Although The Stones are frequently referred to as a typical rock ‘n’ roll band, they experimented with a variety of musical styles, including blues, country, psychedelia, and disco. Some of these experiments have been successful, while others have been less clear-cut. Our list of the ten wackiest Rolling Stones songs includes the most notable ones.
Hit songs lasted three minutes or less through the middle of the 1960s. Anything farther than that was typically regarded as being unsuitable for Top 40 radio. Even when choosing recordings for albums, shorter, more marketable songs were frequently chosen over longer ones. As the decade went on, some musicians started to challenge this notion by creating songs that lasted 10 minutes or longer.
Something Happened to Me Yesterday
After a surprising trumpet intro, “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” launches into a delicate groove reminiscent of Music Hall. A short while later, the trumpet makes another appearance with the trombone and tuba, all of which are ostensibly played off Brian Jones. Although Jagger steps in for a few lines, Keith Richards sings the song’s lead vocals, making this the first Stones song to do so.
Sing This All Together
There have been a number of catastrophic modifications in recorded music’s history. Undoubtedly one of them is The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which highlighted experimental music and prominent psychedelic illustrations. The Rolling Stones attempted their own, like many other musical acts at the time.
Cherry Oh Baby
The Rolling Stones released a few reggae-influenced songs throughout their career, but “Cherry Oh Baby,” a cover of an Eric Donaldson tune from 1971, is probably the oddest. Reggae was a major influence on The Stones in the middle of the 1970s, as can be heard in several songs from the 1976 album Black and blue.
Might as well get juiced
Fair enough, a lot happened in the Stones’ attempt to stay relevant in the rapidly evolving music industry with Bridges to Babylon in 1997. Rarely did Jagger and Richards work in the same studio at the same time while the album was being produced.
“Continental Drift” manages to stand out thanks to its noticeable Middle Eastern taste. The Master Musicians of Joujouka, a Moroccan ensemble that the Rolling Stones traveled to Tangier to record with, are featured on the song.
2000 light years from home
The Rolling Stones didn’t necessarily plan for Your Satanic Majesty’s suggestion to remain as it was, as Richards stated in 1971. It just happened that way, he said, adding that it wasn’t intended to be so ambitious. One of the few songs from the album that worked on stage was “2000 Light Years From Home,” despite its psychedelic undertones.
I Just Want to See His Face
The legendary album was recorded in a temporary home studio in France, so much of that mood felt natural. Like the majority of Exile on Main St., “I Just Want to See His Face” has a general air of obscurity.
Too Much Blood
For a tune about a violent killing that ultimately turned cannibalistic, “Too Much Blood” is surprisingly upbeat. “Cut off her head / Put the rest of her body in the fridge, ate her piece by piece / Put her in the fridge, put her in the freezer,” Jagger sings.
Far Away Eyes
Despite being English, the Rolling Stones’ renditions of American blues and R&B are among the finest ever. They also occasionally experimented with country music, as heard in “Far Away Eyes,” in which Jagger recalls touring the United States while feigning a Southern accent.