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[[caption-width-right:328: The classic line-up of the Rolling Stones: From left to right: Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Music/KeithRichards and Brian Jones.]]

->''"I've decided to answer a few Frequently Asked Questions... Other than The Rolling Stones, what's my favourite group? Well, I guess I'm a real fan of The Free Credit Report Dot Com Band!"''
-->--'''Mick Jagger''', ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', May 20, 2012

'''The Rolling Stones''' are an British blues-rock band. The band formed in June 1962 in London when leader Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Music/KeithRichards, whose song-writing partnership later contributed to their taking the leadership role from Jones in the group. Bassist Bill Wyman joined in December 1962 and drummer Charlie Watts joined in January 1963, completing the first stable line-up. Ian Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued to work with the band as road manager and main pianist and keyboardist until his death in 1985.

The band's early recordings were mainly covers of American blues and R&B songs. After first achieving success in the UK, they became popular in the US during TheBritishInvasion of the early 1960s. Their 1965 single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and album ''Music/OutOfOurHeads'' established The Rolling Stones as a premier rock and roll act. Starting with their 1966 album ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'', the songs of Jagger and Richards, aided by the instrumental experimentation of Jones, expanded an always-present stylistic flexibility. Jones died in 1969 shortly after leaving the band and was replaced by Mick Taylor. Taylor recorded five studio albums with the band before quitting in 1974. Former Music/{{Faces}} guitarist Ronnie Wood stepped in, became an official member in February 1976 and has been with the band ever since. Wyman left the Rolling Stones in 1993; bassist Darryl Jones, who is not an official band member, has worked with the group since then.

The Rolling Stones have released 22 studio albums in the UK (24 in the US), 19 live albums and numerous compilations; and have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. ''Music/StickyFingers'' (1971) began a string of eight consecutive studio albums that charted at number one in the United States. In 1989 The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 they were ranked number 4 in ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Their image of unkempt and surly youth (originally cultivated in large part to contrast them with Music/TheBeatles) is one that many musicians still emulate.

For the [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Heinlein]] novel, see ''Literature/TheRollingStones''.

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!!Principal members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* '''''Mick Jagger''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion, tambourine, piano, keyboards, maracas, castanets, bass (1962-Present)
* '''Brian Jones''' - guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion, organ, keyboard, harpsichord, marimba, sitar, dulcimer, koto, vibraphone, recorder, saxophone, oscillator, mellotron, flute, brass, tamboura, trumpet, congas, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, bass, clarinet, xylophone, glockenspiel, harp, tabla (1962-1969, died 1969)
* William Perks (Bill Wyman) - bass, backing and lead vocals, guitar, organ pedals, double bass, piano, percussion, maracas, autoharp, vibes, synthesizer, marimba (1962-1993) [[note]]Served as a guest musician at shows in 2012[[/note]]
* '''''[[Music/KeithRichards Keith Richards]]''''' - guitar, backing and lead vocals, piano, organ, bass, double bass, bicycle spokes, tambourine (1962-Present)
* '''Ian Stewart''' - piano, keyboard, organ, percussion (1962-1963, died 1985) [[note]]Demoted to Road Manager and Studio and Touring Musician in 1963 until his death in 1985[[/note]]
* Mick Taylor - guitar, vocals, bass, synthesizer, congas (1969-1974) [[note]]Appeared on ''Tattoo You'' from tracks dating back to 1972 and made a guest appearance at one of their concerts in 1981. He has been a guest performer since 2012[[/note]]
* ''Charlie Watts'' - drums, percussion, tabla, cowbell, clave, tambourine (1963-Present)
* ''[[Music/{{Faces}} Ronnie Wood]]'' - guitar, vocals, bass, bass drum, drums, saxophone, dobro (1976-Present)

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!!Early Members/Fill-Ins:

* [[Music/TheKinks Mick Avory]] - drums (1962)
* Tony Chapman - drums (1962-1963)
* Ricky Fenson - bass (1962-1963)
* Colin Golding - bass (1962-1963)
* Carlo Little - drums (1962-1963, died 2005)
* [[Music/PrettyThings Dick Taylor]] - bass (1962)

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!!Touring Members and Backing Musicians:

