Nine Tracks To Enjoy From The Twenty Year History Of The White Stripes

A sure sign of success for a band is earning an appearance on The Simpsons, a show which during its run has featured three of the four members of The Beatles. Other rock legends such as the Who, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, REM, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello have also made it on the show, which marked its debut back in 1989.

One of the more modern bands to find its way to The Simpsons was the White Stripes, who served as the central focus of “Jazzy and the Pussycats” in 2006. The duo of Jack White and Meg White played their hit “The Hardest Button To Button” in the episode, which aired fewer than ten years after the group’s 1997 debut record.

In spite of the fact that the White Stripes were one of the youngest bands to make it on The Simpsons, twenty years have transpired since their first concert. Jack and Meg are celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a release of that first ever concert, which occurred on July 14th, 1997.

Since then the band has released a half dozen albums with many great tunes. Here are nine of those memorable songs from the discography of the White Stripes.

We Are Going To Be Friends from White Blood Cells

Told from the perspective of a child getting ready to attend primary school, this hit exudes a refreshing optimism sweetly propelled by an acoustic guitar.

My Doorbell from Get Behind Me Satan

This single quickly became a concert favorite as well as an enduring staple of college radio stations.

Hotel Yorba from White Blood Cells

Jack White shows off his guitar talents on this tune about a popular site near I-75 in Detroit, the city that was the childhood home of the White Stripes.

Little Ghost from Get Behind Me Satan

This gem represents Jack’s foray into classic country music, an endeavor which resulted in his producing Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose album.

You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl) from DeStijl

Choosing this as the opener for the sophomore album served immediate notice that the debut album had not been a fluke.

Seven Nation Army from Elephant

Its great guitar riff has made this hit into a standard for high school marching bands to perform at halftime of football games, as well as inspiring teenagers to begin taking lessons on the six string.

The Same Boy You’ve Always Known from White Blood Cells

Meg’s drumming, often overshadowed by Jack’s guitar mastery, stands out on this ballad.

There’s No Home For You Here from Elephant

Part of the band’s appeal is its resemblance to classic rock of the late sixties and early seventies, and this song probably best represents that characteristic.

I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet) from Get Behind Me Satan

Jack reveals his sense of humor here, penning lyrics of which even Morrissey would have been proud.