“I Wanna Be Adored” is a song by the Manchester rock band The Stone Roses. It was the first track on their debut album, The Stone Roses, and was released as a single. The US release charted at number 18 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1990. In 1991, the single was released in the UK, Germany and Japan featuring previously unreleased B-sides.
In 2006, the music magazine Q voted it 32nd in its list of 100 greatest songs of all time. In May 2007, NME magazine placed “I Wanna Be Adored” at number 17 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. VH2 placed the song at #2 on the Indie 500, a countdown of their top 500 indie songs of all time. Though “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths was at number one, on a condensed version showing just the top 50, the songs had swapped places with “I Wanna Be Adored” at number one. Stylus Magazine also included the song’s bassline at number 17 in their 2005 list of the “Top 50 Basslines of All Time”.
Oasis refer to The Stone Roses by quoting the song in “Magic Pie”: “They are sleeping while they dream/and they who wanna be adored”.
The song appears on the soundtrack of the Michael Winterbottom film Welcome to Sarajevo and on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Green Street, directed by Lexi Alexander and starring Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam and Marc Warren. It also appeared on the fifth season of American Horror Story in the episode “Battle Royale”. The song is also featured in the Netflix TV series Chambers.
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