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Sucking in the Seventies
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Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones
Released 14 April 1981
Recorded November 1973 – December 1979
Genre Rock
Length 42:22
Language English
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Producer The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
Slow Rollers
(1981)Slow Rollers1981
Sucking in the Seventies
Rewind (1971–1984)
(1984)Rewind (1971–1984)1984

Sucking in the Seventies is the fourth official compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. As the successor to 1975's Made in the Shade, it covers material from It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974), Black and Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978) and Emotional Rescue (1980) recording sessions.


All tracks on Sucking in the Seventies except "Shattered" and "Everything Is Turning to Gold" were mixed or edited for this release. "When the Whip Comes Down" is presented in an otherwise unreleased live version, recorded in Detroit on the band's 1978 tour.

"If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" is a longer and different mix and containing different lyrics from "Dance (Pt. 1)", the opening track on Emotional Rescue (1980). The Rolling Stones' only #1 hit of this period, "Miss You", is not included on this compilation.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Released in the spring of 1981, as Tattoo You was nearing its completion, Sucking in the Seventies reached #15 in the U.S., going gold, but failed to chart in the UK.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes:

The amazing thing is that Sucking in the Seventies captures the garish decadence and ennui of the band better than the proper albums from this period. Not that this is a better record than Some Girls, but it is better than either Black and Blue or Emotional Rescue.

In 2005, the album was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Shattered" – 3:46
  2. "Everything Is Turning to Gold" (Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood) – 4:06
  3. "Hot Stuff" – 3:30
  4. "Time Waits for No One" – 4:25
  5. "Fool to Cry" – 4:07
    • Edited version from Black and Blue (1976)
Side two
  1. "Mannish Boy" (Ellas McDaniel, Mel London, McKinley Morganfield) – 4:38
  2. "When the Whip Comes Down" (Live version) – 4:35
    • Recorded live in Detroit on 6 July 1978
  3. "If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" (Jagger, Richards, Wood) – 5:50
  4. "Crazy Mama" – 4:06
    • Edited version from Black and Blue (1976)
  5. "Beast of Burden" – 3:27
    • Edited version from Some Girls (1978)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums [3] 15
Year Single Chart Position
1981 "If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt.2)" Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 26


Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 500,000



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