* Gene Barge - saxophone (1982)
* Pierre de Beauport - guitar, bass, piano (1994-1998)
* Ollie Brown - percussion, vocals (1975-1976)
* Lenny Castro - percussion (2005)
* [[Music/TheBeachBoys Blondie Chaplin]] - vocals, tambourine, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, shaker, maracas (1997-2007)
* Marshall Chess - trumpet (1973)
* Crispin Cioe (1989-1990)
* Matt Clifford - keyboard, vocals, percussion, french horn, piano, clavinet, harmonium, percussion, strings, vibraphone, organ (1989-1990, 1997, 2005, 2013-Present)
* Michael Davis - trombone (1994-2007)
* Lisa Fischer - vocals, percussion (1989-Present)
* Bernard Fowler - vocals, percussion, keyboard (1989-Present)
* Bob Funk - trombone (1989-1990)
* Arno Hecht - saxophone (1989-1990)
* Nicky Hopkins - piano, organ, mellotron, harpsichord (1967-1981, died 1994)
* Darryl Jones - bass, vocals (1993-Present)
* Sophia Jones - vocals (1990)
* Manuel Kellough - percussion (1973)
* Bobby Keys - saxophone (1969-1973, 1982-Present)
* Trevor Lawrence - saxophone (1973-1975)
* Paul Litteral - trumpet (1989-1990)
* [[Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand Chuck Leavell]] - keyboard, organ, piano, vocals, harmonium, harpsichord (1982-Present)
* Steve Madaio - trumpet, flugelhorn (1973)
* Lorelei [=McBroom=] - vocals (1990)
* [[Music/TheSmallFaces Ian McLagan]] - keyboard, vocals, piano, organ, (1978-1981)
* Cindy Mizelle - vocals (1989-1990)
* Jack Nitzsche - piano, sound effects, tambourine, harpsichord, percussion, organ (1964-1967, 1969, died 2000)
* Billy Preston - organ, piano, clavinet, synthesizer, vocals, percussion (1971-1977, 1980-1981, 1997, died 2006)
* Jim Price - trumpet, piano, trombone, organ (1970-1973)
* Tim Ries - saxaphone, organ, keyboard (1999-Present)
* Kent Smith - trumpet (1994-2007)
* Andy Snitzer - saxophone, organ (1994-1998)
* Johnny Starbuck - shaker (1997-1998)
* Ernie Watts - saxophone (1981)
* Leah Wood - vocals (1997-1998)
* Nicky Xenakis - drums (1973)

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!!Studio Discography:

* 1964 - ''The Rolling Stones (EP)'' [[note]]Released in the UK only[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''[[Music/TheRollingStones1964 The Rolling Stones]]''
* 1964 - ''[[Music/TheRollingStones1964 England's Newest Hit Makers]]'' [[note]]Released in the US only as the substitute to their self-titled debut. The title was changed and it omitted ''Mona (I Need You Baby)'' and added ''Not Fade Away''[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''Five By Five'' [[note]]This EP was not released in the US[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''[[Music/TheRollingStonesNo2 12 X 5]]'' [[note]]Released in the US only[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''Music/TheRollingStonesNo2''
* 1965 - ''[[Music/TheRollingStonesNo2 The Rolling Stones, Now!]]'' [[note]]Released in the US only, as the substitute for ''The Rolling Stones No.2''[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''Music/OutOfOurHeads'' [[note]]Released in the US only, pre-dating the UK edition by around 2 months[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''Music/OutOfOurHeads''
* 1965 - ''[[Music/OutOfOurHeads December's Children (And Everybody's)]]'' [[note]]Released in the US only, not worldwide[[/note]]
* 1966 - ''Music/{{Aftermath}}''
* 1966 - ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'' [[note]]Released in the US only as the substitute for the UK version. The track-listing was changed and it omitted ''Out Of Time'', ''Take It Or Leave It'', ''What To Do'' and ''Mother's Little Helper'' and added ''Paint It Black''[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''Music/BetweenTheButtons''
* 1967 - ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'' [[note]]Released in the US only as the substitute for the UK version. ''Back Street Girl'' and ''Please Go Home'' were omitted and ''Let's Spend The Night Together'' and ''Ruby Tuesday'' were added[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest''
* 1968 - ''Music/BeggarsBanquet''
* 1969 - ''Music/LetItBleed''
* 1971 - ''Music/StickyFingers''
* 1972 - ''Music/ExileOnMainSt.''
* 1973 - ''Music/GoatsHeadSoup''
* 1974 - ''Music/ItsOnlyRockNRoll''
* 1976 - ''Music/BlackAndBlue''
* 1978 - ''Music/SomeGirls''
* 1980 - ''Music/EmotionalRescue''
* 1981 - ''Music/TattooYou''
* 1983 - ''Undercover''
* 1986 - ''Dirty Work''
* 1989 - ''Steel Wheels''
* 1994 - ''Voodoo Lounge''
* 1997 - ''Bridges To Babylon''
* 2005 - ''A Bigger Bang''

