Our 10 Favorite Rolling Stones Songs Of The 1970s

1970's Rolling Stones Songs

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Our 10 Best 1970 Rolling Stones Songs list focuses obviously (based on the article’s title) on the music the Rolling Stones released during their 1970’s period. Many would argue, including ourselves, that the Rolling Stones 1970s period was the band’s most prolific songwriters. Of course, The Rolling Stones released great material during their 1960s period including some of the biggest hits of their career, however, the 1970s saw the release of Rolling Stones albums such as Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, and Some Girls. These are three of the best Rolling Stones albums ever released. The 1970s also included three other Rolling Stones classic albums such as It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, Goats Head Soup and Black and Blue

It would have been easy just to cover the big hit singles on this 10 Best 1970s Rolling Stones Songs list. Yet, some of the band’s greatest songs were never released as singles. Just about every song on every album is brilliant, so it’s no easy task only to choose ten. But that’s what makes this so much fun. We tried composing a balanced list between the mega-hit singles we could not leave off the list and the incredible album tracks we wanted to celebrate.

# 10 – It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)

We open up our 10 Best 1970s Rolling Stones songs with the legendary Rolling Stones song “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It).” The Rolling Stones were celebrating ten years of releasing great rock and roll albums when they released this classic song. The song appeared on the album of the same name It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll in 1974. We love this great video that the Rolling Stones did with it. The band looks like they are all having a great time, as usual, in this clip. It’s nice to see the Rolling Stones looking so young in a 1970s Rolling Stones video.

# 9 – Sweet Virginia

The song “Sweet Virginia” was released on the Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street. The album was released in 1972. Many critics and fans argue that Exile On Main Street is the best Rolling Stones album ever released. Originally issued as a two-record set, there were so many great songs to choose from the album for our 10 Best 1970 Rolling Stones songs list. You pretty much can’t go wrong with picking any one of them. Nonetheless, one of our favorites, and also a favorite of the Rolling Stones themselves, as they keep reissuing different versions of it, is the excellent song “Sweet Virginia.”

# 8 – Miss You

There was no way we were leaving this great Rolling Stones song off this list. Easily one of the best grooves the Rolling Stones have ever placed on vinyl. “Miss You” was a huge Rolling Stones hit. The song was released on their spectacular 1978 album Some Girls. One of our favorite Rolling Stones albums.

# 7 -Angie

The classic ballad “Angie” is number seven on our 10 Favorite Rolling Stones Songs Of The 1970s. It was released as the lead single from the Rolling Stones album Goats Head Soup. The song featured the legendary Nicky Hopkins on piano and hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

# 6 – Tumbling Dice

For an album as brilliant as Exile on Main Stits interesting that the Rolling Stones only released two singles from the album. I guess it’s because the 1970s were a different time for bands. Musical artists tended to release an album a year and some even two albums a year. So there was not a lot of time to release multiple singles from each record. By the time the first or second single started to fade, the band was ready to release the next album. We saw this with many artists like Elton John and Billy Joel in the 1970s.

# 5 – Wild Horses

For as many great rock and roll songs the Rolling Stones released throughout their legendary career, there were always a handful of ballads that stood up to their rockers just as well. The classic ballad “Wild Horses,” stands as one of their best. The song “Wild Horses,” was released on the album Sticky Fingers. The album and single were released in 1971.

# 4 – Brown Sugar

“Brown Sugar” stands as one of the biggest singles the Rolling Stones released in the 1970s. The song was released on the album Sticky Fingers. The song was initially written in 1969 but was not released on vinyl until it was issued as the first single from the Sticky Fingers album. The song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. It was the number one single in many other countries.

# 3 – Beast Of Burden

The great Rolling Stones album Some Girls contained so many fantastic new songs by the Stones. Released towards the end of the disco era while punk still simmered and new wave was on the horizon, Some Girls was a welcome surprise for Rolling Stones fans. The album presented fans with a collection of modern sounding grooves blended with that traditional Rolling Stones sound crossing multiple musical genres but never straying too far away. “Beast of Burden” defined all of that in its most wonderful beautiful Stones-like style.

# 2 – Memory Motel

The Rolling Stones album Black and Blue welcomed aboard the newest member of The Rolling Stones named Ron Wood. The album was defined in part by contributions by pianists Nicky Hopkins and Billy Preston. While the album utilized some elements of reggae in a few of the songs, it was not a reggae album; it was a great Rolling Stones album and probably one of their most underrated. “Memory Motel” was side one’s closing track. This was by far Rolling Stones fan’s favorite song when the album first came out. There is a sweet sincerity in the song that connects with everyone immediately.

# 1 – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking

While the average or casual Rolling Stones fan may be surprised at our choice for the number one song on our 10 Best 1970’s Rolling Stones songs list, we think the hardcore Rolling Stones fans would agree with us. The classic track “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” was a seven-minute recorded masterpiece by the Rolling Stones. This was The Rolling Stones at their best. As both musicians and songwriters coming together to celebrate their talents in an excellent and artistic jam on a well written song and performance for the ages. “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” was released on the album Sticky Fingers.

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1970s Rolling Stones Discography

Sticky Fingers

Released 1971

Sticky Fingers

Exile on Main St.

Released 1972

Exile on Main St.

Goats Head Soup

Released 1973

Goats Head Soup

It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll

Released 1974

It's Only Rock 'n Roll

Black and Blue

Released 1976

Black and Blue

Some Girls

Released 1978

Some Girls

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