Each Rolling Stones album was ranked from worst to best. (2023)

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Each Rolling Stones album was ranked from worst to best. (1)

More than half a century after its existence, therolling rocksHe released just 23 studio albums in the UK, but this catalog contains some of the most influential, innovative and iconic recordings of the rock 'n' roll era.

From the moment they burst into the steamy, sweaty clubs of London's rhythm 'n' blues scene in the early '60s, the Stones defined an unprecedented rebellious sensibility that has since been accepted as an integral part of the entire society. later rock music. But it wasn't just reckless arrogance, belligerent demeanor, fearless use of various narcotics, and an uncanny knack for tying superfluous scarves around one's legs that earned the band their enviable reputation as "the ultimate rock 'n' band." roll of the world". "

Whilelos beatles, under the guidance ofJorge Martin, embracing strings, wind instruments, piano-based melodies,BlechpfannengasseUsing populism, English Music Hall flair and classical European elements to create their blueprint for mainstream pop, the Stones stayed true to their R'n'B roots by cruising the Atlantic in search of the raw materials of the music we hear. today as recognized rock.

electric bullyChicago-Blues, loose syncopations of soul, offbeat urban radio, and candid awkwardness of a burgeoning civil rights movement collided with Dustbowl-Born, bourbon-soaked grains, and the painfully raw sentiments of country music blue-collars, as the rock preempts exclusive genres ganged up against each other in the political context of ever-disappearing racial segregation.

Untainted by the restrictive baggage of segregation conventions, the band toured the country, ravenously amassing new sounds and new styles at every truck stop and juke joint along the way. Back in the studio, they combined these elements to create a series of career-defining albums:beggars banquet('68),let it bleed('69),sticky fingers('71),exile on main street('72), who brought mainstream America to Americana, the folk music that had always been right under their noses, and they loved it for it. They still do it.

But the Rolling Stones have much more to offer than this flagship quartet of releases, before and after. Their '60s hits never lose their power, they're still one of the biggest live bands to ever grace a stage, and there are enough bootlegs to keep you hooked to the ends of the earth.

Some of their superior live recordings are officially released via the band's website, but there are many others (along with TV appearances, radio sessions, and studio recordings) that are shamelessly available and worth a listen. This contract-compliant retired Decca singlesadness student(also know asSchwanzlutscher-Blues) comAndrews bluesat the border? you need to hear this

But in the meantime, there's this. Enjoy.

27) Emotional Rescue (1980)(opens in a new tab)

Not so much "avoid" as "buy last",Emotional Rescuemarks the Stones' reckless foray into the world of disco. However, a good five years after the rest of the planet. With Jagger playing all flashy, self-absorbed and Gibbsy, it's all any self-respecting Rolling Stones fan can keep from crying.

dance (part 1)It's also at the top of the lazy front, which is a shame since it's Ronnie Wood's only credit along with Jagger and Richards as author. Some might say it's a lot like Led Zeppelin.trampled...that is, KeithEverything about youit's something of a classic and deserves better company.

26) Dirty Work (1986)(opens in a new tab)

Hampered by flagging production in the mid-'80s,dirty workfinds Stones in crisis, Richards angry at Jagger for being releasedShe is the boss, his first solo album, and the pair hardly speak to each other. Meanwhile, Charlie was in the grip of an unlikely addiction to heroin and alcohol. Listening to the album now, it's not surprisingly bad.

It's obviously the Stones, so it's not without its charms, but you have to look hard to find one. His single, a tiresome version of Bob & Earl'sHarlem Shuffle, is disappointingly similar to JaggerDancing in the streetLive Aid Bowie Duo. On the plus side? Since it's not for charity, you don't have to pretend to like it.

25) Wheels of Steel (1989)(opens in a new tab)

Struggling to end their animosity, Jagger and Richards began working on a post-dirty workReturn, which pretty much set a template for everything that would follow. An album where the Stones mostly play in a familiar, even cartoonish style, there are crisp vocals from Keith Lead adding a rustic bootleg whimsy to the mix, and production-wise it's hard to miss, as everything comes together. It feels anchored and built around Charlie's. loop.

And, of course, there's a complementary tour, even to test how high the price of a ticket can be in today's market.continental drift, his last major sonic experiment (historically significant, with Brian Jones favourite, Master Musicians Of Jajouka) went largely unnoticed, while the album's three singles failed to crack the UK Top 30.

24) Bridges to Babylon (1997)(opens in a new tab)

It's all well and good to be the biggest rock 'n' roll band in the world, but what do you plan to do for your next stunt? In 1997Bridges to Babylonthe Stones chose to conjure up more of the same... but differently.

