The Rolling Stones!If you take away all the sappy love songs, the teenie bopper early songs, and any song ringo sings, the beatles are rock and roll band. The stones may have had a handful of sappy songs, but they stayed true to their blues roots on every album up to 1975s black and blue (when disco crept in). Another problem for me with the beatles, is paul mcartney. Of all my favorite beatles songs, 90% of them are either lennon or harrison songs. There aren't many stones songs that my grandmother would enjoy, but paul mcartney has dozens of cheesey easy listening type songs that he wrote with the beatles that lennon clearly had no part in writing. If we were to break down the stones catalog, compared to the beatles song for song, one could argue that up to 1970, they were neck and neck. This is the point where the stones blow by the beatles in number of great songs. The beatles owned the 1960s by a small margin. However, the stones owned the 70s, and the early 80s, when paul and john were writing moderatly respectable albums with their tallentless wives (would mick or keith EVER put their wives on an album?). The stones are rock and roll, the beatles are someone you bring home to your mother, and great music for children to listen to. "Star f***ker", "little t&a" vs "fool on the hill" & "im looking through you". Not even a contest. One is rock and roll. One is elevator music. You decide.
50 years on and still rolling strong!
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013: