Friday, 30 November 2012

My Top Ten Rolling Stones Songs

They're 50 this year too, in case you hadn't heard.

10. Street Fighting Man

Summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street...

9. Undercover Of The Night

I know, it's not an obvious choice. What can I say? I'm a sucker for backwards guitars.

The video is very, very bad though.

8. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)

Look up "rock 'n' roll" in the dictionary. You should find the following...
If I could stick my pen in my heart
And spill it all over the stage
Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
Would you think the boy is strange? Ain't he strange?

7. Let's Spend The Night Together

Getting chatted up by Mick Jagger is a scary prospect. But who could turn down an offer like this?

6. Ruby Tuesday

Always reminds me of She's Leaving Home... except, it's better.

5. Jumping Jack Flash

It's a gas. Gas. Gas.

4. You Can't Always Get What You Want

"Hey, Mick, man, how about we get a choir of kids to sing the intro to our new record?"

"Yeah, man, Keef, whatever - now pass me whatever you're smoking, man."

And yet, not even a choir of kids can ruin this record.

3. Paint It, Black

I wear black on the outside, Morrissey wailed, black is how I feel on the inside.

Yet the Stones beat him to it by about 20 years.

2. Sympathy For The Devil

My instinct, before I started compiling this Top Ten, was that this would be the undisputed winner. But in the end, the devil himself couldn't compete with...

1. Gimme Shelter

Just frighteningly good.

I know - you just can't get no satisfaction from this Top Ten, can you?

Form an orderly queue and start listing your (missing) favourites below...


  1. I could listen to Paint It Black morning, noon and night...wanted to go to their concerts, but decided that £400/ticket was another 14 years will they sing 'When I'm 64'? i'm sure Paul and Ringo won't mind

    1. Yeah, it's not as though they need the money, is it?

  2. Paint it black reminds me if tour of duty, a cracking tv series about the Vietnam war. Ruby Tuesday reminds me of Carter Usm. My missing favourite is start me up

  3. My fave lipsmackin 10 would be:

    She's A Rainbow
    As Tears Go By
    Wild Horses
    Mixed Emotions
    Miss You
    Time Is On My Side (not written by Mick n Keef)
    Ruby Tuesday
    Lets Spend The Night Together
    You Cant Always Get What You Want

    1. Time Is On My Side would probably have been #11.

  4. I like Brown Sugar but the lyrics always rile me. Juxtaposition.

    1. Yeah, you have to keep reminding yourself it was a very different era.

  5. Jumping Jack Flash every single time. It always gives me what I wants.

    1. Well, you're a bit of a Jack Flash yourself, aren't you, Steve? Not sure how Jumping you are these days though.

  6. Is it just me that hears Paint It Black and thinks of Johnny Nice Painter from The Fast Show?


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