The dirtily edgy hit that transformed the Rolling Stones into a darker and naughtier version of the Beatles has reached its fiftieth birthday. Taking the world by storm, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was released on August 20, 1965 in the UK and was an instant classic that calcified the Stones’ image as a raw British rock band, with Rolling Stone magazine awarding the track 2nd place in their 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
Keith Richards originally envisioned the track with a horn section playing the infamous riff, but Andrew Loong Oldham, the band’s manager at the time pushed for the track to be released in its raw form as a single. In other words, the track that we are all familiar with was only really a demo. Richards’ original vision for the track would be re-imagined by Otis Redding later that year. Watch Mick Jagger strut his stuff in one of their best performances of the song below.