All Of The Rolling Stones…

I am posting this against (what I might mistake as) my better judgement, and only because of a promise made in passing. In the process of this I learned a couple of things:

1) I cannot be objective about this band’s music. I’ve played it all, for so long, that even the stuff that sucks is still pretty awesome because Stones.

2) I will read this in the morning and disagree with myself. In the making of this list, I altered the ordering at least three times, and then realized that getting this anywhere near precise was pretty much an impossible task from the outset. Sure, as I moved titles around, I realized that it was settling into the list you see below. And sure, I might say Let It Bleed oughta come above Beggars Banquet, or that Emotional Rescue was worse than Dirty Work… and on and on. It’s endless. What I’m saying is I’m probably dead wrong about a lot of this. Tomorrow, this list could (would) look very different! I’m so close to this stuff I can’t even see it anymore.

It’ll be really interesting to return to this a year from now and laugh at how much I would change. Note to future self: “Hi! Please be gentle!”

Well, damn the torpedoes. Here it is!

All The Rolling Stones

So Mike made an awesome post wherein he ranked all the Aerosmith albums (on request), from worst to best! This must have been a daunting task, especially since he says he hates making lists! But I loved it and suggested he do more! I listed a bunch of bands and he said he’d do one more (because he’s awesome). No KISS or Maiden, though. I thought maybe Rush… but I settled on Marillion. I think that list will be very informative (and a challenge for Mike!)

And to be a good sport, I said I’d do one too, and a challenging one at that! Yes, the Rolling Stones. It’s hard for me to say how much I like this band, but suffice it to say it’s a whole helluva lot. Am I even able to rank their albums, when I’ve listened to them for so long and am hardly objective? Unlikely.

As Mike did, I’ve left out hits collections and live albums. Studio albums (24 of them!) only.

Hooboy.

Here we go.

Let’s give ‘er…

24 Dirty Work
23 Emotional Rescue
22 Undercover
21 A Bigger Bang
20 Bridges To Babylon
19 Their Satanic Majesties Request
18 Black And Blue
17 Steel Wheels
16 Goat’s Head Soup
15 Between The Buttons
14 December’s Children (And Everybody Else’s)
13 England’s Newest Hitmakers
12 It’s Only Rock ’n Roll
11 Voodoo Lounge
10 The Rolling Stones, Now!
09 Out Of Our Heads
08 12×5
07 Some Girls
06 Tattoo You
05 Aftermath
04 Let it Bleed
03 Beggars Banquet
02 Sticky Fingers
01 Exile On Main St.

Discuss.

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76 thoughts on “All Of The Rolling Stones…

  1. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) says:

    I love Between the Buttons and Their Satanic! Stones at their pop melodic best.

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      1. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) says:

        Yeah, I know what that’s like. In my case, it would be impossible to rank The Beach Boys’ albums because I love so many them. Even on their lesser albums, there’s songs that rank up there with their best…I’m assuming that’s the case with the Stones as well.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Oof the Beach Boys would be tough too. I haven’t heard all the records, but I’ve heard enough to know exactly what you mean!

          Yeah that Stones list was a sweet agony. I stared at it a long time and finally just had to damn the torpedoes and post it. And even then I messed up! Ha and so it goes. The top four were a cinch, though. 🙂

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              1. mikeladano says:

                I like it too — more than I thought I should. I wonder if I should do two lists — Fish. And H?

                And then somehow try to combine them? That might be the only way.

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                1. Heavy Metal Overload says:

                  That could work. It’s a bit tricky cause I think of them like 2 different bands really. And I might be more in the mood for one than the other for a while. Right now I gravitate to the early stuff but there have been many years where I was all about the h stuff.

                  Right now…
                  1 Clutching,
                  2 Brave,
                  3 Fugazi,
                  4 AOS,
                  5 Script

                  would be my “off the top of my head” Top 5.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Another vote for ER! There’s another one I’ll need to revisit, I guess. I’m enjoying that people are mentioning their favourites, especially in difference to that list I posted (which I still don’t trust is correct in many places). Thanks for chiming in!

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          When Lebrain says he’s working on ‘several projects,’ we can all rest assured that the awesomeness is gonna keep on comin’. Right on.

          Looks like your Marillion list is gonna generate lots of comments! Looks like I made a good choice of band!

          Hijack away, man. Last thread I hijacked was over on Sarca’s excellent site. It started out about coffee and ended up hijacked into a conversation about mailing semen to Glasgow. Oh, and chicken bewbs.

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  2. mikeladano says:

    I don’t know enough about the Stones to argue. Nor would I want to! Exile and Sticky Fingers up top look good to me.

    You sent me all these albums a few years ago. I don’t really remember all of them, especially the early years. But I do remember liking Emotional Rescue a lot!

    Marillion list is coming. I expect flak from a Scott.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I was about to say you don’t have any excuse, you should still have them all there! 🙂 Actually, that top four is essential.Their run from 68-72 is absolutely mind-blowing.

