500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

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The Animals, 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'

322. The Animals, 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'

Writers: Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus,Gloria Caldwell
Producer: Mickie Most
Released: Jan. '65, MGM
10 weeks; No. 15

The Animals’ reworking of this song radically departed from Nina Simone’s orchestrated down-tempo original version, recorded the year before. "It was never considered pop material, but it somehow got passed on to us and we fell in love with it," recalled Eric Burdon. Burdon would sometimes perform a slow, Simone-like rendition live.

Appears on: Retrospective (ABKCO)

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