When rock and roll became the most streamed music in the music world, the community was led by many successful new musicians. Mick Jagger is still one of those great musicians, as he is considered one of the most popular and influential frontmen in rock and roll history.
The singer gained international fame as a member of The rolling stoneswhich was formed in 1962. During a 6-decade career with the band, Mick Jagger played energetic shows, wrote unique stuff, and with his band mate Keith Richards‘ guitar style, took the band from ground zero to the top. He has contributed to the band’s entire discography, including 26 studio albums, 34 live albums, 29 compilation albums, and more.
In addition to The stones, Mick Jagger developed as a solo musician. He released four different solo studio albums while already a member of The stones. Launched in 1985 with She is the boss, Jagger followed the album with 1987 primitive cold. In 1993 Jagger came on the agenda with his third solo album, wandering spirit. And then finally in 2001, he released his fourth effort, named Goddess in the doorway.
However, as he was the favorite singer of some of these musicians or fans, Jagger also has its own favorites. During his epic interview with Planet Rock’s blues power in 2020, Jagger revealed the blues songs he loved the most throughout his career. You can find it below.
Mick Jagger’s 10 songs listed as the best of all time
10. Freddie King – King’s Palace
One of Mick JaggerFavorite Blues Songs by Were Performed By Freddie King, who was an American blues guitarist and is considered one of the three kings of blues guitar. It was Palace Of The King and was taken from the musician’s ninth effort, Prepare…
Praising Freddie King, Jagger explained why he thought it was a great blues song: “Freddie King, a great guitarist”, Jagger mentioned. “It was recorded by Shelter Records, originally. I think the band leader was Leon Russell who played piano on the track.
“So it’s not a traditional Blues sequence, it has backing vocals, it’s a bit, you can say commercial. But I think it’s a fantastic Blues record.
9. Mississippi Fred McDowell – Drop Down Mama
The list also included Mississippi Fred McDowell, who has proven himself as a singer and guitarist of hill country blues. Born in Tennessee, USA on January 12, 1904, the great musician died on July 3, 1972, at the age of 68. He left behind his legendary legacy and his unique music.
In the interview, Jagger also sent words of praise for Mississippi Fred McDowell. To touch The rolling stones‘ liberation by him, you have to move, Jagger chose Drop Down Mom as one of his favorites.
“I thought we were doing acoustic blues, so I chose Mississippi Fred McDowel,” he revealed.
“The Stones recorded ‘You Gotta Move’, which is his. So this one is called “Drop Down Mama”.
8. Luther Allison-Chicago
Another favorite blues song from Mick Jagger been Luther Allisonit is Chicago.
Born in Widener, Arkansas on August 18, 1939, Allison moved with his family to Chicago in 1951. His passion for music began when he was a child. He then developed his talent and became one of the greatest blues musicians in the world. Throughout her musical tenure, Allison played with the bands of Howlin’ Wolf and Freddie King.
When Jagger mentioned him, he said, “This is Luther Allison, famous Blues singer recorded in the 60s in Chicago.”
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Strange things happen every day
Mick Jagger then choose Strange things happen every day sung by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who was an American guitarist and singer. She had an influence on some great rockers, such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Throughout his musical career from 1919 to 1973, Rosette released twelve different albums, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews from around the world.
Mentioning his respect for her, Jagger revealed what she wanted to play at the start. He then chose his favorite song, Strange things happen every dayand said playing with Sammy Price on the piano suited him perfectly.
“Sister Rosetta Tharpe was primarily a gospel singer but she wanted to cross over, she wanted to be a pop singer, she also wanted to be a blues singer,” he said.
“So that’s his biggest hit, playing with Sammy Price on the piano. It was about wondering what was going to happen socially after the war, ‘Strange things happen every day’.
6. Joe Louis Walker – Too drunk to drive drunk
Here is Too drunk to drive drunk by Joe Louis Walkerwhich was another favorite song of Mick Jagger.
Known as an electric blues guitarist and singer, Walker is a huge influence on people who started playing the blues in the recent past. He released over 25 albums, and that’s how he became one of the greatest.
When Jagger Talk about Walker and picked the song as his favorite he remembered when he performed alongside her. To say that Walker was very nice to him, Jagger added that he gave her a guitar, which is special for him.
“It’s called ‘Too Drunk To Drive Drunk’, which makes perfect sense.” Jagger said. “It’s Joe Louis Walker that I know quite well.
“I actually performed on stage with him. He was really nice to me and gave me a guitar. I don’t know if he was trying to encourage me to play better.
“But anyway, he actually won a Grammy, I think for his last album. So he is very well known. I hope you enjoy this piece.”
5. Memphis Minnie – Has Anyone Seen My Man
Blues guitarist and singer formed in 1897 Memphis-Minnie was also on the list. Mick Jagger chose her Has anyone seen my man as one of his favorite blues songs.
Throughout his musical career, Minnie had recorded about 200 songs. She grew up with some of her best-known songs, including Bumble Bee, Nothing in Rambling, Me and My Chauffeur Blues, and When the Levee Breaks.
Here is what Jagger said about her when he chose the song: “”Has Everyone Seen My Man” by Memphis Minnie, described as “Queen Of The Delta Blues Singers”. She was popular in the 30s and 40s. She was very distinguished , beautifully dressed but she could fight, get drunk and apparently spit with the best of men.
4. Buddy Guy – Baby, Please Don’t Leave Me
Boyfriendit is Baby please don’t leave me was another favorite song of Mick Jagger.
The musician released the song via his eleventh studio album, sweet tea. With the album, it peaked at number one on the US Blues Albums Chart in 2001. It was also nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Explaining why he loved the song, the singer hoped people would like it.
“According to a record called ‘Sweet Tea’, that people [sort of] like and they didn’t like it and stuff,” Mick Jagger said. “It was literally taking Buddy back to Mississippi and putting him in a cabin, which sounds kind of weird and pretentious.
“Anyway, that’s what they did and used a lot of local Mississippi musicians to try to bring Buddy back to the Mississippi Delta.
“It was actually the first track from a movie I watched the other night called ‘Hustle & Flow,’ a rap movie. Anyway, it was the track that started the film.
“So I hope you like it. He tuned the guitar about two tones off the normal tuning. So you’ll hear what I mean, it makes the situation very dark.
3. Fantastic achievement by Negrito. Tang & The Bangas – I’m so happy I’m crying
The list also included Fantastic Negrito and Tang and the Bangas collaboration, I’m so happy that I’m crying. The track was released via Fantastic Negritothe fourth studio album by, Have you ever lost your mind?
“‘I’m So Happy I Cry’ by Fantastic Negrito who is the son of a Somalian and he recorded it with another band from New Orleans called Tang & The Bangas,” Mick Jagger noted when he revealed his love for the song.
2. Alabama Shakes – Always Good
Alabama shakes‘ Always good was another masterpiece loved by Mick Jagger. “Bringing things up to date, Britney Howard, fantastic singer with the Alabama Shakes ‘Always Alright’, who I particularly love,” he revealed, mentioning the song.
Alabama shakes was a rock band active from 2009 to 2018. Throughout their 9-year career, the band released two different albums, boys girls and sound and color. They have been nominated and won numerous awards for their undeniable successes.
1. Little Walter – Boogie
Little Walterit is Bogie been Mick Jaggerfavorite blues song of all time. He was a great blues artist who was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
“I had to put on a piece of Little Walter, who is everyone’s favorite harmonica player, of course mine,” Mick Jagger said when he was talking Bogie. “It’s an instrument I found called ‘Boogie’.”