STARTIN' UP: Mick Jagger has been a force of late on Billboard charts.
Imagine if he actually released a song of his own.
Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, bursts in as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 8. The band, led by "The Voice" coach Adam Levine, premiered the song, with fellow "Voice" coach Aguilera, in a live performance on the NBC series June 21.
"I've got the moves like Jagger!" Levine boasts in the song.
The song marks the Rolling Stone icon's latest mention in a Hot 100 top 10. Ke$ha name-checked him in her nine-week No. 1 "TiK ToK" last year: "We kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger!"
Two more odes to the legendary rocker could also soon chart. UK "The X Factor" alumnus Cher Lloyd recently released her debut single entitled "Swagger Jagger," while in "Loud Music," currently bubbling under Adult Pop Songs, Michelle Branch urges the object of her affection to "start me up, like a Rolling Stone."
With the arrival of "Moves," Jagger and the Rolling Stones join an elite list of groups and their solo members each whose names have appeared in Hot 100-charted song titles; Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" peaked at No. 2 in 1965.
The Carefrees sent "We Love You Beatles," for instance, to No. 39 in 1964. Just two months ago, Lil Wayne's "John," featuring Rick Ross, reached No. 22. "If I die today," the rappers recite on the latter track, "remember me like John Lennon."
The Beach Boys likewise have appeared in a Hot 100-charted song title (albeit, their own, "The Beach Boys Medley"; No. 12, 1981), while Barenaked Ladies reached No. 68 with "Brian Wilson" in 1998.
Expanding to other genres, it would be hard to beat the scope of tributes paid to one act, country supergroup the Highwaymen.
The band not only ruled Country Songs with "Highwayman" in 1985, but all four of its members have graced the chart in its title field.
David Allan Coe sang about two - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson - in his No. 25 1976 hit "Willie, Waylon and Me" (which laundry lists fellow legendary acts the Eagles, Byrds, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Dylan).
The other two Highwaymen have inspired titles of more recent Country Songs hits. Jason Aldean rose to No. 6 with "Johnny Cash" in 2007, and Tim McGraw reached No. 16 with "Kristofferson," a paean to Kris Kristofferson, in 2008.
Jagger isn't content to let others bear sole responsibility for his name appearing on Billboard rankings. He could soon make his own chart return, as he's teamed with Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone for the supergroup Superheavy.
The act is set to release its first album in September.