44: The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
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The Top 1,000 Songs Of All Time - 100 to 1
57. 44: The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
"Oh, a storm is threat'ning / My very life today / If I don't get some shelter /Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away". This brooding, apocalyptic salvo was unheard of in 1960s songwriting. Keith Richards had been toying with the riff while Mick Jagger was acting in the film Performance.