Shattered (song)

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Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Some Girls
B-side"Everything Is Turning to Gold"
Recorded10 October – 21 December 1977; Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris
LabelRolling Stones
Producer(s)The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Emotional Rescue"
Some Girls track listing

"Shattered" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones from their 1978 album Some Girls. The song is a reflection of American lifestyles and life in 1970s-era New York City, but also influences from the English punk rock movement can be heard.


Recorded from October to December 1977, "Shattered" features lyrics sung in sprechgesang by Jagger on a guitar riff by Keith Richards. Jagger commented in a Rolling Stone interview that he wrote the lyrics in the back of a New York cab. Most of Richards' guitar work is a basic rhythmic pattern strumming out the alternating tonic and dominant chords with each bar, utilising a relatively modest phaser sound effect for some added depth. Due to the absence of bassist Bill Wyman, the bass track is played by Ronnie Wood.

Billboard stated that the "heavy bottom and...frenetic vocals translate New York's neurotic energy to music."[3] Cash Box said that "the unique rhythmic undercurrents and Mick Jagger's harrowing chant-like vocals of life in the big Apple make this a top pop winner."[4]

"Shattered" was released as a single in the United States with cover art by illustrator Hubert Kretzschmar and in 1979 climbed to number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] The Rolling Stones performed the song live for an episode of Saturday Night Live.

Non-album B-side[edit]

The track "Everything Is Turning to Gold" was co-written with Ronnie Wood, who contributed lyrics inspired by the birth of his son.[6][7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 31


During a 2013 fundraiser, Eddie Vedder played the guitar while Jeanne Tripplehorn sang "Shattered" doing a Julie Andrews impression.[9]

The title of the June 2019 book Can't Give It Away on Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones and New York City comes from a lyric in the song.[10]


The Rolling Stones

Additional personnel


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  3. ^ "Billboard's Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. 16 December 1978. p. 80. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. 9 December 1978. p. 22. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
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  6. ^ "What All Music Does Is Provoke". Record Collector. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
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  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Vol. 91, no. 5. 3 February 1979. p. 92. ISSN 0006-2510.
  9. ^ Martins, Chris (20 December 2013). "See Eddie Vedder and Jeanne Tripplehorn Charmingly Cover the Rolling Stones". Spin. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  10. ^ "The Rolling Stones in NYC Book: Author Q-and-A". Best Classic Bands. Retrieved 12 February 2020.