“Time Is on My Side”
Introduced by a triumphant drawn-out guitar riff, "Time Is On My Side" was a vehicle for the Rolling Stones to boast of their inevitable victory in a relationship, set to an arrangement as much gospel as rock. The gospel feel was more pronounced in the version by New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas that served as the model for the Stones' more rock-oriented interpretation. "I made it up one day, and I hated it!" declared writer Jerry Ragovoy in Rolling Stone. "But I did it because of the difficulty of submitting material, as I was already known as a producer."