The List: Top songs to hear at a Rolling Stones concert

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger, from the British rock band, The Rolling Stones. (Associates Press) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger, from the British rock band, The Rolling Stones. (Associates Press)
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The Rolling Stones begin the American part of their 50th anniversary tour in New York this month. So what 15-song set would you like to hear at the Stones’ upcoming concerts, where the ticket prices average more than $400? Here’s our choice.

  • 15. Start Me Up (1981) — What better way to kick off a concert with this classic from the “Tattoo You” album. The song reached No. 2 in the United States charts and No. 7 in the United Kingdom.
  • 14. Get Off of My Cloud (1965) — This was the band’s second No. 1 hit in the United States, after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The track was from the “December’s Children (And Everybody’s)” album. “It’s a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song,” said Mick Jagger. “The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the early ‘60s, and I was coming out of it.”
  • 13. The Last Time (1965) — A fan favorite that was performed regularly at Stones concerts in the 1960s. This was the band’s third No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom and reached No. 9 in the United States. The B side of the single in the United Kingdom was the popular “Play With Fire.”
  • 12. Time Is on My Side (1964) — Written by Jerry Ragovoy (under the pseudonym of Norman Meade), it was band’s first top-10 hit in the United States, where it reached No. 6. It was one of the two songs performed on the Stones’ first “The Ed Sullivan Show” appearance and was featured on the band’s second American album, “12 X 5.”
  • 11. Angie (1973) — This acoustic ballad was the band’s seventh No. I hit in the United States. It was featured on the “Goats Head Soup” album and was written by Keith Richards. There are reports that Angie was either written about his daughter or a pseudonym for the drug heroin.
  • 10. Brown Sugar (1971) — Mike Jagger wrote the song — chords and all — with no input from Mr. Richards. It was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Studio in Sheffield, Ala., and reached No. 1 in the United States and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. The song always has been a crowd pleaser at Stones concerts.
  • 9. You Can’t Always Get What You Want — This beloved Stones epic was the B side of the single “Honky Tonk Women” and appeared on the “Let It Bleed” album. It became a rousing singalong anthem on the 2002 Licks tour in the United States.
  • 8. As Tears Go By (1966) — This melancholy song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and was first recorded in the United Kingdom by Marianne Faithfull in 1964. The Stones’ had a No. 6 hit in the U.S. charts in January 1966.
  • 7. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1968)Keith Richards said this song was written about his gardener Jack Dyer, who worked at his country estate. They were awakened one morning by Dyer walking past the window. When Mr. Jagger asked what the noise was, Mr. Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack — that’s jumpin’ Jack.” It hit the No. 3 mark in the United States but was No. 1 in the United Kingdom.
  • 6. Not Fade Away (1964) — This Buddy Holly cover was the Rolling Stones’ first top-10 hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 3. It was followed by five straight No. 1 hits in Britain. It appeared on the band’s first album in America, “The Rolling Stones,” subtitled “England’s Newest Hit Makers.”
  • 5. Honky Tonk Women (1969) — Mike Jagger and Keith Richards wrote the song while on vacation at a ranch in Brazil, where they were inspired by the gauchos. The song starts with a cowbell. It was a huge No. 1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic and was released in the United Kingdom the day after the death of founding band member Brian Jones. The song remained for 14 weeks on the Billboard Top 40.
  • 4. 19th Nervous Breakdown (1965) — This song reached No. 2 in the United States. Brian Jones’ guitar riff between the verses was a tribute to Bo Diddley.
  • 3. Paint It, Black (1966) — The song was popular with U.S. troops in Vietnam and was the Stones’ third No. 1 hit in America. Brian Jones played the song’s signature sitar riff. Bass player Bill Wyman explained that the comma in the title was simply a typographical error that stuck. It was ranked No. 176 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • 2. Ruby Tuesday (1967) — Though written by Keith Richards and the late Brian Jones, who played recorder and piano on the track, the song was credited to Mr. Richards and Mick Jagger on the original recording. Mr. Jagger admitted he never wrote it and later gave credit to Jones. It was the band’s fourth No. 1 hit in the U.S.
  • 1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965) — Probably the band’s best-known song and the ideal tune for an encore. This was the band’s first No. 1 hit in America and the fourth top hit in its homeland. The song was named No. 2 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Keith Richard’s says the tune came to him in a dream.

Best of the rest — “Street Fighting Man,” “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It),” “Wild Horses,” “Play With Fire,” “Miss You” and “Lady Jane.”

Compiled by John Haydon
Sources: The Washington Times, Wikipedia and songfacts.com

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