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As one of the longest running rock bands in history The Rolling Stones have had their fair share of shout-outs in popular culture.


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  • Apocalypse Now: During their mission the younger recrutes suddenly hear "Satisfaction" from Out of Our Heads on their transistor radio and start dancing along to it.
  • Almost Famous, set in the 1970s, has the band's road manager tell the group to think about their future: "If you think Mick Jagger will be out there trying to be a rock star at age 50, you are sadly, sadly mistaken."
  • Both Full Metal Jacket and The Devil's Advocate end with "Paint It, Black" from Aftermath as their closing song.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Keith Richards plays Jack Sparrow's pirate father, which is a special in-joke because Depp has acknowledged that he got his inspiration for Jack Sparrow from Richards. As an extra joke Richards is also seen playing a guitar in the scene.
  • "You Got Me Rocking" from Voodoo Lounge was used in The Replacements (2000).
  • "Gimme Shelter" from Let It Bleed was used in at least three Martin Scorsese films: Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed.
  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was used in The Big Chill (1983) during the opening funeral scene. In High Fidelity (2000) the song is also mentioned as part of a "Top 5" list of death songs, but immediately disqualified because it was used in "The Big Chill".
  • In Good Morning, Vietnam, when Robin Williams encounters a group of soldiers, he asks them what kind of music they like; when one of them mentions the Stones, he does a brief Mick Jagger impression.


  • In Stephen King's Rage "Hot Stuff" from Black and Blue is played at a party.
    • Also in a Richard Bachman novel, Roadwork, Bart Dawes buys Let It Bleed after hearing it at a party, and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is played during the final confrontation.
  • In King's Dreamcatcher, "Sympathy for the Devil" appears as the Blue Group's "Squad Anthem", and it becomes an earworm Henry really grows to hate.
  • Ian Rankin's story collection "Beggars Banquet" is a shout-out to Beggars Banquet.
  • In Soul Music, the band led by Crash, which is a parody of all "harder" rock music (in contrast with The Band With Rocks In's classic rock'n'roll) is discussing the fact they keep changing their name because somewhere is the perfect one, and Crash comments that a rolling stone gathers no moss. They don't pick up on it.
  • In Carl Hiaasen's first solo novel, Tourist Season, when the head bad guy (along with his compatriots) crashes the Orange Bowl halftime show, he naturally introduces himself to the crowd by saying, "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste."

     Live-Action TV  

  • Spitting Image: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were both made into puppets.
  • On Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner's Candy Slice was a Stones devotee like the real Patti Smith. Best demonstrated in her song "Gimme Mick".
    You Mick Jagger have the greatest rock 'n roll band in the history of rock n' roll
    And you don't even play an instrument yourself!
  • Classic Albums: One episode was devoted to Beggars Banquet.
  • "Paint It Black" from Aftermath was used a the theme music of Tour of Duty.
  • In the Shadowhunters episode "The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy", Simon refers to Jace as a Mick Jagger-looking guy.
  • The pilot episode of Westworld features an epic rendition of "Paint It Black" performed by a symphony orchestra, used to score a bloody saloon robbery.
  • Sesame Street: The band was spoofed as The Cobble Stones and sang (I Can't Get No) Cooperation.


  • Famous and influential rock magazine Rolling Stone would probably not have existed if The Rolling Stones didn't get so popular.
    • Both were named after Muddy Waters' song, "Rollin' Stone". The magazine was not named after the band.


