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No. 57: ‘Not Fade Away’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

Although the blues, R&B and rock and roll are often cited as the impetus behind the Rolling Stones, the group’s taste for rockabilly shone through on this 1964 single.

When covering this Buddy Holly co-write, the Stones chose to inject a stronger Bo Diddley influence into their version of this song than their bespectacled hero did in his own version. With an infectious mix of harmonica and maracas (reportedly played by Phil Spector), ‘Not Fade Away,’ the third single of the Stone’s homeland career and their biggest hit to date, reached the No. 3 position on the U.K. charts. The track was frequently used to open shows on the band’s 1994-95 ‘Voodoo Lounge’ tour.

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Watch the Rolling Stones perform ‘Not Fade Away’

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