25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

The Rolling Stones’ eponymous debut turns 50 this spring. And in that time, the band have inspired numerous artists, to the point where they’re name-checked all over town. Here’s 25 references to the band in song, starting with Blur – ‘Trailer Park’ “I'm a country boy I got no Soul / Don't sleep at night, the worlds growing old / I lost my girl to the Rolling Stones”.

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

The Clash – ‘1977’ “Danger stranger / You better paint your face / No Elvis, Beatles, or the Rolling Stones / In 1977”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Robyn Hitchcock – ‘Trash’ “You wish you could be Charlie Watts / doesn't mean to say you're not / and you wish you could be Brian Jones / now he's just a heap of bones / that's one better than you / you're a loser”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Kris Kristofferson – ‘Blame it on the Stones’ “Blame it on the stones; blame it on the stones / You'll feel so much better, knowing you don't stand alone”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Deep Purple – ‘Smoke On The Water’ “We ended up at the Grand Hotel. / It was empty cold and bare. / But with the Rolling Stones truck thing just outside / Making our music there”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

David Bowie – ‘All The Young Dudes’ “And my brother's back at home / with his Beatles and his Stones / We never got it off / on that revolution stuff”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Don McClean – American Pie "And moss grows fat on our Rolling Stone"

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

The Fratelis – For The Girl “She was into the Stones when I was into the Roses.”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Kid Rock - American Bad Ass “I like AC/DC and ZZ Top / Bocephus, Beasties and the kings of rock / Skynyrd, Seger, Limp, Korn, the Stones”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

John Hiatt – ‘Slow Turning’ “Now I'm in my car / I got the radio on / I'm yellin' at the kids in the back seat / 'Cause they're bangin' like Charlie Watts...”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Nils Lofgren - "Keith Don't Go (Ode to the Glimmer Twin) “Contains a message from millions, says Keith don't go...”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Frank Black and the Catholics - ‘I Want Rock n Roll’ “Little itty bitty of Freddy Fender / Start me up, return to sender”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Captain Beefheart – ‘Beatle Bones n' Smokin' Stones’ It’s all in the title.

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Harry Chapin – ‘There Only Was One Choice’ “He's a hobo kid who's left his home / And his Beatles records and the Rolling Stones”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Eurythmics – ‘Shame’ “Shame in the dance halls / All we need is love / On the TV / All we need is love / We loved you / With the Beatles and the Rolling Stones”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

The Sex Pistols – ‘Punk Rock Christmas’ “The Queen will sing Anarchy In The UK / and old Mick Jagger will adopt A strangle and a swagger”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Weezer – ‘Jamie’ “You've got the Beach Boys, and your firm's got the Stones / But I know you won't leave me alone”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Queen – ‘I Go Crazy’ “But you had to bring me down for a rock 'n' roll clone / Leave me like a sucker standing all alone / Did you have to run off with that Rolling Stone?”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Neil Young – ‘Borrowed Tune’ "I'm singin' this borrowed tune / I took from the Rolling Stones / Alone in this empty room / Too wasted to write my own"

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Neil Sedaka – ‘Queen of 1964’ “There's no doubt when the truth comes out / True love will over conquer / She didn't get Mick but she got a kick / And a black eye from Bianca”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Westerberg – ‘Let’s Not Belong Together’ “Yours is up, mine is out / You're lookin' great, there ain't no doubt / Just like Brian Jones did”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Generation X – ‘Ready Steady Go’ “I'm still in love with the Beatles / I was in love with the Stones, no satisfaction”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Smithereens – ‘Behind the Wall of Sleep’ “Well she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band / And she stood just like Bill Wyman”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘She’s Only 18’ “She's only 18 / Don't like the Rolling Stones / She took a short cut / To being fully grown”

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25 Rolling Stones Name-Check Tributes By Other Artists

Simon & Garfunkel – ‘A Simple Desultory Philippic’ “I been Rolling Stoned and Beatled till I'm blind. / I been Mick Jaggered, silver daggered.”

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