Start Me Up (3:33)

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‘Start Me Up’ is a song by The Rolling Stones featured on the 1981. album “Tattoo You” and is often used to open the Stones’ concerts.

The song opens with what has since become a trademark riff for Keith Richards. It is this, coupled with Charlie Watts’ steady backbeat and Bill Wyman’s echoing bass, that comprises most of the song. Lead guitarist Ronnie Wood can clearly be heard playing a layered variation of Richards’ main riff. Often live versions of the song are lengthened by giving Wood a solo near the middle of the song, pieces of which can be heard throughout the original recording.

‘Start Me Up’ peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Charts in August 1981., where it remains a significant single as the Stones have not been back into the UK Top 10 since. In Australia, the song reached No. 1 in November 1981. In the United States, ‘Start Me Up’ spent three weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard Top Tracks chart.


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  • md1163

    Ronnie and Keith

    30 Sep 10:17am Reply
  • tatafat

    Couple these guys are trippin

    28 Sep 7:28am Reply
  • StormSignal

    Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are like 'WTF am I doing here'. :))

    28 Jul 6:49am Reply
  • md1163

    Never stop, never stop, never stop You, you, you make a grown man cry You, you make a dead man cum

    17 Jun 1:37pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Tu não fica parado comadéssa>>

    25 Apr 1:19am Reply
  • prttyvisitors

    every face in this video is precious [2]

    10 Mar 2:31pm Reply
  • Malkamillian

    Was Mick drunk when they shot this video?

    10 Feb 2:36pm Reply
  • blackimono

    every face in this video is precious

    12 Jan 10:16pm Reply
  • sidekuma

    stones immer noch das beste

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • treradical

    you make a grown man cryyyyy

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • uhohspagettio

    used to hear this song on my local rocknroll station all the time while i was growing up.. I had no idea what this song was about.. haha

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • shedonist

    Favorite Rolling Stones track!!

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
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  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fernt67

    still just good

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tigerbluemusic

    Yeah. I second genepkelly's comment. I love the phased guitars underneath

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
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    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • genepkelly

    Love this song of the Stones great keith guitar riffs.....

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
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    You can't fight progress and technology but in the old days this ham and egger below me would be pounding the pavement wearing a billboard advertising,not showiing up here trolling for nibbles and bites!

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
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