That opening guitar riff – the most identifiable part of the song – wasn’t even supposed to be there.
Keith Richards did the riff as a placeholder. He was going to replace it with a horn section. The rest of the band, and their engineer, decided to ignore that idea, and left Richards’ riff in the final version. The result? The Stones’ signature song and first #1.
As it was 1965, and the song was blatantly sexually suggestive, it was banned by the BBC. Fortunately for the Stones, the UK had a thriving offshore pirate radio industry in the ‘60s, and they started playing “Satisfaction” as soon as it came out in the UK.
Meanwhile, in the USA, the song got airplay right away. The problem here was that they kept getting requests to cut the “make some girl” line on TV appearances. Ironically, at their Super Bowl XL appearance, “Satisfaction” was the only song that wasn’t censored…
Mick Jagger says the song “made” the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine, not surprisingly, ranked “Satisfaction” as the second greatest hit of all time.
Tomorrow, it’s gonna be a good night…
Other songs that reached #1 on July 10:
1961 – “Tossin’ And Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis (his first, 7 weeks)
1976 – “Afternoon Delight” by the Starland Vocal Band (their first, 2 weeks)
1993 – “Weak” by SWV (their first, 2 weeks)
2004 – “I Believe” by Fantasia (her first, 1 week)