“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is one of the signature songs of rock ‘n’ roll. It opening guitar riff is instantly recognizable to three generations of music fans. It is difficult to believe that it will be 45 years old in just a few months.
The Rolling Stones formed in early 1963 as a British rhythm and blues/rock fusion band. Their first hits in The United States made them an important part of the British Invasion. “Time Is On My Side,” “The Last Time,” “It’s All Over Now,” and “Heart Of Stone” gained them acclaim and popularity on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. These songs were, however, just a warm-up.
“Satisfaction” hit number one in the USA in June of 1965 and stayed there for a month which propelled The Rolling Stones into the upper strata of rock bands. Even the somewhat tongue in cheek flip side, “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” is very listenable.
“Satisfaction” was and remains rock ‘n’ roll at its very best and is one of the perfect single releases in rock history. Very few artists have covered this song as it was done right the first time. It set The Rolling Stones on the road to becoming the world’s greatest rock band.