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No. 29: ‘Under My Thumb’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

The Rolling Stones
Decca Records

Sometimes it’s a wonder the Rolling Stones have any female fans at all. While macho lyrics have long been a part of rock n’ roll, the Stones have occasionally crossed the line into downright misogyny. ‘Under My Thumb,’ from 1966’s ‘Aftermath’ is one of their clearest such transgressions.

In the song, Mick Jagger sings of a woman who has been tamed thanks to his sexual prowess. The “squirming dog who’s just had her day” is now the “sweetest pet in the world” who only speaks when she’s spoken to. So why do we keep coming back to it? Well, maybe it’s the exotic marimba riff played by Brian Jones, or Jagger’s cool and menacing vocal, which makes things even more dangerous.

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