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One of the most iconic music groups of all time, the Rolling Stones formed in London in 1962 and are still rocking stadiums today. Although the lineup has changed over the years, founding Stones members and childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards remain.

Often uttered in the same sentence as other legendary English rock bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, Jagger and company still stand out for their original blues/rock sound. “Angie,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Miss You,” “Paint It Black,” “Start Me Up,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” are among the greatest Rolling Stones songs.

And thanks to their rhythm, showmanship, and swagger, the Grammy Award-winning bandmates have enjoyed the spoils of rock stardom, including wild escapades and high-profile romances.


  • Founded: 1962
  • Hometown: London, England
  • Original members: Vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, bassist Bill Wyman, drummer Charlie Watts
  • Genres: Rock, blues, pop, rock and roll, psychedelic rock
  • Top tracks: “Angie,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Miss You,” “Paint It Black,” “Start Me Up,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
  • Fun fact: Muddy Waters’ blues song “Rollin’ Stone” inspired the band’s name
  • Similar bands: Aerosmith, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who

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