Readers' Poll: The Rolling Stones' 10 Greatest SongsYour picks include 'Wild Horses,' 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Paint It, Black'
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4. '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'
The story behind "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" has been told so many times, it's beyond clichè, but it's still worth repeating. Here's the short version: the Rolling Stones were staying at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, in May 1965. Before he went to bed one night, Keith turned on his tape recorder and fiddled around before falling asleep. When he woke up, he heard a rough sketch of the song, followed by hours of snoring.
The Stones likely got the title from the 1955 Chuck Berry song "30 Days," which features the line "I can't get no satisfaction from the judge." Days later, they cut the song in RCA Studios in Hollywood, and it was on shelves by early June. It became their first Number One hit and instantly catapulted them to a whole new level of fame and success. In many ways, it's the most important song of their career.