The Rolling Stones - Miss you - 1978

The Rolling Stones: "Miss You"

Welcome to the aiMOOC on "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones! In this module, we will dive into the fascinating world of this iconic song, exploring its background, lyrics, and the band itself. Let's start by learning more about "Miss You" and its significance in the history of rock music.

Background of "Miss You"

The Rolling Stones released "Miss You" in 1978 as a part of their album "Some Girls." This song marked a significant shift in the band's musical style, incorporating elements of disco, a popular genre at the time. The song became a huge hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

  1. The Rolling Stones: A brief history of the band
  2. Some Girls: Understanding the album's influence
  3. 1970s Music: Exploring the era's music scene

The Music and Lyrics of "Miss You"

The song's music and lyrics reflect a unique blend of rock and roll and disco. The lyrics, often interpreted as expressing longing and desire, are delivered with Mick Jagger's distinctive vocal style. The song's signature bass line and harmonica parts are also notable elements.

  1. Rock and Roll: Exploring the genre
  2. Disco Music: Understanding disco's influence
  3. Mick Jagger: Jagger's contribution to music

MOOCit: Learn more about music genres and history

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Miss You" released? (1978) (!1969) (!1982) (!1973)

Which album features "Miss You"? (Some Girls) (!Sticky Fingers) (!Exile on Main St.) (!Tattoo You)

What genre does "Miss You" primarily represent? (Disco) (!Rock) (!Blues) (!Jazz)

What chart position did "Miss You" achieve in the U.S.? (Number one on the Billboard Hot 100) (!Top 10 but not number one) (!It didn't chart in the U.S.) (!Number one on the UK Charts only)

Which instrument is prominently featured in "Miss You"? (Harmonica) (!Piano) (!Saxophone) (!Violin)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Who is the lead vocalist of The Rolling Stones? (Mick Jagger) (!Keith Richards) (!Charlie Watts) (!Ronnie Wood)

In what year was The Rolling Stones band formed? (1962) (!1958) (!1965) (!1970)

Which of the following songs is also by The Rolling Stones? ("Paint It Black") (!"Stairway to Heaven") (!"Hotel California") (!"Bohemian Rhapsody")

Which member of The Rolling Stones primarily played the guitar? (Keith Richards) (!Mick Jagger) (!Charlie Watts) (!Bill Wyman)

Which country did The Rolling Stones originate from? (United Kingdom) (!United States) (!Australia) (!Canada)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Complete the lyric: "I've been holding out so long, I've been... (sleeping all alone) (!waiting by the phone) (!dreaming of a song) (!walking on my own)

What is the song "Miss You" generally about? (Longing and desire) (!A happy celebration) (!Political issues) (!A breakup)

Which line follows "But I miss you baby"? (I've been hanging on the phone) (!I've been sleeping all alone) (!I wanna kiss you) (!I've been waiting at home)

What does the lyric "Lord, I miss you" convey? (Emotional longing) (!Happiness) (!Indifference) (!Anger)

Which of these is NOT a lyric in "Miss You"? (!We're gonna come around at twelve) (I've been holding out so long) (I've been sleeping all alone) (You've been staring at the ceiling)


1978 Year "Miss You" was released
Some Girls Album featuring "Miss You"
Disco Main genre of "Miss You"
Mick Jagger Lead vocalist of The Rolling Stones
Harmonica Prominent instrument in "Miss You"

Open Tasks


  1. Explore a Genre: Listen to other disco songs from the 1970s and compare them to "Miss You."
  2. Rock vs. Disco: Discuss how "Miss You" bridges rock and disco music.
  3. Mick Jagger's Style: Research and write about Mick Jagger's vocal style.


  1. Lyric Analysis: Analyze the lyrics of "Miss You" and their meaning.
  2. The Rolling Stones Timeline: Create a timeline of The Rolling Stones' major milestones.
  3. Musical Instruments: Research the instruments used in "Miss You" and their roles in the song.


  1. Song Influence: Investigate the influence of "Miss You" on later music.
  2. Band Biography: Write a detailed biography of The Rolling Stones.
  3. Music Video Analysis: Analyze the music video of "Miss You" in the context of its era.

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Oral Exam

  1. Genre Evolution: Discuss how "Miss You" reflects the changes in music genres during the late 1970s.
  2. Lyrical Interpretation: Interpret the emotional impact of the lyrics in "Miss You."
  3. Band Dynamics: Explore how the dynamics within The Rolling Stones might have influenced their music.
  4. Cultural Impact: Discuss the cultural impact of The Rolling Stones in the 1970s.
  5. Music Production: Explain the production elements that make "Miss You" distinctive.

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