Happy birthday, Mick Jagger! Today marks the legendary rocker's 69th birthday, but don't let his age fool you; the sexagenarian is not slowing down for anyone.
Born on July 26, 1943 in Kent, England, Sir Michael Phillip "Mick" Jagger is the front man for the internationally renowned rock band, the Rolling Stones. With Keith Richards as his partner in crime on the guitar, Jagger left the London School of Economics to form the Rolling Stones, which became one of the most successful rock bands ever. In 1989, the band was given due praise when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing its place in rock and roll history.
Despite his tumultuous personal life –– he has publicly battled drug addiction and claims to have slept with 4,000 women –– Jagger helped revolutionize the rock genre. Jagger stands as a symbol of counter-culture cool; never letting society hold him back from living his life to the fullest.
Jagger's distinctive voice, charismatic live performances, and unforgettable moves continues to influence a generation of young musicians to follow in his rock 'n' roll footsteps. There's even a hit song by the band Maroon 5, "Moves like Jagger" dedicated to the man's impressive skill.
Jagger is often imitated, but he can never be duplicated. And there are certainly a few things that we can learn from him. Here's a guide to getting 9 essential Jagger moves.
1. The strut is key
2. Practice with friends
3. A little goes a long way – utilize your space (even if it's just a little bit)
4. Keep practicing with friends
5. Make eye contact
6. It's all in the hips
7. Don't forget your arms, too
8. Stay light on your feet
9. When all else fails, have someone else do the dancing for you