The Best Rolling Stones Songs – Top 5 And Why


1) “Sympathy For The Devil” from Beggar’s Banquet (1968)

This song is sung in first person with Jaggar taking the role of the devil. The catchy “Woo woooo” background vocals will carry you along as the beat rolls this masterpiece forward. “Pleased meet you. Hope you guessed my name.” As per usual for The Rolling Stones, the lyrics alone are a stand-alone work of art.

2) “Tumbling Dice” from Exile on Main St. (1972)

This is a great song about a gambling, womanizing, and boozing man. This is one of the more simply structured songs on this list… following a more traditional verse-chorus structure, but in this case that’s a good thing. It’s a song that you’ll have stuck in your head long after your first listen. “Baby, I can’t stay, you got to roll me. And call me the tumbling dice.” Men will be men.

3) “Gimme Shelter” from Let It Bleed (1969)

Arguably the most popular song from the most popular band in the world, this is one you’ve heard on the radio more than once–and with good reason. My favorite part of the song is the amazing guitar solo that combines with the backing vocalist for an amazing solo. This anti-war song came out of the end of the Vietnam War and carries the sentiment of that era.

4) “Can’t Always Get What You Want” from Let It Bleed (1969)

Two songs in a row from Let It Bleed (it’s a great album!). This is a resilient ballad preaching a smiling picture of karma and the universe. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.” This enduring line encompasses the message and tone of the song. Notice the subtle use of the Hammond organ to build the energy of the song to a frenetic climax to end the song. What a great example of how dynamic The Rolling Stones songs are in general.

5) “Rocks Off” from Exile On Main St. (1962)

A gritty bluesy rock song, put simply, “Rocks Off” rocks. This song, perhaps more than any other on this list, captures the true nature and style of the band. With songs like this they changed the direction and development of rock and roll. “But I only get my rocks off while I’m dreaming. I only get my rocks off while I’m sleeping.”

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2 Responses to “The Best Rolling Stones Songs – Top 5 And Why”

  1. John Heckle says:

    I think Jumping Jack Flash is a much better song.

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