Topping the US charts for nine weeks, Tattoo You was number one for longer than any other Stones album.
The lead single “Start Me Up” fueled its success, on both sides of the Atlantic; it made number two in the USA and number seven in Britain. The two US follow-up singles, “Waiting On A Friend” and “Hang Fire” both made the Top Twenty. Like Emotional Rescue it was recorded in the Bahamas, Paris and New York City. Tattoo You had a massive US tour to support its release.
An interesting touch about the album’s release on vinyl is that it features an “up” side of rockers such as “Start Me Up” and “Little T&A” and a “slow” side of ballads and softer numbers such as “Heaven” and “Tops” so the listener can choose the side according to their mood.