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No. 18: ‘Before They Make Me Run’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

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It’s become commonplace in our culture for celebrities to come through a difficult period in their lives and tearfully confess about their past transgressions. But Keith Richards is no ordinary celebrity. ‘Before They Make Me Run,’ his standout number on the Rolling Stones‘ 1978 album ‘Some Girls,’ is not only unapologetic, but it’s practically celebratory.

Richards wrote ‘Before They Make Me Run’ in response to his 1977 arrest in Toronto for heroin possession. His open-tuned guitar riff echoes ‘Brown Sugar’ and Charlie Watts‘ snare cracks with authority. Richards delivers the second-best vocal performance of his career (right behind ‘Happy’), snarling and defiant, without a touch of regret.

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