500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

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The Velvet Underground, 'Sweet Jane'

342. The Velvet Underground, 'Sweet Jane'

Writer: Lou Reed
Producers: The Velvet Underground, Shel Kagan, Geoffrey Haslam
Released: Aug. '70, Cotillion

After Reed quit the band, a wistful coda was chopped out of this song. "How could anyone be that stupid?" Reed asked RS in 1987. "If I could have stood it, I would have stayed with them and showed them what to do." For years, the only available version of the coda was on the 1969 live LP, but the full "Jane" appears on recent reissues.

Appears on: Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) (Rhino)

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