
Satisfaction:Atonement or Contentment?
I think the song speaks for itself. The fuzz was the buzz that brought it on and just cause it was and Gibson mad it happen. Did anyone ever think that Keith Richards was waking up from a dream that day and recorded the song on a tape cassette, instead of doing a line or a shot and with this divine intervention he wrote a really F**king beautiful song man.It's something we all can relate to and maybe a ghost in the hotel was there too feeling it ,or God was telling him how to feel it. 'Can't get no satisfaction' yeah ,I feel it man, but I just keep on searching ~ thanks Stones! keep on rocking and Rolling forever man.
- Vicky Tamblyn, Winnipeg, MB
A famous fuzztone riff straight out of Motown's book wrapped around a treatise on consumerism; most pop had been concerned with the pursuit of dreams and the disappointment of missed chances, but this 45 was perhaps the first to suggest that satisfaction was ultimately unattainable. Any wonder it became the anthem for a generation, and one of the world's most popular songs?
- Bertrand, Paris, France
Of all the classic rock concerts I've been to, this song and My Generation by The Who are the only ones the 60 year olds got up and danced to.

At 34 seconds in right before the riff, you can hear Keith stomp on the fuzzbox to start it.
- Chris, Detroit, MI
Great riff and easy to play. You can find the tabs here (also includes a video of Keith explaining the riff): Satisfaction Guitar Tabs
- Dirk, Brasschaat, Belgium
This song is badness. I also like the cover that Devo did on it. Their both badness
- Max, Laconia, NH
One music mag did a list of the greatest songs of the Rock N Roll era from 1965 onwards. This came in at No.1. Like "Heart Ffull Of Soul"by the Yardbirds,this has a relentless riff & is a great song. If this was just O.K, then it wouldn't be their most famous song, wqould it ?
- Nunzio, Darwin, Australia
A good song, but very very very overated tune. I have know I idea why it's so popular or even considered the best Stones song ever. Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter are without a doubt the best songs they have released Stones rock.
- Phil, Fakeville, Canada
The original lyric was "trying to make some girl, pregnant." The censors forced the removal of the word "pregnant".
- jim, trenton, NJ
Good effort but I join those who feel this is an over-rated song. The Rolling Stones catalog is consistent, and of such very high quality, but there isn't that one song that sits head and shoulders above the rest.
- mark, worcester, MI
This song is the greatest Rock & Roll song of all times, period !
It's a mix of rock and blues that by its repetitive beat contain all the frustration of the young generation.
As well as Beethoven 5th is synonym of classical music, the first notes of Satisfaction are the synonym of the rock music.
The words by themselves expresses also the frustration of young people vs establishment.
- R, Montreal, QC, Canada
I like the version Devo did better
- Krista, Elyria, OH
a totally over-rated song. Barely reaches the category of moderatly O.K.
- jonn, liverpool, England
Rolling Stone magazine rated this song #9 in the top 40 songs that changed the world!
- Dylan, Branson, MO
"Satisfaction" is number 9 in the list called "Sounds at the Speed of Music: 50 Rock Anthems at 100 kph"
- Street Strategist, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This song is one of the best Stones songs. I don't think anyone re-making it can sing it better than Mick Jagger.
- ptlover, none ya, KS
If Britney Spears covers Stairway to Heaven, there is no God.
- Angelo, Detroit, MI
There is a remake of this song by the
"Vienna Symphony Orchestra Project"

This song is the opening title song for
one of the most renowned radio programs in korea
The program is "Bae Chul Soo's music camp"
and has been on air since 1990.

anyways, this song rocks!!!
- hyun woo, Seoul, Korea - South
I agree with Tom, Satisfaction can't compare to Brown Sugar or Sympathy for the Devil, even though it is a great song. I think Burning for you, Behind Blue Eyes, and Touch of Grey are also better, along with most from Tom's list (that is, except November Rain, which was pretty funny to me.) BTW Britney Spears sucks.
