Alice in Chains discography

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Alice in Chains discography

Alice in Chains in September 2007. L-R: DuVall, Kinney, and Cantrell.
Releases
Studio albums 5
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 5
EPs 3
Singles 27
Video albums 4
Music videos 23
Soundtracks 6

The discography of Alice in Chains, a Seattle, Washington-USA-based rock band, consists of five studio albums, three extended plays (EP), two live albums, four compilations, eighteen music videos and twenty-five singles.

Alice in Chains was formed in 1987 by singer Layne Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who then recruited bassist Mike Starr and drummer Sean Kinney. The band signed to Columbia Records in 1989, and released its first EP, We Die Young, in July 1990.[1] Later that year, the band released its debut studio album, Facelift. The single "Man in the Box", which reached number 18 on the mainstream rock charts,[2] helped Facelift achieve double Platinum status.[3] The band toured in support of the album for two years before releasing the acoustic EP Sap in early 1992. In September 1992, Alice in Chains released Dirt. The critically acclaimed album, also the band's most successful, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and was certified quadruple Platinum.[2][3] The band did not tour in support of Dirt for very long, due to Staley's drug addiction.[4] While touring, Starr left the band due to personal reasons and was replaced by Mike Inez.[5] 1994 saw the release of Alice in Chains' second acoustic EP, Jar of Flies. It entered the charts in the top slot, making it the first Alice in Chains release—and the first EP in history—to debut at number one.[2] In 1995, the band released a self–titled album, which debuted at the top of the U.S. charts, and has since been awarded—along with Facelift—Double Platinum status while Jar of Flies maintains Quadruple Platinum status.[3] Alice in Chains entered a hiatus after not touring since the release of Dirt.[6]

From 1996 to 2002, the band was mostly inactive, releasing two live albums, including the successful Unplugged,[2][3] and three compilations. On April 19, 2002, Staley was found dead in his home after overdosing on heroin and cocaine, causing the group to break up.[7] In 2005, the band reunited with new vocalist William DuVall.[8] On April 25, 2009, it was announced that Alice in Chains had signed to Virgin/EMI making it the band's first label change in their 20-plus year career.[9] Black Gives Way to Blue, the group's first album with DuVall, was released on September 29, 2009.[10] In 2011, Alice in Chains began work on their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which was released two years later.[11]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[2]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
FIN
[14]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
NOR
[18]
SWE
[19]
UK
[20]
Facelift 42 38 53 64 24
Dirt
  • Released: September 29, 1992
  • Label: Columbia (#52475)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
6 13 25 37 17 36 15 11 42
Alice in Chains
  • Released: November 7, 1995
  • Label: Columbia (#47248)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1 5 5 13 93 75 28 11 11 37
  • CRIA: Platinum[22]
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[3]
Black Gives Way to Blue 5 12 4 11 21 34 7 9 20 19
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  • Released: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
2 10 2 6 23 52 12 6 35 22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[2]
AUS
[12]
AUT
[24]
CAN
[13]
FIN
[14]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
NOR
[18]
SWE
[19]
SWI
[25]
UK
[20]
MTV Unplugged
  • Released: July 30, 1996
  • Label: Columbia (#67703)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
3 12 23 11 13 46 33 8 9 7 41 20
Live
  • Released: December 5, 2000
  • Label: Columbia (#85274)
  • Format: CD
142
  • RIAA: Gold[3]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[2]
AUT
[24]
CAN
[13]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
NOR
[18]
SWE
[19]
UK
[20]
SWI
[25]
We Die Young
  • Released: July 1990
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: cassette, LP
Sap
  • Released: February 4, 1992
  • Label: Columbia (#67059)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
Jar of Flies
  • Released: January 25, 1994
  • Label: Columbia (#57628)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1 22 5 25 17 1 7 6 4 31
  • BPI: Silver[21]
  • CRIA: 2× Platinum[22]
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[3]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[2]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
NZ
[17]
UK
[20]
Jar of Flies/Sap
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Columbia (#4757132)
  • Format: 2-CD
2 4
Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
  • Released: June 29, 1999
  • Label: Columbia (#63649)
  • Format: CD
20 37 41
  • RIAA: Platinum[3]
Music Bank
  • Released: October 26, 1999
  • Label: Columbia (#69580)
  • Format: 3-CD box set
123
  • RIAA: Gold[3]
Greatest Hits
  • Released: July 24, 2001
  • Label: Columbia (#85922)
  • Format: CD
112
  • RIAA: Gold[3]
The Essential Alice in Chains
  • Released: September 5, 2006
  • Label: Columbia (#92090)
  • Format: 2-CD set
139
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[2][26]
US
Alt

