My Favorite Rolling Stones Songs

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Rolling Stones are my favorite band to listen to. They achieve that balance between depth and positive inspiration that I find is difficult to find, as a whole, in other bands.

When listening to The Stones, I can feel both culturally and artistically inspired while also not feeling bogged down by the weight of the subject matter. Perhaps it’s their upbeat melodies or perhaps its the nonchalance of their lyrics despite them holding cultural, societal, and intellectual weight.

Whatever it is, I feel alive when I listen to The Rolling Stones (even when its Wild Horses).

In the spirit of my intense love and admiration for a band whose lyrics and beat take over me like that first sip of chilled white wine or that first stanza of poignant poetry, here are my top 5 Rolling Stones songs.

**Dancing required**

1. Sympathy For The Devil

Absolute favorite song of all times. I, for whatever reason, love a devil theme in a story. Whether it’s a Faustian narrative or Paradise Lost, give me Lucifer in a piece of art any day.

Breakout lyrics for me include:

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game


2. Paint It The Black

Isn’t it obvious why I love this song? An entire song dedicated to ruining color and painting things black? Aka, my memoir.

Breakout lyrics for me include:

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes


I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black
Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facin’ up, when your whole world is black

3. Fool To Cry

This song is one of their slower, wallowing songs. And while it is of a sadder nature, it hits the spot every time.

Breakout lyrics for me include:

When I come home baby
And I’ve been working all night long
I put my daughter on my knee, and she say
“Daddy what’s wrong?”
I put my head on her shoulder
She whispers in my ear so sweet
You know what she says?
“Daddy you’re a fool to cry
You’re a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why.”


4. Gimme Shelter

The opening of Gimme Shelter is like being in a dangerous seventies movie in a tight mini dress seducing the world. Am I right? A song that encapsulates the alluring rock n’ roll days. Yet, it’s lyrics and subject matter is as haunting as can be – talking about war, rape, and the looming shadows of society. How can something be so dangerous and sexy at the same time?

Breakout lyrics for me include:

Yeah, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Lord, I’m gonna fade away


5.  You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Alas, a song so good it could be gospel. I remember as a child my father putting this song on at the end of a party at the house – everyone around me, a few tequilas deep – and we all got still and swayed together singing as if every word of this song was written by the Gods.

Breakout lyrics for me include:

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need



Scout is the curator and Editor-in-Chief of REVUE by scout. When not fostering REVUE, you can catch Scout reading, writing, out for lunch with friends, or cuddling on the couch with her fiancé and puppy Lola. Scout comes from both the digital and print publishing worlds with experience that ranges from operational to creative. Experience her aesthetic world with REVUE.

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