- cory, seaford, DE
The footage of the "bleeped" line on Ed Sullivan is rather funny - it sounds like they merely hit the fast-forward button on the tape player to get past the offending line. And didn't Vanilla Ice do a dreadful reworking of this song?
- Clarke, Pittsburgh, PA
Nothing to do with the song, but a comment on their "facts" above. The movie "Starman" starring Jeff Bridges was not "set on a deep space probe", but was set on earth. Jeff played an Alien who had come to Earth responding to the message sent on Voyager II, who takes the form of an earth woman's dead husband and basically kidnaps her to get to Wonslow Arizona where he is to rendezvous with another spaceship.
- Sean, Brockton, MA
if you make this song a bit less long, for example a couplet and a refrain less, it would be even more better than it is now! cause it's a shorter very good effect, if someone understands what I mean. it leaves more an imprint. it's a shame for the last lyrics, but mussicly, it would be better I think, and I think it every time I hear it
- Bram, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
When the Stones played this at Superbowl XL, Mick Jagger opened this by saying "Now this song we could've played for you back in Superbowl I"- even he acknowledges this song's greatness.
- Alex, New Orleans, LA
To Isabella, Tucson,AZ I totally agree. This songs MESSAGE is what makes it so great for rock'n roll and the riff IS awesome.
- Jon, Oakridge, OR
Otis Redding's version of Satisfaction is incredible. He makes it his own. It is a great, lost soul song.
- Steve, Ottawa, Canada
What do you guys think of Odis Redding's cover. I've been telling everyone about it who will listen, and it's on a cd I bought last week. If you don't know who he is, he did a song called "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay." Anyway, I love Redding's cover. I'm not sure if I like it better than the original though.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
#1 on VH1's "Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of all Time".
- Jay, Atlanta, GA
I think the Britney Spears version of this song is an example of both arrogance and stupidity. Not to mention a blasphemy against rock and roll.
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
Answering David from Canadas question; yes Brian Jones was the lead guitarist of the stones at the time of this song and was until 1969
- David, Merseyside, England
I'm pretty sure there were never lyrics like this on the American pop charts before, that expressed what might be called an existential anger at the world. The Beatles were the most influential band of the sixties, but I think this has to have been the most signficant single song.
- fyodor, Denver, CO
was Brian Jones aroung during this song?
- David, Guelph, Canada
the RS are old roaches that should have died 20 years ago. they are so annoying. it's understandable when old people listen to them, because it's what they grew up with. what makes me sick is when kids my age listen to them. i hate "rolling stools"
lol if you dont like a song, then why dont you just leave it alone instead of writing things like "this is way overrated" just to make everyone mad? do you guys really like to tick people off that bad??

anyways, stones rock. anyone else see the show at rio?
- Kelli, New York, NY
One of the greatest songs ever written, and not just my opinion either.
- Bill, Dallas, TX
Is Britney Spears doing "Satisfaction" an act of arogance or stupididty? I really dont know.
- David, Merseyside, England
Greatest song ever by the greatest band ever!
- Jim, Philadelphia, PA
this song is the best!! youthful angst.
- Amanda, Pleasanton, CA
My mother listens to Russian Pop, (we're russian) and one of the singers she likes sang this song and killed it. she also sang Hotel California by The Eagles and put a bullet through its heart.
- Galina, New London, CT
This song is best in "Apacolypse Now" right before their boat gets the sh*t shot out of it
- Dennis, Chicagoland burrows, IL
The amazing thing about the stones as good as tehy are. I Reckon you won't think they're the greatest rock band of all time after you listen to Waterfly (www.myspace.com/waterfly1). Australian youngsters. Rock on the stones!!!
- Ed, Melbourne, Australia
overrated? you're kiddin me right? still popular after 40 years because the lyrics have an angst that EVERYONE has felt at one time or another in their lives. everyone named songs (some better, some not) but let's give this classic it's due. christ, Robert Plant thinks "stairway" is overrated.
