10. “Salt Of The Earth”
The closing song off Beggars Banquet is, on its surface, a pledge of goodwill to the faceless millions who don’t usually receive tribute from rock bands. Yet Jagger is honest about his own inability to relate to those folks: “They don’t look real to me/In fact, they look so strange.” Nicky Hopkins’ piano and the Los Angeles Watts Gospel Choir provide the uplift at song’s end. Jagger and Richards memorably performed the song at the Concert for New York in the aftermath of 9/11.
Previously: “Midnight Rambler”