Gimme Shelter

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"Gimme Shelter" is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones. Written by Jagger-Richards, it is the opening track of the band's 1969 album Let It Bleed.[5][6] The song covers the brutal realities of war, including murder, rape and fear.[7][6] It features prominent guest vocals by American singer Merry Clayton.

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"Gimme Shelter"
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the album Let It Bleed
Released5 December 1969 (1969-12-05)[1][2][3]
Recorded23 February, 2 November 1969
Genre
Length4:37
Label
Songwriter(s)Jagger-Richards
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
Audio sample
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American author, music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus, writing for Rolling Stone magazine at the time of its release, praised the song, stating that the band has "never done anything better".[3] "Gimme Shelter" has placed in various positions on many "best of" and "greatest" lists including that of Rolling Stone magazine.[8] In 2021 "Gimme Shelter" was ranked at number 13 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[9]

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