Aqua discography

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Aqua discography

Aqua performing live in 2009. From left to right: René Dif, Lene Nystrøm and Claus Norreen
Releases
Studio albums 3
Compilation albums 2
Singles 18
Music videos 21
Remix albums 3

The discography of Aqua, a Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group, contains three studio albums, two compilation albums, three remix albums and 22 singles.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
DEN
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
GER
[4]
NZ
[5]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
UK
[9]
US
[10]
1997 Aquarium
  • Released: 9 September 1997
  • Label: Universal (#85020)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
1 1 1 6 1 1 1 3 6 7
2000 Aquarius
  • Released: 28 February 2000
  • Label: Universal (#1538102)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
1 15 3 16 8 1 2 8 24 82
2011 Megalomania
  • Released: 3 October 2011
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
DEN
[30]
JPN
[31]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
UK
[32]
2002 Cartoon Heroes: The Best of Aqua
  • Released: 22 May 2002
  • Label: Universal (#UICY-1101)
  • Formats: CD, cassette
12
2009 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 15 June 2009
  • Label: Universal (#2706310)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 7 24 135
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Remix albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
JPN
[31]
NOR
[6]
NZ
[5]
SWE
[7]
1998 Bubble Mix (The Ultimate Aquarium Remixes Album)
  • Released: 11 March 1998
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, cassette
36
Aqua Mania Remix
  • Released: 25 June 1998
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, cassette
4 31
2002 Remix Super Best
  • Released: December 2002
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, cassette
212
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
DEN
[30]
AUS
[2]
GER
[34]
IRE
[35]
NLD
[36]
NZ
[5]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
UK
[9]
US
[37]
"Itsy Bitsy Spider" 1995 54 N/A
"Roses Are Red" 1996 1 2 5 Aquarium
"My Oh My" 1997 1 56 12 30 12 12 20 4 12 6
"Barbie Girl" 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[40]
  • GER: Platinum[13]
  • NLD: Platinum[14]
  • NOR: 2× Platinum[16]
  • SWE: 3× Platinum[39]
  • SWI: Platinum[18]
  • UK: 3× Platinum[19]
"Lollipop (Candyman)" 3 22 10 23
"Doctor Jones" 1 1 7 1 3 2 1 2 11 1
"Turn Back Time" 1998 16 10 42 4 18 2 4 26 1
"Good Morning Sunshine" 25 94 80 18
"Cartoon Heroes" 2000 1 16 13 10 35 6 1 2 11 7 Aquarius
"Around the World" 1 35 56 47 44 16 4 42 26
"Bumble Bees" 6 65 96 34
"We Belong to the Sea" 2001 19
"Back to the 80s" 2009 1 3 25 20 Greatest Hits
"My Mamma Said" 4
"Spin Me a Christmas" 43
"How R U Doin?" 2011 4 3 Megalomania
"Playmate to Jesus" 13
"Like a Robot"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
DEN
[30]
SWE
[7]
GER
[34]
1999 "Selv En Dråbe" (as Various Artists) 1 Grænseløs Greatest
2005 "Hvor Små Vi Er" (as Various Artists) 1 N/A
2009 "Live Fast – Die Young" 24 Greatest Hits

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details Notes
1997 Aqua: The Videos
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: VHS
  • Contains the music videos for Aqua's first singles.
1997 Around the World
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: VHS
  • Includes an exclusive promotional single of their B-side "Didn't I". Contains the music videos for Aqua's first singles.
1998 The Aqua Diary
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: VHS, V-CD
  • Contains exclusive behind the scenes footage, a documentary and the music videos for Aqua's first singles.
2000 The Video and Karaoke
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
  • Released only in Japan.
2000 Aqua: The Video Collection
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
  • Contains behind the scenes footage and music videos for all Aqua singles from their first two albums Aquarium and Aquarius except "We Belong to the Sea".
2001 The Hits Karaoke
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: V-CD
  • Contains karaoke music videos for all Aqua singles from their first two albums Aquarium and Aquarius except "We Belong to the Sea". It includes an exclusive music video for the song Aquarius only available on this item to date.
2009 Greatest Hits (Special Edition)
  • Released: 16 November 2009
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: DVD
  • Featured on the special edition of Aqua's Greatest Hits CD and contains a live concert recording from Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. One of the songs presented there is the previously unreleased song "Shakin' Stevens", the demo version of their song "Sucker for a Superstar" from their album Megalomania.

