Another British group that is also a household name is The Rolling Stones. The original line up consisted of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart, when the band first started up back in 1962.
The composition of the group has changed a fair bit over the years, though they’re still going strong. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were the leaders and at the forefront of the group on a consistent basis after Jones, the founding member, ran into some legal troubles.
The Rolling Stones led the “British Invasion” whereby iconic British groups took the US charts by storm. This group in particular struck a note with a younger, more rebellious demographic. Perhaps their free spirit and experimental sound was the reason for this.
The group have held a spot in the Rock and Roll hall of fame since 1989. They also have a magazine named after them and their iconic album cover and imagery is found on everything from pens to t-shirts and everything in between.
In the span of their career, they’ve also earned themselves a spot on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The band has an impressive 30 studio albums, 18 live albums and a variety of singles and ad hoc compilations.
Some of their albums include:
- Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
- Beggars Banquet (1968)
- Let It Bleed (1969)
- Sticky Fingers (1971)
- Exile on Main St. (1972) note that this album marked the peak of their career
- Some Girls (1978)
- Tattoo You (1981)
- Steel Wheels (1989)
The group has toured all over the world with hundreds of thousands of sold out shows in venues of all shapes and sizes. Their success is unparalleled and they are more of a brand and a testament to rock than they are just a band.