The tours were the highest grossing tours of all time. You would think some of this live mojo, would rub off on them in the studio, you would of course, be wrong.
Up next was 1997's "Bridges To Babylon" followed by 2005's "A Bigger Bang", amazing tours horrible albums. So I got to thinking, yeah there are some OK songs here and there, even a few good ones, but are there 5 great ones. In the last 30 years have The Rolling Stones been able to muster up 5 great songs. I dug deep, I listened to all those shitastic albums and even the four new songs from The 40 Licks compilation in search of greatness. Let me tell you, it was not easy, it was actually pretty f'n hard, which proves my initial point.
You Got Me Rocking-Voodoo Lounge
The Worst-Voodoo Lounge
A super simple and short song. This acoustic country twang complete with fiddle, steel peddle and dobro is only 2:22. However when Mick and Keith harmonize together on the chorus it's pure joy and you see a glimpse of the old magic and you think, why can't there be more songs like this.
This Place Is Empty-A Bigger Bang
Again Keith takes the acoustic route, but adds the piano for some flavor, however it's Mick who adds the juice, with his slide guitar playing and harmonies on the chorus that give you goose bumps.
Thru and Thru-Voodoo Lounge
This song is strictly a Keith jam, a slow simmering pulse pounder. Once Charlie and the background singers kick it into gear, it takes this nasty groove to another level that only Keith can take you to.
She Was Hot-Undercover
This may be the last great Stones song ever. It could easily fit on Tattoo You, Emotional Rescue or even Some Girls. It sounds like a Stones song, although the other songs on this list I think are great, they really don't have that genuine Stones sound. When you hear She Was Hot, you realize this is The Stones that I loved and it actually makes you sad, that everything after this song is almost all garbage.