Best Songs by The Rolling Stones that Didn't Appear on a Studio Album

From 1964-1969, many Rolling Stones songs were either released as singles or b-sides that didn't end up on an album. NOTE: I am using their British discography because it has become the standardized catalog. Many of these songs ended up on American studio albums because they changed the track listing. With that in mind, feel free to add to the list. Honky Tonk Woman was the last non album single, so don't add anything after that.

The Top Ten

1 Paint It Black Paint It Black

Really? Wow. I didn't know this... - Misfire

One of their more creative songs. I don't think a song like this would hit number one nowadays. - Gg2000

2 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

This one should be self explanatory. It shot them to the stratosphere. - Gg2000

3 19th Nervous Breakdown 19th Nervous Breakdown

A great rock song. I don't think it gets enough recognition compared to some of the others. What I like about it is that it's 4 minutes long and doesn't get boring. - Gg2000

4 Jumpin' Jack Flash

I did not know this either. It's a good song, why didn't it appear on an album? :-( - Misfire

In those days, it was considered "value for money". The British mentality was that if the single was going to be on the album, there's no sense in buying it and paying for the same song twice. The American mentality was that a hit single would promote the album and give it some exposure. The American mentality ended up becoming standard practice. - Gg2000

After their experimentation with psychedelia, they decided to get down to brass tacks and go back to roots. It began here; it has a raw but energetic sound. - Gg2000

Gotta go with my favourite Stones song. - truckturner

5 Let's Spend the Night Together

It's a disappointment that this song wasn't a hit; it's a great rocker. - Gg2000

6 Ruby Tuesday

Even though Spend the Night wasn't a hit, radio DJs played Ruby Tuesday, turning it into another number one. It's a beautiful ballad; I think Brian Jones' recorder playing made a big difference. - Gg2000

7 Dandelion

This is one that deeper Stones fans will recognize. It's a psychedelic pop nugget that was released with "We Love You" as a single. Neither side hit the Top Ten of the charts, but they still remain great deep cuts. - Gg2000

8 Honky Tonk Women

It's like Satisfaction in that it doesn't require much explanation. - Gg2000

9 Little Red Rooster

One of their earlier singles that was only released in Britain. It's a Howlin' Wolf cover that is still, to this day, the only blues song to hit number one on the British charts. Brian Jones in particular was very proud of that. - Gg2000

Great to see this here. Their cover is really good. I love the vocals on this too. - Britgirl

10 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In the Shadow?

This song is very notable for its brass riff and its murky mix. I think it's interesting how so many Stones songs sound great despite (or because) of bad mixes. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 It's All Over Now

A solid cover version in my opinion. It was their first British number one. - Gg2000

12 The Last Time

This was the Stones' first self-penned hit single. It hit number one in Britain and number nine in the United States, proving that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were capable hitmakers. - Gg2000

13 We Love You

One of the Stones' most overtly psychedelic works. It was written in response to Mick and Keith's imprisonment over drugs. It's freaky but cool at the same time. - Gg2000

14 Play with Fire

The original b-side to The Last Time. It's a slow dirge about a man who's in a relationships with a high society girl who isn't afraid to send her back down to the lower class. I also think it's cool that they merged a harpsichord and a harmonica in the same song and managed to make it work. - Gg2000

15 Get Off My Cloud

The follow-up single to Satisfaction; like Satisfaction, it also hit no. 1 in both the US and UK. The aggressiveness in Jagger's vocals really sells it for me. - Gg2000

16 Ride On, Baby

This song first got released on the American album Flowers, and wasn't issued on a British compilation album. It's a shame, because the song fits in perfectly with the rest of the Aftermath album. - Gg2000

17 Sittin' on a Fence

Also released on Flowers. It's a song about a man who is disillusioned with domesticity and marriage. I love the acoustic guitar work in this song; the two guitars intertwine very well. - Gg2000

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