100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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22. "Moonlight Mile" (1971)

The six-minute epic that closes Sticky Fingers sounds like nothing else in the Stones' songbook. Jagger sings about being lost "under strange skies" on the long road home to his lover, playing a melody influenced by Japanese music yet still straight from the blues, as he doubles his vocals on acoustic guitar. The song builds with the strings-and-horns orchestrations of Paul Buckmaster adding to the dramatic tension of Watts' cymbals, then Taylor takes over for the instrumental finale. Richards isn't on the track – although he and the Stones must've spent years living it out.

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