There were hits after "Start Me Up," but at this remove, it's undeniable that this 1981 single was the last great Rolling Stones song. That is, it's a riff-rocker in the tradition of "Honky Tonk Women" or "Satisfaction," a tough little rock & roll song powered by one of Keith Richards' trademark riffs and a solid Charlie Watts backbeat. The riff and the backbeat are so good, in fact, that it's easy to ignore the fact that, really, the song doesn't actually go anywhere: other than the repeated "You make a grown man cry" bridge, the verse (that is, riff plus backbeat) is the entire song. Although the whole thing is over in a concise three and a half minutes, the song is so static that it feels much longer; the extended fade, over which Mick Jagger awkwardly ad-libs a few more lines including the immortally dorky "You make a dead man come," doesn't help. As one of the most beloved Rolling Stones songs, "Start Me Up" is particularly ripe for parody, the most perfect being the deadpan folk singalong that the Folksmen (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer) perform on A Mighty Wind: The Album; Shearer's spoken word recitations of Jagger's poesy, delivered in his Principal Skinner voice from The Simpsons, are particularly priceless.