43. "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones
I've never been a huge Rolling Stones fan. In fact, whenever I see lists that try to tell me that "Satisfaction" or "Brown Sugar" are two of the best rock songs ever written, I generally go into an hour long rant about why I disagree... but I can't deny how much I love the song "Paint It Black." And I do realize how stupid it is that a kid who likes The Crow and Nine Inch Nails and the whole industrial scene had to pick a song called "Paint It Black" of all the songs they released, but I actually love this song. I think, more so than many of The Stones songs that are just as or more recognized, it has a feel, a palpable silky primal darkness, that compares to no other song before or since. I can appreciate The Stones, and they do have a lot of good songs ("Sympathy for the Devil" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" are also tracks I love). "Paint It Black" is the one song by them that stands above what I dislike about the band, and remains a song that I don't have to completely like the band to like listening to.