Song of the Day #3,607: ‘Bitch’ – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers is album three in one of the greatest four-album runs in music history.

It starts with 1968’s Beggar’s Banquet, then 1969’s Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers in 1971, and finally Exile On Main St. in 1972. Five years, four stone-cold classic albums featuring some of the most indelible rock music ever recorded.

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Song of the Day #3,281: ‘Lucinda’ – Randy Newman vs. The Rolling Stones

Here’s a nice meaty Round Two Montauk Madness matchup, pitting one of the greatest singer-songwriters against one of the greatest rock bands.

Randy Newman got here by defeating Adele with 90% of the vote in Round One, while The Stones took out Toad the Wet Sprocket in a unanimous vote. Pretty easy pickings for both of them.

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Song of the Day #3,248: ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ – The Rolling Stones vs. Toad the Wet Sprocket

Here’s another Montauk Madness Round One matchup pitting a legend against a mere mortal.

Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my favorite 90s bands and I have outsized affection for them due to the role they played in the early years of my relationship with my wife. But it takes more than that to topple The Rolling Stones, inarguably one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

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Song of the Day #2,950: ‘She’s So Cold’ – The Rolling Stones

rolling_stones_emotiional_rescueThe Rolling Stones essential period lasted from the mid 60s to the early 70s, when they ran off more than a dozen albums that are sexy, cerebral and alive. They faded after that, as all great music acts do, and have churned out solid if unspectacular work ever since.

But for a brief period in the late 70s and early 80s, they had a bit of a resurgence. 1978’s Some Girls and 1981’s Tattoo You are the standouts, but nestled between them, 1980’s Emotional Rescue is a serviceable collection of odds and ends.

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Song of the Day #2,649: ‘Paint It Black’ – The Rolling Stones

aftermathHere’s a song that’s nearly 50 years old but doesn’t sound a day over 25.

1966’s ‘Paint It Black’ was The Rolling Stones’ third #1 single in the U.S. (following ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ and ‘Get Off of My Cloud). They would release five more over the next 12 years and never again reach the top of the charts (barring a surprise new release by the octogenarians).

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Song of the Day #2,522: ‘Think’ – The Rolling Stones

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Here’s another of those rare cases where an important milestone falls on a Random Weekend, allowing the fates to offer up either a fitting tribute or an ironic commentary on the event.

The occasion today is my oldest daughter’s 13th birthday. So, Random iTunes Fairy, what song will you deliver to mark the passing of my first born into her teenage years? Surprise us!

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Song of the Day #2,520: ‘Tumbling Dice’ – The Rolling Stones

exileonmainstreetAccording to a scientific poll of one (me), the second best album of 1972 is The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street.

This classic album sits atop many critics’ lists of the best albums of not just that year but all of the 70s. It’s The Stones’ undisputed masterpiece, a drunken lost weekend of rock-n-roll perfection.

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