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Just as it had to be expected for a band with such an extensive discography of studio albums, the Rolling Stones released plenty a compilations, live albums, box sets or music videos. There is one pivotal event to mention first when we study their best of albums. After the release of Let It Bleed in 1969, their recording contract with Decca Records expired. In 1970, the band created their own label Rolling Stones Records, quickly issuing Sticky Fingers on it. As both record labels are fully independent from each other and not really in good terms, all best of albums of the band were covering or 1964 to 1971 years or post 1971 stuff, with only Sticky Fingers tracks being part of both packages.
Thus, Big Hits 1 and 2, Hot Rocks or Rolled Gold cover all their earlier outputs while the likes Rewind or Jump Back cover their hits from 1971 to their respective releases.
In 2002, almost four decades after their debut, the first career-spanning compilation came out, 40 Licks, containing one CD for each era. Deleted after a few years only, another similar package came out in 2012, GRRR!, itself appearing to be discontinued since a couple of years.
On top of that, the band also got various area-specific best of albums. Jump Back wasn’t released in the US first while Hot Rocks wasn’t issued in most countries outside North America. There is also many local best of albums that came out. All those different periods coverage, constant deletion/re-activation and distinct releases per area prevented them from having one truly massive selling compilation but altogether they amount for an impressive total that we are going to detail during the upcoming pages.