Tucked away on the sprawling yet undeniably amazing 1972 album 'Exile On Main Street' is 'Sweet Virginia", a Rolling Stones track that owed more to country-rock than any other style of music.

Some believe that the Stones, despite all their previous accomplishments, truly started to come into their own with their exploration of country -- and no track perhaps better illustrates that idea than 'Sweet Virginia'.

There is an overall looseness to the song that threatens to completely unravel at any given time. But with the addition of of horns and some infectious gang vocals,  the songs ranks as not only one of 'Exile''s finest moments, but one of the Stones' overall best.

 

Listen to the Rolling Stones Perform 'Sweet Virginia'