- jason, york, PA
Mickey I hope you're kidding! Britney is not a good singer at all, although I think some of her vocal style is done that way on purpose. Also her verson is definitely worse than the original! part of the reason for me, is because it's her singing it. Lol... if you want to know the truth I actually sort of liked this song. Britney thank god wasn't my favorite, but i did think that her cover was cool. After having listened to classic rock for awhile though, i have since changed my mind. Why do you think she's a world class performer/ Can you expalin that for us? I'm not trying to be mean, but I just don't get it.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
Everybody got (and still gets) real excited about the starting riff - Does nobody ever listen to the electric guitar work when the fuzz unit is off? This is one of finest guitar work ever recorded.
- tom, Freiburg, Germany
This is #2 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
- Ross, Independence, MO
This song was also featured in "Apocalypse Now", during a scene when one of the boat's crewmen is waterskiing behind the boat, jetting water onto the sampans of Vietnamese fishermen, and knocking other native boaters into the water. This display of callousness and obnoxious behavior went well with the song's message of crass American materialism, provincialism and phoniness.
- Robert, Puyallup, WA
I was a freshman in college when this was first released. A bunch of us used to hang out in this pizza place in downtown Brooklyn and listen to music on the juke. One of our group had the rest of us convinced that Mick was singing "I'm trying to make some girl pregnant" I don't remember exactly when I found out the real lyrics, but it seems kind of funny now!
- Jerry, Brooklyn, NY
There at least four version of this - The Stones, Devo, Britney Spears, and the one done by Justine Bateman in the movie 'Satisfaction'. By far, the most interesting one is the Britney Spears version. None of the others have as much heart or genuine passion. Britney is a world-class performer who has yet to receive her proper due, but she will. Maybe she should do a cover of 'Stairway To Heaven'. That would be cool.
- Mickey, Langley, VA
Billy, I'm a Zeppelin fan to and I think they're better then the Stones. However, the Stones Jagger and Richards are two of the greatest song writers in the history of Rock music. They were not just a one dimensional band like radio leads you to believe, hear more of their stuff before you call them overrated. Because anyones who has heard a lot of Stones knows they're not over rated at all.
- joe, Bethlahem, PA
i like this song a lot. i always tell me friends that this is the theme song to my life, lol. i wouldn't say this is the best song of all time. it's good, but not that good. i think there are better songs than it by the rolling stones and by other bands.
- james, edwardsville, IL
Some people don't care much for "Satisfaction," but as they say, "There's no accounting for taste." I happen to think that there are better songs out there, both by the Rolling Stones and by other bands, but that doesn't mean that others will agree with my list of what's good, nor that "Satisfaction" isn't a great song in its own right. I think the most compelling testimony to its greatness is its durable popularity -- 40 years later, people are still cranking up their stereos withing the first few notes of the opening guitar riff!
- Eric, Cincinnati, OH
Just for curiosity, which song cover do you think is worse. Britney spears cover of "satisfaction" of limp Bizkit's cover of 'Behind Blue eyes". Personally, i don't know there both pretty bad. I guess I'd say the Limp Bizkit cover.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
I just wanted to tell all of you that I have heard the Britney spears cover. I was actually a fan of her music a few years ago... lol, and during that time I bought her second album. It's the one with "oops I Did It again" on it. Anyway, the cover of "satisfaction" is on it. I'm suppprised I remembered all of that. Btw, she wasn't my favorite singer or group during that time, n'sync was. I think she's worse than they were, but that's just me.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
I know some of y'all think that "satisfaction" is over-rated, but it is one of many classics by the stones. personally, I like "get Off My cloud' and "Painted Black" better. Just to name a few. 'satisfaction" is a good song though.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
Satisfaction seems overrated to us now living in the 200's but in 1965, there was nothing like it. That's why it is considered one of the best. But you guys are right I can name ten stones songs I like better then Satisfaction even though I like the song.
Better Stones songs: Jumpin jack Flash, Gimme Shelter, Paint it Black, Get Off of my Cloud, You Can't Always get What You want, Wild horses, Ruby Tuesday, Paint it black, Honky Tonk Woman, and Brown sugar
- joe, Bethlahem, PA
Rolling Stone magazine called this the #2 song of all time. Curiously the top 2 songs mentioned "Rolling Stone" (#1 was Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan).
