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 debuted at number one, making it the first Alice in Chains release—and the first-ever EP—to do so.[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 a Triple 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 5, 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]

Year Album Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
FIN
[14]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
NOR
[18]
SWE
[19]
UK
[20]
1990 Facelift 42 38 53 64 24
1992 Dirt
  • Released: September 29, 1992
  • Label: Columbia (#52475)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
6 13 25 37 17 36 15 11 42
1995 Alice in Chains
  • Released: November 7, 1995
  • Label: Columbia (#47248)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1 5 5 13 93 75 28 11 11 37
  • US: 2× Platinum[3]
  • CAN: Platinum[21]
2009 Black Gives Way to Blue 5 12 4 11 21 34 7 9 20 19
2013 The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  • Released: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Virgin/EMI
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
2 10 2 6 23 52 12 6 35 22
  • US: 120,000 copies[23]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year 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]
1996 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
2000 Live
  • Released: December 5, 2000
  • Label: Columbia (#85274)
  • Format: CD
142
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year 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]
1990 We Die Young
  • Released: July 1990
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: cassette, LP
1992 Sap
  • Released: February 4, 1992
  • Label: Columbia (#67059)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1994 Jar of Flies
  • Released: January 25, 1994
  • Label: Columbia (#57628)
  • Format: CD, cassette, LP
1 22 5 25 17 1 7 6 4 31
  • US: 3× Platinum[3]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[21]
  • UK: Silver[22]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

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

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
1989 "Killing Yourself" (live) Bill Bored
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

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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