Experimenting with samples and always keeping an eye on the contemporary, Jagger brought in The Dust Brothers to add some magic to the production. Meanwhile, Keith, always keeping an eye on Jagger, brought in Dylan/Band/Clapton traditionalist Rob Fraboni to produce his tracks, three of which were previously unreleased and final cuts. Danny Saber and Don Was also received production credits, and no fewer than eight bassists struggled to contain the band's background.

chefs? Broth? There's probably some sort of cooking-based analogy begging to be employed here, but there's honestly a lot to love.Bridges to Babylon. Also, Keith and Reggae? I've never been the easiest bed partner.

23) Voodoo Lounge (1994)(opens in a new tab)

The Stones lived through a difficult 1980s. Who does not? But the band emerged from bassist Bill Wyman's midlife crisis and mid-career divorce from him in 1993 refreshed and ready to get back to work. Mick and Keith had the extramarital solo flirting out of their systems, Darryl Jones was there to handle the background andvoodoo loungeCapture a revived gang.

Producer Don Was voiced contemporary sparkslove is strong, placing the crown jewels of the band's sound in a sophisticated '90s setting that became the most band of the year. Even if your pedal is in metal, as inyou got me rocking, the band looks dignified and distinguished.

22) Black and Blue (1976)(opens in a new tab)

With Mick Taylor ending the day at the endes solo rock'n'roll, the Stones were looking for a replacement, and auditions for the vacant position can be heard on Black And Blue.

From his contributions, one can see why Muscle Shoals winger Wayne Perkins or Canned Heat's Harvey Mandel were considered: the former for the killer skills and honeyed soul ofthe hand of fatemifool for crying, the latter forhot thingof energetic funk, both for the excellent work on the Highlight albummemory motel, but Ronnie Wood got the job for lukewarm helpings of cod reggae and a mother of crazy numbers. He must have gotten a better interview. Or hairstyle.

21) Between the Shoots (1967)(opens in a new tab)

Recorded in Hollywood and London in the fall of 1966.between the buttonsgave a clear indication that Brian Jones was fast becoming a marginalized creative force in the band he called his own. As well as an awkwardly playing vibes over the opening of the album.yesterday's newspapers’ misogynistic lyrics,between the buttonshe got rid of almost all exotic instruments.

The furious a-ronk-a-ronk of Miss Amanda Jones and the thunderous berry-isms of Keith's Connection glowed with a freshness and lack of artifice that bespoke the freedom of their time. Though often overlooked by the accepted wisdom of accepted critical opinion,between the buttonsit was the first album to capture the classic post-Jones sound of the Rolling Stones at its finest.sticky fingers.

20) Goat's Head Soup (1973)(opens in a new tab)

Always determined to incorporate contemporary elements into their signature sound,goat head soupdiscovers that the Stones (fresh off the streets with backing band Stevie Wonder) are new to urban funk.Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Herzensbrecher)With its Billy Preston harpsichord and blaring Jim Price trumpet arrangement, this is class,Dancing with Mr.threatens beautifully, but in the heart,goat head soupIt's a ballad album.

The best,angie, is possibly the best of the Stones, so it is more than worthy of inclusion, but it fills common spaces likeWintermicome down againwill send you running into the arms of the wonderful, if tacky,stern, stern.

19) Undercover (1983)(opens in a new tab)

While Undercover might not be the last time the Rolling Stones struggled for relevance, it was the last time the global zeitgeist was willing to shake off their disbelief and afford to look like them. The promotion for the lead single Undercover Of The Night, directed by Julien Temple, was deemed too controversial for MTV.

Followingget tattooedUndercover, the archive hobo from , was the Stones' first album of new material sinceEmotional Rescuedisco hiccups and reappearance of a postgreatest hitsIn a landscape where synth-pop reigned supreme, rap was on the rise, and youth reigned supreme, rock's older statesmen had a lot to prove. A contemporary Chris Kimsey co-production updated the Stones' sound and, as before, they struggled to cover all the bases: funk (disguised at night), rocks (she was hot), Reggae (Feel On Baby), Jagger rappte sogar (Too Much Blood).

Ultimately, "Undercover," though a commercial success, would be the Stones' last truly ambitious album. With pop already beginning to split along generic lines, it was no longer possible for one band to cater to all men.

18) Es solo rock and roll (1974)(opens in a new tab)

The Rolling Stones' constant spark continueses solo rock'n'rollwith the expanded slot offingerprint filebut while it's an extremely satisfying collection of tracks, the album as a whole continues to drift rudderlessly sincegoat head soup.

