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)
Producer(s)John Cale
The Stooges singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Down on the Street"

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a 1969 song by the American rock band The Stooges. The song is included on their self-titled debut album. Its memorable riff, 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 raucous, distortion-heavy guitar intro, pounding, single-note piano riff played by producer John Cale of The Velvet Underground, and steady, driving beat, established The Stooges at the cutting edge of the heavy metal and punk sound.[4] The song notably uses sleigh bells throughout.[5]

In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in several films video games and TV shows including Sid and Nancy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Transporter 3, Skins, Grand Theft Auto IV (in which Iggy Pop featured as a radio disc jockey), The Runaways, Faster, How I Met Your Mother, Friday Night Lights, The Crow: City of Angels (in which Iggy Pop played the role of Curve, one of the villains), Vietcong, Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, Gotham, Dogtown and Z-Boys and Brooklyn Nine-Nine in addition to appearing as a downloadable track as part of "The Stooges 01" pack in Rock Band, and the skateboard video by Flip entitled "Sorry".

  • The song also appeared in Christian Dior's Spring Summer 2004 fashion show in Paris, France.


Cover versions[edit]

  • Cage the Elephant have been known to play it live.
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have covered the song live.
  • The Orwells during various live performances.
  • French punk rock band Fantomes, in La Creme De Skydog compilation album from 1978.
  • Matt Mays recorded a cover of the song on his 2020 album Dog City.[12]
  • Futon, on their 2003 EP I Wanna Be Your Dog and 2004 first full-length album Never Mind The Botox.


  1. ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie. "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. ^ Martin Charles Strong; Brendon Griffin (2008). Lights, camera, sound tracks. Canongate. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-84767-003-8. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  3. ^ Britannica Educational Publishing (1 December 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 6 October 2015.
  4. ^ Trynka, Paul (2007). Iggy Pop: open up and bleed. New York: Broadway Books. pp. 95. ISBN 978-0-7679-2319-4.
  5. ^ Basedow, Neph. "Sleigh Bells: Not Just For Christmas Anymore". The Houston Press. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2017-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6405-the-200-greatest-songs-of-the-1960s/1/
  8. ^ https://www.amazon.com/I-Wanna-Be-Your-Dog/dp/B002WQ316K
  9. ^ "Dakar & Grinser – Are You Really Satisfied Now". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 / Nothing But Puke – Love At First Fright / Depraved". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOgV6nHmTls
  12. ^ Oliver Crook, "Matt Mays' 'Dog City' Turns a Corny Concept into a Heartwarming Experiment". Exclaim!, May 22, 2020.

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