Satisfaction: Ten great Stones songs to mark Mick Jagger’s 71st birthday
And, for the most part, Sir Michael Philip Jagger, known better to you and me as Mick, has lived up to that opening line from the Rolling Stones classic “Start Me Up” and, well, never stopped. Whether it’s been with the Stones, acting in movies [anybody remember him playing Australian outlaw Ned Kelly back in 1970?], or doing his solo career [High point: His performances on “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. Low point: It’s hard to argue with the video and song “Let’s Work” from 1987].
With a track record like his, it’s hard to imagine Jagger settling down, even as he turns 71 on Saturday. That’s right, kids, it may be hard to imagine that the guy who did this video and was thought to be an agent of the devil is old enough to potentially be your great-grandfather. Well, at least someone’s great-grandfather, as Jagger became in May. In fact, Jagger and the Stones just completed a 21-date tour in which they played in front of almost 800,000 fans, and are now resting up before heading to Australia and New Zealand for a raft of shows in October and November.
And it’s tours like that, along with what is said to be a sharp business acumen, that have helped Jagger keep his bank accounts full to the tune of a reported $300 million in net worth.
So, on this day, when Mick will be blowing out 71 candles on his birthday cake, here’s one Stones fan’s completely subjective list of the Ten Best Rolling Stones songs. Submit your comments and let the debate begin.
10. Honky Tonk Women. Never has a gin-soaked barroom queen sounded so enticing.
9. Hand Of Fate. The A.V. Club called this “the great lost Stones rocker”. You should find it, now.
8. Get Off Of My Cloud. For those times when two really is a crowd.
7. Gimme Shelter. As if you ever need an excuse to listen to Merry Clayton outduel Mick.
6. Brown Sugar. I still wonder how that houseboy sounded just around midnight.
5. Happy. Keith Richards takes the mic from Mick in rebellious glory.
4. Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Raised by a toothless bearded hag, indeed.
3. Start Me Up. The video’s terrible, but it’s still the greatest song ever to get stuck at No. 2 on the charts.
2. Tumblin’ Dice. Best enjoyed with a bottle of whiskey. The entire bottle.
1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Probably the greatest song ever dreamed up by Keith in a Clearwater, Fla. hotel room. And in the morning, the tape had about 30 seconds of music and 45 minutes of Keith snoring.