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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Rolling Stones Songs of the 1980s

See what song managed to beat “Emotional Rescue,” “Waiting on a Friend” and “She’s So Cold”

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CANADA - APRIL 01: Photo of ROLLING STONES and Mick JAGGER and Ron WOOD and Keith RICHARDS; L-R Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards performing on stage at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, playing a benefit concert after Keith Richards' drug bust (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

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The Rolling Stones headed into the 1980s with a lot of momentum. Their 1978 LP Some Girls was a huge commercial comeback after a series of disappointing releases, and 1980's Emotional Rescue was a sign they were quite willing to continue their experimentation with dance music. The following year they stunned most everyone when "Start Me Up" from their new disc Tattoo You exploded onto radio. They launched a worldwide stadium tour, but when it wrapped vicious infighting kept them off the road for seven years. They somehow kept making music this whole time, though. We asked our readers to select their favorite Stones songs of the 1980s. Here are the results. 

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CANADA - APRIL 01: Photo of ROLLING STONES and Mick JAGGER and Ron WOOD and Keith RICHARDS; L-R Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards performing on stage at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, playing a benefit concert after Keith Richards' drug bust (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

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2

“One Hit (to the Body)”

Jimmy Page had just wrapped up a shambolic reunion set with Led Zeppelin at Live Aid when he stopped by the studio to visit the Rolling Stones as they worked on their ill-fated 1986 LP Dirty Work. He agreed to lay down some guitar parts for "One Hit (to the Body)" even though he couldn't be given credit due to contractual reasons or even get paid. Oddly enough, Bobby Womack, Patti Scialfa and Don Covay were all hanging around as well and contributed background vocals. It was a bizarre one-time-only supergroup, but it lead to the standout track on Dirty Work that was otherwise marred by vicious infighting and Mick Jagger's general indifference. The song was played live about 18 times in the fall of 1989 and not a single time since. 

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CANADA - APRIL 01: Photo of ROLLING STONES and Mick JAGGER and Ron WOOD and Keith RICHARDS; L-R Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards performing on stage at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, playing a benefit concert after Keith Richards' drug bust (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

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1

“Start Me Up”

In the spring of 1975 the Rolling Stones worked on a reggae tune called "Never Stop" during the Black and Blue sessions. They returned to it three years later while working on Some Girls, and transformed it into a rock tune with a killer new riff from Keith Richards. But it didn't make the cut, and in 1981 producer Chris Kimsey dug through the vaults looking for material they could release on Tattoo You and stumbled upon it. The group finally saw potential in the tune and kicked off the album with it. The single hit Number Two on the American Hot 100, giving them their last enormous, worldwide smash to date. It also gave them a perfect opening concert number for many years to come.