First Hit #1: August 5, 1978
The more things change, the more things stay the same. The charts have changed a lot since the last Rolling Stones #1, with disco’s rise and synthesizers becoming de rigueur. But through it all, the Rolling Stones have a consistent through-line, and it hasn’t changed much at all. Miss You is still deeply indebted to the blues, and still can teeter on the edge of disaster. It’s not like the song is ever in danger of being bad – it’s built on the one of the strongest foundations you might hear in pop music, with that distinct bassline – but Mick Jagger is doing his absolute booziest performance yet, and while it gives it a perfect sound, especially for someone pining for a lover, it’s also the kind of thing that could go too far if it isn’t handled with great care. Naturally, we are still taking about Jagger, who knows exactly where the ragged edge is and has made a career dancing on it, so it’s going to sound perfect here. It’s not a new sound, but it’s one that survived for so long because it’s a great sound.