Under My Thumb (3:42)

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“Under My Thumb” is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones. Its first appearance was as an album track on 1966’s Aftermath, and though it was never released as a single, it is one of the band’s more popular songs from the period, appearing frequently on best-of compilations.

The song’s lyrics, an examination of a sexual power struggle, were very much in tune with the rebellious, vaguely misogynistic attitude that the mid-’60s Stones had cultivated , though the concept of Under My Thumb is arguably more sophisticated—even psychological—than any of the other controversial songs the Stones had released up to that point.

Jagger’s lyrics celebrate the satisfaction of finally having controlled and gained leverage over a previously pushy, dominating woman. Many listeners also note that the woman who is the subject of the song was previously the dominant figure in the relationship, and that the narrator was originally submissive to her, making the implications of the song more complicated than simple chauvinism.

Jagger later reflected on the track in a 1995 interview: “It’s a bit of a jokey number, really. It’s not really an anti-feminist song any more than any of the others… Yes, it’s a caricature, and it’s in reply to a girl who was a very pushy woman”.


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  • ButchGantenbein


    5 Dec 10:48pm Reply
  • gombost

    Brian's marimba multiplies the awesomeness by 10.

    3 Dec 9:14pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    dat fuzzy bass

    2 Nov 8:46pm Reply
  • rocknut1951

    Stones are good

    21 Oct 1:08pm Reply
  • echo725

    Great song. To me it seems like the protagonist is dreaming about turning the tables instead of it actually happening.

    13 Sep 2:27pm Reply
  • MPE-J

    this song just makes me uncomfortable, it promotes domestic violnce and controlling relationships. Not good in any shape or form.

    22 Aug 11:25am Reply
  • Romulus666

    Funny how if someone released a song like this today they'd be hated as woman-haters. Oh the irony

    8 Aug 3:16pm Reply
  • ObmujSon

    They are Still Are One of theTops. :-)

    8 Jul 1:58am Reply
  • putaoduo


    23 Jun 8:31am Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    Come'on, Mick Jagger performs at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and makes the other artist look like stiffs. He still has showmanship! It's not about the money for men of their wealth. ($305 million Mick, Keith $280 Million) I wish I was that destitute.

    19 Jun 9:00pm Reply
  • RobotsKill

    All guys Catholic High School... Freshman year... Religion Class... Teach (the famous Pie Man) is finishing a big intro/build up about respect for others and has a record he wants to play a cut from and then discuss. He accidentally drops the needle before he finishes and two of the three snare hits leave the speaker before he yanks the arm from the vinyl. "Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb" I said out loud with a smile - half out of respect, the remainder like I won a prize. He shot me a look of amazement mixed with brimstone. That was a long four years. The indoctrination didn't work.

    24 May 6:04pm Reply
  • Force59

    I'm hip to this

    20 May 2:23pm Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    Prefer this live but still great.

    14 May 4:04pm Reply
  • wolfy76484

    OR BigChoupique I would argue that they are trying to keep going as long as their blues heroes did.

    7 May 5:01pm Reply
  • ObmujSon

    Not the Best I have heard. :-)

    5 May 1:42am Reply
  • BigChoupique

    Nothin beats the original...which is not this if you don't know the difference. This music was of a time and place... and athis bunch of guys that are still singin out of desperation for not having saved any of the millions they made back in the day CAN'T match that energy.

    1 Apr 6:30am Reply
  • Liloucat


    27 Mar 11:59am Reply
  • Anne5419

    change is comming....

    12 Mar 9:20pm Reply
  • TWHsr


    7 Mar 2:38am Reply
  • gooner860703

    Happy Birthday Brian

    28 Feb 6:56pm Reply
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