The Rolling Stones
Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked
Revered as the world’s all-time greatest rock and roll band. Formed in London, England in 1962. Singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards became childhood friends in 1950 and reconnected in 1961 over their shared interest in Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. The two of them and Dick Taylor (bass: 1962-63), who had been in a garage band with Jagger, started playing together. They connected with Blues Incorporated members Brian Jones (guitar: 1963-69), Ian Stewart (keyboards: 1963-85), and Charlie Watts (drums: 1963-2021). They formed a band focused on playing covers of Chicago blues, naming themselves after a Muddy Waters’ song. They were managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (1963-67) who promoted them as bad boys in contrast to the Beatles.
Other members included Mick Avory (drums: 1963), Nicky Hopkins (keyboards: 1967-82), Darryl Jones (bass: 1994-95), Chuck Leavell (keyboards: 1982-), Ian McLagan (keyboards: 1978-81), Jack Nitzsche (keyboards: 1965-71), Billy Preston (keyboards: 1971-81), Mick Taylor (guitar: 1969-75), Ronnie Wood (guitar: 1975-present), and Bill Wyman (bass: 1962-92).
Two of their songs (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Honky Tonk Women”) are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Four of their albums – Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main St. (1972) – are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.
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Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)
DMDB Top 1%:
1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965) #1 US, CB, UK, AU
DMDB Top 2%:
12. Get Off of My Cloud (1965) #1 US, CB, UK, CN
DMDB Top 5%:
15. Tumbling Dice (1972)
21. Time Is on My Side (1964)
DMDB Top 10%:
29. Under My Thumb (1966)
31. Fool to Cry (1976)
41. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) (1964)
DMDB Top 20%:
44. 2000 Light Years from Home (1967)
51. Little Red Rooster (1964) #1 UK
61. Let It Bleed (1969)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
73. Sister Morphine (1971)
81. Come On (1963)
91. Little T & A (1981)
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Also factored in are the status of each album’s songs in Dave’s Music Database for songs.
1. Exile on Main Street (1972)
11. Goats Head Soup (1973)
21. It’s Only Rock and Roll (1974)
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First posted 7/26/2013; last updated 10/26/2021.