Best The Rolling Stones Songs

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The Top Ten

Paint It Black
Yes! This song is totally the best song in the world. If you are on this site. VOTE FOR THIS SONG NOW! This is my favorite song on the sing star game. Paint it black FTW!
Amazing song no one comes close to it good lyrics I hear people say that sympathy for the devil is better but this will always be there best and the best in the world
First heard this song on Guitar Hero a few years ago but since then I've bought almost all their albums up to date and I still continue to listen to this song today. It's just awesome!
So cool! I love it!
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2Sympathy for the Devil
First off, there's never been anything like it before or since. It's simple, with a lyrical content that most simple minds will never grasp. Jagger's delivery is legendary, with a bite. The bass by keith (not by to take anything away from Mr. Wyman) as well as his Keith's guitar he has never surpassed, but pay close attention to Nicky Hopkins and in their lies the best rock 'n roll piano on record. I could vote for about 20 favorite Stones songs, depends on the mood I'm in. But to be honest there is truly no better rock song than this one!
This is the best (lyrically) song ever written PERIOD! Yes it has a very catchy tune and Jagger's delivery is spot on, but the lyrics. The depth of what the song is saying is tremendous. The song takes us through history, through all the bad things that have happened and blames the devil. Towards the end, we see, the devil is none other than us! So have some sympathy for him!
This song is the paragon of controversy, lyrically it portrays the problems of mankind, the futility of war and religion ultimatley stating mankind mirrors satan, it's depth at that time was far more powerful, stating it was the American public that caused the death of their leader was and still is a controversial but somewhat true statement, the rolling stones had the guts to say what everyone else was too scared to and that's why their the most inspirational rock band of all time (in my opinion anyway), this song is them doing exactly what they do best not to mention the sublime delivery by Jagger, a legendary solo by Keith.
Best by the stones
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3Gimme Shelter
awesome, the build up is dark moody and pitch perfect. the execution is above all restrained. that's what makes it the best
Love This Song So Much It's Their Best Should Be Number 1 Amazing Song Top 3 Songs 1 Gimme Shelter 2 Paint It Black 3 Sympathy For The Devil


This song takes you right back to the energy and attitude of the late 60's/early 70's
Simply the best Stones song
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4(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
This should be number 1! I'm making a list of the greatest songs of all time, and I'm making this number 2! This song has a genius opening and main riff and awesome lyrics!
I love this song but I think thy could do a lot better but who cares its in the top ten
It's the three-note riff that sound the world, this is the very best of The Rolling Stones, also represents the very first hit in the world
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5You Can't Always Get What You Want
At the beginning of this song it sounds like you've just walked up the stairway to heaven

1 you can't always get what you want
2 paint it black
3 sympathy for the devil
4 under my thumb
5 ruby tuesday
6 wild horses
7 the rest

incredible song, far from their other stuff, and talking about how to be a man when themselves just do what ever they always wanted, drug sex and rock'n roll!
Oh, man, every time I think of this song I think of the time I was driving in the car and then all of a sudden my dad said we're going to McDonald's and after we got the food I wanted it really bad as we were getting home and then this blasted on the radio... I was quiet till we got home :-) AH I LOVE THIS SONG
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It just grabs you in! I was amazed at how unusual and sympathetic this song was. Something different is projected in each of their songs. I'm baffled with every song I hear from them.
Beautiful, beautiful song, sort of unlike the Stones, but with the violin and piano, and vocals... Amazing. Such a sweet, unusual, sad song. At least top five, I'd say first, but they have a lot of other great stuff too. I'm a 13 year old girl. A lot of us listen to Justin Bieber and One Direction, and loads of autotuned junk, but not me. I love rock, alt, things that aren't constantly playing on top 40. Rock on.
Sweet lyrics, very cool, may be on top 5!
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7Jumpin' Jack Flash
Where the hell is "It's Only Rock N' Roll"? THE best Stones song ever! Hells Yeah!
Funkin awesome! The pace of the songs really nice! One of the 1st songs I heard of this band.. I listened to all the more critically acclaimed ones, but this still is my favorite
The stones best riff, the awesome mix of blues, rock and eastern tones. Rocks and is eery at the same time.
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8Brown Sugar
Should definitely be no.1! Because of the energy flooding into you when listening to this rock'n'roll masterpiece! From the first riff you just get into it and want to sing it out loud in the metro instead of just keeping it for yourself through your headphones!
The ultimate in crunchy guitar riffs and great, Rolling Stones-at-their-best- lyrics. A Number 1 any day.
"I'm no schoolboy, but I know what I like. "
I'm surprised this song doesn't get more love. One of the coolest guitar riffs ever. Not to mention some of their best lyrics.
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9Start Me Up
No way! Start me up in seventh place? This one should be in first or second place, it's all, the lyrics, the music, jagger, but above all, the mood it get's you into
This Song Should Be Number 5 Amazing Guitar Riff At The Start


