Readers' Poll: The Rolling Stones' 10 Greatest SongsYour picks include 'Wild Horses,' 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Paint It, Black'
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3. 'Paint It, Black'
By 1966, the Rolling Stones were writing songs at a furious pace. On "Paint It, Black," the band decided to stretch their legs a little bit by incorporating a sitar, even though some critics said it was them merely aping the Beatles. The dark track became their third Number One hit in America. The unexpected success forced the group to add it to the American release of Aftermath. Bill Wyman has long claimed he helped a great deal in writing the song, even though it's credited to Jagger/Richards.
Years later, the group started to agree with him. "I must say in retrospect that actually, what made 'Paint It, Black' was Bill Wyman on the organ," Richards said in 2004. "It didn't sound anything like the finished record until Bill said, 'You go like this.'"