Top 10 Mick Jagger Solo Songs

Mick Jagger Solo Songs

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Our Top 10 Mick Jagger Songs From His Solo Albums list, takes a look at the material Mick Jagger released on his handful of solo albums. So far, Mick Jagger has released four complete solo studio albums during his career. His first solo studio album was released in 1985 entitled She’s The Boss. Mick Jagger and his record company released four singles from that record. The album did well but was not a blockbuster. Mick Jagger followed up his first solo album two years later, in 1987, with the record entitled Primitive Cool. The album did not sell as well as his initial debut album. It would be another six years before Mick Jagger released another solo record. In 1993, Mick Jagger released his third solo album entitled Wandering Spirit. Many people would argue that Wandering Spirit was his strongest solo album today. Mick Jagger’s fourth and final studio album, as of this writing in 2020, was released in 2001 entitled Goddess in the Doorway.

Mick Jagger has also released a handful of non-album singles from movie soundtracks and collaborated with other artists, including the Jacksons, on their Victory album. One of Mick Jagger’s most interesting projects was his supergroup collaboration with Joss Stone and David A Stewart called Superheavy. Mick Jagger’s last solo material released was a double-sided single entitled Gotta Get a Grip” / “England Lost,” released in 2017.

Our Top 10 Mick Jagger Solo Songs presents 10 of our favorite songs that Mick Jagger released on his solo albums.

# 10 – Sweet Thing

We open up our Top 10  Mick Jagger solo songs list with the great single “Sweet Thing.” The song was released on Mick Jagger’s Wandering Spirit album. The song was written by Mick Jagger. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, who did a fantastic job on the album’s arrangements and great sound quality. This is easily our favorite Mick Jagger solo album and we were very happy to open up this list with a track from Wandering Spirit.

# 9 – Lucky In Love

The great Mick Jagger song “Lucky In Love” was the fourth single released from his 1985 album She’s The Boss. The record was Mick Jagger’s solo debut album. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Carlos Alomar. As with so many of Mick Jagger’s solo songs, it’s all about the groove. The song also featured two giants of the keyboard world, with Herbie Hancock and Chuck Leavell both playing on the song. Also appearing on the album was the great Bernard Fowler and rock God Jeff Beck.

# 8 – Party Doll

Not many classic rock and roll vocalists sing a county rock-style ballad with as much distinction and personality as Mick Jagger. The wonderful song “Party Doll” was released on Mick Jagger’s album Primitive Cool. The album was released in 1987. Primitive Cool was Mick Jagger’s second solo album. Once again, Mick Jagger employed a host of brilliant musicians to play on the record. Jeff Beck and Hall & Oates alumni and former Saturday Night Live band leader G.E. Smith played guitar on the record. Jazz legends David Sanborn, Bill Evans, John Faddis, Omar Hakim, and Simon Phillips also played on the record along with many other great musicians such as Vernon Reid, David A Stewart, Greg Phillinganes, and many others.

# 7 – Wired All Night

With our seventh pick, we return to our favorite Mick Jagger solo album entitled Wandering Spirit and the great track “Wired All Night.” This one sounded more like a Rolling Stones song than most of Mick Jagger’s solo songs. “Wired All Night” was the album’s opening track. It was the third single released from the album.

“Wandering Spirit” is Mick Jagger’s third solo album, released in 1993. Recorded during various sessions spanning from 1991 to 1992. Produced primarily by Rick Rubin, the album was recorded at various locations, including Los Angeles, California, and Kingston, Jamaica. The album featured an impressive lineup of musicians, including Lenny Kravitz, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Billy Preston.

# 6 – Lonely At The Top

Continuing with our top 10 Mick Jagger songs list, we revert to Mick Jagger’s debut solo album She’s The Boss. The song “Lonely At The Top,” was the only song released on any of Mick Jagger’s four solo albums that was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was released as the album’s second single. It became a top 10 hit on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Music Charts.

# 5 – Old Habits Die Hard

As we kick into the second half of this top 10 Mick Jagger songs list, we turn to the great song “Old Habits Die Hard,” from the motion picture soundtrack of the 2004 movie Alfie. The soundtrack featured songs written by Mick Jagger and David A Stewart of Eurythmics fame. The record also featured Sheryl Crow and a very young Joss Stone. Jagger and Stewart wrote and recorded some really great songs for the soundtrack. “Old Habits Die Hard” has such a smooth, great groove that Mick Jagger just eats up with Stewart, adding his always brilliant production and arranging skills

# 4 – God Gave Me Everything

Mick Jagger’s “God Gave Me Everything” was released on his most recent solo album, Goddess in the Doorway. Although the word recent is relative, this album was released almost twenty years ago in 2001. Mick Jagger has released other solo material and has collaborated with other artists since then, but Goddess in the Doorway is his last complete solo studio album. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Lenny Kravitz. We love the song’s opening power chords and driving chord progression that continues throughout the song. Lenny and Mick have done some great stuff together.

# 3 – Just Another Night

“Just Another Night” was released on Mick Jagger’s first solo album entitled She’s The Boss. This fabulous song featured some great musicians on the track, including Jeff Beck on guitar. The song was a top twenty hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. It did extremely well on the US Mainstream Rock charts, hitting number one.

# 2 – Don’t Tear Me Up

We hit the number two spot on our Top 10 Mick Jagger solo songs list with the sensational song “Don’t Tear Me Up.” The song was released on his great Wondering Spirit album. The song hit number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1993. The song builds emotionally throughout the recording, defining one of the best Mick Jagger vocal performances of his solo career. The song “Don’t Tear Me Up” was written by Mick Jagger.

# 1 – Dancing In The Streets

The amazing collaboration between Mick Jagger and David Bowie closes out our list of top 10 Mick Jagger solo songs. The song was recorded by David Bowie and Mick Jagger and released as a single only. However, it does appear on various David Bowie compilations. The recording between the two rock legends was a huge success around the world. The song hit number one in three countries: the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. It was a top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at number seven.

Updated October 21, 2023

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