100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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24. "Tumbling Dice" (1972)

The most irresistible song on Exile has a deceptively chill midtempo groove, in Richards' open-chord signature, that shuffles and weaves with a stoned, balletic grace. It began as a sketch titled "Good Time Women" that knocked around for years until the band settled in at the Nellcôte mansion in the South of France between 1971 and 1972. Jagger may have been riffing on the region's casino culture, together with the song's slurred rambling-man persona, when he sang, "Keep on rolling." He wound up with a durable metaphor for the band and a generation of Sixties survivors.

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