100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"As Tears Go By" (1965)

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When Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham practically locked Jagger and Richards in a kitchen and ordered them to start writing original material, Richards began picking guitar chords, and this melancholy ballad magically appeared. Richards says he and Jagger weren't initially knocked out by it – "We thought, 'What a terrible piece of tripe'" – but Oldham knew a hit when he heard it and cut a version with Jagger's girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, which hit Number 22 on the U.S. charts in 1964. The Stones cut their own strings-drenched rendition the following year.

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