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Rolling Stones top 50: Music satisfaction

Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards perform

Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards perform on the opening night of the European leg of The Rolling Stones' Forty Licks tour at Olympiahalle Spiridon in Munich, Germany, on June 4, 2003. Credit: Getty Images

For the past 50 years, the Rolling Stones have been labeled as the bad boys of rock and roll. Their look, sound and behavior defined rebellion while giving birth to five decades of hits. (HIts the band will be playing Saturday at its Barclays Center show.)

After much heated debate, exploreLI's entertainment staff has compiled our definitive top 50 Stones songs penned by the Glimmer Twins -- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. (We also threw in their top five cover songs for good measure.)

Top 50 Stones Songs

1. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1968) Gardener "Jumpin' " Jack Dyer awoke Jagger while staying at Richards' country home. He added the "Flash" and was good to go.

2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965) Richards recorded the riff in the middle of the night on a tape recorder next to his bed. When he woke, he had a classic.

3. Sympathy for the Devil (1968) A Jagger folk tune about the devil that Richards turned into a haunting samba.

4. Gimme Shelter (1969) Gospel singer Merry Clayton, who also sang on "Sweet Home Alabama," brought some soul to this track.

5. Brown Sugar (1971) It made its debut on Dec. 6, 1969, at the Altamont concert, but wasn't released until two years later.

6. Honky Tonk Women (1969) Guitarist Mick Taylor's first recording as a Rolling Stone.

7. Start Me Up (1981) A leftover '70s track that was originally a reggae song.

8. Tumbling Dice (1972) First titled "Good Time Woman," this song took countless takes as Jagger and Richards fought over the tempo.

9. Street Fighting Man (1968) A politically charged statement about student riots in Paris and London as well as Vietnam protests in the U.S.

10. You Can't Always Get What You Want (1969) Impressed by the Beatles' "Hey Jude," the Stones enlisted the London Bach Choir for their own sing-along anthem.

11. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It) (1974)

12. Wild Horses (1971)

13. Under My Thumb (1966)

14. Midnight Rambler (1969)

15. Ruby Tuesday (1967)

16. Rocks Off (1972)

17. Get Off of My Cloud (1965)

18. Paint It Black (1966)

19. Miss You (1978)

20. Let's Spend the Night Together (1967)

21. Sweet Virginia (1972)

22. Live With Me (1969)

23. Salt of the Earth (1968)

24. Loving Cup (1972)

25. 19th Nervous Breakdown (1966)

26. Bitch (1971)

27. Angie (1973)

28. Can't You Hear Me Knocking (1971)

29. Monkey Man (1969)

30. Happy (1972)

31. All Down the Line (1972)

32. Memory Motel (1976)

33. Shattered (1978)

34. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (1966)

35. She's So Cold (1980)

36. Respectable (1978)

37. Beast of Burden (1978)

38. Emotional Rescue (1980)

39. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (1973)

40. You Got the Silver (1969)

41. Play With Fire (1965)

42. Waiting on a Friend (1981)

43. Let It Bleed (1969)

44. Dead Flowers (1971)

45. She's a Rainbow (1967)

46. Love Is Strong (1994)

47. Undercover (of the Night) (1983)

48. Doom and Gloom (2012)

49. Rough Justice (2005)

50. Mixed Emotions (1989)


Top Five Stones Cover Songs

1. Like a Rolling Stone (1995, by Bob Dylan)

2. Time Is on My Side (1964, by Irma Thomas)

3. Not Fade Away (1964, by Buddy Holly)

4. It's All Over Now (1964, by Bobby and Shirley Womack for The Valentinos)

5. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) (1978, by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for The Temptations)


IF YOU GO Rolling Stones

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday; Barclays Center, Brooklyn

INFO tickets start at $99.50;

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