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No. 7: ‘Brown Sugar’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

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‘Brown Sugar’ is quite possibly the quintessential Rolling Stones song of the ’70s. Kicking off the band’s 1971 masterpiece ‘Sticky Fingers,’ the track has all the elements that make a great Stones record: A perfect as can be guitar riff, smart and sassy Jagger lyrics and vocals, and a train-driving rhythm.

The song was actually recorded in 1969, though it would not be released for two years after that. Was it about a woman or a drug? You decide. The guitars of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor perfectly compliment each other here, and Bobby Keys’ sax solo is a perfect icing on the cake. That rock solid groove never lets up for all its three and a half minutes of glory. This No. 1 hit was the blueprint for many future Stones tracks.

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Watch the Rolling Stones Perform ‘Brown Sugar’

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