Brian Johnson Reveals His Favorite Rolling Stones Song
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In the vast landscape of rock ‘n’ roll, few bands have left an indelible mark quite like The Rolling Stones. Their infectious tunes and timeless energy have inspired generations of musicians, including the legendary AC/DC frontman, Brian Johnson. While AC/DC’s music carries a heavier edge, Johnson has always been vocal about his admiration for The Rolling Stones and their iconic frontman, Mick Jagger.
During an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Tracks Of My Years in 2022, Brian Johnson shared insights into his musical preferences, unveiling a list of his favorite songs.
Among The Rolling Stones’ tracks, one stood out prominently: the vibrant 1968 hit, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’. Johnson’s choice was influenced by the song’s infectious riff, a quality that compelled him to rush out and buy a pair of maracas.
Reflecting on Mick Jagger’s brilliance, Johnson praised the band’s ability to turn a colossal stadium into an intimate space, engaging every listener. He fondly recalled his first encounter with The Rolling Stones’ classic, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ expressing his awe, saying,
“I remember the first time I heard it and I just went ‘What the hell is that?’”
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In another conversation with The Sunday Times in 2014, Johnson discussed his passion for cars and revealed his favorite anthems to accompany his drives.
Among these songs was ‘Start Me Up,’ a vibrant track from The Rolling Stones’ 1981 album, Tattoo You.
For Johnson, it’s not just about the music; it’s about the connection these songs forge with the listeners. The infectious energy of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ the rebellious spirit of ‘Brown Sugar,’ the timeless allure of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ and the dynamic drive of ‘Start Me Up’ have solidified their places in Johnson’s musical heart.
In the end, Brian Johnson’s favorite Rolling Stones songs are not just musical choices; they are snapshots of a lifetime, capturing the essence of rock ‘n’ roll that transcends generations. As fans of both AC/DC and The Rolling Stones continue to revel in their music, Johnson’s appreciation serves as a reminder of the everlasting impact these legendary bands have had on the world of rock, a legacy that continues to inspire and resonate across the ages.