Readers' Poll: The Rolling Stones' 10 Greatest Songs
We figured this was a good time to poll our readers and determine their favorite Rolling Stones songs. As expected, the feedback was overwhelming. Read on to see the results.
The Rolling Stones went through a bit of a creative dry spell after the release of their 1972 masterpiece, Exile on Main Street The follow-up album, Goats Head Soup, has its moments, but the group was clearly not operating at their peak. (Drugs had more than a little to do with the problem.) The album was still a big hit, driven partially by the huge success of the lead single, "Angie." The tender ballad shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in America.
For the past 40 years, fans have been trying to determine if "Angie" is about a particular woman. Some think it's about Angela Bowie, while others point to Angie Dickinson or Keith's daughter Angela. "It was not about any particular person," Keith himself wrote on his memoir, Life. "It was a name like, 'Ohhh, Diana.' I didn't know Angela was going to be called Angela when I wrote 'Angie.'"
9. 'Tumbling Dice'
While Exile on Main Street may be the Rolling Stones' most famous album these days, it doesn't have very many actual hits on it. "Tumbling Dice" is the lone exception, and it's the only song from the LP that became a regular part of their setlist over the past 40 years. The song began under the title "Good Time Woman," but they weren't quite happy with subject matter, so Jagger wrote the new lyrics, possibly inspired by the casino games the band played in France while recording the album. "I don't think it's our best stuff," Jagger told Rolling Stone in 1995. "I don't think it has good lyrics. But people seem to really like it, so good for them."
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8. 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'