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How Well Do You Know the Rolling Stones?

It’s only rock ’n’ roll, but you’ll like this trivia quiz about the legendary band


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In honor of the Rolling Stones back on tour, we’re hoping you can get some satisfaction by acing our trivia quiz. See how many questions you can answer in a jumpin’ jack flash!

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Question 1 of 10

True or false: The Rolling Stones got their name from a song by legendary blues singer Muddy Waters.

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In 1962, guitarist Brian Jones was hyping the new band’s first gig to a journalist from Jazz News and realized the ensemble needed a name. He spotted a copy of The Best of Muddy Waters, and pulled the name from the LP’s Side 1, Track 5: “Rollin’ Stone.”

Question 2 of 10

Which of these is NOT a hit song by the Rolling Stones?

“Nowhere Man” was a hit for the Beatles in 1966. Despite the supposed rivalry between the two British rock supergroups, Mick Jagger provided backup vocals on the 1967 Beatles track “Baby You’re a Rich Man.” Paul McCartney and John Lennon returned the favor, singing on the Stones’ song “We Love You.”

Question 3 of 10

Complete the title of this 1965 Rolling Stones hit: “Get Off of My …”

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As Keith Richards later recalled, “‘Get Off of My Cloud’ was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow-up to ‘Satisfaction,’” which had become the band’s first No. 1 hit in the U.S. Mick Jagger called the tune, released in September 1965 three months after “Satisfaction,” “a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song.”

Question 4 of 10

What restaurant chain is named after a popular Rolling Stones song?

Ruby Tuesday was founded in 1972 as a burger-and-beer joint near the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee by a then-student named Sandy Beall who later admitted he wasn’t much of a Stones fan. “I wasn’t that hip of a person,” he told The New York Times — but he gladly accepted the suggestion of a hipper fraternity brother.

Question 5 of 10

What object did Keith Richards notoriously toss off the balcony of his 10th story room at L.A.’s Continental Hyatt House hotel in 1972?

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Documentarian Robert Frank caught the moment for a film about the Stones’ 1972 American tour that never got released. The Sunset Strip hotel, now a balcony-less establishment called the Andaz West Hollywood, was once dubbed “the Riot House” for debaucherous stays by rockers like Jim Morrison and Guns N’ Roses’ Slash.

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Question 6 of 10

What pop icon joined Mick Jagger in 1985 on a duet cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street”?

Jagger and Bowie initially planned to sing the duet at the Live Aid charity concert that summer, which was broadcast from both London and Philadelphia. Bowie would be singing on stage in London and Jagger in Philadelphia. Instead, Jagger flew to London to record the song together at Abbey Road Studios. The music video of the two performing the song was released during the live broadcast and soon hit No. 7 in the U.S.

Question 7 of 10

What Oscar-winning filmmaker has used “Gimme Shelter” in three of his movies, and also directed the band’s 2008 concert film, Shine a Light?

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The director used the 1964 tune “Tell Me” to introduce Harvey Keitel’s gangster in his 1973 breakout film Mean Streets. And he busted out “Gimme Shelter” on three memorable films: GoodFellas, Casino and The Departed.

Question 8 of 10

True or false: The song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was used in the ad campaign to launch Microsoft’s Windows 95.

The software giant paid roughly $3 million for rights to use “Start Me Up,” the hit from the band’s 1981 album Tattoo You. But the footage of CEOs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer awkwardly dancing to the tune at the company’s launch event? Priceless.

Question 9 of 10

Keith Richards played Johnny Depp’s father in what blockbuster film series?

Depp described his swashbuckler Jack Sparrow as “a weird combination of an 18th-century rock ’n’ roll star, who looks like Keith Richards, and Pepé Le Pew, a very romantic skunk.” So for the third and fourth movies in the franchise, released in 2007 and 2011, Richards appeared as Sparrow’s dad, Captain Teague.

Question 10 of 10

Charlie Watts, who died in 2021, played what instrument for the Stones?

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Watts shunned the rock-star persona of his bandmates. He married Shirley Ann Shepherd a year after joining the Stones (they had already been dating), and they remained together until his death nearly six decades later. And when the band visited the Playboy Mansion during a tour, Watts famously passed his time in the game room, playing pool.

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