Rock Chronology #78: Street Fighting Man

“Street Fighting Man”, The Rolling Stones, 1968.

This was the only single released from the their Beggars Banquet album. The single didn’t even crack the top 40 in the US. (It peaked at #48 in the US and #21 in the UK.) Many radio stations refused to play the song because of the subversive lyrics. Additionally the song was released in the US just a few days after their were riots at the Democratic National Convention. This made radio stations particularly sensitive to the lyrics.

Nonetheless, the album peaked at #3 in the UK and #5 in the US where it eventually went platinum. As I’ve said before you can gauge the success of the Rock songs more by album sales than single sales.

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