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#RollingStones50 - help build the Ultimate Rolling Stones Playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:00 UK time, Wednesday, 4 July 2012

This July at 6 Music we’re dedicating a month of shows to celebrate 50 years of the world’s definitive rock 'n' roll bands; The Rolling Stones.

A young Mick and Keith became friends in Dartford at the turn of the ‘60s, and bonded over their growing infatuation with the blues. Two of their first three singles were covers while the other was written by Lennon and McCartney - the story famously going that Mick and Keith were locked in a kitchen by their manager, Andrew ‘Loog’ Oldham until they wrote a song themselves.

Now collectively nick-named as the ‘Glimmer Twins’, they are considered one of the greatest song writing partnerships of all time selling 200 million albums over five decades, with a couple of line-up adjustments and a fair few tour anecdotes which they are about to add to with another world tour next year – which might, just might, take in a certain festival on Worthy Farm in June.

So, turn on that hip swagger and tune your air guitar to open D for we want you to help us make The Ultimate Rolling Stones Playlist - but the question is: where in the name of her satanic majesty do we start?
• Your favourite Stones tracks –the hits, the album tracks and the forgotten gems
• Some of their influences from early rhythm and blues such as Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf or Bo Diddley
• Their contemporaries – The Beatles, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, and so on
• Bands they’ve influenced like Aerosmith, Primal Scream or (more recently) Yelawolf or Jack White
• Favourite covers of Stones tracks, such as Leon Russell’s epic version of Jumpin Jack Flash at the Concert for Bangladesh

Or whatever else you can think of.

Get in touch in all the usual ways – comment on this blog or our Facebook page, drag a track into our collaborative Stones playlist on Spotify, send us e-mail or Tweet us using #RollingStones50  and remember to tune into the show from 6pm on Sunday.


  • Comment number 1.

    What a great idea this is...but how do you stop a Stones fan once you've got them started? So many classics, Gimme Shelter, Under My Thumb, Paint it Black. I honestly don't think it's possible to pick one song from a 50 year collection. I do have favourites though, some of them being Play With Fire, Time is on My Side, Little Red Rooster, Love in Vain, You Got The Silver, Stray Cat Blues, Sweet Virginia, Shine A Light, Wild Horses, I Got The Blues, Far Away Eyes, We Had It All, Stealing My Heart...to be honest I don't think they've done a bad song! Even their covers are Rolling Stones classics. Being a fairly young fan (30 years young) they've taught me to search into their roots in blues and country which has led to me learning songs from great artists like Howlin Wolf ('Evil' - what a song!), Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Berry and my growing love for country artists like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson is a great new country artist following in these footsteps-his album 'The Guitar Song' is just fantastic.
    Let's all keep our fingers crossed for a tour next year...if only they could be around for another 50 years!

  • Comment number 2.

    I vote for Memory Motel...how many votes do I get? Actually everyone of their songs!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    Emotional Rescue!

  • Comment number 4.

    Loving Cup and the entire Exile on Main St. album. i agree with Meredith too, Memory Motel, Melody and Fool to Cry on Black And Blue are classics.

  • Comment number 5.

    Fool to Cry,Coming Down Again,Beast of Burden. My fav is ****No Use in Crying****

  • Comment number 6.

    Shine a light, can't be seen, one hit to the body and hand of fate if I have to choose :)

  • Comment number 7.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 8.

    OK i could'nt post my 1st choice do to BBC standards, it's the last song on Goats Head Soup Album , we all know the title and sad it cant take its place in top 50 where it belongs due to it's title. So lets go to no.2 for a top 50, Monkey Man... "All my Friends are Junkies" Keef you bad boy !

  • Comment number 9.

    My first choice would be "Let it Loose". My second choice would be "Winter". Both are amazing soulful songs that they have never ever played live.

  • Comment number 10.

    Another classic is the live version of "Midnight Rambler" from "Get Yer Ya Yas Out". This version surpasses the studio version, and it brings back great memories of when they opened with this song at the tiny, 1,500 seat Enmore Theatre in Sydney in 2003, when I was right down the front....I remember Keith walking out, turning to Charlie and saying "You ready, man"?" Charlie says "Yeah, Keef", and then Keith rips into the opening chords of "Rambler"...a sublime experience.

  • Comment number 11.

    I would have to say Monkey Man, Midnight Rambler, Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man, are among my favorites. I also really like Stray Cat Blues, Angie, Black Limousine, Rocks Off, Brown Sugar, Sway, Love is Strange, and of course Satisfaction.

  • Comment number 12.

    The following 5 are some of the greatest songs in Rock 'n' Roll History: Satisfaction, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, and Brown Sugar. And they were all released between 1965 to 1971. The Stones are the best. 'Nuff said.

  • Comment number 13.

    I have seen the Stones 7 times and they get better each time! For me Can you hear me knocking shows off the band's great musicianship. Bobby on sax, does it get any better? Midnight rambler and Flash highlight rock and roll and Just my imagination shows they can rock Mowtown. What a band! Can't wait to hear about the tour!

  • Comment number 14.

    dance little sister..if you can listen to this song without getting up and shaking your ass you should be listening to lawrence welk..have already made my children promise to play it loud as they lower me down into the grave(in about a hundred damn years)

  • Comment number 15.

    Satisfaction, Angie, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, and Brown Sugar !!! J'adore !!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Loving Before They Make Me Run and We Had it All by the Stones at the moment. My Dad grew up listening to the Rolling Stones so it's only natural that they're one of my favorite bands :) I'm the only 16 year old I know that can name more than 5 Stones song... ;)

  • Comment number 17.

    How about Godstar by Psychic TV? A great tribute to Brian Jones

  • Comment number 18.

    This is very difficult to pick up just one song, but for me it is "HONKY TONK WOMEN".

  • Comment number 19.

    How about she's like a rainbow, we love you, Angie, sympathy for the devil, happy. That's my favourite five.

  • Comment number 20.

    "Sympathy for the devil" would be my favourite Stones track of all time. As for runner-ups I'd go with "miss you", "emotional rescue", "have you seen your mother....", "we love you", "far away eyes" and "undercover"


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