Readers' Poll: The Rolling Stones' 10 Greatest SongsYour picks include 'Wild Horses,' 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Paint It, Black'
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8. 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" began its life as a simple ditty Mick Jagger played on the acoustic guitar – but once the band entered Olympic Studios in 1968 to record Let It Bleed, it morphed into something else altogether. Organist Al Kooper and the London Bach Choir were recruited to flesh out the song, and the end result is a sing-along classic that rivals the Beatles' "Hey Jude." "People can identify with it," Jagger told Rolling Stone in 1995. "No one gets what they always want. It’s got a very good melody. It’s got very good orchestral touches that Jack Nitzsche helped with. So it’s got all the ingredients."