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!!Live Discography:

* 1965 - ''Got Live If You Want It! (EP)'' [[note]]Released in the UK, not in the US[[/note]]
* 1966 - ''Got Live If You Want It!'' [[note]]Released in the US only, also released as ''Have You Seen Your Mother Live'' in Europe[[/note]]
* 1970 - ''Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert''
* 1977 - ''Love You Live''
* 1982 - ''"Still Life" (American Concert 1981)''
* 1991 - ''Flashpoint'' [[note]]Also includes two studio tracks, ''Highwire'' and ''Sex Drive''. The two would also be the last songs Bill Wyman would contribute to before officially leaving the Stones[[/note]]
* 1995 - ''Stripped''
* 1996 - ''The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus'' [[note]]Recorded in 1968, also features Music/JethroTull, Music/TheWho, Taj Mahal, Music/MarianneFaithfull and The Dirty Mac (Music/JohnLennon, Music/EricClapton, Music/KeithRichards, [[Music/JimiHendrix Mitch Mitchell]] plus Music/YokoOno and Ivry Gitlis)[[/note]]
* 1998 - ''No Security''
* 2004 - ''Live Licks''
* 2008 - ''Shine A Light''
* 2011 - ''Brussels Affair (Live 1973)''
* 2011 - ''Some Girls: Live In Texas '78''
* 2012 - ''Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981)''
* 2012 - ''L.A. Friday (Live 1975)''
* 2012 - ''Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981'' [[note]]A duet with Muddy Waters[[/note]]
* 2012 - ''Live At The Tokyo Dome'' [[note]]Recorded in 1990[[/note]]
* 2012 - ''Light The Fuse'' [[note]]Recorded in 2005[[/note]]
* 2012 - ''Live At Leeds'' [[note]]Recorded in 1982[[/note]]
* 2013 - ''Hyde Park Live''

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!!Non-album singles:

