At first glance, and at risk of pot calling kettle black: why? What’s the point? Offering neither a reference work nor a mathematical certainty, the author (he’s done the same for Dylan and Springsteen) decides on the paradigm, the reader tuts in disbelief.
If that’s too mean-spirited, then take the concept for what it is: a parlour game with no winners. Beviglia backs up his opinions, though insight is not an issue, and if he’s intending to encourage debate it can only be a mild one.
Wild Horses (23) sounds like Gram Parsons. Get Off Of My Cloud (22) is a metaphor for the band’s pressure cooker lives. Let It Bleed (76). Laugh I Nearly Died (40). Satisfaction? (11). Not so much.
Spoiler alert: least fine is (One Hit) To The Body. And the winner is… Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Nah. Sway (not in) maybe. Or Moonlight Mile (6).