Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs

By on April 5, 2013
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In 2013 the Rolling Stones turn 50. They are one of the biggest, most popular and enduring rock groups of all time. They are still gigging, and will headline one of the world’s biggest music festivals later this year – Glastonbury in the UK. Great Rolling Stones songs that have not made our list include (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Women. Here is the top 5.


1. Gimme Shelter

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Gimme Shelter was on the 1969 album Let it Bleed and was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Rolling Stone magazine names it in its top songs of all time and it has appeared in movies and on television. It features in the Martin Scorsese movies Goodfellas and Casino. It was also in the iconic commercial for the game Call of Duty: Black Ops.


2. Sympathy for the Devil

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Sympathy for the Devil was written by Mick Jagger and is the first track on the Rolling Stone’s 1968 album Beggars Banquet. Guns N’ Roses did a cover in 1994. The uncultured youth of today will know it as a song from the game Guitar Hero.


3. Paint It Black

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Paint It Black appeared on the Rolling Stones’ 1966 album Aftermath. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and topped the US and UK singles’ charts.


4. You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want is another song from the 1969 album Let it Bleed. It was originally released as the b-side of Honky Tonk Women. It has featured in movies, television shows and commercials.


5. Jumpin’ Jack Flash

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash was released as a single in 1968 and did not appear on a Rolling Stones album until the following year. The inspiration for the song’s lyrics was Keith Richards gardener in the 1960s, a man named Jack Dyer, although in 1995 Mick Jagger said: “It’s about having a hard time and getting out. Just a metaphor for getting out of all the acid things.”

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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