Dance Little Sister (The Rolling Stones song)

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"Dance Little Sister"
Dance Little Sister single label.jpg
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album It's Only Rock 'n Roll
A-side"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
Released25 October 1974
Format7-inch single
Recorded20 February–May 1974[1]
LabelRolling Stones
Producer(s)The Glimmer Twins
It's Only Rock 'n Roll track listing
10 tracks
Side one
  1. "If You Can't Rock Me"
  2. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
  3. "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
  4. "Till the Next Goodbye"
  5. "Time Waits for No One"
Side two
  1. "Luxury"
  2. "Dance Little Sister"
  3. "If You Really Want to Be My Friend"
  4. "Short and Curlies"
  5. "Fingerprint File"

"Dance Little Sister" is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards that was first released on the Rolling Stones 1974 album It's Only Rock 'n Roll. It was also released as the B-side of the Rolling Stones single "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and on several of their compilation albums.

Lyrics and music[edit]

The lyrics to "Dance Little Sister" have lead singer Jagger asking women in high heels and tight skirts to dance for him all night.[2] Some of the lyrics refer to Mick and Bianca Jagger spending days in Trinidad watching cricket and spending the nights partying.[1] These include:

On Saturday night we don't go home
We bacchanal, ain't no dawn[1]

"Dance Little Sister" is driven by the guitars, and according to author Steve Appleford, Richards' "savage" rhythm guitar in particular.[1][2] Appleford also credits some "excitable" lead guitar passages from Mick Taylor, "fierce" drumming from Charlie Watts and a "rolling bar room piano" part by Ian Stewart.[2] Music critic Bill Janovitz describes it as "a nihilistic dance number," comparing its "world-negating ass-shaking, insistent rock 'n' roll beat" to the disco music which would emerge shortly after its release.[3] According to music journalist James Hector, "Dance Little Sister" is a return to the type of "bar-room crowd pleasers" that the group used to record in the mid-1960s.[4]


Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called it a "sharp, hard-driving album track" and "agreeable filler."[5][6] But Appleford notes that while the song has "all the elements needed for the best kind of devil's music," the song "never fully erupts" or "clicks into a perfect groove."[2] Hector describes the song's beginning, where "the guitar and drums struggle to find the exact groove" as precious, but feels the song goes "downhill" afterwards.[4] Sean Egan finds the "industrial strength riff" to be "unattractive" and the rhythm to be "leaden."[7]

Subsequent to its initial release on It's Only Rock 'n Roll, "Dance Little Sister" was released as the B-side of the "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" single in October 1974.[1] Rolling Stones biographer Martin Elliott has stated that this deserved to be a double A-side release, as both songs are "foot-tapping dance-oriented numbers."[1] It has also been released on several of the Rolling Stones compilation albums, including Made in the Shade in 1975, Singles 1971–2006 in 2011 and the Super Deluxe (80 track) version of GRRR! in 2012.[5][8][9]

"Dance Little Sister" was occasionally included in the Rolling Stones' live sets during 1975 and 1977.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Elliott, M. (2012). The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2012. Cherry Red Books. pp. 170–171. ISBN 9781901447774.
  2. ^ a b c d Appleford, S. (2000). Rip This Joint. Thunder's Mouth Press. pp. 143–144. ISBN 1560252812.
  3. ^ Janovitz, B. (2013). Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones. MacMillan. p. 266. ISBN 9781250026323.
  4. ^ a b Hector, J. (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of the Rolling Stones. Omnibus Press. pp. 98–99. ISBN 0711943036.
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, S.T. "Made in the Shade". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  6. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  7. ^ Egan, S. (2013). The Mammoth Book of the Rolling Stones: An anthology of the best writing about the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN 9781780336473.
  8. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "he Singles: 1971-2006". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  9. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "GRRR! [Super Deluxe Box Set]". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-07-25.

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