* 1963 - ''Come On''
** ''I Want To Be Loved'' as the B-side
* 1963 - ''I Wanna Be Your Man''
** ''Stoned'' as the B-side
* 1964 - ''Not Fade Away'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''England's Newest Hitmakers'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Little By Little'' as the UK B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1964 album ''The Rolling Stones''[[/note]]
*** ''I Wanna Be Your Man'' as the US B-side [[note]]Previously released as an A-side in 1963[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''It's All Over Now'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''12 X 5'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Good Times, Bad Times'' as the B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''12 X 5'', however not on a UK album[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''Time Is On My Side'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1965 album ''The Rolling Stones No.2''[[/note]]
** ''Congratulations'' as the B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on the US only album ''12 X 5'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''Little Red Rooster'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''The Rolling Stones Now!'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Off The Hook'' as the B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''The Rolling Stones No.2''[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''The Last Time'' [[note]]Otherwise available on the US version of ''Out Of Our Heads, but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Play With Fire'' as the B-Side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''Out Of Our Heads'', but on the US version only; not on a UK album[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'' [[note]]Again, available on the US version of ''Out Of Our Heads'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''The Spider And The Fly'' as the UK B-side [[note]]Available on the US version of ''Out Of Our Heads'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
*** ''The Under Assistant West Coast Promotional Man'' as the US B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1965 album ''Out Of Our Heads''[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''Get Off Of My Cloud'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''December's Children (And Everybody's)'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''The Singer Not The Song'' as the UK B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on the US album ''December's Children (And Everybody's)'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
*** ''I'm Free'' as the US B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on the standard version of ''Out Of Our Heads''[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''As Tears Go By'' [[note]]Otherwise available on the album ''December's Children (And Everybody's)'', and it was not put on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Gotta Get Away'' as the B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on the non-US version of ''Out Of Our Heads''[[/note]]
* 1966 - ''19th Nervous Breakdown''
** ''As Tears Go By'' as the UK B-side [[note]]Previously released as an A-side in 1965, as well as the US only album ''December's Children (And Everybody's)''[[/note]]
*** ''Sad Day'' as the US B-side
* 1966 - ''Paint It Black'' [[note]]Otherwise available on the US version of ''Aftermath'', but not an a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Long Long While'' as the UK B-side
*** ''Stupid Girl'' as the US B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1966 album ''Aftermath''[[/note]]
* 1966 - ''Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?''
** ''Who's Driving Your Plane'' as the B-side
* 1967 - ''Let's Spend The Night Together'' [[note]]Otherwise available on the US version of ''Between The Buttons'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Ruby Tuesday'' as a double A-side [[note]]Otherwise available on the US edition of ''Between The Buttons'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''We Love You''
** ''Dandelion'' as the B-side
* 1968 - ''Jumpin' Jack Flash''
** ''Child Of The Moon'' as the B-side
* 1969 - ''Honky Tonk Women''
** ''You Can't Always Get What You Want'' as the B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1969 album ''Let It Bleed''[[/note]]
* 1974 - ''It's Only Rock 'n Roll'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1974 album ''It's Only Rock 'n Roll''[[/note]]
** ''Through The Lonely Nights'' as the B-side
* 1975 - ''I Don't Know Why''
** ''Try A Little Harder'' as the B-side
* 1975 - ''Out Of Time'' [[note]]Not the version available on their 1966 album ''Aftermath''[[/note]]
** ''Jiving Sister Fanny'' as the B-side
* 1978 - ''Shattered'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1978 album ''Some Girls''[[/note]]
** ''Everything Is Turning To Gold'' as the B-side
* 1981 - ''If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt.2)''
** ''Dance (Instrumental)'' as the B-side
* 1984 - ''She Was Hot'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1983 album ''Undercover''[[/note]]
** ''I Think I'm Going Mad'' as the B-side
* 1989 - ''Mixed Emotions'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1989 album ''Steel Wheels''[[/note]]
** ''Fancy Man Blues'' as the B-side
* 1989 - ''Rock And A Hard Place'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''Steel Wheels''[[/note]]
** ''Cook Cook Blues'' as the B-side
* 1989 - ''Terrifying'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''Steel Wheels''[[/note]]
** ''Wish I'd Never Met You'' as the B-side
* 1994 - ''Love Is Strong'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1994 album ''Voodoo Lounge''[[/note]]
** ''The Storm'' as the first B-side
*** ''So Young'' as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on the 2011 bonus disc of their 1978 album ''Some Girls''[[/note]]
* 1994 - ''You Got Me Rocking'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''Voodoo Lounge''[[/note]]
** ''Jump On Top Of Me'' as the B-side
* 1994 - ''Out Of Tears'' [[note]]Available on ''Voodoo Lounge''[[/note]]
** ''I'm Gonna Drive'' as the first B-side
*** ''Sparks Will Fly'' and ''So Young'' as the second and third B-side [[note]]''Sparks Will Fly'' is available on ''Voodoo Lounge'' and ''So Young'' is available on the 2011 bonus disc of ''Some Girls''[[/note]]
* 1998 - ''Saint Of Me'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1997 album ''Bridges To Babylon''[[/note]]
** ''Anyway You Look At It'' as the first B-side
*** ''Gimme Shelter'' and ''Anybody Seen My Baby'' as the second and third B-side [[note]]''Gimme Shelter'' is a live recording not available elsewhere, and ''Anybody Seen My Baby'' is otherwise available on ''Bridges To Babylon''[[/note]]
* 2002 - ''Don't Stop''
** ''Miss You'' as the B-side [[note]]Remix otherwise not available elsewhere[[/note]]
* 2012 - ''Doom And Gloom''
** ''Doom And Gloom'' as the B-side [[note]]Remix of the A-side, ''Doom And Gloom''[[/note]]
* 2013 - ''One More Shot''
** ''One More Shot'' as the B-side [[note]]Remix of the A-side, ''One More Shot''[[/note]]

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!!The Rolling Stones are the TropeNamers for:

* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* PaintItBlack
* SympathyForTheDevil

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!!! "Now you can't always trope what you want...":

