Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Oct. 1, 2002: Rolling Stones released career-spanning Forty Licks

Originally posted August 29, 2009. Last updated September 15, 2018.

Rolling Stones’ Compilations

Sorting out Stones’ compilations can be a bit of a chore. It’s not every band that’s had hits spread out over five decades. As a result, this page only covers compilations from the band’s post-Decca and London Records era. Those record companies, in the U.K. and U.S. respectively, held the rights to pre-1972 Stones’ material. Consquently, this page is devoted to Stones’ compilations from 1971 to 2002, so please check out the 1963-1971 compilations page as well.

The first official Stones’ compilation from the post-’71 era was Made in the Shade in 1975 followed by Sucking in the Seventies, in 1981. The next three compilations all duplicated the efforts of the aforementioned collections. This means Rewind, Jump Back, and Forty Licks are incredibly repetitive. However, the latter is the first career respective from the Stones, covering from 1963 to 2002 over two discs, making it the best place for a brand new fan to start.

Here are the collections featured on this page:

  1. Made in the Shade (single-disc compilation: 1971-74)
  2. Sucking in the Seventies (single-disc compilation: 1973-79)
  3. Rewind (single-disc compilation: 1971-84)
  4. Jump Back (single-disc compilation: 1971-93)
  5. Forty Licks (double-disc compilation: 1963-2002)

Click here to see all the album tracks featured on the above collections.

Genre: rock

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The Rolling Stones: Made in the Shade

Recorded: 1971-1974

Released: June 6, 1975

Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.5

Peak: US: 6, UK: 14, Canada: --, Australia: --


Made in the Shade, released in 1975, is the first official compilation album by The Rolling Stones during their Atlantic Records contract. It draws entirely from their first four albums on that label.” WK-MS “The material…surveys the highlights from the band's post-Decca/London era…from 1971’s Sticky Fingers to It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll from 1974, with no new material.” WK-MS The Stones “were mid-way through recording Black and Blue upon this album's June 1975 release” WK-MS, putting this out “to capitalize on the band’s summer Tour of the Americas, featuring Ronnie Wood for the first time in Mick Taylor’s place. Wood, fitting in so well, was asked to remain in the band on a permanent basis following the tour’s conclusion.” WK-MS “Subsequent Rolling Stones compilation albums have also anthologized tracks included on this album.” WK-MS

The Rolling Stones: Sucking in the Seventies

Recorded: 1973-1979

Released: March 9, 1981

Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.0

Peak: US: 15, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: 39


Sucking in the Seventies was “released in 1981. As the successor to 1975’s Made in the Shade, it covers material from 1974’s It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll to 1980’s Emotional Rescue. All of the album tracks except Shattered were remixed or re-edited for this release, and some rarer material was also included. Everything Is Turning to Gold was previously released as ‘Shattered’s B-side in late 1978 in the U.S. only; If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2) is a longer and different mix and containing different lyrics than ‘Dance (Pt. 1)’, the opening track on Emotional Rescue, which, despite this compilation’s title, was released in 1980; and When the Whip Comes Down is presented in an otherwise unreleased live version, recorded in Detroit on the 1978 tour.” WK-SS

The Rolling Stones: Rewind

Recorded: 1971-1984

Released: July 2, 1984

Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.5

Peak: US: 86, UK: 23, Canada: --, Australia: --


Rewind (1971–1984) “was released in 1984. Coming only three years after Sucking in the Seventies, the album was primarily compiled to mark the end of the band’s worldwide alliance with EMI (and Warner Music in North America), both of whom were the distributors of Rolling Stones Records.” RW “The UK and US editions…would each feature altered track listings, reflecting the individual tastes of both territories.” RW “The album was re-released on Compact Disc in the United States adding It’s Only Rock’n’ Roll (But I Like It) and Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker).” RW

The Rolling Stones: Jump Back

Recorded: 1971-1989

Released: Nov. 22, 1993

Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 0.6, IFPI: --, World: 4.5

Peak: US: 30, UK: 16, Canada: --, Australia: 9


This was the Stones’ “first release under their contract with Virgin Records in November 1993.” JB This was released worldwide, except in North America, where it finally “came on 24 August 2004. The first Rolling Stones compilation packaged in the Compact Disc era, Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones stretches from 1971’s Sticky Fingers to then-most recent studio album Steel Wheels in 1989.” JB

