100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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39. "No Expectations" (1968)

Jones' mournful slide guitar on this quiet masterpiece would be one of his final major contributions. "We were sitting around in a circle on the floor . . . recording with open mics," Jagger said in 1995. "That was the last time I remember Brian really being totally involved." "No Expectations" was also an early, vital result of the Stones turning to rock's deeper roots – pre-war blues and country music – a hallmark of classic albums like Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main Street. "The mixture of black and white American music," Richards later wrote, "had plenty of space to be explored."

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