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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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66. "Sittin' on a Fence" (1967)

Largely written in a hotel room during their 1965 tour of Ireland, this modest fingerpicked folk shuffle feels like a throwaway (it appeared on the 1967 outtakes set, Flowers). In fact, it's kind of a manifesto: Jagger watches his friends grow up, marry and buy homes – "'cause there's nothing else to do" – and opts to stay on that fence and lead the swingin' single life, at least for now.

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