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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Love in Vain" (1969)


The Rolling Stones
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The 1937 Robert Johnson recording is a pillar of blues history, and the aching version on Let It Bleed (reprised heavily on the live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out) is no doubt its most famous cover. Recast with a honky-tonk feel, Jagger wrings pain from the lyrics, and Taylor sets his slide guitar on stun. "I was in awe sometimes listening to Mick Taylor, especially on that slide," writes Richards in his memoir, paying respect where it's due.


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