No doubt at Keith's urging, Luxury finds the band turning their attention to reggae.Time waits for no oneuses a slight Latin accent andIf you can't rock me...rocks, but the title track, which is credited to Jagger/Richard but was actually co-written by Jagger and Ronnie Wood during sessions for Stone's upcoming solo album, is the song that ultimately defined the album, and with its status of spirit, all the work of the defined band.

17) Petition of Their Satanic Majesties (1967)(opens in a new tab)

Although certainly not a classic,Their satanic majesties askit's a far cry from the ill-conceived psychedelic lunacy that critical wisdom might lead you to believe. Recorded shortly after the low-key Between The Buttons watch, it was the inevitable product of barely contained experimentation (both musically and chemically) and the inevitable consequences of both.

Drug offenses, trials, arrests, and general carousing rarely saw the band as a studio unit, and the solo indulgences of those who brought them tended to strip the material of its inherent Stones vibe. Having said that2000 light years from home,citadelmishe is a rainbow(with string arrangement by John Paul Jones) are considered true Psych classics.

16) Out of Our Minds (1965)(opens in a new tab)

As non-album and tabloid hits continued to build the Stones' reputation nationally, the Anti-Beatles, their cover-heavy third player, reflected the changing times driven by mods, changing his attention from blues to soul.

don covaysgrace gracemarvin gayeshitch-hikingy Sam Cookesgood timesFind out how the Stones mastered a new discipline. With each successive tour of the United States—the promised land so convincingly mythologized in the songs of their musical idols—these voracious American students drew new inspirations, broadened their range of influences, and ultimately broke common boundaries to shape the future of music. rock. music. .

Progressive yes, but they still find room to romp happily through Chuck Berry.talk about you.

15) Los Rolling Stones Nr. 2 (1965)(opens in a new tab)

This foot-finding exercise reportedly captured the Stones living their dream (recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago and at RCA in Hollywood between the dates of their first US tour). But the first taste of America was not as sweet as they had hoped. A chance meeting with Muddy Waters was offset by a tongue-in-cheek on-air attack from TV host Dean Martin.

Mocked like Neanderthals by a conservative establishment, they poured their passion into the career-defining recordings of Norman Meade.time is on my sidey Don Rayeson the way a piecewhile the nascent Jagger/Richard songwriters partnership gained confidence with the guarantee if derivedWound,Grown uphochincorrectmioff the hook.

14) Shine a Light (2008)(opens in a new tab)

The soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's extraordinary documentary of two 2008 concerts at New York City's relatively intimate Beacon Theater captures the majestic Stones at the height of their modern live power. It's the best-recorded example of what Keith Richards likes to call "the ancient art of knitting," the intuitive, almost telepathic interplay between rock 'n' roll itself and Honest Ron.

A wonderfully fast-paced, career-spanning set list that finds all the central players in rare form: Mick Jagger's unmistakably courteous vocal delivery, Charlie's rocking precision, admirable backing from veterans Bobby Keys (saxophone ) and Chuck Leavell (keyboards), but it's the magical sparks between Keith and Ron that really dazzle.

13) Tattooart (1981)(opens in a new tab)

Who would have thought? Producer Chris Kimsey was sent to the vaults to create an album for the band to tour in late 1981, and producer Chris Kimsey returns with pure gold.

tapasmiwaiting for a friendthey are from the 1972sgoat head soupsessions and guest appearances by Mick Taylor, while the star of the show, Start Me Up, found his unlikely birth in the one-of-a-kind rock recording of ablack and blue-era reggae named fornever stop.

Long-forgotten songs, instrumental jams, and curated snippets are recalibrated with contemporary vocal performances, but the production lacks glamor and the end result feels like a band returning to both their roots and their best form.

12) A Big Bang (2005)(opens in a new tab)

Though they jump from genre to genre, soaking up inspiration like a sponge and churning out authentic, often exemplary instances of blues, country, funk, rock 'n' roll, soul, and R'n'B along the way, at some point. along the line. The Stones achieved an instantly identifiable and completely inimitable Rolling Stones sound.

While extremely difficult to describe, it is also instantly recognizable and has never been nailed better or as precisely as it is.brute justice, the opening of the Stones' last studio album, released in 2005.oh no no you againis, improbably enough, equally convincingly excellent, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that no one does The Rolling Stones as well as The Rolling Stones.

11) Blue and Lonely (2016)(opens in a new tab)

eleven years latera bigger bangit was starting to feel like the Stones' recording days were behind us. After all, as the tour's ultimate legacy with a golden songbook, they didn't need new material to fuel their still-smoldering fire. So, with the least amount of fuss,blue and lonelyAn almost energetic and superbly executed attack on a dozen blues covers (top-tier songs from those who coined the Stones: Little Walter; Jimmy Reed et al.), Fell erupted in Chiswick in three eventful days.

