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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

From “Paint It Black” to “Shine a Light” – the hottest rocks from the Stones’ 50-year career, chosen by our expert panel of writers, critics and artists

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To make the list, we asked each of these Stones experts to rank their 50 favorite songs, then tabulated the results.

The Panel: Patrick Carney (the Black Keys), Jonathan Cott (contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Cameron Crowe (director), Anthony DeCurtis (contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Jon Dolan (contributing editor, Rolling Stone), David Fricke (Senior Writer, Rolling Stone), Robert Greenfield (journalist and author), Will Hermes (contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Robert Hilburn (journalist and author), Howard Kramer (Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Chuck Leavell (musician), Jonathan Lethem (novelist), Martin Scorsese (director), Rob Sheffield (contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Lucinda Williams (singer-songwriter), Warren Zanes (the Del Fuegos)

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“All Down the Line” (1972)

"It's going to be the single," Jagger enthused about this breakneck rocker, the first song finished for Exile. They immediately took the demo to an L.A. DJ and drove around listening to their work. "It was surreal," recalled engineer Andy Johns. "Up and down Sunset Strip at nine on a Saturday night. The Strip was jumpin', and I'm in the car with those guys listening to my mixes."

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“Worried About You” (1981)

A lush stax/volt soul ballad via Jamaican reggae, this may be best known for its music video, featuring Jagger and Richards playing with a bottle of Jack Daniel's close at hand. It was recorded in 1975, so although Wood appears in the clip, the scalding guitar solo was played by Wayne Perkins, one of the other candidates for Taylor's job.

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“2000 Light Years From Home” (1967)

While other bands were singing about the joys of tripping through outer space, the Stones were already looking on the dark side. This song is a psychedelic nightmare, capturing the desolation ("It's sooo very lonely") of feeling lost in the cosmos, as Jones' Mellotron casts an ominous spell.

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