THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a salute to the greatest songs of all time, one song per artist. Want more? Go to the G.O.A.T. Page for all the GOATs so far!
Today, I’m starting a long tribute to my favorite rock and roll band of all time: The Rolling Stones. And it’s gonna take a while.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting my 40 favorite Rolling Stones songs, complete with covers, all under the tag “Rolling Stones GOATs.” If you hit that tag, at the bottom of each post, you’ll be able to see all my picks.
I figured this was a neat way to celebrate January!
But today, I’m starting not with a song but with my favorite Stones album of all time.…
THE GREATEST ROLLING STONES ALBUM OF ALL TIME: Exile on Main St (1972)
It’s Sophie’s choice. I couldn’t pick a single song off this album and throw another off the list. Therefore, before I start my list of the best 40 Stones songs, I’m paying tribute to every single song on Exile on Main Street.
This is the greatest double-album in rock history, the best Rolling Stones album, and probably my favorite all-around record ever. Entire books have been written about it. There are lots of strong contenders: Beggar’s Banquet, for example, or Let It Bleed. But no other Stones album demands to be listened to straight through like this one, and there’s more creativity in these 18 songs than most bands have in their entire lifetimes.
And just so it’s part of my “list” theme, here’s the other best RS albums—just to round out a “top 10” list. It doesn’t include hits collections, but between over 25 albums of original material and over a dozen live albums, there’s lots to choose from for a top 10…
THE TOP 10 ROLLING STONES ALBUMS
10. Steel Wheels (1998)
8. Goat’s Head Soup (1973)
7. Tattoo You (1981)
6. Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out (1970) (live album)
5. Some Girls (1978)
4. Sticky Fingers (1971)
3. Beggar’s Banquet (1968)
2. Let It Bleed (1969)
Let’s do a track-by-track tribute, complete with covers, shall we?
Hit the break!