500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Rolling Stones, 'Brown Sugar'
Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Released: April '71, Rolling Stones
12 weeks; No. 1
The Stones take on slavery, sadomasochism, interracial sex — and make it catchy as hell. At Muscle Shoals studios, Jagger scrawled three verses on a pad, and Richards supplied an impossibly raunchy riff. Add some exultant punctuations and you have a Stones concert staple.
Appears on: Sticky Fingers (Virgin)