Exactly 49 years ago, the Rolling Stones recorded what was to become one of their most iconic songs ever.
Speak of the world famous British rock band the Rolling Stones, and their song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” would surely be one of the things that would immediately come to mind. Released as a single in June 1965 and as part of the band’s fourth US studio album Out of Our Heads, “Satisfaction” was recorded a few months earlier at the RCA Studios in Hollywood. It was actually recorded twice – the first recording featured member Brian Jones on harmonica, while the other, the version we all know now, was given a different beat and was recorded with the additional use of the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox.
Within the first month of its release, “Satisfaction” was able to climb atop the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It held on to its position for four weeks, from July 10 to 31, and was only bumped off by Herman’s Hermits’ “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.” It was the first time that the Rolling Stones scored a #1 hit in the US, and in all, “Satisfaction” was in this chart for 14 weeks beginning in June. When it was released in United Kingdom in August of the same year, “Satisfaction” likewise topped the music charts for a couple of weeks the following month, making it their fourth #1 in their motherland. It’s amazing how “Satisfaction” became successful, especially since many reportedly initially frowned upon it for its sexual connotations and criticism of commercialism.
In the decades that followed, “Satisfaction” has been lauded multiple times not only by its fans and the listening public but also their peers in the industry, the critics, and other relevant entities and personalities. Most notable were VH1’s Top 100 Greatest Rock Songs list, in which it was placed at the top spot; Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, where it landed the #2 spot (after Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”); and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized it as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock. In 1999, BMI ranked “Satisfaction” at 91st place in its Top 100 Most Performed Songs of the 20th Century. Meanwhile, Newsweek touted the song’s easily recognizable opening riff as the “five notes that shook the world.”
Of course, recognitions for “Satisfaction” in the form of covers were also made by several artists. The list includes covers by new wave band Devo, and even soul and R&B acts Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding!
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