In a recent interview, Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger has claimed that its logo which is a red lip and tongue sticking out has been inspired by the Hindu Goddess Kali. When asked if the Rolling Stones’ logo was inspired by Goddess Kali, Jagger said, “My brother was an early traveler to India. He would give me some books to read. In 1969, I was looking for an image that would be an eye-grabbing thing, and I saw this image of a disembodies tongue of Kali. I thought it would be an inspiration. Then designer John Pasche created this modernistic version of the tongue logo.
The Rolling Stones, often hailed as “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” have left an indelible mark on the music landscape over their illustrious career spanning more than five decades. With a sound that seamlessly blends blues, rock, and a touch of rebellion, the Stones have created an extensive catalog of iconic songs that have become the soundtrack to countless lives. Here, we dive into the timeless melodies and infectious rhythms that define the top 10 Rolling Stones songs.
1. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
A global anthem of discontent, this song’s iconic riff by Keith Richards is instantly recognizable. With its rebellious lyrics and Mick Jagger’s swaggering delivery, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” remains a quintessential Stones classic.
2. “Paint It, Black” (1966)
This haunting and evocative track showcases the Stones’ versatility. Brian Jones’s sitar-infused riff, combined with Jagger’s introspective lyrics, creates a mesmerizing sonic experience that lingers in the listener’s mind.
3. “Angie” (1973)
A departure from their more raucous hits, “Angie” is a soulful ballad that showcases the band’s softer side. Jagger’s heartfelt vocals and the melodic guitar work make it an enduring favorite.
4. “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)
An epic journey through time and history, this song features Jagger embodying various historical figures. The hypnotic rhythm, the Latin-inspired percussion, and Jagger’s devilish lyrics contribute to its status as a masterpiece.
5. “Gimme Shelter” (1969)
Known for its powerful vocals by Merry Clayton and the ominous guitar riff, “Gimme Shelter” captures the turbulent spirit of the late 1960s. It remains a chilling commentary on the social and political upheaval of the era.
6. “Brown Sugar” (1971)
A blend of rock, blues, and country, “Brown Sugar” is a controversial yet undeniably catchy song. With its memorable guitar riff and Jagger’s provocative lyrics, it remains a staple in the Stones’ repertoire.
7. “Start Me Up” (1981)
From their ’80s era, “Start Me Up” is a high-energy anthem that has become synonymous with the band’s live performances. The infectious guitar riff and Jagger’s electrifying vocals make it a fan favorite.
8. “Wild Horses” (1971
A poignant ballad co-written by Jagger and Richards, “Wild Horses” is a showcase of the band’s emotional depth. The gentle acoustic arrangement and heartfelt lyrics make it one of their most enduring and intimate songs.
9. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968)
A raw and energetic track, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is a rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut. With its gritty guitar riff and Jagger’s dynamic vocals, it exemplifies the Stones’ ability to deliver pure, unbridled rock.
10. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
Closing our list is this sprawling epic that encapsulates the spirit of the ’60s. With its choir-backed choruses, intricate arrangements, and Jagger’s philosophical lyrics, it stands as a testament to the band’s musical and lyrical prowess.
The Rolling Stones’ extensive discography is a treasure trove of musical gems, and this list merely scratches the surface of their influential career. As they continue to rock stages worldwide, these timeless songs ensure that the Rolling Stones’ legacy endures, reminding us that their music is, indeed, forever.