- Creator Backlash: Dirty Work is a bit of a sore spot for the band, as it was recorded at the peak of turmoil between Jagger and Richards. Ever since the albums release, the only track that's been played live is "Harlem Shuffle" (Their biggest hit from the album), and even then just on rare occasions.
- Executive Meddling: Many examples:
- The Oldham-Stewart issue
- The alteration of the title of "Star Star"
- The Stones' use of drugs forced them to break away from Oldham, and Brian Jones left when it became clear that he couldn't escape drug addiction.
- One on the part of The Ed Sullivan Show. The network executives forced the Stones to Bowdlerise "Let's Spend The Night Together"; as a result, the lyrics were changed to "Let's Spend Some Time Together" for the broadcast.
- In Memoriam: 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
- Old Shame: While still circulated, Their Satanic Majesties Request is often considered this. Mick Jagger does like two of the songs from the albums, "2000 Light Years From Home" and especially "She's a Rainbow" (which appeared in 40 Licks).
- The Pete Best: Ian Stewart, although he still toured and recorded with the band as a session musician and roadie after being forcibly removed from the official line-up.
- Short-Lived Big Impact: Brian Jones — founded The Rolling Stones, who were the main influences of bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, etc, who pioneered the Heavy Metal genre. He also was dead by age 27.
- What Could Have Been: In 1969 they asked Jeff Beck to join them, but he turned them down. Can you imagine what Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. would have been like with Beck's guitar heroics? In a way it may be for the best that he didn't join, because that much awesome concentrated in one place might have caused the world to explode.
- Johnny Depp has mentioned in various interviews that, as he observed that pirates were probably the rock stars of their time, modeled Captain Jack Sparrow after Keith Richards, who he felt was the ultimate rock star. Keith even made appearances in a few of the franchises' later movies as Jack's father to allude to that.
- The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday is named after the Rolling Stones song.