Ranking the Rolling Stones top forty hits, 1960s

Hyped as mad, bad, and dangerous to know, the Rolling Stones spend most of the sixties competing with the Beatles, the Who, and the Kinks in the writing and recording of pure pop singles, amalgamating rococo portraiture, straightforward blues rock, country, and unidentifiable swamp weeds with such concentration that when the competition faded they were the last quintet standing. Their run from The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers) through Let It Bleed still gets short shrift beside their monochromatic seventies achievements.

Here I rank every top forty in America, with the mud-covered slurred glory of their second American #1 getting the most attention. Thank you, Charlie Watts, for drumming past the extra preposition.

Good to Great

Get Off Of My Cloud
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
19th Nervous Breakdown
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Honky Tonk Women

Sound, Solid Entertainments

The Last Time
She’s a Rainbow
Paint It, Black
It’s All Over Now
Time Is on My Side
Lady Jane
Ruby Tuesday
Mother’s Little Helper


As Tears Goes By
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?
Heart of Stone

7 thoughts on “Ranking the Rolling Stones top forty hits, 1960s

    1. humanizingthevacuum Post author

      “Ruby Tuesday” is too close to the Jagger-does-pretty scheme to admire; he’d do better later, maybe with more rancidness.

      1. Jukebox

        Perhaps. But I love the string section and was a change of pace at the time for them. “No Expectations” is country-pretty, then? I think it’s a classic melody, literally.

        And God, “later” it’s not Angie, is it? That’s Jagger-pretty! He’s not having the cold in “Ruby”.

      2. humanizingthevacuum Post author

        Jagger had learned by “No Expectations.” Matured for the sake of the track, maybe.

  1. Jukebox

    Well, thrid’s time’s a charm? I share this. God, is Spotify ()/&%·$ aweful. Anyone know how can I share my own list with my OWN songs I spent days digitalizing? Thanks in advance!! I think Spotty-fried only allows a 100 song view, when in fact, I have already 406 in the list.
    Just testing…


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