100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs


"Monkey Man" (1969)

The Rolling Stones
Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

Written on the same early-1969 Italian vacation that "Midnight Rambler" was written, "Monkey Man" is nearly as menacing. Wyman's spine-crawling vibraphone and mordant bass line have an air of creepy mystery, and Richards plays a piercing riff as Jagger offers the sulfuric disclaimer: "I hope we're not too messianic or a trifle too satanic." Not at all, Your Majesties.

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