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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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27. "It’s All Over Now" (1964)

The Stones were still mainly an R&B cover band when they took on this 1964 chart flop by the Valentinos, co-written by the young Bobby Womack. But "It's All Over Now" was one of the moments where they found their voice as a band, especially in the final minute, with its apocalyptic rhythm-guitar duel between Richards and Jones. The original is laid-back and funky, but the Stones crank up the aggression, with Jagger slurring the line about "high-class game" so it sounds like "half-assed game." DJs must not have noticed (or cared): It became a hit anyway.

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