Re: Happy 50th!!
A great band with a lifetime of great songs. Though I don't think they had one really "great" album, from beginning to end though, like almost all of the Beatles work, or some of the Led Zep albums. Maybe Some Girls was the greatest album. John and Paul gave them their first hit too, "I Wanna Be Your Man", which of course Ringo did as well.
Mick ain't the best singer ever, but phrasing and stage presence were his strengths. You could feel it even in the studio recordings. Take "Miss You" and "Shattered". They didn't have many anthems like the Beatels either. I'd put the Stones in my Top 20 or 30 all time favorite bands though. I admire that Mick has stayed relatively drug free and level headed too.