"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

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Regular Guy's List of the Top 20 Rolling Stones Songs (#5)

The countdown is getting close to the bone now.   The remaining songs are among the greatest rock songs ever, which means they are among the greatest examples of the dominant musical art form of the past half century.   Here's where we stand:

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)

At number 5, one of the Stones' coolest and most perfect songs, with maybe the greatest single phrase in the history of rock -- "fever in the funkhouse."   Not sure what it means, but it's nasty and cool and tough and rough and sexy and crazy all at once.   Ladies and gentlemen:

5. Tumbling Dice (Exile on Main Street)

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