Hot Rocks 1964–1971

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Hot Rocks 1964–1971
Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones
Released20 December 1971
RecordedOctober 1964 – January 1971
ProducerAndrew Loog Oldham, Jimmy Miller, the Rolling Stones, and Glyn Johns
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
Gimme Shelter
Hot Rocks 1964–1971

Hot Rocks 1964–1971 is a compilation album by the Rolling Stones released by London Records in December 1971. It became the Rolling Stones' best-selling release of their career and an enduring and popular retrospective. While the album carries most of the band's biggest hits during their first decade, it does drop a few of them to include standout album tracks such as "Play With Fire", "Under My Thumb" and "Gimme Shelter" giving listeners a more well-rounded impression of the Rolling Stones' music in this era.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
MSN Music5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB−[3]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[4]

Hot Rocks 1964–1971 peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart and, as of November 2018, the album has spent 287 weeks on the chart.[5] The album was certified 12x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing sales of six million copies. It is their best-selling album worldwide.[6] The album wasn't released in the UK until 21 May 1990, to coincide with the Urban Jungle Tour, reaching No. 3 and, as of October 2018, it has spent 172 weeks on the UK Top 200.

Robert Christgau rated the album a B-, writing "If you don't like the Stones, this might serve as a sampler... Look, here's how it works. Except for Satanic Majesties, which isn't represented here, all of their '60s studio albums are musts."

In August 2002, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleOriginal album(s)Length
1."Time Is on My Side (guitar intro version)" (Jerry Ragovoy)The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965, UK release); organ intro version on 12 X 5 (1964, U.S. release)3:00
2."Heart of Stone"Out of Our Heads (1965, UK release)/The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965, U.S. release)2:49
3."Play with Fire" (Nanker Phelge)Out of Our Heads (1965, U.S. release)2:13
4."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Out of Our Heads (U.S. release)3:43
5."As Tears Go By" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham)December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965, U.S release)2:44
6."Get Off of My Cloud"December's Children (And Everybody's) (U.S. release)2:55
Side two
No.TitleOriginal album(s)Length
7."Mother's Little Helper"Aftermath (1966, UK release)2:44
8."19th Nervous Breakdown"Non-album single (1966)3:56
9."Paint It, Black"Aftermath (1966, U.S release)3:22
10."Under My Thumb"Aftermath (Both releases)3:42
11."Ruby Tuesday"Between the Buttons (1967, U.S. release)3:16
12."Let's Spend the Night Together"Between the Buttons (U.S. release)3:37
Side three
No.TitleOriginal album(s)Length
13."Jumpin' Jack Flash"Non-album single (1968)3:41
14."Street Fighting Man"Beggars Banquet (1968)3:14
15."Sympathy for the Devil"Beggars Banquet6:18
16."Honky Tonk Women"Non-album single3:00
17."Gimme Shelter"Let It Bleed (1969)4:31
Side four
No.TitleOriginal album(s)Length
18."Midnight Rambler" (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S., 28 November 1969)Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970); originally from Let It Bleed9:05
19."You Can't Always Get What You Want"Let It Bleed7:30
20."Brown Sugar"Sticky Fingers (1971)3:48
21."Wild Horses"Sticky Fingers5:42

All tracks on sides one and two were produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. All tracks on sides three and four were produced by Jimmy Miller, except "Midnight Rambler," which was produced by The Rolling Stones and Glyn Johns.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hot Rocks 1964–1971 at AllMusic
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  5. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Rolling Stones Popularity Analysis". 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. Billboard. p. 27.
  8. ^ a b "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 7601". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Rolling Stones | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Australian charts portal (18/07/1993)". Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. ^ "New Zealand charts portal (24/10/1993)". Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  14. ^ "French album certifications – The Rolling Stones – Les Années Stones 1" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  15. ^ "Les Albums Or :" (in French). Retrieved 27 June 2013.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "British album certifications – The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964–71". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 June 2013. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Hot Rocks 1964–71 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 June 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.