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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Sway" (1971)


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One of the Stones' heaviest, most devastating songs, "Sway" looks down the barrel of personal apocalypse with grim abandon. Watts' tumbling drum fills mirror Jagger's lyrics about a day that "broke up your mind/Destroyed your notion of circular time," and Taylor (who co-wrote it) tops the song off with a searing, soaring solo. Despite having a deeply Keith-like vibe of lordly wastedness, Richards doesn't play on it – though he did punch in some backing vocals later on, as part of a chorus that included Pete Townshend and the Faces' Ronnie Lane.


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