"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

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Regular Guy's List of the Top 20 Rolling Stones Songs (#9)

To recap, so far we've counted down from 20 with these songs:

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 (no album)
10. (tie) Street Fighting Man (Beggar's Banquet)

Now we get to, as the Beatles would say, "number 9, number 9, number 9."   The Stones had a cool habit of putting a longer, run-out song last on their classic albums from the "golden age" from 1968-1972.   On Beggar's Banquet it was "Salt of the Earth."  On Sticky Fingers it was "Moonlight Mile."   On Exile it was "Soul Survivor."  All great songs to end great albums.   But the greatest "run-out" ending song was from Let It Bleed in 1969, and it's our number 9.

9.  You Can't Always Get What You Want

Frankly, this isn't my favorite Stones song... perhaps because I remember it from the self-indulgent, pat-ourselves-on-the-back Boomer fantasy from the early 1980s, The Big Chill.   But it's hard to say that it shouldn't be in the top 10, so here it is:

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