500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'
Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Producers: The Glimmer Twins
Released: June '78, Rolling Stones
13 weeks; No. 8
By 1978, the Stones were in turmoil, after trouble with drugs, women and the law. On "Beast of Burden," they faced up to their struggles with world-weary defiance. On other takes, Jagger tried the song in falsetto, but his straight-ahead version went to the Top 10.
Appears on: Some Girls (Virgin)