With everyone involved, especially a relentlessly energetic Jagger, in his prime, the album soars.I have to gojokes,Commit a crimese gabar,the way i treat youSwing and Clapton guests. These are the Rolling Stones doing what they do best. And when they're in this form, no one performs better.

10) Episodes (1965)(opens in a new tab)

Marking a tremendous artistic leap,result(recorded entirely in Los Angeles) was the first Stones album to consist entirely of Jagger/Richard compositions. Still firmly rooted in R'n'B, it's Brian Jones' visionary instrumentation that really propels the band forward at this point.

Taking a cue from George Harrison, Jones imitated a sitar up close.mother's helperusing a slide on his 12-string electric guitar before finally switching to the actual non-album singlepaint it black.

Brian got better toolady janeusing an Appalachian dulcimer to give an otherworldly Elizabethan tone to the negotiation and discard boring misogynyunder my controlextraordinary in transposing his signature guitar riff onto African marimbas.

9) Case of Brussels (Alive 1973) (2011)

Official recognition and release was a long time coming, but most Stones fans had an "official" bootleg.brussels case(also know asBedspring-Symphonie) in some way, as the show's highlights originally aired in the mid-1970s.

Recorded in 1973 with Mick Taylor at the peak of his career, it's simply the Stones' best live performance. Ironically, it could have been even better. Unofficial version, excerpted from a BBC radio edition, supersedes superior versions ofrip this joint,Salto Jack FlashmiStreet Fighterfrom another program.

OOfficial business of Brusselscan be downloaded from the official online archive of the Rolling Stones.

8) Los Rolling Stones (1964)

The Stones' often overlooked and invariably underrated self-titled debut album is inexplicably not available on CD with its original track listing in the UK, though iTunes can still match an accurate download, it captures the band in their original incarnation, as evangelical purveyors of authentic rhythms. and blues music.

dime, a mesmerizing pop facsimile of the Brill Building, bodes well for an early look at Jagger/Richards' upcoming songwriting credit, but three-quarters of the album's twelve songs are R'n'B covers. Jimmy Reed's lazy chancehonestly i do, Brian Jones' slide beats Slim Harpo'si am a king bee, Keith delinquent, pursued by Chuck BerryCarol: formative foundations upon which the Stones would build the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band.

7) Some Girls (1978)(opens in a new tab)

The Stones were never as titanic and ubiquitous as they were in the mid-1970s, but their game has been off a bit since their delivery.exile on main streetRon Wood replaced Mick Taylor, but his albums were patchy; up to 78some girls. Despite Jagger's optimistic aspirations, the Stones would never try to take on the punks at their own game, but disco? They could.

I miss youobsessed with this summer. His Bill Wyman bass run on Billy Preston was irresistible when combined with Charlie' Watts' four-to-the-floor slam. Elsewhere, a strong supporting castRespectable,When the whip comes down,distant eyesmibeast of burdendeliver too.

6) Hol Yer Ya-Yas raus! (1970)(opens in a new tab)

No other live album captures the raw, visceral emotion of a rock concert so succinctly.and and. His simple vérité approach fits perfectly with the Stones' style. Here was a band newly promoted to the American arenas, but with the girly screams of the provincial odeons still in their ears and the sweaty intimacy of the crawdaddy club fresh on their minds.

Jagger is in rare public form and Richards (finally free to carry a half-cocked Brian Jones) is on fire, battling with confidence against incredible newcomer Mick Taylor. First introduced as "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world," they don't disappoint. robert johnsonlove in vainflies,midnight wandererAmazement and a touch of joy from Berry...Charlie's fine tonight, isn't he?

5) Singles-Sammlung: The London Years (1989)(opens in a new tab)

Although the Stones' albums of the 1960s always delivered, building on the band's best-known singles in a way that contemporary full-length albums by The Who and Small Faces did not, the band's greatest effort from the Decca era was on 7-inch vinyl. . Contemporary Hit Albums (flood and green grass, dark through the past,Flor) are fondly remembered, but in the age of CDs, the best are contained in this complete 3-disc set.

An unusually polite gallop debut from Chuck Berry.yes Come on;a brutal attack on Lennon and McCartneyI want to be your man; the weak riffs that conquer the world and the stubborn, anti-establishment vibes of(can't not) satisfaction,get off my cloudmi19. Nervous breakdown... Everything here and everything, still, shining.