* TheAlcoholic: Ronnie Wood: You know you have a drinking problem when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards need to talk to you about it.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Totally {{Averted|Trope}}, Charlie is almost certainly the calmest, most level headed member of the group, along with Bill Wyman.
* BadToTheBone: "Gimme Shelter"
** Pretty {{Iron|y}}ic, if you know the lyrics.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: The ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' cover. Decca Records found it so offensive at the time that they refused to use it, substituting a [[MinimalisticCoverArt plain white cover]] with a fake dinner invitation instead. The bathroom cover would eventually be restored for the album's CD reissue.
** The controversy over the intended cover actually led to the album's release being delayed by several months... during which [[Music/TheBeatles another little-known English pop group]] happened to release [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum a double album with an all-white cover]] of their own. This led to the Stones being accused of ripping off said album cover come the release of ''[[Music/BeggarsBanquet Banquet]]'', while they themselves never had anything to do with it.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Charlie Watts (the quiet, well-dressed, groupie-spurning one, and a notable aversion of the AllDrummersAreAnimals trope) was awoken one night by Mick Jagger (who was drunk) calling his room asking where "my drummer" was. [[TranquilFury Watts proceeded to get up, shave and dress in a pressed suit. He then walked down to Jagger's room and sent him flying with what Keith Richards called "a great fucking right hook".]] Jagger flew into a table and nearly slid out the window before Richards grabbed his leg. Watts yelled, "Don't ever call me 'your drummer' again, you're my fucking singer!" [[CrazyAwesome and left]].
** To add to that story, Richards only stopped Jagger from falling out of the window because Mick was wearing Keith's wedding jacket at the time.
* TheBigRottenApple: "Shattered" ("Go ahead, bite the Big Apple. Don't mind the maggots.")
** YiddishAsASecondLanguage:
-->"All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter 'bout\\
Shmatta, shmatta, shmatta -- I can't give it away on 7th Avenue"
* {{Biopic}}: ''Stoned'' (2005) centres on the life, career, and death of Brian Jones (albeit [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory with embellishments]]).
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: "Brown Sugar."
* BreakupSong: "Angie"
** Actually more of a "getting clean" - despite the common assumption that "Angie" is a woman, Keith Richards has stated that he wrote the song while detoxifying in Switzerland, and that Angie is a pseudonym for heroin.
* CampStraight: Mick Jagger. Very flamboyant on and off stage, had seven children with four women.
* TheCasanova: Bill Wyman. He slept with over 1000 women, far more than any other member of the band.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Music/TheRollingStonesNo2'', their second UK album.
* ClusterFBomb: "Star Star"
** Which was originally called "Starfucker", but had the title changed after Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun managed to get them to do so. He couldn't make them remove the profanity though.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest''
* ControlFreak: Jagger has the reputation of being one of these.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: As was typical for British groups of the era, all their '60s albums prior to ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' were reconfigured for the American market.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' was the album that truly set the template for the band's sleazy, raunchy sound following the psychedelic experimentation of ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'' and ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' (and the grittier but still comparatively tame R&B-based pop of their early period).
** The Stones themselves, of course, were initially seen as a Darker And Edgier alternative to Music/TheBeatles.
* DemotedToExtra: Shortly after becoming the Stones' business manager in 1964, Andrew Loog Oldham had keyboardist Ian Stewart demoted to road manager, ostensibly on the grounds that six were too many for a pop group but more likely because Stewart's short-haired, lantern-jawed appearance didn't fit the image Oldham was trying to cultivate for them. However, he did continue to contribute to the Stones' recordings and performed in the background as their touring keyboardist (but not a full member of the band) until his death.
** Less dramatically, this is more or less what happened to Brian Jones as the '60s progressed. Originally the Stones' leader, Jones was relegated to an [[OutOfFocus increasingly secondary role]] in the group, due to the emergence of the Jagger-Richards partnership (Jones didn't write any songs, which made him far less important as the group's commercial ambitions grew), increasingly acrimonious relations with the other members (exacerbated by a LoveTriangle between Jones, Richards, and Anita Pallenberg), and his own personal problems (including severe drug and alcohol abuse). As a result of all this, Jones contributed little to the Stones' music after 1967; his final album with the band, ''Music/LetItBleed'', features him on just two tracks (congas on "Midnight Rambler" and autoharp on "You Got The Silver").
* {{Determinator}}: Keith, of course.
