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A Rod Stewart super-fan tells us their 7 favourite tracks

Rod Stewart will be headlining Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 11 June.

With Rod Stewart set to headline Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 11 June, joined by fellow bill toppers David Guetta and Arcade Fire across the weekend, we approached our resident Rod Stewart super-fan to find out what songs get them going.

With a 29 album back-catalogue, going back to his 1969 An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down debut, there’s plenty to choose from. His most recent album, Another Country, was released in 2015.

Here are the tracks selected by our super-fan. Let us know whether you agree, and what else you’d add, over on Twitter.


Maggie May
First appearing on Stewart’s 1971 release, Every Picture Tells A Story, Maggie May may be one of his most celebrated tracks. It was even ranked at No.131 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Semi-autobiographical, the song discusses a relationship between a young man and an older woman.


Sailing
Stewart’s most successful UK single, Sailing reached No.1 in September 1975. The track was originally recorded by The Sutherland Brothers, before being picked up for Rod’s debut album. According to the songwriters, the track is about is about freedom and enlightenment, and not crossing the Atlantic.


The First Cut Is The Deepest
Rod Stewart put his own spin on the Cat Stevens penned original with his 1977 single release, presented as a double A-side with I Don’t Want To Talk About It. The year before it was featured on his A Night on the Town album. The track has also been performed by the likes of P. P. Arnold and Keith Hampshire, and most recently by Sheryl Crow in 2003.


I Don’t Want To Talk About It
The other side of The First Cut Is The Deepest, I Don’t Want To Talk About It was first recorded by Crazy Horse, but is most notably recorded by Stewart. He re-recorded the song in 1989, and recorded it as a duet with Amy Belle for inclusion in his concert DVD.


Handbags & Gladrags
Originally appearing on An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, the track features then lead singer of Manfred Mann, Mike d’Abo, on piano. d’Abo also wrote the track two years prior. The song is one of liberation, telling a teenage girl that she does not need to be trendy to find happiness.


Every Picture Tells A Story
Written by Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, Every Picture Tells A Story is the title-track from Stewart’s 1971 album. Along with Maggie May, it’s considered some of the best work by the pairing. It celebrates various soundtrack appearances, including in Cameron Crowe’s brilliant Almost Famous.


Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
Taken from his 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy topped both the UK and US singles charts. Dance act N-Trance remixed the track in 1997, returning it to the UK Top 10. The original also celebrates a place on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the best songs of all time. And it’s a massive crowd pleaser.


Isle Of Wight Festival weekend and day tickets, along with the free ferry travel, are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.