One of the best written songs and their best played.
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10Wild Horses
Quite simply the most beautiful song ever created by mankind nothing else even comes close.
This is the world's most beautiful piece of music ever made! You'll fall in love with this song immediately. Well, even God couldn't create a better song than this masterpiece! Or maybe The Stones are God?
So beautiful! Rolling stones will always be remembered, love them!
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The Contenders

11Ruby Tuesday
, you guys have no clue. How could this song be so low? :eek:
It has a good name for that type of song
Still m gonna miss U...
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12Under My Thumb
Even better now that it's in the soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - it fits the character of Gideon Graves perfectly.
One of my favorites, along with Paint it Black and Satisfaction.
It saved my day.
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13Honky Tonk Women
Some many great songs to choose from but Honky Tonk Women delivers throughout from every angle.
Very hard to narrow down a top 10 but this is number 1 on my list.
Sorry -but this one is the best.
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14Beast of Burden
You can put me out with no shoes on my feet, you can put me out on the street, you can put me out, put me out, put me out of misery...
First stones song I ever listened to and it remains my favorite. The powerful vocals, the rhythm, the three guitars all playing at once... This song is beautiful.
My favorite stones song, should be top 10, I don't know why more people don't like this song, the music blends with mick's vocals so perfectly.
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15It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Wow this song is this low! That's crazy it's a fantastic song and anyone who's listened to rock before should know that this is the best.
Seriously underrated song... This one should be much higher on the list! Great vocals and solo...
That's insane this song should be #1
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16Miss You
In the minority here, but this has always been my favorite Stones song. Maybe just because I grew up in the disco era? I just dig the funk.
Catchy and funky, still holds up. Lots of the older albums have too much nostalgia powering their popularity, but this one I've been listening to over and over. This song is the best on the album - I can't get the hook out of my mind. Then the sax solos come in and it ends even better than it started.
This song is proof that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards can write for any audience. This tune embodied the popular disco of the late 70s and, combined with the classic rock and roll, became one of their most catchiest, riffest, bluesiest and most danceable song all in one. Amazing
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17Can't You Hear Me Knocking
a great song!
should be in top tens..
mick jagger and the band go 100% on this song!
Come on, I was expecting to see this one at least in the top 10. This is THE song, for me it's the 4th best Rolling Stones song, just after Angie.
Underrated sond...i think their best...
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18She's a Rainbow
Make You imagine he singing and when the cymbal sounds rainbows appears bahind Jagger
Also remember You a happy and sanguinest girl that drives you mad.
Best Music of Stones by far!
My favourite together with Sympathy For the Devil


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19Tumbling Dice
Best stones track ever! Rock/gospel groove with lyrics that Mick never sings the same way twice..
I can't believe this song is so low! This is my favourite Stones song by far!
My favourite stones song! Perhaps even one of my favourite songs ever, every time I hear this I start singing along. Love it
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20Get Off My Cloud
Brian Jones at hs best RIP
Great song surprised it's so low on the list. Seen it performed live by a tribute band which was amazing, can only imagine how good it would be by the the stones. X
Not my favourite Stones song, but it really is awesome. This tune should at least be top 20!
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21Street Fighting Man
This song contains the essential of rock with a revolutionary message
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22Midnight Rambler
This is the best song ever been played live, the performance with Taylor and Richards and the crawling and slashing the stage with this belt of Jagger make this song the best
The list should be
1. Midnight rambler
2. You can't always get what you want
3. Sympathy for the devil
4. Get off of my cloud
5. Paint it black
41st? Come on people! It's not my favorite but amazing song anyway!
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23Shine a Light
I love this song, I had it tattooed in my arm as a constant reminder of the people who left us. This song was dedicated to Brian Jones when he passed away, the lyrics are just love, bromance. Excelent musical piece, great piano and great guitars. Sorry for my english, not a native speaker.
The meaning of this song is just amazing. This song was written in loving memory of brian jones from a project that he and Mick started in the 60's. The different moods and beautiful melodies are spine tingling.
Listen to this song and vote for it.
They named a bloody movie after this song. The guitar solos are excellent as well.
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24Shattered Listen to sample

