Top Ten Songs Covered by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones did quite a few cover songs; in the early days, their entire repertoire was made up of cover songs. Even as their skills as songwriters improved, they still enjoyed covering other people's songs. I will be ranking the Stones version of each song on the list, not the original. Feel free to add more songs to this list; if you do, please tell me who was the original artist.

The Top Ten

1 Love in Vain Love in Vain

A Robert Johnson cover. They slowed the tempo down, slightly changed the chord progression, and brought in Ry Cooder to play a mandolin solo. One of my favorite covers of theirs. - Gg2000

2 Stop Breaking Down Stop Breaking Down

Another Robert Johnson cover. Unlike Love In Vain, The Stones ended up going for a tougher, more raw sound. - Gg2000

3 It's All Over Now It's All Over Now

Originally written by Bobby Womack and recorded by his family's band, The Valentinos. This song was one of the Stones' earlier hits. - Gg2000

4 Little Red Rooster

Originally by Howlin' Wolf. As I've mentioned before, it's the only blues song to ever hit number one on the UK Singles Chart. Brian Jones thought that was one of their finest acheivements. - Gg2000

5 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)

Originally by The Temptations. While the original is mellow and laden with strings, the Stones version is slightly faster and more guitar oriented. - Gg2000

6 Prodigal Son

This song was originally written by an American blues singer and preacher named Robert Wilkins. It fits in perfectly with the album's acoustic theme. - Gg2000

7 Time is on My Side

Another one of their earlier hits. Their rendition was based on the Irma Thomas cover of this song. There's two versions. One version begins with an organ intro, while the other version (which is more familiar to the general public) starts with a guitar intro. I prefer the guitar version. - Gg2000

8 Carol

Originally by Chuck Berry. The first album was mostly made up of cover songs. This one's my favorite because I think it rocks. - Gg2000

9 Shake Your Hips

A song by blues musician Slim Harpo. The groove on this song is hypnotic. - Gg2000

10 Ain't Too Proud to Beg

Another Temptations cover. This one is also more guitar oriented. The reason I put it on the bottom is because I don't like the guitar solo, but otherwise, it's a good cover. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Wild Horses

This doesn't count. A cover means that the song wasn't written by the band. This was written by them (specifically Mick and Keith). Please don't vote. - Gg2000

12 Honky Tonk Women

Not a cover. - Gg2000

13 Under My Thumb

Again, not a cover. - Gg2000

14 I Wanna Be Your Man

The Beatles gave it to them

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