Best The Rolling Stones Songs

The Top Ten

1 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!

This was my favorite song In my opinion I never itwould get number 1

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2 Gimme 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 - mneilan

This song is incredible for the dark atmospheric almost voodo like hypnotism it induces in the listener, but it also has a profoundly human element in the longing to find peace in the midst of the desperation and its slow buildup to climax in Keith's searing solo, which burns big with rich blues-based chordal melody that launches the idiom into another fiercer dimension, but still weeps with great beauty as he accents certain notes with sustained and tremelo. The mix of Mic's voices with the gospel singers gives the desperation and hope in the kiss a more universal sense as it embraces other races and the whole band gels in a wall of sound that creates an authentic aura that makes me remember the times in the past when I heard the song as if I were a time traveler to my state of mind and place at the time. The song is great at invoking the turmoil of the time but I think it is even more effective in the way it seems to personalize the conflict and desperation so that many can identify ...more

The reserved nature of the song allows it to build and have an incredible energy once it gets going. Keith Richards guitar is out of this world and the vocal interplay between Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton is otherwordly. Take into account the powerful social lyrics and you have one of the greatest songs ever recorded, not just by the Stones but by anyone.

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3 Sympathy 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.

I choose this one. I just like it so much with all of its depth and menacing lyrics. This song has one of the best if not the best hook in rock history. “Please allow me to introduce myself I’m a man of wealth and taste” it compels the listener to keep listening and hear what this man has to say.

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4 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

I feel I can't GET NO SATISFACTION is the greatest song of all time followed by Michael JACKSONs BILLIE JEAN they being so great unless if I'm LUCIFER and I did greater music than you imagined but I think I'm not that great even if I did create music and set rules how music and created humanity if music and humans are both so much alike no one knowing why humans exist if there is a sole purpose or if music has sole purpose and which is perfect if define perfect music I doubt I would been better than Michael JACKSON, The Rolling Stones, QUEEN, Led Zeppelin and Eminem I do still feel passion for music even if I'm actually over 1 billion years old (as LUCIFER) would you felt shocked if I did write lyrics for songs of album it saying about both GOD and I our life everything we went through hardships and doubt sadness having family about even when we created much if I would had amazed you or not well who knows but I bet illuminati would wanted to stop me because they think I could blown ...more

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 Rolling Stones's signature song.

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5 You 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

This is my favourite song by the Stones, and it has a great meaning to live by

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6 Jumpin' Jack Flash

Where the hell is "It's Only Rock N' Roll"? THE best Stones song ever! Hells Yeah!

Le riff et l'attitide, du rock pur!

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

Hair raising intro signals the arrival of the (really!, Greatest R+R band the world has ever seen!

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7 Brown 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.

Second best Guitar riff ever heard, second only to Jumping Jack Flash! Kick ass Sax Solo by the Keys Great song over all, and very sexy lyrics!

Rocks go(o)d

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8 Angie

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!

Defiantly one of there best songs I loved the theme song from Armageddon. I think it was one of their best ever!

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9 Start 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 - mneilan

One of the best written songs and their best played.

"Don't make a grown man cry! ". This song is my favorite song of all time, VERY well produced, the lyrics tie together well.

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10 Under 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.

Definitely in my Top 10 songs of all time. A great example of how all of their songs are different and unique. Sympathy for the Devil, Angie, and Gimme Shelter are some of my other favorites

This is the best

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The Contenders

11 It'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

You people crazy

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12 Wild 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?

The best songs are the ones that make you feel something and though many songs make me feel something like creep by Radiohead (Depression) or I'm Still Here by GooGoo Dolls (Like a gleeful child again) it is the song that makes me happy, I can't explain why but this song just makes me smile, it gives me a sense of hope and that's why it's not only my favourite Rolling Stones song but my favourite song of all.

I love this song. Keith said he and Gram Parsons used to share songs�"kind of like osmosis. This one has Gram’s soul print all over it.

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13 Beast 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...

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.

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.


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14 Miss 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

Best stones song in my opinion

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15 Can't You Hear Me Knocking

a great song!
should be in top tens..
mick jagger and the band go 100% on this song!

This song, a top 5 Stones song in my humble opinion, was the beginning of the end for Mick Taylor. The trouble was, he was too good - technically at least - compared with Keith. Still, a fantastic jam to end the track.

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.

