100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Let It Loose" (1972)

The Rolling Stones
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The big soul ballad on Exile is also the album's longest song. Jagger sings about watching friends fall apart and lovers fade away, as he staggers through a long night of sex, booze and the bedroom blues. His whisper-to-a-scream vocals build over piano, horns and those dramatic drum fills in the final choruses. Somehow the Stones have never played it live – but Phish have.

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