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YMMV: The Rolling Stones

  • Archive Panic: As their Web page says: "92 singles, 29 studio albums, 10 live albums and more songs than you can count."
    • And now they're starting to roll out previously bootleg-only material (such as the legendary 1973 Brussels show) via their Rolling Stones Archive site.
  • Argentineans Hate The Rolling Stones: Crossing with MisBlamed, thanks to Ratones Paranoicos and the countless clone bands who didn't got the memo that the Rolling Stones aren't just "Satisfaction" and "Start Me Up".
  • Chorus-Only Song: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" does have other words...
    • Shockingly enough, so does the seven-and-a-half minute long "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
  • Covered Up: Some of their early hits, such as "Not Fade Away", "Time Is On My Side", and "It's All Over Now", are covers that have arguably displaced the originals in popularity.
    • "Harlem Shuffle," originally a Bob & Earl song from 1964 and covered by the Stones for Dirty Work in 1986, definitely fits here as well. It sounds so prototypically Stones that few even knew it was a cover before the days of the internet.
    • A slightly more complicated example would be "As Tears Go By" and "Wild Horses". Jagger and Richards wrote those songs, and the Stones' versions are definitive, but in both cases they were preceded by cover versions - they donated "Tears" to Marianne Faithfull before recording it themselves, while Gram Parsons convinced them to let his band The Flying Burrito Brothers cover the already-recorded "Wild Horses", and their version was released a year before the Stones' own.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: For Charlie Watts, the Beware the Nice Ones example on the main page.
    • They announced their 1975 North American tour by calling a "press conference" at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan, then pulling up to the front entrance on the back of a flatbed truck loaded with amps and instruments and performing "Brown Sugar" on the spot.
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny: "Mick, you ignorant slut!"
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome
  • Ear Worm: Many of the better known songs.
  • Epic Riff: "Satisfaction". Need I say more?
    • Sure. "The Last Time", "Get Off of My Cloud", "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Paint It Black", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Brown Sugar", "Street Fightin' Man", "Sympathy for the Devil", "Gimme Shelter", "Rocks Off", "Tumblin' Dice", "All Down the Line", "Beast of Burden", "Shattered", "Start Me Up", "Mixed Emotions", "Can't You Hear Me Knockin' "...
    • The "Satisfaction" epic riff came about when Keith Richards stumbled out of a hotel bed, recorded the riff, and promptly fell back asleep (the recording is eight seconds of riff and twenty minutes of snoring!). That's right kids, Keith came up with an epic riff in his sleep!
      • Keith Richards has said that if he were only allowed to play one riff for the rest of his life, he'd pick "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Keith Richards. Charlie Watts, to a certain extent.
  • Face of the Band: Mick Jagger, and in the 60's, Brian Jones. After Jones's death, it became Mick and Keith Richards from the 70's onwards.
  • Fan Nickname: Keith Richards became "Keef", due to his accent. And the band as a whole are commonly known as simply "The Stones".
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Their Satanic Majesties Request, and to a lesser extent Between the Buttons are considered an aberration by some fans.
  • Growing the Beard: Aftermath, the first album solely written by Jagger and Richards.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Gimme Shelter" took on a whole new meaning after Altamont.
    • "Mother's Little Helper" as well, if only because of the rise of Oxycodone and addictions to prescription pain medications and doctor shopping.
    • "Paint It Black" — a song about the depression that follows the death of the singer's girlfriend — became this after the suicide of Mick's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, in 2014.
  • Magnum Opus: Usually considered to be Exile On Main St, although sometimes Aftermath, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed or Sticky Fingers are cited instead.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: According to Richards' autobiography, Jagger looked at Exile as just another album. It also took awhile for its reputation to build.
  • Memetic Badass: Keith Richards should have died of a drug overdose in the '70s. He is immortal.
    • Multiple times it has been suggested (one of them by Bill Hicks) that if nuclear apocalypse happens, all that will be left are a handful of cockroaches and Keith Richards.
    • And then there was this New Rule from Real Time with Bill Maher:
    "New Rule: Airplane black boxes must be made out of Keith Richards. The Man who has done more drugs than Courtney Love, Robert Downey, Jr., and Rush Limbaugh combined recently fell out of a tree and crashed a jetski. And yet, that cigarette never fell from his lips. Something tells me the future of medical science isn't injecting stem cells, it's injecting heroin."
  • Memetic Mutation: Thanks to his sightings in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Mick Jagger has now become a harbinger of bad luck for any team he decides to cheer on, like the English Team, for example. Even though he's not to blame that that English team had such a low technical level.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Goat's Head Soup album cover and sleeve photos, featuring the members' heads in what look like giblet bags.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some fans say they haven't been good for a long time. The most frequently cited "last good/great album" is Tattoo You.
  • Signature Song: Many, but "Satisfaction" is the most well known.
  • Too Cool to Live: Brian Jones, and to a lesser extent Ian Stewart.
  • Values Dissonance: A lot of their songs come across as misogynistic to modern audiences.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: Justified with 1978's Some Girls. Music critics had written off the Rolling Stones as outdated with the emergence of Punk Rock and disco, but the Stones thought otherwise with Some Girls - which proved popular with critics and listeners alike. It helped that Mick Jagger was a keen follower of the punk and disco scenes in New York and London. It also helped that a lot of punks grew up listening to the Stones.
    • Branching off into psychedelia in 1967 for Their Satanic Majesties Request can also be seen as an early example of this.
    • Their 1997 album Bridges To Babylon is riddled with electronica textures.

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