15. Voodoo Lounge (1994)

Voodoo Lounge has the motivated feel of a comeback album. Jagger's harmonica playing on "Love is Strong" is as powerful as it was years earlier on "Midnight Rambler," and the band is totally on fire on "I Go Wild."

Listen: "Love is Strong"

 

14. Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)

Contrary to popular belief, no, this wasn't supposed to be the Stones' answer to Sgt. Pepper, but yes, it is psychedelic. Weirdly, its best (and freakiest, compliments of Jones' Mellotron) track, "2000 Light Years From Home," wasn't going to be included on the album. On "2000 Man," Jagger does a grand job of predicting what kind of problems a married man might face thirty years in the future.

Listen: "2000 Light Years From Home"

 

13. Out Of Our Heads (1965)

Seven of the twelve tunes on here are originals, with three of them, ("Satisfaction," "The Last Time," and "Play with Fire") among the best the Stones ever recorded. "Satisfaction" is of course the song that defined the early Stones, thanks to Richards' fantastic guitar riff and Jagger's immensely frustrated vocals.

Listen: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

 

12. The Rolling Stones, Now!  (1965)
 
Another excellent early album, this one's two best are "Heart of Stone," and the cover of "Little Red Rooster," with Brian Jones' slinky slide guitar. The best thing about The Rolling Stones, Now! is the guitar interplay between Jones and Richards: the pair of them originated that style of rock n' roll weaving, and no one else has come close to matching it since. But they'd still be nothing without Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, a rhythm section second to none.

Listen: "Little Red Rooster"

 

11. Aftermath (1966)

If there was one Stones album that the gone-too-early Brian Jones shined the brightest on, it's Aftermath. Jones plays at least twelve different instruments on this LP, including the sitar and tambura on the proto-metal "Paint It Black." But most of the other songs are on the mellow side, and showcase Jones' skill on the dulcimer (on "Lady Jane") and marimba ("Under My Thumb"). 

Listen: "Paint It Black"

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