The Rolling Stones are an English rock band that counts as one of the world’s most successful rock bands of all time. The Rolling Stones are world-famous for so hits like ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, which makes it’s easy to lose track over which songs they put out at the beginning of their musical career. So what was The Rolling Stones’ First Song?
The Rolling Stones’ first official song was ‘Come On’, which was released on June 7th, 1963. Having performed blues for a few years, ‘Come On’ signaled The Rolling Stones’ transition to rock. It also brought them first success and popularity and marked their beginning as an iconic rock band.
Read more about how The Rolling Stones’ first song came to fruition, how it catapulted them to fame and how the band managed to build on its’ success to become one of the best-known bands of all time.
The Rolling Stones’ musical career began when Jagger, Richards and their childhood friend Dick Taylor formed a band as teenagers where they covered blues songs by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.
After guitarist Brian Jones, keyboardist Ian Stewart and drummer Charlie Watts joined Jagger, Richards and Taylor in their budding band, the boys decided to call themselves ‘The Rolling Stones.’
With their new name, the band attracted first attention which resulted in them going on a tour of the UK, where they started their reputation as provocative and befriended The Beatles.
This is why, on June 7th 1963, The Rolling Stones then released their first song, ‘Come On’, which rose to No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
With this song, The Rolling Stones transitioned to rock music in a bid to stand out from other bands, like The Beatles.
And it was their rock songs that gave the band success:
Their second single, a Lennon- McCartney- penned number entitled ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, reached No. 12 on the UK charts, while shortly after, The Rolling Stones scored their first No. 1 hit in the UK, ‘It’s All Over Now’, which manifested their success as a rock band that was there to stay.
Rock Band Fame
Off the back of their number 1 hit success, The Rolling Stones released their second UK LP called ‘The Rolling Stones 2’, which reached number 1 on the charts and resulted in The Stones playing a global world tour.
International hit singles like ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘Get Off My Cloud’ followed, which just highlighted the huge commercial success The Rolling Stones had achieved.
Beside consistently topping British and American charts with their hit songs, the individual band members became rock stars in their own light, who kept the press and their legion of slavering fans entertained with their ongoing Rock’N’Roll escapades.
Since then, The Rolling Stones have counted as one of the world’s greatest rock bands of all time.
The Rolling Stones have released 12 number one albums in total, whilst also continuing to be a huge attractions on the live circuit, as they completed four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time.
Having celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’, list and their estimated record sales is 240 million.
This shows that while, like for every artist, it was somewhat difficult for The Rolling Stones to establish themselves at first, their first song heralded in their success and long-lasting impact as one of the best-known rock bands of all time.