I Wanna Be Your Dog

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is the debut single by the American rock band the Stooges. The song is included on their 1969 self-titled debut album. Its memorable riff, composed of only three chords (G, F♯ and E), is played continuously throughout the song (excepting two brief 4-bar bridges). The 3-minute-and-9-second-long song, with its raucous, distortion-heavy guitar intro, pounding, single-note piano riff played by producer John Cale of the Velvet Underground, and steady, driving beat, established the Stooges at the cutting edge of the heavy metal and punk sound.[4]

"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
Cover of the 1969 Italian single
Single by the Stooges
from the album The Stooges
ReleasedJuly 1969 (1969-07)
RecordedApril 1–10, 1969
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
Producer(s)John Cale
The Stooges singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"

In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[5] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".[6]


Cover versions


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  8. Oliver Crook, "Matt Mays' 'Dog City' Turns a Corny Concept into a Heartwarming Experiment". Exclaim!, May 22, 2020.
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