No. 45: ‘If You Can’t Rock Me’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
‘If You Can’t Rock Me’ is the first song on the ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album, and an obvious member of our Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs list. It marked the exit of frequent producer Jimmy Miller, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards handling the production under their pseudonym, the Glimmer Twins. The album itself was released in 1974.
In his typical bravado, Jagger sings to the women in the audience, “If you don’t rock me, somebody will.” It would also proved to be one of the final recordings for guitarist Mick Taylor before his exit from the band. The track also features an excellent and most welcom guest contribution from the Beatles‘ former running buddy, Billy Preston, on piano and clavinet.
Watch the Rolling Stones Perform ‘If You Can’t Rock Me’