500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The Animals, 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place'

235. The Animals, 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place'

Writers: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Mickie Most
Aug. ’65, MGM
11 weeks; No. 13

Born in the Brill Building song factory and originally intended for the Righteous Brothers, it got a harsh white-blues treatment from the Animals. As singer Eric Burdon put it, “Whatever suited our attitude, we just bent to our own shape.” Its desperate intensity made the song a huge hit with U.S. soldiers in Vietnam and, a generation later, coalition forces in Iraq.

Appears on: Retrospective (ABKCO)

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