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No. 46: ‘Rocks Off’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

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A staccato guitar riff, a snare shot and a lascivious “Oh, yeahhhhh.” Thus begins ‘Rocks Off,’ which kicks off the Rolling Stones‘ 1972 masterpiece, ‘Exile on Main Street,’ the greatest ode to sex, drugs and rock n’ roll ever committed to tape.

Thrilling, chilling and occasionally incoherent, ‘Rocks Off’ doesn’t so much tell a story as create a vibe that sets the tone for the rest of ‘Exile.’ Mick Jagger leers his way through raunchy electric guitars, horns and Keith Richards singing backup in a key only he knows. Nearly everything cool Aerosmith have ever done can be traced back to this one song. And if there’s any song that comes out of a bridge better than Mick and Keith shouting, “The sunshine bores the daylights out of me,” we haven’t heard it.

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