- 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
- Magnum Opus Dissonance: According to Richards' autobiography, Jagger looked at Exile on Main St. as just another album. It also took awhile for its reputation to build.
- 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 various compilations).
- 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.
- Referenced by...: They're probably second only to The Beatles in bands receiving Shout Outs. For instance, the restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday is named after their song, and Captain Jack Sparrow was heavily modeled after Keith Richards, as Johnny Depp has mentioned in various interviews that, as he observed that pirates were probably the rock stars of their time. Keith even made appearances in a few of the franchises' later movies as Jack's father to allude to that.
- 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.
- Trope Namers: Sympathy for the Devil is named after the song, and Man of Wealth and Taste comes from the second line.
- Troubled Production:
- Exile on Main St.. was recorded in France for tax reasons. Most of the backing tracks were recorded in the basement of Richards' villa at Nellcôte, a poorly-ventilated environment where the heat would cause the guitars to go out of tune. Recording took place all night but none of the Stones ever showed up all at the same time - Wyman sat out most of the sessions, Jagger was frequently AWOL and Richards was just getting started on his infamous substance abuse. He was joined in said substance abuse by Taylor, producer Jimmy Miller, session musician Bobby Keys and engineer Andy Johns - Wyman claimed in his autobiography that he, Watts and Jagger were the only people in the villa who abstained to some degree. The band then took the piecemeal recordings and backing tracks to Los Angeles, added all the overdubs and assembled them into Exile.
- Bridges to Babylon only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as The Dust Brothers, whose work on Beck's Odelay had impressed Jagger, and looping expert Danny Saber. Richards hated electronic music and refused to work with either of them. He even fired Saber from the album when he found out he was overdubbing guitars. As for The Dust Brothers, they ultimately only worked on three tracks. Most of the album was instead produced by Don Was, who had produced Voodoo Lounge. Midway through production, Was had to keep Jagger and Richards in separate rooms and studios. Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished. Charlie Watts, only got through the conflict by bonding with famous session percussionist and former Plastic Ono Band member Jim Keltner, with whom he would make a solo record later. Watts ultimately flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore. By the end of the sessions, none of the Stones were speaking to one another. It was their last album for nine years.
- 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.