* Jamming With Edward! is listed under Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts.

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as an occasional pianist until his death in 1985. Jones departed the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1975. Subsequently, Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main bassist. Other notable keyboardists for the band have included Nicky Hopkins, active from 1967 to 1982; Billy Preston through the mid 1970s (most prominent on Black and Blue) and Chuck Leavell, active since 1982. The band was first led by Jones but after teaming as the band's songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed de facto leadership.

The Rolling Stones were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band are identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Critic Sean Egan states that within a year of the release of their 1964 debut album, they "were being perceived by the youth of Britain and then the world as representatives of opposition to an old, cruel order — the antidote to a class-bound, authoritarian culture." They were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll and of changing the international focus of blues culture to the original type blues typified by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters—writer of "Rollin' Stone", after which the band is named. After a short period of musical experimentation that culminated with the polarising and largely psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), the group returned to its bluesy roots with Beggars' Banquet (1968) which—along with its follow-ups, Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main St. (1972)—is generally considered to be the band's best work and are considered the Rolling Stones' "Golden Age". It was during this period the band were first introduced on stage as "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Musicologist Robert Palmer attributed the "remarkable endurance" of the Rolling Stones to being "rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music", while "more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone".

The band continued to release commercially successful records in the 1970s and sold many albums, with Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981) being their two most sold albums worldwide. In the 1980s, a feud between Jagger and Richards about the band's musical direction almost caused the band to split but they managed to patch their relationship up and had a successful comeback with Steel Wheels (1989), which was followed by a big stadium and arena tour. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been increasingly less well-received and less frequent. Despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with big stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had made what were then four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time: Voodoo Lounge Tour (1994–95), Bridges to Babylon Tour (1997–98), Licks Tour (2002–03) and A Bigger Bang Tour (2005–07).

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list, and their estimated sales are above 200 million. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US. In 2013, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1964 The Rolling Stones 4 14
1964 12 × 5 12
1964 Around and Around 1
1964 The Rolling Stones No. 2 4 6
1965 The Rolling Stones, Now! 13
1965 Out of Our Heads 4.75 19
1965 December’s Children (and Everybody’s) 10
1966 Aftermath 4.6 27
1967 Between the Buttons 4 21
1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request 5 14
1968 Beggars Banquet 4.75 18
1969 Let It Bleed 5 18
1971 Sticky Fingers 4.5 28
1972 Exile on Main St. 4.8 26
1973 Goats Head Soup 3.5 13
1974 It’s Only Rock ’n Roll 4 16
1976 Black and Blue 4.5 14
1978 Some Girls 4 22
1980 Emotional Rescue 3.5 13
1981 Tattoo You 3 18
1983 Undercover 3 13
1986 Dirty Work 3 15
1989 Steel Wheels 3 8
1994 Voodoo Lounge 3.35 9
1997 Bridges to Babylon 4 8
2005 A Bigger Bang 4.5 10

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) 10
1967 Flowers 10
1969 Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) 3 12
1971 Hot Rocks 1964–1971 3.5 12
1972 More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) 9
1973 L’Age D’Or Des Rolling Stones N.1 Carol 1
1975 Metamorphosis 13
1975 Made in the Shade 3
1975 Rolled Gold 4
1977 Die 30 größten Hits in Originalaufnahmen 1
1979 The Rolling Stones 1
1981 Sucking in the Seventies 4
1981 Historia de la Música Rock - 1 5 1
1982 The Great Years 1
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 10: The Rolling Stones 1
1984 Rewind (1971–1984) 4 7
1984 The Rolling Stones: Original Master Recordings (MFSL box set) 1
1985 Hot Rocks 1 1
1985 Hot Rocks 2 2
1986 Story of the Stones: 30 Original Greats by the Rolling Stones 1
1988 Get Satisfaction ... If You Want! (The Best of BBC Radio Recordings 1963-1965) 1
1989 Star Box 1
1989 Singles Collection: The London Years 3.5 10
1989 All Together 1

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