  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: On the cover of this The Beatles album a doll can be seen, wearing a sweater with the line "Welcome the Rolling Stones" on the front. The Stones returned the favour by hiding pictures of the Beatles' faces on the Their Satanic Majesties Request cover, with the message "Welcome the Beatles".
  • In the album cover art of Frank Zappa's We're Only in It for the Money (1968), inside the booklet, a text balloon has Zappa say: "Between the buttons!" This is a reference to the Stones album Between the Buttons, which Zappa even deemed superior to Sgt. Peppers.
  • The song "All The Young Dudes" by Mott The Hoople has the line: "My brother's back at home with his Beatles & His Stones."
  • Marilyn Manson's song "Sympathy For The Parents" from Smells Like Children is a shout-out to "Sympathy For The Devil" from Beggars Banquet.
  • The Blur song "Trailer Park" has the line "I lost my girl to the Rolling Stones".
  • The song "Beatles and the Stones" by The House Of Love.
  • The Clash: Their song "1977" namedrops the band.
    Danger stranger
    You better paint your face
    No Elvis, Beatles, or the Rolling Stones
    In 1977
  • "Trash" by Robyn Hitchcock:
    You wish you could be Charlie Watts
    doesn't mean to say you're not...
    ...and you wish you could be Brian Jones
    now he's just a heap of bones
    that's one better than you
  • "Blame It On The Stones" by Kris Kristofferson.
  • Michel Delpech's "Quand j' étais chanteur" has the line: "J' ai appris que Mick Jagger était mort dernièrement" ("I was told that Mick Jagger recently passed away").
  • Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" has the line: "You live in a fancy apartment, of the Boulevard Saint-Michel/ where you keep your Rolling Stones records."
  • Captain Beefheart's "Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones" from Strictly Personal
  • The Residents: On The Third Reich 'n Roll a heavily distorted version of The Beatles' "Hey Jude" is intertwined with the woo hoo chorus from The Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil".
  • Gorillaz: Murdoch was partly inspired by Keith Richards' persona.
  • The title of the Metric song references both "Gimme Shelter" and "Sympathy for the Devil". In addition the chorus asks "Who would you rather be? The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?"
  • The American neo-psychedelic band The Brian Jonestown Massacre (yes, they are indeed partially named after Brian Jones) called their fourth album Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request from 1996.
  • "Borrowed Tune" from Neil Young's "Tonight's The Night" (1975) uses the same melody as "Lady Jane", which is lampshaded by him in the song:
    I'm singin' this borrowed tune
    I took from the Rolling Stones
    Alone in this empty room
    Too wasted to write my own
  • Tom Waits: On his album Bad As Me during the track "Satisfied" Keith Richards, who plays guitar during the track, receives a shoutout. The song title also brings up associations with The Rolling Stones' song "Satisfaction" from Out of Our Heads.
    Now Mr. Jagger and Mr. Richards
    I will scratch where I've been itching.


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     Western Animation  

  • The Simpsons:
    • When Bart arrives in Hell in "Bart Gets Hit By A Car" Satan introduces himself to him with the words: "Pleased to meet you", a shout-out to the refrain from The Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" from Beggars Banquet.
    • In Rosebud, after hearing The Ramones play, Mr. Burns tells Smithers to have The Rolling Stones killed.
    • In "Lisa's Wedding", set in the future, a poster can be seen in Lisa's room with the text "The Rolling Stones Steel Wheelchair Tour", a pun on their Steel Wheels tour. Believe it or not, this is actually meant to be a joke about how they would never have a reunion.
    • When Ned Flanders is under influence of LSD in "D'oh-in' in the Wind" he sees Melody, Verse and Rich Uncle Skeleton (The Grateful Dead) and the marching hammers from Pink Floyd's The Wall march in front of him, suddenly turned into the Lips & Tongue logo of the Rolling Stones, telling him to "Pucker up, Ned".
    • The title of the episode "Brother's Little Helper" is a pun on the song "Mother's Little Helper". The title of "You Kent Always Say What You Want" spoofs "You Can't Always Say What You Want".
    • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were "special guest voice" in "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation". In the episode Jagger self parodies his way of dancing on stage. Also, when Homer finds out that rock 'n' roll camp is over, Jagger tries to cheer him up by saying: "It's only rock 'n' roll camp", to which Homer moans: "But I like it!", in reference to the song It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It). The episode also uses "Start Me Up" (Tattoo You) and "She's So Cold" (Emotional Rescue)


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