Twelve years and still ticking. This thread has lasted longer than The Beatles!
As to Stones v. Beatles, it's like comparing apples with oranges. Besides both being fruit they have little in common. Beatles lasted for a decade or so by the clock but packed in several lifetimes of great songs in those years. Stones, well, they're still going strong (well, sorta!
) and have had decades to cement their fame. Beatles evolved all the time, both lyrically, musically, artistically and personally, while Stones is the same year after year after year after year after... errr... What was that again?