** Also, the character "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
* DisguisedInDrag: the original group dressed up as aeroplane stewardesses on the picture sleeve for the "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?" single.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Music/ExileOnMainSt''
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: In a memoir of his time living with the group in the early '60s, one-time Stones crony Jimmy Phelge relates how Brian Jones had a strong aversion to his middle name (Hopkins) and tried to keep it a secret from the others.
* EpicRocking: "Goin' Home", "Midnight Rambler", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Love Is Strong"
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "Monkey Man"
* TheFashionista: Charlie Watts is famous for his fashion sense. He frequently shows up on "best dressed" lists.
** All of the Stones [[http://www.sugarbuzzmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/the_rolling_stones.jpg embraced this heavily]] circa 1967.
* LeFilmArtistique: ''Charlie Is My Darling'', a documentary of the Stones' 1965 Irish tour which has been described by some as ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' had it been directed by Creator/JeanLucGodard.
** ''One Plus One/Sympathy For The Devil'' is actually directed by Godard himself. It features digressive vignettes on politics and student movements intercut with actual footage showing the recording sessions in studio for "Sympathy For The Devil". The producer of the film famously [[ExecutiveMeddling re-titled the film after the song]], outraging Godard and leading him to remark, "They wanted to make my ''One Plus One'' equal two!"
** ''Gimme Shelter'', a {{documentary}} of their disastrous 1969 free concert at Altamont Speedway, has been viewed by some as a meditation on the death of the Sixties.
*** ''[[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle Cocksucker Blues]]'' (named after the song they recorded to get ''way'' the fuck away from [[ExecutiveMeddling Decca]], see below) is even worse; it hasn't been ''[[KeepCirculatingTheTapes released.]]'' If the director tries, they'll sue him. Considering [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll what's in it]], that's in their best interest.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "The Lantern"
* FriendlyRivalry: With Music/TheBeatles in the '60s.
* GenrePopularizer: What the Beatles did for pop-rock, the Stones did for blues-based rock.
* GratuitousPanning: The stereo mix of the "We Love You" single has the vocals on the chorus shift from hard right to hard left.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, going all the way back to 1966's ''Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)''.
* GriefSong: "Paint It Black"
* GroupieBrigade
* HappilyMarried: Charlie Watts is the only member of the band still married to his first wife, Shirley, who he married before the Stones became famous. His devotion to his wife is well known: When the band visited the Magazine/{{Playboy}} Mansion in 1972, Watts played pool with Hugh Hefner instead of partaking with the Bunnies like the rest of the band.
* HeavyMeta: "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" (but I like it, I like it, yes I do!)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mick and Keith. Keith:
--> "I always feel sorry for Mick's women. They always end up crying on my shoulder and I tell them 'How do you think I feel? I'm stuck with him!'"
* HeyYou: Get off of my cloud!
* HistoricalRapSheet: "SympathyForTheDevil" lists many atrocities that the titular Devil has been part of, such as being a German General during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, being accomplice of the [[WhoShotJFK assassination of both Kennedys]], and the French and Russian Revolutions.
* HypocriticalHumor: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcsVz6jo5MM This video Mick and Charlie did]] for Creator/MontyPython's reunion show in 2014.
--> "A bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money. I mean, the best one died ''years'' ago!"
* IceQueen: "She's So Cold".
* IconicLogo: Possibly the most famous band logo of all time.
* ImmuneToDrugs: ''Keith Richards.'' A lesser man would have died long ago taking half the amount of drugs he's taken in his life.
* InMemoriam: The 1969 compilation ''Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)'' is dedicated to the then recently-deceased Brian Jones, and the sleeve notes include an epitaph that Jones had composed himself.
-->''When this you see, remember me\\
And bear me in your mind\\
Let all the world say what they may\\
Speak of me as you find''
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Stoned", "2120 South Michigan Avenue"
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Especially for their time, ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' and arguably ''Music/LetItBleed''. Also the song "Bitch".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Let's Spend The Night Together" being the most blatant.
* InternationalPopSongEnglish
* {{Irony}}: One of the main reasons why Bill Wyman - a former RAF veteran - left the Stones was because he had developed a fear of flying.
* IWasQuiteALooker: A sex symbol and [[TheCasanova a ladies' man]] in his younger years, Mick Jagger now looks more like a mummy. [[KavorkaMan Doesn't stop him]] [[CoolOldGuy from getting]] his fare share of poontang.
* JohnBarleycornAndFriends: "Sister Morphine", which also mentions "sweet Cousin Cocaine".
