The Very Best of Mick Jagger

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The Very Best of Mick Jagger
Compilation album by
Released1 October 2007
ProducerMick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, Rick Rubin, John Lennon, Bill Laswell, David A. Stewart, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Jack Nitzsche, Matt Clifford, Marti Frederiksen, Peter Tosh, Robert Shakespeare
Mick Jagger chronology
The Very Best of Mick Jagger
Singles from The Very Best of Mick Jagger
  1. "Charmed Life"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[2]

The Very Best of Mick Jagger is a compilation album that was released worldwide on 1 October 2007 and the following day in the United States on WEA/Rhino Records. This 17-track release is the first ever overview of Mick Jagger's solo career.[3]

The collection includes singles, album tracks, and collaborations with John Lennon, David Bowie, Bono, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Tosh, Ry Cooder, David A. Stewart and Jeff Beck among others. It includes three previously unreleased songs:

  • "Too Many Cooks", produced by John Lennon and recorded by Jagger in 1973 in Los Angeles. The track features guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Jesse Ed Davis, keyboardist Al Kooper, bassist Jack Bruce, drummer Jim Keltner and, on backing vocals, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. Neither Lennon nor Bill Wyman, who was present at the session, appear on the track.
  • "Checking Up on My Baby", recorded in 1992 with L.A. blues band, The Red Devils.
  • "Charmed Life", recorded while Jagger was working on Wandering Spirit with producer Rick Rubin. Jagger had sketched it out (with his daughter Karis Jagger on backing vocals), but then decided the track didn't fit with the rest of the album. The version on Very Best is remixed by producer Ashley Beadle. The song was also released as a promo single with various remixes, and reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles chart in early 2008.

A special edition with DVD was also released with more than 72 minutes of content, including an extensive interview with Mick Jagger from early/mid-2007, nine videos, and extras.

Jagger has promoted the album through interviews including a special for Rolling Stone,[4] a comprehensive Q&A with fans on the BBC web site[5] and TV appearances. He also re-launched his web site[6] with audio, video, photos and more information about this compilation and his solo work in general.

The album debuted in the British chart at No. 57 with sales of nearly 4,000 copies and in the American chart at No. 77 selling 11,846 copies during the first week.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."God Gave Me Everything"Mick Jagger, Lenny KravitzGoddess in the Doorway3:32
2."Put Me in the Trash"Jagger, Jimmy RipWandering Spirit3:34
3."Just Another Night"JaggerShe's the Boss5:15
4."Don't Tear Me Up"JaggerWandering Spirit4:21
5."Charmed Life"JaggerPreviously unreleased3:35
6."Sweet Thing"JaggerWandering Spirit4:18
7."Old Habits Die Hard"Jagger, David A. StewartAlfie4:24
8."Dancing in the Street (With David Bowie)"Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" StevensonNon-album single3:18
9."Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)"Angelo Bond, Ronald Dunbar, Edith WaynePreviously unreleased4:04
10."Memo from Turner"Jagger, Keith RichardsPerformance4:03
11."Lucky in Love"Jagger, Carlos AlomarShe's the Boss5:02
12."Let's Work"Jagger, StewartPrimitive Cool4:44
13."Joy"Jagger, BonoGoddess in the Doorway4:40
14."Don't Call Me Up"JaggerGoddess in the Doorway5:13
15."Checkin' Up on My Baby"Sonny Boy Williamson IIPreviously unreleased3:21
16."(You Got To Walk And) Don't Look Back"Smokey Robinson, Ronnie WhiteBush Doctor3:43
17."Evening Gown"JaggerWandering Spirit3:32
Total length:1:12:13

DVD track listing[edit]

1."Interview With Mick Jagger (2007)"35:45
2."God Gave Me Everything"3:41
3."Just Another Night"4:58
4."Sweet Thing"4:15
5."Let's Work"4:08
6."Lucky in Love"4:54
7."Don't Tear Me Up"4:09
8."Dancing in the Street"2:57
10."(You Got to Walk And) Don't Look Back [b]"4:20
Total length:72:14

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
2007 UK Top 75 Albums[7] 57
2007 The Billboard 200[8] 77
2007 European Top 100 Albums 18


Year Title Chart Position
2007 Charmed Life Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[9] 18


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^
  4. ^ Andy Greene, [1], Rolling Stones, 20 September 2007. Accessed 20 September 2007.
  5. ^ [2], BBC, 1 October 2007. Accessed 1 October 2007.
  6. ^ [3], Mick Jagger, 2 October 2007. Accessed 2 October 2007.
  7. ^ "MICK JAGGER | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Mick Jagger - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Mick Jagger - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 28 November 2016.


  1. ^ Excerpt from the documentary Being Mick
  2. ^ Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live, 1978