100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Time Is on My Side" (1964)

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The Stones performed "Time Is on My Side" before a hysterical studio audience during their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1964, lighting up the CBS complaint line. "My brain froze," Patti Smith wrote of the appearance. "I was doing all my thinking between my legs." Originally a 1964 B side by New Orleans singer Irma Thomas, it was recorded by the Stones during a two-day stay at Chess Records to showcase their soulful side, and became their highest-charting U.S. single yet. "Mick really did shine here," said Jones. "Let's give the devil his due."

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