* JerkassFacade: All the Stones played this trope back in the '60s, long before the punk revolution. ([[http://archives.cbc.ca/arts_entertainment/music/clips/4888/ Here's]] a good example.)
-->'''Keith Richards''': (in the Stones documentary ''Crossfire Hurricane'') Music/TheBeatles got the [[DesignatedHero white hat]]. What's left? The [[DesignatedVillain black hat]].
* LargeHam: Mick, frequently.
* LastChorusSlowdown: "Ruby Tuesday"
* LineOfSightName: Brian Jones supposedly came up with the band's name while trying to get a club booking on the telephone. When the venue's manager asked Jones what his newly-formed group called themselves, he looked at a Muddy Waters album that was sitting on the floor and noticed the first track, "[[TitledAfterTheSong Rollin' Stone Blues]]".
* LiveAlbum: Several. ''Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!'', recorded on the 1969 U.S. tour and released in 1970, is generally considered the best of them.
* LongRunner: Started as a London club band in 1962, still going strong.
** LongRunnerLineup: Two of them:
*** Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood: 1975-1992
*** Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood: Since 1992
* LongTitle: "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?"
* LoudnessWar: The 2010 remaster of ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' suffers from a bad case of this.
* LyricalDissonance: The Stones have a knack for combining beautiful, moving music with ''severely'' screwed-up lyrics full of sex (and definitely not of the SafeSaneAndConsensual kind), drugs, violence, and general weirdness.
** Case in point: "Brown Sugar", the only upbeat song on the ''Music/StickyFingers'' album. It's about slave rape on American cotton plantations.
* ManInWhite: Brian Jones, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foH-pi4BnwI in this presentation]].
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Trope Namer. Not specifically mentioned in the song, but Lucifer sounds like a guy who wears a nice suit.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: "Ruby Tuesday"
* TheMovie: ''Shine A Light'', by Creator/MartinScorsese.
* TheMasochismTango: Mick and Jerry Hall. Jesus.
* MisogynySong: They had quite a run of these in the '60s: "Play With Fire", "Under My Thumb", "Stupid Girl", "Lady Jane", "Out Of Time", "Yesterday's Papers", "Back Street Girl", "Ride On, Baby"...
** And in the '70s: "Brown Sugar", "Star Star", "Short And Curlies", "Some Girls"...
* MurderBallad: "Hand Of Fate"
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'' began to add elements of psychedelia to their early mod sound. Its follow up, ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'', took them into full blown psychedelic rock, continuing with this on ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest''. ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' codified their most well-known sound of bluesy, loose, garage rock. ''Music/SomeGirls'' played with elements of punk rock and disco, and ''Music/EmotionalRescue'' and ''Undercover'' incorporated elements of synth-pop.
* NewYorkCityCops: From "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)":
-->''The police in New York City\\
Chased a boy right through the park\\
In a case of {{mistaken identity}}\\
They put a bullet through his heart''
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: It would seem, considering that, after Bill Wyman left, there's been no official replacement for him (just session and touring bassists).
* NonAppearingTitle: "Sympathy For The Devil," "Let It Bleed"
* OdeToIntoxication: The CoverVersion of Muddy Waters' "Champagne And Reefer" on ''Shine A Light''
* OneWomanSong: "Angie", "Lady Jane", "Sweet Virginia", "Hey Negrita", "Indian Girl"
* PaintItBlack: Trope Namer (the actual song has nothing to do with the trope).
* PenName: The pseudonym "Nanker Phelge" was used for several early group compositions.[[note]]"Nankering" or "pulling a nanker" was the Stones' slang term for making a face, while "Phelge" was a ShoutOut to Jimmy Phelge, who shared a London flat with Mick, Keith, and Brian prior to the group's success.[[/note]]
* "But don't play with me, 'cause you're PlayingWithFire..."
* ProtestSong: "Street Fighting Man", "We Love You", "Salt Of The Earth", "Fingerprint File", "Hang Fire", "Undercover Of The Night", "Sweet Neo Con"
* TheQuietOne: Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.
* RatedMForManly
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Sympathy For The Devil" really doesn't count, but certainly somebody will call it "Pleased To Meet You."
* RockMeAsmodeus: "Sympathy For The Devil"
** Mick Jagger himself was critical about this trope, noting that he was amazed that the Satanic metaphor became popular with Heavy Metal musicians when for him the song wasn't really about "the devil" at all.
* RockStarSong: "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll". Keith's "Before They Make Me Run" kind of qualifies as well.
* {{Rockumentary}}
* SelfBackingVocalist: While various band-mates and others have all contributed backing vocals at different times, it's not unusual for Jagger to employ this on recordings.
* SelfDeprecation: A compilation of their late '70s material was titled ''Sucking In The Seventies''.
* SelfTitledAlbum: [[Music/TheRollingStones1964 Their 1964 debut LP]] was one of these in the UK, although their American label subtitled it with ''[[Music/TheRollingStones1964 England's Newest Hit Makers]]''.
* SerialKiller: "Midnight Rambler"
* SharpDressedMan: Charlie Watts, big time.
* ShotgunWedding: "Dear Doctor"
