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No. 6: ‘Street Fighting Man’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs

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One of the most visceral and dynamic records the Rolling Stones ever made, ‘Street Fighting Man’ kicked the summer of ’68 into gear with a driving Keith Richards acoustic guitar track salvaged from an early demo version of the song.

Originally titled ‘Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?,’ the song has a grit and simplicity that is contrasted by Brian Jones’s subtle, yet effective, sitar. An insistent rhythm and smooth-as-fire bass line propel this to the skies. With a bite of sarcasm, Jagger sings ‘Summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street’ as a take on the Martha & The Vandellas hit ‘Dancing In The Street.’ The controversial single art was banned and is one of the most sought after Stones items.

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Watch the Rolling Stones Perform ‘Street Fighting Man’

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