Sixteen Saltines

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"Sixteen Saltines"
Single by Jack White
from the album Blunderbuss
Released March 13, 2012
Format Digital download, 7"
Recorded 2011
Genre Garage rock, punk blues
Length 2:37
Label Third Man, Columbia
Writer(s) Jack White
Producer(s) Jack White
Jack White singles chronology
"Love Interruption"
"Sixteen Saltines"
"Freedom at 21"

"Sixteen Saltines" is the second single from Jack White's 2012 solo album Blunderbuss. It was when White first played this song on Saturday Night Live that the album had a surge in popularity.[1]

In December 2012, the song was named by Rolling Stone as the eighth-best song of the year.[2]


White conceived the idea of this song from a conversation he had with his daughter. In an interview with NME, he explained, "My daughter asked for a snack, and I said, 'What do you want to have?', and she said, 'I think I'll have 16 saltine crackers.' And I said, 'You'll have three!' At times I imagined that character was eating cracker rations on a lifeboat and he's remembering all these other things."[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

In the music video directed by AG Rojas,[3] White sits on a windowsill with his hands tied in front of him with rope as two men painted white surround him while a boy painted in blue watches. The video also contains various clips of children doing random activities and ends with Jack White then tied up in a vehicle that the boy painted in blue is about to set on fire, but the video is cut before any fire is seen.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sixteen Saltines" – 2:37
  2. "Love Is Blindness" (U2 cover) – 3:14[4]


White worked with several veteran musicians that he's work with before on the single.[5]


  1. ^ a b Single Review: “Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White « Team Hellions
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  4. ^ Jack White (2) - Sixteen Saltines (Vinyl) at Discogs
  5. ^ "Jack White (2) – Sixteen Saltines", Retrieved October 18, 2014.