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It’s time for another totally brilliant list from the genius mind of East Side Dave!!   Yeeeeehhhaaaaw!!

While listening to the Rolling Stones‘ “Gimme Shelter” today on the Morning Rat Race, the following question was asked: “Is this the most ICONIC Stones song in their catalogue?” (and we’re defining “iconic” as really, really famous.   Hits, baby…radio hits.   BIG SONGS that we all know).

My reply to that question…it’s definitely in the Top 5!!   Hence, I’m making a list!!   And it’s gonna ROCK with great clips!!   Behold!!   It’s East Side Dave’s Top 5 ICONIC Rolling Stones Songs!!   And it starts…RIGHT NOW!!!

5.) Paint It Black (1966)

“Paint It Black” features the Stones getting a little experimental with the sitar…while still producing a rock and roll classic.  Used countless times on TV and in the movies (like Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket), this tune is transcendent and awesome.



4.) Gimme Shelter (1969)

The opening track to the Stones’ Let It Bleed, “Gimme Shelter” sets the tone for a truly remarkable album…was used prominently in Martin Scorcese’s The Departed…and became one of the major highlights in any Stones set.



3.) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (1969)

Another tune from Let It Bleed, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is a sprawling, legendary hit and featured in multiple movies, including 1983’s The Big Chill.   Some say that this was the Stones answering the Beatles‘ “Hey Jude”…but regardless…the song is EPIC.



2.) Satisfaction (1965)

The oldest song on the list, “Satisfaction” is also the track that gave the Stones their very first Number One hit in America.   In the Stones’ birth country of England the song never charted…it was banned from playing on radio due to the “suggestive” lyrics.   Featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and more…”Satisfaction” is 100% legendary.



1.) Sympathy For The Devil (1968)

Whether covered by Guns N’ Roses for Interview With A Vampire or “Weird” Al Yankovic for “The Hot Rocks Polka,” this legendary track has stood the test of time and is truly ICONIC.



…And since we probably won’t get another chance to play this for ya (why would we?)…ladies and gentlemen…behold…it’s “Weird” Al’s “The Hot Rocks Polka!”




"East Side" Dave McDonald. Co-Host Of The Morning Rat Race (6 to 10 AM). Digital Content Coordinator & Producer.