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60 years of the Rolling Stones: Ranking their greatest albums

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(Clockwise, bottom left to right) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1976 (Express/Getty Images);  Charlie Watts, Wood, Richards, Bill Wyman and Jagger in 1977 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images);  Jagger and Richards in 1971 (Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images);  Richards in 1995 (ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images);  Watts, Jagger, Wyman, Richards and Brian Jones in 1967 (Keystone/Getty Images).

(Clockwise, bottom left to right) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1976 (Express/Getty Images); Charlie Watts, Wood, Richards, Bill Wyman and Jagger in 1977 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images); Jagger and Richards in 1971 (Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images); Richards in 1995 (ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images); Watts, Jagger, Wyman, Richards and Brian Jones in 1967 (Keystone/Getty Images).
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Sixty years ago, on July 12, 1962 to be exact, the Rolling Stones gave their first concert at the Marquee Club in London. Today, as the self-proclaimed world’s greatest rock and roll band marks six decades of music and hard life, The audiovisual club looks back at the Stones’ most enduring work.

With surviving original members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and newcomer Ronnie Wood (he’s only been in the band for 47 years) carrying on the Stones’ legacy by selling out stadiums on the band’s 60th anniversary tour – no other rock band has persevered this long and on this scale – it’s a good time to take a closer look at some of the best albums in rock history.

Of course, it’s hard to consolidate their career to just 20 albums. This following list inevitably misses highlights or interesting detours: the set of 1994 which supported the career Voodoo parlorthe vital punch of out of our headsand loose limbs black and blue, to start. What follows isn’t all the great album the band has made over the years, but rather the 20 records that convey the full gamut of what the Stones did during their 60 laps around the sun.