It Happened 50 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones “Get Off Of My Cloud”

The Rolling Stones are remembered along with the Beatles as the two contrasting bands that led the British Invasion of the 1960s and became synonymous with the Baby Boomers’ generational music memory. Amid all of the hits each band amassed, only once did the Rolling Stones knock the Beatles out of the number one spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. That happened exactly 50 years ago, when the Rolling Stones’ “Get Off Of My Cloud” knocked the Beatles’ “Yesterday” out of number one to begin its two-week stay at the top.

Less than a year later, in June 1966, the Beatles would return the favor when their song “Paperback Writer” supplanted the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black” at the top — the only time the Beatles would ever directly follow the Stones at number one.

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