I haven’t ranked a Rolling Stones album yet on my blog – this was actually a request from a reader, so thanks for the submission!
There are some fantastic songs on this record, but how would I rank them all?
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9 – Country Honk
A really odd inclusion on the album, “Country Honk” is just a worse version of “Honky Tonk Women”.
Considering I don’t like country songs to begin with, this was always going to be my least favourite.
8 – Midnight Rambler
I don’t know what that noise is that plays in my left ear, but it almost ruins the song for me.
“Midnight Rambler” is decent enough, albeit a little long, but that panning in both ears lets it down.
7 – Love In Vain
A nice little bluesy number, “Love In Vain” is a decent addition to the tracklist.
6 – You Got The Silver
With Keith Richards on vocals, “You Got The Silver” is different enough to the other songs to make it stand out.
The guitar work is solid, and the aforementioned vocal performance is surprisingly good.
5 – Let It Bleed
The title track is a good one – I especially like the honky tonk piano work, and I think it compliments the vocals and guitar really well.
4 – Live With Me
More energetic than a lot of the other tracks, it’s the thumping bassline in “Live With Me” that draws me in.
It sounds a lot like a Rolling Stones classic, but I guess it just lacks that edge to take it to the upper tiers.
3 – Monkey Man
“Monkey Man” was a song that I hadn’t heard before my listen of “Let It Bleed”, and it surprised me greatly.
There are some amazing layers of instruments going on, and Jagger’s vocal performance is full of zest and energy.
2 – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Ending the album with a bang, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is the perfect example of a show-stopping, brilliantly produced end track to blow people’s socks off.
I really love the guitar work and backing vocals, and Mick Jagger’s lyrics are some of his most anthemic.
1 – Gimme Shelter
From the end song to the opening number, “Gimme Shelter” is one of the greatest opening tracks of all time – both ends of “Let It Bleed” are phenomenal.
A war protest song that packs more than a punch, Mick Jagger’s lyrics are possibly my favourite he’s ever done – and the vocals in the chorus never fail to send chills down my spine. One of my favourite songs ever.
Aaaand that’s my list! Once again, I’d like to thank the person that suggested a Rolling Stones album – there are a few great songs on here that I would’ve never heard otherwise!
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