Readers' Poll: The Rolling Stones' 10 Greatest SongsYour picks include 'Wild Horses,' 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Paint It, Black'
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2. 'Sympathy for the Devil'
There's not a lot of video of the Rolling Stones in the recording studio during their heyday but thankfully, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard was filming the band when they cut "Sympathy for the Devil" at Olympic Studio in 1968. "The song turned after many takes from a Dylanesque, rather turgid folk song into a rocking samba," Keith wrote in his memoir. "From a turkey to a hit – by a shift in rhythm, all recorded in stages by Jean-Luc."
One of the original lyrics was "Who killed Kennedy?" but midway through taping, Robert F. Kennedy was killed and Jagger changed it to "Who killed the Kennedys?" Contrary to widespread belief, this is not the song they were playing onstage at Altamont when a fan was murdered. (It was "Under My Thumb.")