10. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
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91. 10. 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. The track was never released as a single, but opened the Stones' legendary Let It Bleed album from 1969.