The Rolling Stones write some damn fine ballads too, and it's about time we feature one.
"Wild Horses" was recorded in December 1969 in Muscle Shoals Alabama and released on the Sticky Fingers LP in 1971. Memphis legend Jim Dickinson played piano on the song. Mick Taylor's country-flavored lead guitar is particularly effective.
It's one of The Stones' most enduring ballads. Here's an acoustic version done as a video in 1995:
The first release of the song was actually in 1970 when Keith granted his friend Gram Parsons the right to cover it on The Flying Burrito Brothers' LP Burrito Deluxe: