The Rolling Stones lost a lot of their youthful frivolity as their career progressed. Look no further than 1969's 'Let It Bleed' and one of its most notable songs, 'Gimme Shelter.'

“That's a kind of end-of-the-world song, really,” Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone in 1995. “It's apocalypse; the whole record's like that.”

Keith Richards' coiled rhythm guitar and almost feral wordless vocals start the song -- an uneasy atmosphere replicated later on by powerful guest vocalist Merry Clayton, who belts out bluesy vocal countermelodies alongside Jagger.

You Think You Know The Rolling Stones?

More From Ultimate Classic Rock