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How many number ones do The Rolling Stones have in total?

If you had taken a time machine back to London in 1962 and came across the shaggy-haired and ragged looking misfits known as The Rolling Stones, you would be hard-pressed to know for sure if it really were the early ’60s. Apart from their outfits, there was nothing really contemporary about them at this point. Were they from the past or the future? Were they oblivious or did they just not care?

Before The Beatles began developing a national name, the Stones truly thought they were a wholly unique animal and that no other group like them existed. As blues aficionados, it wasn’t like everyone in the London scene was doing what they were at the time. 

Led by Brian Jones in the beginning, the group got their start at the Ealing Blues Club, playing American blues music. The story is well known: childhood schoolmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would reconnect years later at the Dartford Railway station. Jagger was on his way to the London School of Economics and Richards to the Sidcup Art College – two polar opposite career choices that would remain highly symbolic. Even more so, it would foreshadow the stark differences between the two halves of the Glimmer Twins, one simultaneously bred love and rivalry between the two: an important ingredient for their explosive chemistry.

On this fateful day in October 1961, Richards noticed the impossible: Jagger held three LP records underneath his arm: albums by Chuck Berry, Little Richards, and Muddy Waters – an uncommon phenomenon. The two would subsequently become inseparable. 

A year later, Brian Jones would break away from the Alexis Korner band and would end up recruiting Jagger and Richards. In late 1962, the Stones line-up was complete. As the official line-up, the group played the London circuit as predominately a blues outfit. Only later would the group begin to incorporate more pop elements into their set. At this point, they simply wanted to bring back the Mississippi delta blues repertoire as well as pay tribute to R&B masters.

Andrew Loog Oldham would come on to manage the Stones and had a very clear vision for the young bluesmen. Having worked under Brian Epstein, manager of the Fab Four, he saw the immense potential for anything that remotely resembled the Beatles. Oldham’s mission, however, was to create the more misanthropic version. 

Under Oldham’s insistence, Jagger and Richards began writing songs together. The story goes that Oldham locked the glimmer twins into a kitchen and did not let them come out until they had a song. While Richards has confirmed this story, Jagger denies it, saying that while Oldham did joke about it, it didn’t actually happen. Either way, it was around this time when the Glimmer Twins wrote their first song.

What was the first song that Jagger and Richards wrote together?

“We sat around and came up with ‘As Tears Go By,’” Richards once wrote. “It was unlike most Rolling Stones material, but that’s what happens when you write songs.”

Richards added, We were songwriters already! But it took the rest of the year to write a song for the Stones.”

According to John McMillan’s Beatles Vs. Stones, Jaggers said, “Keith likes to tell the story about the kitchen, God bless him.” According to Jagger, the song they wrote was ‘It Should Be You’.

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What was the first number one single The Rolling Stones wrote?

It took the Glimmer Twins and the rest of the Stones a couple of years until they hit their stride with their own chart-topping songwriting formula. ‘The Last Time’, in 1965, was their third UK number-one single and their first original to peak at number one.

‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, released the following year, saw the Stones reach astronomical success, hitting the number one spot in the UK, US, and essentially every other major national market – it was their international breakthrough. 

This brings us to our next question: how many number-ones did the Stones have in total?

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How many number ones do the Rolling Stones have?

The Stones have eight UK number one singles.  

  • ‘It’s All Over Now’ (1964)
  • ‘Little Red Rooster’ (1964)
  • ‘The Last Time’ (1965)
  • ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965)
  • ‘Get Off My Cloud’ (1965)
  • ‘Paint it Black’ (1966)
  • ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (1968)
  • ‘Honky Tonk Women’ (1969)
The Stones have eight UK number one singles. (Credit: Bent Rej)

How many UK number one albums do The Rolling Stones have?

Despite the Stones’ early exile from Britain, the UK market still remains their most successful conquest.

They have more number one albums in the UK, with 13 number ones to be specific. Two of those were re-releases of a couple of classics: Exile on Main St. and Goat’s Head Soup.

  • Rolling Stones (1964)
  • Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965)
  • Aftermath (1966)
  • Let it Bleed (1969)
  • Get Yer Ya-Yas Out (1970)
  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
  • Exile on Main Street (1972)
  • Goat’s Head Soup (1973)
  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
  • Voodoo Lounge (1994)
  • Blue and Lonesome (2016)
The Rolling Stones have 13 number one albums. (Credit: Alamy)

How many US number one singles do the Rolling Stones have?

They have eight number one singles in the United States.

  • ‘Miss You’ (1978)
  • ‘Angie’ (1973)
  • ‘Honky Tonk Women’ (1969)
  • ‘(I can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ (1965)
  • ‘Ruby Tuesday’ (1967)
  • ‘Get Off My Cloud’ (1965)
  • ‘Brown Sugar’ (1971)
  • ‘Paint it Black’ (1966)
The Stones have eight number one singles in the United States. (Credit: Alamy)

How many US number one albums do The Rolling Stones have?

The Stones have nine number one albums in the States.

Starting with Sticky Fingers in 1971, the Stones would have eight consecutive US number-one albums.

  • Out of Our Heads (1965)
  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
  • Exile on Main Street (1972)
  • Goat’s Head Soup (1973)
  • It’s Only Rock and Roll (1974)
  • Black and Blue (1976)
  • Some Girls (1978)
  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
  • Tattoo You (1981)

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