Music videos[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1996 "Roses Are Red" Christian Bjarke Dyekjær, Peter Hiort Aqua is singing in a simple white box, supposed to be in the bottle, while in the second scene are two boring guys on a party drinking "Aqua" and get into party animals at the end of the video. The directors are Aqua's close friends.
1997 "Barbie Girl" Peder Pedersen, Peter Stenbæk Lene is playing the doll Barbie and René Dif the doll Ken Carson just parodying the characters being so plastic. At the end of the video it turned to a party with two other dolls similar to Aqua's most other early music videos. The shoot was in Denmark.
"Doctor Jones" Peter Stenbæk The video and song is loosely based around the title character of the film series, with René Dif playing Doctor Jones and rescuing his fellow band members from a stereotypical voodoo tribe. The shoot was in Denmark.
"Lollipop (Candyman)" Peder Pedersen, Peter Stenbæk Aqua are in outer space, a similar to their later music video "Cartoon heroes", just more cartoon-ish and includes a fight against aliens, where a small robot called "C.A.N.D.Y." is helping Aqua and saving the day.
1998 "My Oh My" The video features Aqua on a pirate ship, with Lene being captured by the three male members, who are playing pirates before turning the tables around and taking over. They then go on to discover treasure.
"Turn Back Time" Peter Stenbæk It contains scenes from the Sliding Doors film and was different from the previous comedy videos. There are two edits of this video, which was filmed on the abandoned Platform 5 at Holborn tube station in the UK, the only place where filming is allowed.
"Good Morning Sunshine" Unknown An Arabic flavoured "Good morning sunshine" live performance including different behind the scenes footage from their tour. The song was live released as well.
1999 "Selv En Dråbe" Charity music video and song featuring various artists. Lene is singing a verse, René Dif is part of the raps and in a few sequents you can see Claus and Søren.

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2000 "Cartoon Heroes" Thomas Masin It featured the world in help, who called and re-animated Aqua as heroes in the outer space, saving the globe from a big octopus, which is destroying world capitals. It's the most expensive Aqua video ever and more serious than their "Lollipop (Candyman)" space themed video. There are two slightly different video cuts released.
"Around the World" Ronnie West, Peter Stenbæk The video also has a more serious style, but still a parody of the movie "Entrapment". The video featured the members of the band planning a big coup just for fun, a robbery in the night, which ended up with stealing a main valuable diamond for their Aquarium.
"Around the World" (Version 2) Thomas Masin Remains unreleased. You can see Aqua sitting relaxed on the couch and switching the channels of the world like homeshopping channels, soccer games, cooking shows and news, all portrayed by themselves, until they fall asleep at the end of the video. Pieces of the music video can be seen in the Turn Back Time documentary in 2005.
"Bumble Bees" Ronnie West, Peder Pedersen, Peter Stenbæk The video parodied the groups status as a "Barbie band", gained due to the success of their hit "Barbie Girl", with Aqua trying to make a good music video, they made three videos, but being hampered by a poor director, a low-budget and faulty equipment.
2001 "We Belong to the Sea" Toby Hooper Lene is stealing René Dif in the form of a goldfish, and later releasing him into the wide open sea. A shark fin then appears in the water, implying Rene's death and possibly also that of Aqua as a music group and the fight between Lene and René. The video had been shot in Spain.
"Aquarius" Unknown Looks like a typical goodbye video featuring clips from all of their music videos, live performances, bonus candid material and never seen before beind the scenes footage similar to their "Good Morning Sunshine" music video to end up a chapter. It can only be found on the The Hits: Karaoke Videos CD.
2007 "Centerpubben" Michael Christensen Black and white Hej Matematik music video, which features a cameo appearance of Aqua as "Centerpubben" in a shopping window. The video is directed by Michael Christensen for Gaucho Film.
2008 "Goodbye to the Circus" Unknown Remains unreleased and has been exclusively recorded for their comeback live shows. Aqua are dressed like sad clowns singing the song in close ups in front of a black background. The video has been shown numeous of times in the background of their live shows while performing this song.
2009 "Back to the 80s" Peter Stenbæk Aqua's first music video after almost nine years. They're wearing 80's clothes and long wigs like old rockstars, which fit perfectly to the message of the song. There are two slightly different video cuts released due the changed line from "When Michael Jackson's skin was black" to "When Arnie told us 'I'll be back'".
"My Mamma Said" Rasmus Laumann Aqua's darkest and most serious video in their career, which has been released in 26 October 2009. Aqua are all in black, sitting around a table. Everything there like flowers e.t.c., except the flesh, is in black and white.
"Spin Me a Christmas" Peter Stenbæk Aqua's back to their roots of funny and cheesy, but also cartoonish and colorful videos, released in 30 November 2009. Aqua visiting René as drunken Santa Claus, receiving gifts from him and having a fun time in a plastic winter wonderland.

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2011 "How R U Doin'?" Rasmus Laumann It starts with Aqua walking towards the camera with the words "How R U doin'?" appearing in beat with the music. René and Lene are then driving white trucks throughout a dirty, post-apocalyptic cartoonish environment with Søren and Claus as passengers, respectively. After doing jumps, maneuvering through explosions and crashing into various objects, the group walks away from the trucks with the words "How R U Doin'?" appearing again.
"Playmate to Jesus" Uffe Kongsted A serious arty music video in decent colors. Aqua are in a left mansion following a black something until it escapes to heaven at the end of the video.
"Like a Robot" TBA TBA

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