Oeuvres Like Jagger

The Rolling Stones are known as a rock band, but in fact they are one of the most musically diverse acts on earth. They were influenced by a broad range of music, and in turn they have had a huge influence on other artists. Here are some of the musical styles rock’s prime exponents have dabbled in…

Disco
A legacy of too much time spent schmoozing with the celebs at Studio 54 in New York in the late Seventies.
Relevant track Miss YouEmotional Rescue

Reggae
Both Mick and Keith were reggae fans and the Goats Head Soup album was recorded in Jamaica.
Relevant tracks Cherry Oh BabyToo RudeSend It To MeHey Negrita

Gospel
A by-product of the Stones’ fascination with all things American.
Relevant tracks I Just Want To See His Face, Shine A Light

Funk
They were always blessed with good bass players. First Bill Wyman and now touring member Darryl Jones
Relevant tracks Fingerprint File, Rain Fall Down, Hot Stuff, Dance (Pt. 1)

Blues
The original roots of rock music, and indeed, why the Stones came into being…
Relevant tracks Back Of My Hand, Little Red Rooster, Love In Vain, Mannish Boy

Pop
Often overlooked in all the rock-star hype, but the lads are proper pop craftsmen.
Relevant tracks She’s A Rainbow, Out Of Time, Under My Thumb

Ballads
Mick can wail out a heart-rending tear-jerker with the best of them.
Relevant tracks Streets Of Love, Ruby Tuesday, Angie, New Faces

Country
Influenced by Keith’s mate, country rocker Gram Parsons. Mick always seems to be taking the piss on vocals, though.
Relevant tracks Faraway Eyes, Country Honk, Wild Horses

Hard rock
The Stones were heavily influenced, but also heavily influential. Their later rock stuff is lame and shouty, but early on, they had it going on.

Relevant tracks Paint It Black, Brown Sugar, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Gimme Shelter

This piece first appeared in FHM.

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