1,001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: Small Faces – “Tin Soldier”

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Year: 1967

Album: N/A

This Mod-Soul anthem, with some of rock n roll’s finest swirling keyboard playing (R.I.P. Ian McLagan), was actually intended for soul singer P.P. Arnold to perform, but Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane loved it so much that they kept the song for themselves and had Arnold sing backup. In a 1997 Mojo readers’ poll, the song was voted as one of the top ten best singles of all time, ahead of any songs by The Rolling Stones or The Who.

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