This is a musical tour de force. Mick Taylor’s guitar playing is ethereal and blends with the inspired sax solo of Bobby Keys. Brilliant.

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16 Honky 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.

The greatest cow bell song ever.

Sorry Mick & the boys - I actually prefer this by Taj Mahal. - Britgirl

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17 Ruby Tuesday

This song makes me want to pick up my guitar and strum my beating heart out of my chest. It's not a hard rock song, but this really makes me feel a certain kind of special.

How is this only #13? This should be third! Are any restaurants called Paint it Black or Sympathy for the Devil?

What? You guys kidding me? Okay, paint it black n sympathy for devil r great.. But this is cool to...!

Only one Tuesday

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18 Rocks Off

You've got it all in this track: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. It's got the humor of the Stones. It's got the attitude of the Stones. It perfectly captures the Stones ability to groove and jam like no other. Altogether tasty.

Ridiculously underrated! It's easily my favorite Stones tune. Those horns are heaven!

One of the most underrated songs ever, I love every part of it, one of my all time favorite songs.

A classic should of been first single lifted from exile.what a opener,sets for what's to follow.simply outstanding.

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19 She'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 - TheGreatest

What a sweet and soft song. I love it! - Userguy44

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20 Get Off My Cloud

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

Brian Jones at hs best RIP

Not my favourite Stones song, but it really is awesome. This tune should at least be top 20!


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21 Tumbling 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

Top 5 for me

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22 19th Nervous Breakdown

This should by higher on the list

Number #23?! Are you kidding me?

Takes me back to 'awesome times' freebirdjoey

love it!

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23 Let's Spend the Night Together

I'm not a Stones fan by any means. But this song is incredible. It deserves to be higher than #22. - PetSounds

Recorded proof that the stones could take on the beatles, beach boys or the kinks and be just as good as them, criminally underrated song from their catalog, it has such an amazing vibe.

Got to be in the top 10

Great song!

24 Street Fighting Man

This song contains the essential of rock with a revolutionary message

My absolute favourite. Right, its maybe not their best song but should be higher than 22. The tune just makes me want to dance every time and it has a great message... pure banger - NairnC1704

Shocked but not flabbergasted. In my opinion Street Fighting Man is second to Sympathy for the Devil on Beggars.

This is the stone at their most stony

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25 As 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..

One of the greatest song ever! The violin part is its highlight. can't believe it is 26! Rate more people!

What! Has nobody heard this beautiful song? Mick Jagger's pensive vocals, Keith Richards' one-of-a-kind guitar tune makes this song one of the top ten songs by The Rolling Stones.

1st song 4 love RollingStones

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26 Monkey Man

When my Dad passed away a few tears flowed. That happens once in a lifetime. I've heard Monkey Man countless times. Tears of delight flow every time. Its involuntary. It's the result of the lyrics and riffs. Thus, my own senses tell me it's my favorite Stones track. GOD BLESS THE STONES!

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

Awesome song, very underrated

27 Shattered

I love this song, my and my friend both love to listen to this song together. Love The stones

Just another night in New York City

Fantastic song with so many unique live versions throughout the Stones incredible history.

Love the lyrics!

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28 Shine 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.

Essentially functioning as the Brian Jones memorial song, this track sums up everything that I love about the Stones: great vocals, awesome guitar, impactful gospel integration, and a fun attitude. It's a shame that this never became a main part of the live set because it's by far my favorite of their songs.

This is the musical peak of the Stones, a symbol of Exile on Main Street. A real masterpiece highly overlooked.

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29 Anybody Seen My Baby?

There should be more votes for this - great song

Has anybody seen her? ;-)

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!

That song is really cool. I listen to it when I code. It should be a lot higher!

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30 Out of Time

I said, baby, baby, baby, you're out of time...

One the best put down songs ever
Brian Jones a master at introducing a new array of instruments

31 Doo 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!

This is the stones at their very best. The guitars are downright nasty (in the best way possible). And the sax keeps you coming back for more. There may not be an album more criminally underrated than goats head soup.

This is at least top ten.. awesome riff, rhythm and to top it off jagger just screams life into the lyrics!

Very underrated song. Really shows Keith Richards' talent and tells a story of a tragedy like Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto". Got sort of a funk sound with a great saxophone.

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32 Mother'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

Very catchy tune.

Should be waaay higher up, this song is gorgeous

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33 Doom and Gloom

Classic Stones with a modern twist! This shouldn't be at 48! This should be in the top ten at least

Awesome song great chorus instruments and lyrics and melodY GREAT!

