"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a 1969 song by the American rock band The Stooges. The song is featured on their self-titled debut album. Its memorable riff, composed of only three chords (G, F# and E), is played continuously throughout the song (excepting a brief 4-bar bridge). 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 and steady, driving beat, established The Stooges at the cutting edge example of the heavy metal and punk sound. The lyrics have been described as evoking a sense of lubricity and self-loathing, a monument to a state of blue-collar tedium and alienation of their era, late 1960s industrial Michigan. This sense of working class disenfranchisement was widely echoed later by the Sex Pistols, Public Image Limited and Eminem. In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song has been covered by many artists, including Nirvana, Slayer, GG Allin, Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Vicious White Kids, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Cage the Elephant, Mission of...