Miss You (The Rolling Stones song)

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"Miss You"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Some Girls
B-side "Far Away Eyes"
Released 10 May 1978 (US)
26 May 1978 (UK)
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 10 October – 21 December 1977; Pathé Marconi Studios,[1] Paris
Genre Blues rock, funk rock, soul, disco[2][3]
Length 3:35 (7")
4:48 (LP)
8:36 (12")
7:36 (on Rarities CD)
Label Rolling Stones
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) The Glimmer Twins
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Silver BPI (UK)[4]
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Hot Stuff"
"Miss You"
"Beast of Burden"
Some Girls track listing

"Miss You" is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was released as a single by The Rolling Stones on Rolling Stones Records one month in advance of their album Some Girls, and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. An extended version, called the "Special Disco Version," was released as the band's first dance remix on a 12-inch single.

Inspiration and recording[edit]

In actuality, "Miss You" was written by Mick Jagger jamming with keyboardist Billy Preston during rehearsals for the March 1977 El Mocambo club gigs, recordings from which appeared on side three of Love You Live. Keith Richards is credited as co-writer as was the case for all Rolling Stones originals written by either partner or in tandem.

Jagger and Ronnie Wood insist that "Miss You" wasn't conceived as a disco song, while Richards said, "...'Miss You' was a damn good disco record; it was calculated to be one." In any case, what was going on in discotheques did make it to the recording. Charlie Watts said, "A lot of those songs like 'Miss You' on 'Some Girls'... were heavily influenced by going to the discos. You can hear it in a lot of those four-to-the-floor and the Philadelphia-style drumming." For the bass part, Bill Wyman started from Preston's bass guitar on the song demo.[5] Chris Kimsey, who engineered the recording of the song, said Wyman went "...to quite a few clubs before he got that bass line sorted out", which Kimsey said "made that song."[6] Jagger sang a good part of the chorus using falsetto "ooh"s often in unison with harmonica, guitar and electric piano.

Unlike most of Some Girls, "Miss You" features several studio musicians. In addition to Sugar Blue, who according to Wood was found while busking on the streets of Paris, Ian McLagan played understated Wurlitzer electric piano, and Mel Collins provides the saxophone solo for the instrumental break.

The 12" version of the song runs over eight minutes, and features additional instrumentation and solos, particularly on guitar. It was remixed by Bob Clearmountain, then an upcoming mixer and engineer. This song, the first edit the Stones did for a 12" single, also contains tape repeats and an additional set of lyrics in the second verse, after the line "Hey, let's go mess and fool around you know, like we used to." The extended version can be found in edited form on the album Rarities 1971-2003.


Release and legacy[edit]

"Miss You" became The Rolling Stones' eighth number 1 hit in the United States on its initial release in 1978. It also reached number 3 in the United Kingdom. The song was originally nearly nine minutes long, but was edited to nearly five minutes for the album version, and to three-and-a-half minutes for the radio single. In order to properly edit the radio single without audible bumps and glitches, a separate mix was constructed and then edited for continuity. The b-side of the single was another album track, "Far Away Eyes," a tongue-in-cheek country and western tune sung by Jagger in a pronounced drawl.

A live recording was captured during the Rolling Stones' 1989-1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour and released on the 1991 live album Flashpoint. A July 2013 live performance is featured on Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live.

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine rated "Miss You" number 498 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[8]

The song featured in the première episode of the TV series Miami Vice, "Brother's Keeper", and at the beginning of the film At Close Range.

Charts performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 3
Canadian RPM Disco Singles[11] 4
Canadian RPM Top Singles[12] 1
Germany (Media Control AG)[13] 12
Irish Singles Chart[14] 3
Italy (FIMI)[15] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 11
UK (Official Charts Company)[22] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 1
US Hot Dance Club Play[23] 6
US Hot R&B Singles[23] 33

Cover versions[edit]

  • Sugar Blue re-recorded the song on his 1993-album Blue Blazes.
  • Snoop Dogg used a sample from this song in "Y'all gonna miss me" in 2000.
  • In 2008, electro-hop group The Black Eyed Peas performed a live cover during the Fashion Rocks show, introducing their new music direction.
  • Etta James covered the song in her Matriarch of the Blues album in 2000. Her version is a slow blues in 6/8 time. In this version, the line mentioning "Puerto Rican girls" is gender-switched to "Puerto Rican dudes."
  • It was covered by neo-soul singer Musiq Soulchild for his 2003 album Soulstar. In this version, the reference to "Puerto Rican girls" is replaced with "pretty girls".
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic included this song in his Rolling Stones polka medley "The Hot Rocks Polka".
  • It was covered in an instrumental jazz version by E Street Band member Danny Federici for his 2006 album Out of a Dream. It was released as the first and only single from the album.
  • Japanese singer-songwriter UA collaborated with the band Little Creatures for her 2005 album Nephew and covered "Miss You" in a downbeat, experimental style.
  • The Concretes made a slower cover of the song on the 2003 tribute album We Love You.
  • Musician Prince did a live cover of the song featuring Ronnie Wood at an aftershow during his Lovesexy Tour on 26 July 1988.
  • Prince protege group The Family did a cover on their 2014 album AM Static.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Recording of Some Girls at Pathé Marconi studios
  2. ^ Simon Reynolds (2009). Faber & Faber, ed. Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews. p. 425. ISBN 978-0571235490.  "The Rolling Stones did funk and disco with 'Hot Stuff' and 'Miss You' respectively."
  3. ^ Craig Hansen Werner (2006). University of Michigan Press, ed. A change is gonna come: music, race and the soul of America. p. 210. ISBN 978-0472031474.  "By the time the Rolling Stones cashed in with their disco minstrel classic "Miss You" — which comes complete with the obligatory, if ironic, stereotyping of black and Puerto Rican women as objects of sexual taboo"
  4. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  5. ^ Ian McPherson. "Miss You". Timeisonourside.com. 
  6. ^ Sound on Sound
  7. ^ The Best of the Rolling Stones: Jump Back '71 to '93 (1993). CD liner notes
  8. ^ Rolling Stone List of 500 Greatest Songs
  9. ^ "The Rolling Stones – Miss You – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Miss You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Miss you in Canadian Disco Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Miss you in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Rolling Stones - Miss You". Charts.de. Media Control.
  14. ^ "Miss you in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 6 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "Miss you (re 1)"
  15. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1978 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
    54. Miss you - The Rolling Stones [#10]
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Rolling Stones search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Rolling Stones – Miss You" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Rolling Stones – Miss You". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Miss You". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Miss You". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ "The Rolling Stones – Miss You – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "1978 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 17th June 1978". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c "Some Girls awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
5 August 1978
Succeeded by
"Three Times a Lady" by Commodores