[2][27]
US
Main

[2][28]
US
Rock

[2][29]
US
Air

[30]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[31]
CAN
Alt

[32]
IRL
[33]
NLD
[16]
UK
[20]
"We Die Young" 1990 Facelift
"Man in the Box" 1991 18
"Bleed the Freak"
"Sea of Sorrow" 1992 27
"Would?" 31 69 33 19 Dirt
"Them Bones" 30 24 93 22 26
"Angry Chair" 27 34 28 33
"Rooster" 1993 7
"Down in a Hole" 10 29 36
"What the Hell Have I" 19 Last Action Hero soundtrack
"No Excuses" 1994 48
[a]
3 1 17 Jar of Flies
"I Stay Away" 10
"Don't Follow" 25
"Got Me Wrong" 22 7 Clerks soundtrack
"Grind" 1995 18 7 77 53 3 23 Alice in Chains
"Heaven Beside You" 1996 52
[a]
6 3 60 7 35
"Over Now" 24 4 50 Unplugged
"Again" 36 8 Alice in Chains
"Get Born Again" 1999 106
[b]
12 4 20 Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
"Fear the Voices" 11 Music Bank
"Man in the Box" (live) 2000 39 Live
"A Looking in View" 2009 38 12 27 Black Gives Way to Blue
"Check My Brain" 92 1 1 1 62
"Your Decision" 109
[b]
4 1 1 57
"Lesson Learned" 2010 25 4 10
"Hollow" 2012 23 1 37 10 32 The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
"Stone" 2013 1 37 11 11
"Voices" 3 18
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Song Album[34] Comments
1992 "Would?" Singles soundtrack Later appeared on Dirt.
1993 "What the Hell Have I?" and "A Little Bitter" Last Action Hero soundtrack These songs later appeared on Music Bank.
1994 "Them Bones" Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie English soundtrack Originally appeared on Dirt.
1995 "Got Me Wrong" Clerks soundtrack Originally appeared on Sap.
2004 "Them Bones" Riding Giants soundtrack and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Originally appeared on Dirt.
2008 "Would?" Burnout Paradise soundtrack Originally appeared on Dirt.
2009 "Rooster" Terminator Salvation soundtrack Originally appeared on Dirt.
2009 "Them Bones" Madden NFL 10 soundtrack Originally appeared on Dirt.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1990 "We Die Young" (version one) The Art Institute of Seattle
"We Die Young" (version two) Rocky Schenck
1991 "Sea of Sorrow" (version one) Paul Rachman
"Man in the Box"
"Sea of Sorrow" (version two) Martyn Atkins
1992 "Would?" Cameron Crowe
Josh Taft
"Them Bones" Rocky Schenck
"Angry Chair" Matt Mahurin
1993 "Rooster" Mark Pellington
"What the Hell Have I?" Rocky Schenck
"Down in a Hole" Nigel Dick
1994 "No Excuses" Matt Mahurin
"I Stay Away" Nick Donkin
1995 "Grind" Rocky Schenck
1996 "Heaven Beside You" Frank W. Ockenfels III
"Again" George Vale
Layne Staley
1999 "Get Born Again" Paul Fedor
2009 "A Looking in View" Stephen Schuster
"Check My Brain" Alexandre Courtes
"Your Decision" Stephen Schuster
2010 "Lesson Learned" Paul Matthaeus
"Acid Bubble" Nick Goso
2013 "Hollow" Roboshobo
"Stone"
"Voices"
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" Travis Hopkins
2014 "Phantom Limb" Roboshobo

Videos[edit]

Year Video Details U.S peak RIAA certifications[3]
1991 Live Facelift
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Columbia (#49081)
  • Format: VHS
Gold
1995 The Nona Tapes
  • Released: December 12, 1995
  • Label: Columbia (#50137)
  • Format: VHS
32[35] Gold
1996 Unplugged
  • Released: July 24, 1996
  • Label: Columbia (#50148)
  • Format: VHS, DVD
7[36] Gold
1999 Music Bank: The Videos
  • Released: October 26, 1999
  • Label: Columbia (#50208)
  • Format: VHS, DVD
11[37] Gold
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

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