- Matt, Millbrae, CA
One of the best songs of all time. On Vh1's "The 100 Greatest Songs Of Rock and Roll" this was #1.
- Jake, Philadelphia, PA
I believe this is considered the "greatest" rock n' roll song not musically or instrumentally, but because of its message and effects. It does pretty much embody rock n' roll as a rebellion to authority. It was considered outrageous of course by the elder half of the generation gap, and therefore the younger half took it and embraced it. It was an anthem of unconventionalism in the 1960s. If you don't believe that this song was considered great in the '60s ... well, explain to me how it became so popular. Plus, you've got to admit, that riff is pretty catchy.
- Isabella, Tucson, AZ
I hate Britney Spear's cover of this, it sucks on all levels! What really pisses me off is that she changed the lines "When I'm watchin' my TV
And that man comes on to tell me
How white my shirts can be
But he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke
The same cigarrettes as me" line to a women selling skirts, COME ON WOMEN DON'T BUTCHER THE CLASSICS. Maybe it's just because her brain is made from the same material as her implants.
- Liam, Campbell River, Canada
This song also appeared in Apocalypse Now, soon after escaping Colonel Kilgore I believe.
- Jonny, Aberdeen, Scotland
Ack! I hated the Britney Spears cover of this First of all, you don't cover an immortal song if you're an artificial "pop" artist who can't sing in the first place. Second of all, I'm suprised Jagger and Richards gave her permission to do record this. Shame on both of them!
- Kelly, Burbank, CA
Tom from England, I agree that Satisfaction is not the greatest song ever and while I don't think that any song on your list is the greatest, I still respect your opinion. That is until I saw "November Rain". I had to reread it a few times, "November Rain"????!!!!??? I can't think of a good comeback because I'm on the floor laughing.
- John, ATL, GA
i love the otis redding version of this. and although i love britney to pieces... she mutilated it.
- jessa, Brampton, ON, Canada
yes tom thats right! why can't people understand that satisfaction ain't so great!
- charlie, Thomaston, DC
Greatest Rock N' Roll song of all time? I can think of a whole load of songs that are better than this; 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Free Bird', 'Won't Get Fooled Again', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Smoke on the Water', 'November Rain', 'Hotel California', 'Layla', 'Johnny B. Goode', 'Like A Rolling Stone', 'You Really Got Me', I can go on all day! 'Satisfaction' is the most overrated song ever and it's not even their best song; 'Brown Sugar' and 'Sympathy for the Devil' are miles better!
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
i don't know why everyone is so obsessed with satisfaction, it's an ok song but it's definitely not there best. not like only rock and roll and honky tonk woman, wich are way better than "satisfaction"
- charlie, Thomaston, DC
this is song is probably the most 'known' of the stones tracks. it was their first of many many classics.
- rhett, Melbourne, Australia
I totally agree with Dustin, I heard the a live recording of Otis redding doing it rocked me!
I was searching for the orignal writer of this song..Glad I found it here!
- Peter, Roosendaal, Netherlands
The song was banned from several radio stations because it was thought t refer to a women and her time of the month. With the line "baby come back next week, cause you see I'm on a losing streak"
- Dave, Pomeroy, OH
Britney Spears doing 'Satisfaction'? That is one cover I have no desire to hear!
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
This is a great song, but I like Otis Redding's cover even better.
- Dustin, Tampa, FL
Considered the greatest Rock N' Roll song of all time
- Danny, Grass Valley, CA
Mick Jagger saw Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys on his television doing "I Get Around" and he praised them. Later, the Rolling Stones did an outake on the Beach Boys' "I Get Around." In turn, the Beach Boys did an outake on the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."
- Brandon, Seattle, WA
Keith envisioned this as a country song before the Fuzzbox came in.
The lyrics "trying to make some girl" and "cause you see I'm on a losing streak" were deemed offensive by US censors.
- Chelsea, NYC, OR
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