4) Beggar's Banquet (1968)(opens in a new tab)

While Brian Jones' contributions (tambura here, mellotron there) occasionally haunted the event, his narcotic, paranoid state essentially let the band down throughout the year.beggarsessions Even so, Keith Richards, backed by debuting Stones producer Jimmy Miller, stepped up to deliver one of his greatest albums.

beggarfollowedSatanic Majesties' an unfocused psycho with a confident redefinition of all rock music. From the anti-evangelical tribal persistence ofsympathy for the devil, through the hoopla that defines the zeitgeist ofStreet Fighter, to the revealing lust ofblue stray cat,beggarit hardened the Stones' bad-boy image into the vision of amoral excess that rock 'n' roll has always tried to live up to.

3) Let It Bleed (1969)(opens in a new tab)

Arriving in the last month of the sixties,let it bleedit served to cement the Stones' reputation as deliciously diabolical harbingers of countercultural doom. Looking back, it seems almost unbelievable to predict that the album's ominous opening,give me shelter, should have been released a day before Altamont.

"A storm is coming"in fact: Merry Clayton's exceptional choruses alone are worth the price of admission. Elsewhere, reflective psychodrama spread,midnight wandereramplify the darknesslive with meconfirms suspicions that the Stones used to be rakes from the modern Hellfire ClubYou don't always get what you wanthe concludes the proceedings with an epic, if bittersweet, fin de siècle choral crescendo.

2) Exile on Main Street (1972)(opens in a new tab)

Exile enjoys an unassailable position in the accepted Stones lore as their crowning glory, but while they capture a top-notch unit at the top of their form, they've done a better job in terms of core material. Exile's legend grew more around the chaotic circumstances of his birth, his US tour, and his portfolio of contemporary photos than on the power of his songs.

However, here are some true classics:dice fallingrepresents the rock as it should be rolled,shakehe changes gears whenever Charlie's pelvis locks up andall on the lineKeith '72's pace defines the convincing swagger of Keith '72 in Corvine.rip this joint? Forget.Exileit is incorrigible.

1) Sticky Fingers (1971)(opens in a new tab)

Housed in an iconic Andy Warhol-designed sleeve that viciously attacked all his other vinyl-era records with its blatantly impractical metal zipper.sticky fingersillustrates the best qualities of stones through ten must-have selections.

From the thunderous opening riff of Brown Sugar (arguably the Stones' defining moment) to the Gram Parsons-inspired paradigm of country-rock, Wild Horses, and the dreamscape ofmoonlight mile, Mick Taylor's studio debut never stops.

Can't you hear me calling?The extended one-take coda, complete with its Santana-esque congas, takes Bobby Keys' saxophone improvisation and Taylor's inspired flow to dizzying heights. The bitch's little swaggermorphine sisterOblivion Opiate: Stones never got better than this.

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What is the best selling Rolling Stones album?

sticky fingersit was a number 1 album in the UK and across the Atlantic. The band's 1971 release was certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). but according toBestSellingAlbums.org, the best-selling album is the 1972 compilationHot Stones: 1964-1971, a 21-track collection of his greatest hits and cuts.

What is the best Rolling Stones album of all time?

If we discard the best of 1971Hot Stones: 1964-1971,BestSellingAlbums.orgit says your album is from 1978some girlsit is their biggest seller, moving more than 6 million copies in the United States alone. The album contains the singles.I miss you,beast of burden,Respectablemicrushed.

What is the best-selling album of all time?

1982 Michael Jackson albumAction filmit sold 51.2 million certified sales, making it the biggest album of all time. AC/DC album from 1980back in the darkit ranks second with just over 30 million copies. Unusually for a band of the Rolling Stones' caliber, none of their albums made the top 50 best-selling albums.

What is the best song of all time?

On Rolling Stones Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, The Rolling Stones' 1965 single(can't not) satisfactionfinished second on the 2004 and 2010 lists with Bob Dylanlike a rolling stoneTop slot bagging. In fact, the Stones covered Dylan's song in 1995; A live version was recorded at London's Brixton Academy and appears on the album.strippedwhich was released in November of this year.


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Each Rolling Stones album was ranked from worst to best. (2)

Ian Fortnam

Ian has been the editor of Classic Rock Reviews for the last 19 years and published his first fanzine in 1977. Since wasting his youth on "research", his work has also appeared in publications such as Metal Hammer, Prog, NME, Uncut, Kerrang. !, VOX, The Face, The Guardian, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Electronic Sound, Record Collector and more on the Internet. Permanently buried under mountains of vinyl, ears ringing from a lifetime of concerts, he loves nothing more than playing a guitar in his spare time, and after a baptism of punk fire, he's been playing in bands and releasing records on Esoteric for 45 years. years. Antenna and Cleopatra Records.

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