Gimme Shelter

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"Gimme Shelter"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Let It Bleed
Released5 December 1969
Recorded23 February 1969
2 November 1969
GenreHard rock
Length4:37
LabelDecca Records/ABKCO
Songwriter(s)Jagger/Richards
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller

"Gimme Shelter" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It is the first song featured on their 1969 album Let It Bleed. Merry Clayton provided vocals for the song along with Mick Jagger. The song was released in 5 December 1969.

During a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger said:

"Well, it's a very rough, very violent era. The Vietnam War. Violence on the screens, pillage and burning. And Vietnam was not war as we knew it in the conventional sense. The thing about Vietnam was that it wasn't like World War II, and it wasn't like Korea, and it wasn't like the Gulf War. It was a real nasty war, and people didn't like it. People objected, and people didn't want to fight it..." As for the song itself, he concluded, "That's a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It's apocalypse; the whole record's like that."[1]

In 2004, the song was ranked #38 on "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list by Rolling Stone.[2] It has also been ranked at #12 on "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s" list by Pitchfork Media.[3]

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  1. "Jagger Remembers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-3-10. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-3-10. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015-3-10. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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