December 1, 2010

Top 50 Rolling Stones Songs

Ben Lazar, who has worn many hats in the music industry and blogs at A Deeper Shade of Soul, is in the process of listing his Top 60 Rolling Stones songs. He began in May:
I have little patience for those who hold opinions that are dismissive of the Rolling Stones. Actually, I have plenty of patience -- it's just that I'm not very interested in them. If you don't like the Stones, I'm probably not going to be very interested in anything else you do like.
Lazar offers no hint at his method of compiling this list, but his comments suggest that he is presenting his top 60 songs (where personal memories often trump issues of quality or influence) and not attempting to objectively (as much as possible) list the band's greatest songs.

Perhaps another way to phrase it: if you were allowed 60 Stones songs on the proverbial desert island, which ones do you grab? Lazar has posted everything but his Top 10:
60. Emotional Rescue
59. She Said Yeah
58. Beast Of Burden
57. Heart Of Stone
56. Cocksucker Blues
55. Memo From Turner
54. Undercover Of The Night
53. Let's Spend The Night Together
52. Time Waits For No One
51. Luxury
50. Not Fade Away
49. Bitch
48. Before They Make Me Run
47. 19th Nervous Breakdown
46. It's Only Rock And Roll
45. The Last Time
44. Stray Cat Blues
43. Street Fighting Man
42. Shattered
41. Little T&A
40. Mercy Mercy
39. Jigsaw Puzzle
38. Winter
37. No Expectations
36. It's All Over Now
35. Hand Of Fate
34. Live With Me
33. Miss You
32. Sway
31. Under My Thumb
30. Start Me Up
29. Stop Breaking Down
28. Moonlight Mile
27. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
26. Salt Of The Earth
25. You've Got The Silver
24. Midnight Rambler (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out)
23. Love In Vain
22. Casino Boogie
21. Sympathy For The Devil
20. Wild Horses
19. Torn And Frayed
18. Dead Flowers
17. All Down The Line
16. Saint Of Me
15. Sweet Virginia
14. Waiting On A Friend
13. Happy
12. You Can't Always Get What You Want
11. Jumping Jack Flash
As with every list of this type ever written down and shared, everyone will have a few WTF?!? moments when they look at it. But it's a personal list, so any argument is pointless.

This post doesn't mean much unless I make my own list, so (with the caveat that I might be missing something blindingly obvious), here are the 50 Rolling Stones songs I would need on my desert island.
 1. Brown Sugar
2. Slave
3. Jumpin' Jack Flash
4. Everything Is Turning To Gold
5. Before They Make Me Run
6. Honky Tonk Women
7. Dance (Pt. 1)
8. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
9. When The Whip Comes Down
10. Can't You Hear Me Knockin'?
11. Black Limousine
12. Love In Vain
13. Sway
14. I'm Going Down
15. Waiting On A Friend
16. Tops
17. Shattered
18. Midnight Rambler
19. Sympathy For The Devil
20. Miss You
21. Get Off My Cloud
22. Silver Train
23. Back Of My Hand
24. Start Me Up
25. 19th Nervous Breakdown
26. Undercover Of The Night
27. Country Honk
28. You Got The Silver
29. Paint It, Black
30. One Hit (To The Body)
31. Dead Flowers
32. Dancing In The Light
33-50. Exile on Main Street

12 comments:

L-girl said...

Hey, if we make separate Desert Island lists and get stranded together, we'll have twice as much music.

I'll work on the 51-100.

redsock said...

No, you should do your 1-50 (or 1-whatever).

Mike Reisman said...

how can you not have you cant always get what you want?!!? Not only is that the best stones song, in my opinion it is also one of the best songs ever

redsock said...

how can you not have you cant always get what you want?!!?

i simply don't care for it. the lyrics have never made much of an impact on me and song goes on too long. i do like the choir at the end, though. it would make my top 100 list, i suppose.

blogtard said...

No love for "Gimme Shelter"???

redsock said...

No love for "Gimme Shelter"???

That could be substituted for several songs on the list.

That is one problem with the list. Just because a song is #20 and another one is #26 doesn't necessarily mean I like it more. (Though the Top 10 or so is pretty well set.) So If Shelter is #51, let's say, it is as good as #37.

Another way to do this would be to make a CD: 80 minutes. (Forcing you to decide whether deleting two 3:30 songs off is worth having the 7:00 song.)

Jon said...

Monkey Man is a personal fave. Not Top 10, but up there. The slide guitar in that sounds really mournful.

Jere said...

"If you don't like the Stones, I'm probably not going to be very interested in anything else you do like."

What an a-hole!

redsock said...

What an a-hole!

Irrelevant.

L-girl said...

No, you should do your 1-50 (or 1-whatever).

I was kidding - obviously, since we're not really getting stranded on an island and if we did, we wouldn't have an opportunity to choose our music first.

It's called... a joke.

Listing my top 50 Stones songs is not a project I will be undertaking.

L-girl said...

how can you not have you cant always get what you want?!!? Not only is that the best stones song, in my opinion it is also one of the best songs ever

I'm not a huge fan of that song either, but any list that doesn't include Wild Horses and Angie - the only two Stones songs I totally hate - will work for me.

As long as Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk, Can't You Hear Me Knockin', Happy, Ain't To Proud To Beg, Monkey Man and all of Exile on Main Street is on the list, I'm good.

(Yes, I know that means Happy is there twice.)

Pete said...

'Fool To Cry' has got to be in there somewhere and what about 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll But I Like It'? However, I understand. There's so many fantastic tracks. maybe, top 60 Isn't enough.