Sucking in the Seventies

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Sucking in the Seventies
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Greatest hits album by
Released14 April 1981
RecordedNovember 1973 – December 1979
LabelRolling Stones/Virgin
ProducerThe Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
Slow Rollers
Sucking in the Seventies
Rewind (1971–1984)

Sucking in the Seventies is the fourth official compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. As the successor to 1975's Made in the Shade, it covers material from It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974), Black and Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978) and Emotional Rescue (1980) recording sessions.


All tracks on Sucking in the Seventies except "Shattered" and "Everything Is Turning to Gold" were mixed or edited for this release. "When the Whip Comes Down" is presented in an otherwise unreleased live version, recorded in Detroit on the band's 1978 tour.

"If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" is a longer and different mix and containing different lyrics from "Dance (Pt. 1)", the opening track on Emotional Rescue (1980). The Rolling Stones' only #1 hit of this period, "Miss You", is not included on this compilation.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauC+ [2]

Released in the spring of 1981, as Tattoo You was nearing its completion, Sucking in the Seventies reached #15 in the U.S., going gold, but failed to chart in the UK.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes:

The amazing thing is that Sucking in the Seventies captures the garish decadence and ennui of the band better than the proper albums from this period. Not that this is a better record than Some Girls, but it is better than either Black and Blue or Emotional Rescue.

In 2005, the album was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Shattered" – 3:46
  2. "Everything Is Turning to Gold" (Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood) – 4:06
  3. "Hot Stuff" – 3:30
  4. "Time Waits for No One" – 4:25
  5. "Fool to Cry" – 4:07
    • Edited version from Black and Blue (1976)
Side two
  1. "Mannish Boy" (Ellas McDaniel, Mel London, McKinley Morganfield) – 4:38
  2. "When the Whip Comes Down" (Live version) – 4:35
    • Recorded live in Detroit on 6 July 1978
  3. "If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" (Jagger, Richards, Wood) – 5:50
  4. "Crazy Mama" – 4:06
    • Edited version from Black and Blue (1976)
  5. "Beast of Burden" – 3:27
    • Edited version from Some Girls (1978)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums [3] 15
Year Single Chart Position
1981 "If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt.2)" Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 26


Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[5] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ The Rolling Stones - Sucking in the Seventies (1981) album review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine at AllMusic
  2. ^ The Rolling Stones - Sucking in the Seventies (1981) album review by Robert Christgau
  3. ^ The Rolling Stones - Sucking in the Seventies (1981) album on Billboard
  4. ^ "The Rolling Stones - Awards - AllMusic". Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – The Rolling Stones – Sucking in the Seventies". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – The Rolling Stones – Sucking in the Seventies". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 16 November 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.