The White Stripes singer revealed that the 2003 track, which was the band's breakthrough hit, initially faced reluctance from the group's label XL Recordings.
White told XFM: "It's a compelling idea, thinking about singles. Nobody knows. Record labels don't know, artists don't really know most of the time.
"I can think back to when Elephant (The White Stripes' 2003 album) came out, I wanted to put 'Seven Nation Army' out as a single.
"The label in England and the label in America both didn't want to. They wanted to put 'There's No Room For You Here'."
He added: "Can you imagine not putting 'Seven Nation Army' out as a single?!"
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