Should I Stay or Should I Go

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Released 10 June 1982
7″ single cassette
Length 3:06
Label Epic 14-03006
Topper Headon Mick Jones Paul Simonon Joe Strummer
Producer(s) The Clash

“Should I Stay or Should I Go” is a song by the English punk rock band the Clash, from their album Combat Rock. It was written in 1981 and featured Mick Jones on lead vocals. It became the band’s only number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, a decade after it was originally released.

In November 2004, it was ranked at 228 on “Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. In 2009 it was ranked 42nd on VH1’s program 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

Many rumours have arisen about the song’s content, such as Jones’ impending dismissal from the Clash or the tempestuous personal relationship between Jones and singer Ellen Foley, but Jones himself says:

It wasn’t about anybody specific and it wasn’t pre-empting my leaving The Clash. It was just a good rockin’ song, our attempt at writing a classic … When we were just playing, that was the kind of thing we used to like to play. – Mick Jones, 1991.


“Should I Stay or Should I Go”

Mick Jones – lead vocals, lead guitar
Joe Strummer – backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul Simonon – backing vocals, bass guitar
Topper Headon – drums
Joe Ely – backing vocals

“Inoculated City”

Mick Jones – vocals, lead guitars, sound effects
Joe Strummer – lead guitars
Paul Simonon – bass guitar
Topper Headon – drums