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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right -- Charlie Watts, Music/KeithRichards, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood]]

->''I've decided to answer a few Frequently Asked Questions... Other than The Rolling Stones, what's my favorite 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 English rock band. The band formed in 1962 in London when original leader Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, whose songwriting partnership later contributed to their taking the leadership role in the group. Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early lineup. Ian Stewart was removed from the official lineup in 1963 but continued to work with the band as road manager 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" established The Rolling Stones as a premier rock and roll act. Starting with their 1966 album ''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 being fired from 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 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 1994.

The Rolling Stones have released 22 studio albums in the UK (24 in the US), eight concert albums (nine in the US) and numerous compilations; and have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. ''Sticky Fingers'' (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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!!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.
* BadToTheBone: "Gimme Shelter"
** Pretty {{Iron|y}}ic, if you know the lyrics.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: The ''Beggars Banquet'' 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 ''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) centers 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 detoxing in Switzerland, and that Angie is a psuedonym 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: ''The Rolling Stones No. 2'', 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: ''Their Satanic Majesties Request''
* 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 ''Their Satanic Majesties Request'' were reconfigured for the American market.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Beggars Banquet'' was the album that truly set the template for the band's sleazy, raunchy sound following the failed psychedelic experimentation of ''Between the Buttons'' and ''Flowers'' (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.
* DeathSong:
** "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
** "Mother's Little Helper"
* 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 and his own personal problems. His last album, ''Let It Bleed'', features him on just two tracks.
* {{Determinator}}: Keith, of course.
** Also, the character "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
* DisguisedInDrag: the original group dressed up as airplane stewardesses on the picture sleeve for the "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" single.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Exile on Main St.''
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: In a memoir of his time living with the group in the early '60s, onetime Stones crony Jimmy Phelge relates how Brian Jones had a strong aversion to his middle name (Hopkin) and tried to keep it a secret from the others.
* EpicRocking: "Goin' Home", "Midnight Rambler", "Can You Hear Me Knockin'", "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.
* FiveManBand: Okay, let's take the original line-up.
** TheHero: Mick Jagger, natch.
** TheLancer: Keith Richards. Again, duh.
** TheSmartGuy: Charlie Watts, as he was usually in a suit and eventually grew to look more than a bit like [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred the butler]].
** TheBigGuy: Well, he wasn't that big, but I guess Bill Wyman makes the cut.
** TheChick: Brian Jones [[{{Bishonen}} was pretty cute.]]
** TheSixthRanger: Ian Stewart. Who was [[ThePeteBest tossed out of the band]] by manager Andrew Loog Oldman, who didn't like that the Stones had six members or a keyboardist. He still toured and recorded with the band until his death.
*** Possibly Ron Wood too, since he was the last of the current lineup to join the band.
*** Or Mick Taylor, who replaced Jones and was subsequently replaced by Wood.
*** Darryl Jones has played bass on all of the Stones' albums and tours since Bill Wyman left the band, yet isn't an official member of the band, nor does he appear on any of the band's promotional materials or photos.
* 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 Kieth. 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!
* 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 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"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Let's Spend the Night Together" being the most blatant.
* InternationalPopSongEnglish
* 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"
* 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 Jean-Luc Godard".
** ''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.
* 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 ''Exile on Main St.'' 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 ''Sticky Fingers'' 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", "Yeaterday'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: ''Aftermath'' began to add elements of psychedelia to their early mod sound. Its follow up, ''Between the Buttons'', took them into full blown psychedelic rock, continuing with this on ''Their Satanic Majesties Request''. ''Beggars Banquet'' codified their most well-known sound of bluesy, loose, garage rock. ''Some Girls'' played with elements of punk rock and disco, and ''Emotional Rescue'' 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, and to a lesser extent Bill Wyman.
* 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 bandmates 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: Their 1964 debut LP was one of these in the UK, although their American label rechristened it as ''England's Newest Hit Makers''.
* SerialKiller: "Midnight Rambler"
* SharpDressedMan: Charlie Watts, big time.
* ShotgunWedding: "Dear Doctor"
* ShoutOut: The cover of Music/TheBeatles' ''Sgt. Pepper'' album has a doll wearing a sweater with "Welcome the Rolling Stones" on the front. The Stones returned the favor by hiding pictures of the Beatles' faces on the ''Their Satanic Majesties Request'' cover.
* 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.
* {{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.
** 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").
* 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]].
* 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: ''Their Satanic Majesties Request'', ''It's Only Rock 'n Roll'', ''A Bigger Bang''
** The original UK version of 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 ''Rolling Stones No. 2'' and the UK version of ''Between the Buttons''.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Particularly in the early years.
* ThreeDimensionalEpisode: The cover of the ''Their Satanic Majesties Request'' 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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