3. The Rolling Stones - 'Exile on Main Street'
Nearly 40 years after the release of Exile on Main Street, Keith Richards was still trying to figure out what made the album so magical. "There was something about the rhythm section sound down there [in France]," he said in 2010. "Maybe it's the concrete, or maybe it's the dirt, but it has a certain sound to it that you couldn't replicate if you tried." Today, the album is seen as the Stones' absolute best work, but there was no huge single off the double album and it was met with some very mixed reviews.
"We kind of expected that just from the fact that it was a double album," said Richards. "First of all, the record company wanted to cut it in half. So we said, 'Oh, this is not looking good.' But also we insisted, 'No, this is what we did. This is Exile on Main Street, and we insist that it's a double album.' So it kind of got a slow take-off, but ever since then, it's been up there. Also, it's the first album with no particular single on it, you know? There was no 'Brown Sugar' or whatever. We made it as an album, rather than looking for a hit single."