Everyone knows about it: The White Stripes’ ’Elephant’ turns 20

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Not even a seven nation army can hold The White Stripes back from the inevitable marching of time.

Jack and Meg White‘s landmark fourth album, Elephant, was released April 1, 2003 — 20 years ago this Saturday.

Elephant is the fake brother-sister/real-life ex-husband-and-wife duo’s best-selling record, having been certified double Platinum by the RIAA. It produced the Stripes classics “The Hardest Button to Button,” “Black Math” and “Ball and Biscuit,” as well as the band’s signature song, “Seven Nation Army.”

Perhaps the definitive guitar anthem of the 2000s alternative scene — and maybe the 21st century — “Seven Nation Army” features an instantly recognizable riff that soon made the jump from headphones and concert halls to an omnipresent chant in sports arenas and stadiums.

Elephant and “Seven Nation Army” also earned The White Stripes their first Grammy wins, taking home Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song, respectively.

After Elephant, The White Stripes released two more albums — 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan and 2007’s Icky Thump — before breaking up in 2011. Jack launched a solo career in 2012, and has continued to play in bands including The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Meg, meanwhile, has stayed largely out of the public eye, though her name was dragged into the online discourse recently after a tweet insulting her drumming went viral, leading musicians, including Jack, to share their support for her.

Jack and Meg might have a chance to reunite if they’re inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. The White Stripes were nominated for the honor in their first year of eligibility.

Meanwhile, a 20th anniversary reissue of Elephant, featuring remastered HD audio and a full live recording of a 2003 Chicago concert, is out now via digital outlets.

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