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The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger Has a Theory Why ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ Is Such a Good Song

Mick Jagger considers "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to be The Rolling Stones' signature song He said The Beatles paved the way for the song's success. He praised the song's riff and topicality. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" became a huge hit.

Many fans consider “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to be The Rolling Stones’ signature song — and Mick Jagger agrees. During an interview, he discussed the “ingredients” that made the song a classic. He also said the track might not have been successful if not for another British invasion group.

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger holding a hat
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger | Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Mick Jagger said 1 song made The Rolling Stones a ‘monster’ band

In 1995, Jann S. Wenner published a Rolling Stone interview with Jagger titled “Mick Jagger Remembers.” During the latter interview, Wenner asked Jagger if there was anything else left to say about “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Firstly, Jagger noted that Keith Richards didn’t think the song should be a single.

Jagger cited it as the song that transformed The Rolling Stones from an average band into a “monster band.” “We weren’t American, and America was a big thing, and we always wanted to make it here,” he recalled. “It was very impressive the way that song and the popularity of the band became a worldwide thing. You know, we went to playing Singapore.”

Mick Jagger’s theory as to why ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ became successful

Jagger said “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” owed some of its success to The Beatles. “The Beatles really opened all that up,” he said. “But to do that you needed the song; otherwise you were just a picture in the newspaper, and you had these little hits.”

Wenner asked Jagger if he viewed “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” as a classic song. “Well, 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,” Jagger responded.

Wenner asked Jagger what “ingredients” made the song a classic. “It has a very catchy guitar riff,” he said. “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 kind of songs.”


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The way the world reacted to The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” became a massive hit. The track topped the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. The Rolling Stones includes the track on the version of their album Out of Our Heads released in the United States. The album topped the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 65 weeks.

The song became a massive hit in the United Kingdom as well. According to The Official Charts Company, the song reached No. 1 in the U.K. and lasted on the charts for 12 weeks. Devo, Britney Spears, Otis Redding, and other famous artists subsequently covered the song. The track also made a memorable appearance in Apocalypse Now. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is a classic song — thanks to a few key “ingredients.”