Best song of the 2000's. Brilliant

This song never gets old, I can listen all day!

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34 Sweet 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.

This song just kind of has some sort of magic to it. It makes you feel real good. This song definitely needs to be higher. My list would be this

1. You Can't Always Get What You Want
2. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
3. Satisfaction
4. Paint It Black
5. Miss You
6. Sweet Virginia
7. Midnight Rambler
8. Brown Sugar
9. Start Me Up
10. Just My Imagination

love it

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35 Moonlight Mile

Moody road song, great lyrics, brilliant guitar work & setting. Perfect end to an almost flawless album. Yes reader, I like it

One of the best stones song at 92? Lots of soul and sweetness. Should be at least in top 25

That song is too good... Not top 10 but maybe top 20
Towards the end, the instrumentals are just fabulous

Damn! 59?! Should be at least on the top 10

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36 Little T&A

Love this song! Never played on the radio anymore due to the non-PC nature of the lyrics but once again a staple of their live performances. Vastly underappreciated!

37 Bitch

A powerful song with a terrific riff

I don't think any of you should get discouraged by the title. Just listen to it and you get a great vibe. - matty925

Sympathy for the devil is my favorite but this is my 2nd and the fact its not in the top 10 or even 20 is crazy

Great fun! If you listen to this song & don’t like it, you’re lying. Try it

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38 Rock 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

Totally underrated

39 Waiting 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.

This is a top 10 Stones classic.

Love this one

40 Dead Flowers

Had a punk rocker girlfriend and I am big Stones fan well I thought. She wasn't but she knew this song meanwhile I'm thinking how did I never hear this song until 6 years ago..

She never heard she's like rainbow and loved it.

Really tried to get into her music she liked.
In all fairness she was hot fun energetic sad thing don't remember any names of the songs are bands she would play for me.

So she left me for a younger guy.

Not because of music differences but we remained friends. And that probably the first time being faithful so I deserved it. So I think I'm square with karma didn't think it would happen so fast but I'm talking to
New girl little younger and all around 10 trying not to sound shallow round ass, perky c+ or d-blonde hair not sure it's natural yet. So she wanted to drive I'm thinking rap music going to be blasting or some sissy pop. Would of never guess country.

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 dumped a girl for liking the Beatles over the stones, 30 years ago.

A country song about drugs. How fun!

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41 Midnight Rambler

This song is just flat out brilliant. My favorite by the band. This song in essence is the pinnacle of blues rock. The brilliance is that it is a like as a blues opera as its separated into three different parts. The song builds up to a instrument break of a fast beat with a slide guitar that makes me smile every time in how brilliant it is only to comeback down just bring it up again. The final minute of the song is quite possibly the greatest ending to a song. The lyric progression is amazing too, as mick asked have you heard of the midnight rambler only to reveal he is the midnight rambler. What a beauty this song is.

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

One of their most underrated songs. It's really catchy and funky. Better than the main ones on the album (Gimme Shelter, You Can't Always Get What You Want) - matty925

1. Midnight Rambler 2. Jumping Jack Flash 3. Little T&A 4. Neighbors 5. All Down The Line

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42 If You Can't Rock Me
43 Let It Bleed

Isn't this a bit low?... Its one of my favorites. =P I mean 39th? At least when it wrote this.

Very under rated song which was the tittle track to the legendary classic album and perhaps their finest album Let it Bleed.

Very good song too low indeed

Always loved this song

44 I Got the Blues

LOVE IT! No words to describe it... It's awesome and underrated. 170? It's the best song from Sticky Fingers.

And don't forget the organ of Billie Preston. Very underrated indeed.

Best song 4 rolling stones 4me

Most underrated song in their whole catalog. this song is all about Keith and Bobby!

45 Fingerprint File
46 She's So Cold

That is a excellent song. That must be in the top of this list

Catchy as hell!


47 Sister Morphine

Criminally low. Such a haunting song

I am codeine junkie and I love this song. This song is top 1 in my last fm list. (889 plays)

48 I Wanna Be Your Man

It's by The Beatles. This song is history, The Rolling Stones playing a song by The Beatles. Wow

49 Love In Vain

Blue light 4 my baby

Nice song

50 Rip This Joint

So fast, real Rock & Roll. No idea how it's so low down.

Great Song should be in the top 20

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