The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger co-wrote a Matchbox Twenty song

TL; DR:

  • Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty wrote a song together.
  • In the end, Matchbox Twenty recorded the song, not Jagger.
  • The track became a hit in the US but not in the UK.
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Mick Jagger wrote many Rolling Stones songs, but he also wrote songs for other artists. For example, he co-wrote a song for one of his solo albums with Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. Subsequently, Jagger dropped the song so Matchbox Twenty could record it.

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger added a bit to a song written by Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and Jagger co-wrote a song called “Disease”. According to a 2002 MTV News article, the song was originally intended for Jagger’s solo album Goddess at the door. Thomas discussed the origin of the song.

“I had written 98% of it and thought it would sound good if Mick sang it,” Thomas said. “For the most part, I try to never let those two worlds collide. Any song I write that I really enjoy is a Matchbox song, and I want to give the guys first right of refusal.

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Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas decided he didn’t want to give the song to Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger

Thomas said “Disease” was a first for him. “But it was my first time writing the majority of the song and I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I want to give that,'” he recalled. “It was all fortuitous, the way it happened, the way [Jagger] didn’t think it matched his file. He said, ‘It looks like you. This is your song.’

Subsequently, Thomas compared Matchbox Twenty to the Rolling Stones. “One of the things I love about this group is that everyone is a writer,” he said. “All of our favorite bands, the Stones, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, it all came out of everybody throwing something.” Thomas said his group was something like a democracy.

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How ‘Disease’ fared on the US and UK pop charts

“Disease” became a modest hit in the United States. The song reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 20 weeks. Matchbox Twenty included the song on the album More than you think. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the charts for 72 weeks.

According to The Official Charts Company, “Disease” did not chart in the UK. More than you think didn’t plot there either.

“Disease” wasn’t a huge hit, but it’s a fascinating collaboration between two rock ‘n’ roll legends.

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