So what does he like?
He’s revealed the answer to the BBC by pulling together a list of his desert island discs—a total of eight titles. As you might imagine, the list includes blues, classic rock and roll and R&B.
But there are surprises, too, including tunes by reggae artist Gregory Isaacs, country legend Hank Williams and the classical composer Vivaldi.
The biggest surprise, however, is what’s not on the list: anything by Muddy Waters, the man who gave the Rolling Stones their name. Then again, it was Brian Jones who reportedly chose the name from the back of a Waters LP, so perhaps Richards isn’t as enamored of Muddy as his former bandmate was.
Richards is currently on a promo tour for his new album, Crosseyed Heart. He and the Rolling Stones are scheduled to begin work next year on the band’s first album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.
You can hear Richards’ complete desert island selections below.
Chuck Berry—“Wee Wee Hours” (1955)
Hank Williams—“You Win Again” (1952)
Aaron Neville—“My True Story” (2013)
Etta James—“Sugar on the Floor” (1978)
Freddie Scott—“Are You Lonely for Me” (1966)
Gregory Isaacs—“Extra Classic” (1977)
Nigel Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra—“Spring” from Vivaldi's Four Seasons (recorded 1989)
Little Walter—“Key to the Highway” (1958)