"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Regular Guy's List of the Top 20 Rolling Stones Songs (#3)

We're getting down to it and there shouldn't be many surprises from here on out.   So far, here's 4-20:

Here's where we stand in the countdown:

20. Loving Cup (Exile on Main Street)
19. Wild Horses (Sticky Fingers)
18. Bitch (Sticky Fingers)
17. Monkey Man (Let it Bleed)
16. Let it Loose (Exile)
15. Prodigal Son (Beggar's Banquet)
14. Can't You Hear Me Knocking (Sticky Fingers)
13. Shattered (Some Girls)
12. Happy (Exile)
11. Rocks Off (Exile)
10. (tie) Jumping Jack Flash (single only)
10. (tie) Street Fighting Man (Beggar's Banquet)
9. You Can't Always Get What You Want (Let It Bleed)
8. Honky Tonk Woman (single only)
7. Midnight Rambler (Let It Bleed)
6. Start Me Up (Tattoo You)
5. Tumbling Dice (Exile on Main Street)
4. Satisfaction (Out of Our Heads)

If Satisfaction has the greatest guitar riff of all time, then the next song is simply the most perfect, most crystallized example of a rock and roll song ever.   The riff, the lyric, the structure, the bridge, the end, the cleverness, the edginess, the heat, the sex, the sax for crying out loud.

Ladies and gentlemen, hear him whip the women just around midnight:

3. Brown Sugar (Sticky Fingers)

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