25Rock and a Hard Place
Why the hell is this so low? It is a classic, whoever likes hard rock will have this as their favorite. Do listen to it, keith richard is the star of this song
This is The Rolling Stones at their very best
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26Let It Loose
Stunning song, extremely well written and played. Jagger's best vocal performance ever!
How there can be 36 songs before this one on the list (including dross such as "Rock and a Hard Place", "Miss You', or "It's Only Rock'n'Roll") is totally beyond me! Do you people know anything about the Stones?!
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27Let's Spend the Night Together Listen to sample

28Sweet Virginia
One of the best stones songs of all time (in my opinion). Most would disagree, but there's something about the song that just makes a person feel good.
My personal favourite song of all time. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about this song that gives it a special kind of magic that can't be achieved by any other song ever.

2919th Nervous Breakdown Listen to sample

30Rocks Off
Best song on exile
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A powerful song with a terrific riff
This song is so underrated, should be in the top 20 at least.
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32Monkey Man
I love the guitar riffs throughout this songs. And Mick Jagger's bruising delivery of the line "I'm a monkey" is magical.
The haunting beginning, then keith rips into it... One of the most underrated stones songs of all
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34Anybody Seen My Baby?
Haven't heard this song for a long time but a few days ago I found it in my playlist and I reminded about my childwood!
Has anybody seen her? ;-)
There should be more votes for this - great song
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35Time Is On My Side
The Rolling Stones are one of those bands that you can't choose a best song. There are just too many. That's why I randomly scrolled down the page with my eyes closed and pick this one. Don't get me wrong, I love this song. It's the first Rolling Stones song that I ever heard when I was just nine years old in the back of my dad's car.
Love the song definitely up there for the best!
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36Memory Motel
A key highlight of post-Exile stones. Perfect piano ballad, with arguably the best vocals Keith has ever performed. Only opened up on special occasions for live shows, it is a true beautiful rarity.
Oh come on, this song is PERFECT, so beautiful and keith richards sings so cool
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37Doom and Gloom
Awesome song great chorus instruments and lyrics and melodY GREAT!
Best song of the 2000's. Brilliant
Its better then the first one
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38Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Wow... #68 this is easily in my top 10. If you haven't heard this song and you like the Stones, listen to this tune!
Perfect mix of jazz and blues, combined with jagger's mesmerizing voice.
This is at least top ten.. awesome riff, rhythm and to top it off jagger just screams life into the lyrics!

39Lady Jane
ooh my sweet Lady Jane, when I see you again, its perfect this music (:
Very underrated song with a cool medieval vibe
Wow! Only 37 :/ Really underrated

40Waiting On a Friend
This song moved me when I was young, it still does. I can't explain it, it was like hearing god.
Just something bout this song, can't explain it. Runner up would have to be Paint It Black but so many great songs to choose from.
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41Play With Fire
Nice, moody London pop.
Most epic song ever!
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42The Last Time
The Stones were a band of the Sixties. Everything since has been pure nostalgia. This was one of the truly great songs that defined them. It's a travesty that it is ranked below so much contemporary dross.
Susan A1 just. Love the song. And it makes me laugh?!
How Is This 49 - This Should be in the top 10 at least
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43Dead Flowers
There's something different about this song, I love it so much. It's really underrated and too many people don't know it. If you don't, listen because it's great!
I see it as this he has an ex who went on to be successful but he's a rotten apple caught in the same stuff over and over... it'd kill most people but he just doesn't care


