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The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up (1981)

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"Start Me Up" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. Released as the ...

"Start Me Up" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. Released as the album's lead single, it reached number one on Australian Kent Music Report, number two in Canada, number two on the Billboard Hot 100, number seven on the UK Singles Chart, and the top ten in a handful of European countries north of the Alps.

Release

"Start Me Up" peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Charts in September 1981 and remains the last Rolling Stones song to appear in the UK top 10. In Australia, the song reached number one in November 1981.

In the US, "Start Me Up" spent three weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October and November 1981, the Stones' biggest hit of the 80's in the States. The two songs that kept it from number one were "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross and "Private Eyes" by Hall & Oates.

It also spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard Top Tracks chart. This set a record for most weeks at #1 that was not broken until 1994, when Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" spent 15 weeks on top. The B-side is a slow blues number called "No Use in Crying", which is also included on Tattoo You.

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