      I’ll find a Marillion list very educational (I don’t know much about the band and trust your judgement). Haha make your own list, don’t worry about our HMO. Besides, he’s distracted – he’s been aroused by the Rolling Stones!!*

      * see our 1537’s post on the Marquee..

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      1. mikeladano says:

        Yup I saw his Marquee review last night! Didn’t know about that release.

        I look at this and think, there are no crappy Stones albums that I know of, and I don’t remember Dirty Work at all. Now I wanna hear it again.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I knew about it and I want it so badly. Just waiting for the pennies to rebuild. Well, and also, I have a birthday in July and I’m usually not allowed to buy anything for myself in the run-up to events like that…

          It’s true, there are no completely bad Stones records. But I am completely biased and therefore probablt can’t be trusted on that point. Dirty Work is one I oughta revisit too, at some point. I’d probably wanna change my list again, afterwards…

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  3. J. says:

    While I couldn’t comment too much on Mike’s Aerosmith post, I’m a lover of them Rolling Stones. I applaud you for trying to rank these – I’d find it impossible. I could make a top 10, but I don’t think I could rank them.
    Anyhoo, the discuss part: I’m surprices to see Emotional Rescue and A Bigger Bang way down the list. I’d probably have A Bigger Bang (if a couple of tracks too long) up there alongside Voodoo Lounge. I’d also have Emotional Rescue in my top 10. Or sitting just outside it. Dirty Work is quite possibly my least favourite and Undercover my second least favourite. Eh, what else … oh, Their Satanic Majesties Request is also a favourite. Granted it’s not the best collection of songs they’ve released, but there’s something about it that just works.

    My (current) 10: Emotional Rescue, 9 A Bigger Bang, 8 Voodoo Lounge, 7 Let It Bleed, 6 Some Girls, 5 Aftermath, 4 Tattoo You, 3 Beggars Banquet, 2 Exile On Main St, 1 Sticky Fingers.

    Also, if you haven’t already you gotta get yourself over to LegoLand; 1537 done gone got something that will interest you!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      See, I don’t disagree with your 10 either! Well, I still like Exile over Sticky, but I’ve always been weird. Anyway, as I was saying elsewhere, this was an impossible task. I could revisit this any day of the week and want to make changes. Heck, I’ve already made changes today!

      I’m just a little too close to these albums, I think. I like to think of them as one big happy mix tape (thank you, iPod!) and trying to make them in order like this was just a horrible task. Like picking between kids – it just shouldn’t be done! Actually, I’ll admit this here, I was originally going to post that – that I just couldn’t do the list. Couldn’t be done. But tht seemed a cop-out so I gave ‘er the ol’ college try and… well, there it is. I disagree with it already. Bah! 🙂

      I saw 1537’s post, and am on my way to comment…

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Ha thanks! Although now I’m thinking I shouldn’t have. Now that it exists and is out there, I feel weird about it. I see all sorts of errors! Gah!

          Oh yes I’ve loved me some Stones for a loooong time. So much a part of my life I can’t even imagine music without them.

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          1. J. says:

            Ach, no – there’s no harm in having a list that came with a caveat of ‘this will change’. It’s a good effort … and a good reference for folk who might be looking at further listening.

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Well thanks, but I still wonder… I guess it’s tough because until doing this it never crossed my mind to rank them like that! I just take them all in one big happy pile. But yeah, if it helps somebody choose a new (to them) album to try, great. So long as they remember I still like the lowest ranked ones too, so it’s all relative. 🙂

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              1. J. says:

                Aw man, as much as I try with some of those albums I just can’t like them. Especially the ‘Jagger transition’ stuff. When he’s becoming a ‘product’. Horrible stuff … his posturing and the slickness jars a bit with the music. That’s my opinion right enough. That being said, Stones!

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  4. deKE says:

    Wowzers…Some Girls @ 20! But like HMO Sez thyas what these lists are for….A Bigger Bang J recommended to me and I took the plunge and I quite like it but I have only spun it a few times …but yeah these are kinda cool these lists……

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Well, Some Girls was an error (see above comments). A Bigger Bang is good too. Like I said to HMO, even the low-ranked records are ones I still like.

      You gonna try a list, Deke? Say… All The Sebastian Bach (Whom Deke Is Stalking)?

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  5. Heavy Metal Overload says:

    Only a toe-dipper with the Stones so I can’t really say yay or nay to this. I’m pretty surprised at Some Girls being so low though, thought that was supposed to be one of their better ones?… I’m intrigued as to why you don’t feel that way about it. That’s the fun of these kind of lists though!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Some Girls was an error (Boppinsblog caught it first!) so I’ll correct that.

      The other thing about this list is that even the albums I ranked very low, I still like them. It’s like picking between children for me. I hope I never do this again! 🙂

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      1. boppinsblog says:

        I love bands that have so much talent that they have more than one vocalist. Especially when the other singer sounds so unique and different. Kiss, Triumph, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Band, The Beatles, The Cars, ZZ Top, Cream, CSNY, Floyd, etc. etc. Although perhaps no other band has as unique a singer as Keef, that sounds so much different than Mick. He doesn’t have that classic vocal sound, and he looks like he should have been dead 40 years ago, but he is friggin’ awesome.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Oh yes absolutely. And just as often, there are bands with two singers where one of the singers most certainly shouldn’t be singing at all!