* ShoutOut: The cover of Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' album has a doll wearing a sweater with "Welcome the Rolling Stones" on the front. The Stones returned the favour by hiding pictures of the Beatles' faces on the ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' cover.
** The original bathroom stall cover of ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' includes such graffiti as "Music/BobDylan's Dream" and "Music from [[Music/TheBand Big Brown]]".
** The original ''Music/SomeGirls'' cover includes photos of Creator/LucilleBall, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/MarilynMonroe, Farrah Fawcett, and Raquel Welch. This backfired when the women and/or their estates threatened legal action, forcing the album to be withdrawn and the cover altered.
* TheSixties: Mod suits and screaming girls.
* SomethingBlues: "Stray Cat Blues", "Ventilator Blues"
** And the infamous "[[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle Cocksucker Blues]]".
** And the [[ClusterFBomb equally foul-mouthed]] "Andrews Blues"
* SongOfSongTitles: Not a song, actually; "Don't Stop" has a ''Video'' of Song Titles.
* SpecialGuest:
** Creator/PhilSpector and Gene Pitney play maracas and piano, respectively, on "Little By Little".
** [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney]] contribute backing vocals on "We Love You".
** Jazz great Sonny Rollins plays saxophone on "Waiting For A Friend".
** [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]] plays guitar on "One Hit (To The Body)".
** Music/EricClapton plays guitar on the live ''Flashpoint'' version of "Little Red Rooster".
** The live album ''No Security'' has [[Music/DaveMatthewsBand Dave Matthews]] doing guest vocals on "Memory Motel".
** ''Live Licks'' includes guest appearances by Music/SherylCrow ("Honky Tonk Women") and Solomon Burke ("Everybody Needs Somebody To Love").
** ''Shine A Light'' includes guest appearances by Music/ChristinaAguilera ("Live With Me"), Music/JackWhite ("Loving Cup"), and Buddy Guy ("Champagne And Reefer").
** Music/DavidBowie sang co-lead on the original recording of "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)", although his vocals were wiped for the finished version. Ditto [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]] on "Slave".
* {{Spicy Latina}}s: The "Puerto Rican girls who are just ''dying'' to meet you" in "Miss You."
* SpokenWordInMusic: Several of their songs have brief spoken-word bits from Jagger: "Something Happened To Me Yesterday", "Fingerprint File", "Miss You", "Far Away Eyes", "Slave", "Tops", etc.
* StageNames: "Bill Wyman" was born William George Perks.
** Brian Jones initially called himself Elmo Lewis when the Stones started, after his idol Elmore James.
*** In fact, Brian was born Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones.
** Keith Richards billed himself as "Keith Richard" in the '60s and '70s, in emulation of early British rocker Cliff Richard.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Keith Richards (numerous songs including "You Got The Silver", "Happy", "Before They Make Me Run", "Little T&A", etc.); Bill Wyman ("In Another Land"); Brian Jones (co-lead vocals on "Walking The Dog").
* AStormIsComing: "Gimme Shelter"
* SympathyForTheDevil: Trope Namer. Ironically, the song in question is a subversion of the trope, as the Devil spends the whole song bragging about how evil he is. Or rather, sarcastically confessing how evil and horrible he is, when "after all it was you and me" and that the Devil is nothing more than humanity denying [[NeverMyFault their own capacity for evil]]. Lucifer also threatens to "lay your soul to waste" if you don't show him sympathy or respect. Yikes.
* TakeThat: When their former record company told them they were obligated to deliver one more single, the band gave them the unreleasable "Cocksucker Blues". It was released in Germany and did well there, though.
** "We Love You" was the Stones' "valentine" to the British establishment following the group's harassment by police and media throughout 1967, which culminated in an infamous drug raid at Keith Richards' home and the attempted imprisonment of he and Jagger for possession.
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'', ''Music/ItsOnlyRockNRoll'', ''A Bigger Bang''
** The original UK version of [[Music/TheRollingStones1964 their debut album]] was textless apart from the standard Decca logo (a rather bold move for the early '60s, especially for a bunch of then-unknowns). This was also done for ''Music/TheRollingStonesNo2'' and ''Music/BetweenTheButtons''.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Particularly in the early years.
* ThreeDimensionalEpisode: The cover of the ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' album originally featured a lenticular 3-D image of the band.
* VillainSong: "SympathyForTheDevil"
* VitriolicBestBuds: Richards and Jagger both have described their relationship with one another as this.
** For what it's worth, though, they've got one foot each in HeterosexualLifePartners.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Brian Jones's relationship with Jagger and Richards wound up this way.
* WhoShotJFK: In "Sympathy For The Devil:" "After all, it was you and me."
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The narrator in "Paint It Black" who lost their love and wants to "see the sun blotted out from the sky."
* WordSaladLyrics: "2000 Light Years From Home"
* WorkingClassHero: Semi-subverted with "Salt Of The Earth".

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