Should be much higher! Amazing song!
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44Mother's Little Helper
Great song about the explosion of speed (Mini-Thins, Cross-Tops) in the 60's!
Classic stones tune, should be higher up the list
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45Let It Bleed
Isn't this a bit low?... Its one of my favorites. =P I mean 39th? At least when it wrote this.
Very good song too low indeed
Always loved this song
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46As Tears Go By
Best song according to me... So different from the other tracks... Jagger faithful should have ended up 2gether... Don't know why they were embarrassed of this song... I think this song is one of the best rolling stones ever..
Favourite Stones song for sure! First original collaboration by Richards and Jagger (that and Satisfaction)!
One of the greatest song ever! The violin part is its highlight. can't believe it is 26! Rate more people!
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47Fool to Cry
Just always loved this one... Really it's impossible to make a top ten off Stones songs.
This song is beautiful jazz compared with rock, should be in top-ten
Reminds me of my little girl x
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48Moonlight Mile
One of the best stones song at 92? Lots of soul and sweetness. Should be at least in top 25
Moody road song, great lyrics, brilliant guitar work & setting. Perfect end to an almost flawless album. Yes reader, I like it
Their most underrated ballad.
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49Hand of Fate Listen to sample

50Streets of Love Listen to sample

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52We Love You
This is my favorite Rolling Stones song.
Brill song should be top 20
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53Back Street Girl
Just unearthed this stones treasure. What a melancholy but cool tune!
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55Laugh, I Nearly Died
Best of rolling stones. Really underestimated song. It should be 1st.
One Of My Favorite Songs of All Time.. From The First Second To The Last.. I think It's Because It's So Easy to Relate, Everyone Gets "Sick And Tired Of Trying To turn The Tide" it should be top 5
One of the most powerful songs out there. Very poignantly sung.. Amazing!
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56I'm Free Listen to sample

57Little Red Rooster Listen to sample

58Fingerprint File Listen to sample

59Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In the Shadow? Listen to sample

60It's All Over Now Listen to sample

61Saint of Me
Most bands are a footnote in their own biographies past a certain point in their careers. One hopes that experience and wisdom will backfill the lost youth and the voice that rings with the energy to change the system. It rarely works. This song is a shining example of amazing songcraft, and a mix of attitude seasoned with years that few other songs capture. Underappreciated greatness in a part of the catalogue few seem to look.
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62All Down the Line
This song just sounds so badass with both keef and Taylor ripping it on guitar!

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64Loving Cup

65Jigsaw Puzzle
Woah! This is AT LEAST top 20 material if not top 10. Too bad people don't invest more into the rollings stones and listen to their less well known material, it's really quite spectacular.
Amazing song. On the same album as Sympathy for the Devil, and isn't hyped up the way it should be. One of the Stone's greatest blues song of all time!


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66Down In the Hole Listen to sample

67When the Whip Comes Down Listen to sample

How is this at least not tin the top 40! Classic Riff and best song sung by Keith Richards!
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69Rip This Joint
So fast, real Rock & Roll. No idea how it's so low down.
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70Hang Fire Listen to sample

71Almost Hear You Sigh Listen to sample

72You Got Me Rocking Listen to sample

73Out Of Control Listen to sample

74Undercover (Of the Night) Listen to sample

75Out of Time
I said, baby, baby, baby, you're out of time...
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76Heart of Stone
Cause you'll never break, never break, never break. This heart of stone.
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77Not Fade Away Listen to sample

78Before They Make Me Run Listen to sample

79Blinded by Rainbows Listen to sample

First heard the song in 75 and hit me so hard that till this day when I play it the feeling is exactly the same you know springtime takes the long way around...
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81Little T&A Listen to sample

82She Was Hot Listen to sample

83Citadel Listen to sample

84Ventilator Blues Listen to sample

85Something Happened to Me Yesterday Listen to sample

86Hearts for Sale Listen to sample

87Dirty Work Listen to sample

88New Faces Listen to sample

89Sparks Will Fly
It's a great song. Just listen to it. Never hear a song like this. Long live rock 'n roll
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90Silver Train Listen to sample

91No Use In Crying Listen to sample

92Slave Listen to sample

93Parachute Woman Listen to sample

94Rough Justice
For a "modern" Stones song, this is a rocker!
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95One More Shot Listen to sample

96Emotional Rescue Listen to sample

97Child of the Moon Listen to sample

98Sister Morphine Listen to sample

992000 Light Years From Home Listen to sample

100She Said Yeah Listen to sample

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