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The Rolling Stones show no signs of stopping. The group’s latest album reached #1 around the world. Mick Jagger just became a father again- at the age of 73!
This countdown looks back on highlights from the band’s recorded output, spanning the years 1964 to the present day.
HONKY TONK WOMEN
The rock and hit version of "Honky Tonk Women" was issued as a single and not included on any of the Stones' studio albums. In 1969, the disc topped the charts in America, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. It remains one of the group's best known songs.
With disco being the dominant sound in pop music at the time, the band adapted the popular genre to suit its funk/ rock approach on the 1978 hit "Miss You". The group pulled this off without compromising its brand. Lifted off 'Some Girls', the track topped the American Hot 100 and reached #6 on the Disco Chart. The single also reached #1 in Canada. In Britain, it peaked at #3.
"Brown Sugar" was the lead single from the album 'Sticky Fingers'. In 1971, the song reached #1 in America, parts of Europe and in Canada. On the UK chart, the single peaked at #2. It has been a Stones staple ever since.
The Rolling Stones has served a healthy dose of rock classics to an eager fan base over many decades. Interspersed among these staples are some noteworthy diversions from the group's trademark sound. "Gimme Shelter" is a fine example of the band's adventurous approach to creating music. This is a far cry from anything else the Stones had recorded before. The track has elements of rock, blues, soul, psychedelia and gospel. It is driven by menacing guitar work and made memorable by Merry Clayton's guest vocal. The track was featured on the 1969 'Let It Bleed' album. It was also the title of a documentary film dealing with the Stones. A live version of the song is featured in the movie.
JUMPIN' JACK FLASH
From its opening guitar riff, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is easily recognisable. This is another of the group's perennial favourites. Unleashed in 1968, it flew to #1 in Britain and New Zealand. The single made the Top 10 in the U.S.A., Europe, Canada and Australia.
Easily the most beautiful of all Stones songs, "Angie" is another track that defies any critics of the group. Each member of the band adds a special touch to this tender ballad. The single was issued in 1973, a week prior to the release of its parent album 'Goats Head Soup'. "Angie" topped the charts in the U.S., parts of Europe, Canada and Australia. It climbed to #5 in the U.K.
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
'Let It Bleed' is a favourite of fans and critics alike. That 1969 album boasts 2 of the songs featured in this Top 10. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" remains a unique recording to this day. It was the B-side on the "Honky Tonk Women" single. The Rolling Stones seamlessly fused gospel into its rock sound.
PAINT IT, BLACK
Again, Brian Jones on sitar drives the remarkable song "Paint It, Black". This was another high benchmark reached by the Rolling Stones. In 1966, the single stood out from the usual pop fare. Its theme was a brave gamble, but the group was rewarded with a global hit. The single made the top in Britain, America and Australia.
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
You don't last as long as The Rolling Stones without an impressive catalogue. "Sympathy For The Devil" is a standout that any group would envy. Lyrically, it is thrilling. The congas, piano and guitar mesh to create a simultaneously tantalizing and ominous feel. The background vocals add an extra dimension. Only the Stones could have pulled off a track like this. It was included on the 1968 LP 'Beggars Banquet'.
(I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were already sharpening their songwriting craft before the release of "Satisfaction". In 1965, the single launched the group to a whole new level. It was embraced by the public around the world and topped the charts in Britain, America, Europe and Australia. The snappy song was instantly relateable for the 60s generation and immediately adopted as a rock anthem. It has lost none of its energy since.