“Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones is 50 years old. Hard to believe.
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.
The song is considered by most critics to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Satisfaction” in the second spot on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“, while in 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
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.”
The Stones performed this on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966. The line “Trying to make some girl” was bleeped out by censors.
The final take was recorded just five days after Richards first came up with the idea. Three 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.
In 1991, Snickers paid a reported $4 million to use a knockoff version of this song in a commercial
here’s the original performance.