I Wanna Be Your Dog

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"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
I Wanna Be Your Dog.jpg
Cover of the 1969 Italian single
Single by the Stooges
from the album The Stooges
ReleasedJuly 1969 (1969-07)
RecordedApril 1–10, 1969
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
Producer(s)John Cale
The Stooges singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" on YouTube

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a song by American rock band the Stooges. Released as the group's debut single from the band's 1969 self-titled debut album. The riff is composed of only three chords (G, F♯ and E), is played continuously throughout the song (excepting two brief 4-bar bridges). The 3-minute-and-9-second-long song, with its distortion-heavy guitar intro, single-note piano riff played by producer John Cale of the Velvet Underground, and steady, driving beat, gave the cutting edge of the early heavy metal and punk sound.[4]

In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time",[5] but it was dropped at number 445 on its 2010 revision, then was re-ranked at number 314 on its 2021 list.[6] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".[7]


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  2. ^ Martin Charles Strong; Brendon Griffin (2008). Lights, camera, sound tracks. Canongate. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-84767-003-8. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Britannica Educational Publishing (December 1, 2012). Disco, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, and More: Music in the 1970s and 1980s. Britannica Educational Publishing. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-61530-912-2. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Trynka, Paul (2007). Iggy Pop: open up and bleed. New York: Broadway Books. pp. 95. ISBN 978-0-7679-2319-4.
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone : The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 17, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Rolling Stone (September 15, 2021). "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ "The 200 Best Songs of the 1960s | Pitchfork". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/sonic-youth-stooges-i-wanna-be-your-dog-tv-debut/ Far Out Magazine October 3, 2021
  9. ^ Oliver Crook, "Matt Mays' 'Dog City' Turns a Corny Concept into a Heartwarming Experiment". Exclaim!, May 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Jirak, Jamie (May 28, 2021). "Cruella's John McCrea Recorded a Song for the Film". Comicbook.com. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  11. ^ "Maneskin doppiatori per Crudelia: "Siamo come Lei"". Sky TG24 (in Italian). May 25, 2021. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  12. ^ "Hear Modern Life Is War's New Rager "Survival"". Revolver. November 30, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2022.

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