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No. 66: ‘Play with Fire’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

Decca Records

One of the Rolling Stones‘ earliest and most haunting ballads, ‘Play With Fire’ delivers a slightly ominous mood with minimal instrumentation. Mick Jagger‘s intriguing lyric paints the mood even darker. Originally popping up as the flip side of ‘The Last Time,’ ‘Play With Fire’ is a headliner in it’s own right.

Acoustic guitar, tambourine and harpsichord serve as the instrumentation, and it is the sparseness that makes it work perfectly. The songwriting credit goes to Nanker Phelge, an inside joke of sorts, the band would frequently use this name as the author of a song when all members contributed to its creation.  

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