          Another band with singers who sound very different (but it all works and we wouldn’t have it any other way) is Blue Rodeo. I love those guys too.

          “He doesn’t have that classic vocal sound, and he looks like he should have been dead 40 years ago, but he is friggin’ awesome.” You said it all there, my friend!

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          1. boppinsblog says:

            I thought about including Blue Rodeo. I was never a big fan, as I was sure at least one of them would start crying during a song. But, my tastes have been expanding so I might start getting into them. perhaps I will start with one of my numerous copies of Live In Stratford. 😉

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Numerous copies?

              Now, I have a question for you: are they all of the same show (the January 14th is most common), or do you have both nights? Because I NEED the January 13 show and I will pay cash monies (without hesitation) for a copy!

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              1. boppinsblog says:

                Sorry. I put the winky face there because I was joking. I have never seen it out in my travels, and I know you and Mike have it on the Grail list. I would not hesitate to let you guys have it if I ever find it.

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                  1. boppinsblog says:

                    I was windering that as well. I was thinking of a wredting ring and placing it in the middle. Maybe an eating contest. A drinking contest. Or maybe a music knowledge contest. HMMMM.

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                    1. keepsmealive says:

                      Well, after all these years I’m fairly aware of my own weaknesses and strengths, so I would say the drinking contest should come first. After that, I’d wager my chance would improve in an arm wrestle or music knowledge situation but only because it might slightly lessen Mike’s strengths in those areas!

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            2. boppinsblog says:

              I’ve got it. A Lebrain vs. Keeps Me Alive challenge somilar to Kenny vs. Spenny. Maybe a fart smelling contest.

              Or. A cjallenge when you go to Taranna
              You each get a set amount of cash and bring back the best goodies. The one that gets the best haul my opinion wins. This seems like a good challenge even just for bragging rights.

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              1. keepsmealive says:

                I don’t know Kenny v. Spenny but I’ve already smelled Mike’s farts in my lovely wife’s car.

                I like the Taranna challenge. Are there parameters? Or just Whatever We Buy gets judged?

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                1. boppinsblog says:

                  If there is anything you buy for someone else it is exempt. if you buy a grail list item it is exempt. Anything you buy for yourself is included.
                  Beyond that you guys can make up whatever rules you want before hand. I don’t want to limit your fun trip. You can change the $ limit parameter too. It could be on a ratio of how much spent/value/cool quotient/rarity etc. You could also make the voting up to the blogging community at the end. Up to you guys.

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                  1. keepsmealive says:

                    An interesting idea! I’d have to work pretty hard to keep up with Mike – he tends to buy the Rawk and a lot of the Readers of the blog are into the Rawk. If I start adding in Ani DiFrancos and other stuff not in the wheelhouse, I might lose votes! Haha 🙂

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                    1. boppinsblog says:

                      Enthusiasm will earn extra points, and I know you have that. As well, excessive use of the word givver. Especially if you use it in a sentence such as the one I used to say in High School.
                      “Let’s givver ’til the governor gives ‘er.”

                      If you like Ani Defranco, and other stuff I don’t know about, I will take that into account. I also want a chance to research the music afterwards. I won’t automatically award more points for stuff I like. If you or Mike convert me to something new that might be worth even more.

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                    2. boppinsblog says:

                      Yes. I will for warn you if you buy anything Trooper, James Blunt, Nickelback, Creed, Drops of Jupiter, No Rain, Harlem Shake, What the Fox Say, Gangnam Style, Crazy Frog, Alvin and the Chipmunks I don’t like your odds.

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  6. boppinsblog says:

    I had a truck with a cassette deck that had Some Girls stuck in it. I really liked that album before that, But loved it after. There is not one filler song on that album. I would put it ahead of all of the 60’s era, all of the 80-present, and ahead of most of the 70’s albums. For me easily top 5, maybe top 3. I don’t think I have ever seen it ranked so poorly. Why do you hate it so? Is it just my imagination, or do you not think it is very respectable?

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      You’re absolutely right. I looked at that list so long it made sense to me, and I hit Post and it should not be there. I see where the error is, too. I’ll fix it. Nice catch, thanks!

      Also, I had a Civic that had a mixed tape of Me First And The Gimme Gimmes stuck in the tape deck. Good thing I love those guys! 🙂

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    2. keepsmealive says:

      Well, I’ll tell you no Lies, this oversight left this Beast Of Burden quite Shattered. But I appreciate When the Whip Comes Down and points out my errors (made by looking at the list with Far Away Eyes)!

      Oh man, I could do this stuff all day!

      I also need to report that when I went to correct Some Girls’ position (which honestly was an error), I was so tempted to change more. And then, well, that one should rank higher and that one lower and… I had to get out of it. I’d be here changing the list’s order all frickin’ day!

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