220px-LetitbleedRS#1 – The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter” – (1969)

Here it is, the best song of 1969 – and one of the greatest rock recordings of all time. The guitar riff is incredible but what really puts this song over the top is Merry Clayton, the female voice you hear belting – and we mean belting out those lyrics. The last part she sings she is practically screaming (you can even hear Mick go “Whoo!” in the background after her voice cracks). It’ll give you chills. Merry was recruited in the middle of the night to come in and record her part. The legend is that it was so strenuous that Merry, pregnant while recording, suffered a miscarriage upon returning home. It’s an amazing piece of work with excellent performances from everyone involved.