The Rolling Stones: Forty Licks

Recorded: 1964-2002

Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Sales (in millions): US: 4.0, UK: 0.9, IFPI: 1.0, World: 10.1

Peak: US: 2, UK: 2, Canada: --, Australia: 3



“Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones. A forty-year career-spanning retrospective, Forty Licks is notable for being the first retrospective to combine the band’s formative Decca/London era of the 1960s, now licensed by ABKCO Records (disc one), with their self-owned post-1970 material, currently distributed by Universal music (disc two).” FL This page only focuses on the material from disc two. For disc one material, check out the 1963-1971 compilations page.

Album Tracks – All Collections

Click here for the chart codes for singles/hit songs.


  1. Brown Sugar (4/16/71, #1 US, #2 UK, air: 3 m) MS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  2. Bitch MS, JB
  3. Wild Horses (6/12/71, #28 US) MS, JB, FL
  4. Tumbling Dice (4/29/72, #7 US, #5 UK) MS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  5. Happy (7/15/72, #22 US) MS, FL
  6. Rip This Joint MS
  7. Angie (9/1/73, #1 US, #5 UK, #38 AC, sales: 1 m) MS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  8. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (1/12/74, #15 US) MS, RW-US
  9. It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It) (8/3/74, #16 US, #10 UK) MS, RW-UK, JB, FL
  10. Dance Little Sister MS
  11. Time Waits for No One SS
  12. Fool to Cry (4/24/76, #10 US, #6 UK) SS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  13. Hot Stuff (4/24/76, #49 US, #84 RB) SS, JB
  14. Crazy Mama SS
  15. Mannish Boy (live) SS
  16. Miss You (5/27/78, #1 US, #3 UK, #33 RB, sales: 1 m) RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  17. Beast of Burden (9/9/78, #8 US) SS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  18. Respectable (9/30/78, #23 UK) RW-UK, JB
  19. Shattered (12/16/78, #31 US) SS, FL
  20. Everything Is Turning to Gold SS
  21. When the Whip Comes Down (live) SS


  1. Emotional Rescue (7/5/80, #3 US, #9 UK) RW-US, JB, FL
  2. She’s So Cold (9/27/80, #26 US, #33 UK) RW-UK
  3. If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2) (4/18/81, #26 AR) SS
  4. Start Me Up (8/22/81, #2 US, #7 UK, #1 AR) RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  5. Hang Fire (9/26/81, #20 US, #2 AR) RW-US
  6. Waiting on a Friend (11/28/81, #13 US, #50 UK, #8 AR) RW-UK, RW-US, JB
  7. Undercover of the Night (11/12/83, #9 US, #11 UK, #2 AR) RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  8. Harlem Shuffle (3/15/86, #5 US, #13 UK, #2 AR) JB
  9. Mixed Emotions (9/2/89, #5 US, #36 UK, #1 AR, #22 MR) JB, FL
  10. Rock and a Hard Place (9/9/89, #23 US, #63 UK, #1 AR) JB
  11. Love Is Strong (7/9/94, #91 US, #14 UK, #2 AR) FL
  12. You Got Me Rocking (7/23/94, #23 UK, #2 AR) FL
  13. Anybody Seen My Baby? (9/20/97, #22 UK, #3 AR) FL
  14. Don’t Stop (9/14/02) #36 UK, #21 AR) FL
  15. Keys to Your Love FL
  16. Stealing My Heart FL
  17. Losing My Touch FL

MS Made in the Shade
SS Sucking in the Seventies
RW-UK Rewind (U.K. version)
RW-US Rewind (U.S. version)
JB Jump Back
FL Forty Licks **

Notes: * Rewind features different track listing for the UK and US versions, noted above as RW-UK and RW-US.

** Only disc two songs are covered on this page. Disc one songs are featured on the 1963-1971 compilations page.

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