Billy Idol discography

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Billy Idol discography

Billy Idol and Steve Stevens, 2003
Releases
Studio albums 7
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 4
EPs 1
Singles 34
Video albums 7
Music videos 26

The discography of Billy Idol, his solo recordings post-Generation X, consists of eight studio albums, one live album, four compilation albums, one extended play and 34 singles.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2][3]
AUT
[4]
FIN
[5]
GER
[6]
NZ
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
U.S.
1982 Billy Idol 66 5 49 45
1983 Rebel Yell
  • Released: November, 1983
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
36 16 2 2 16 6
1986 Whiplash Smile
  • Released: September, 1986
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
8 6 18 3 9 5 12 4 4 6
1990 Charmed Life
  • Released: May, 1990
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
15 11 11 1 5 3 5 6 4 11
1993 Cyberpunk
  • Released: June, 1993
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
20 12 5 6 13 19 11 15 48
2005 Devil's Playground 78 (+) 34 15 40 32 46
2014 Kings & Queens of the Underground
  • Released: October, 2014
  • Label: BFI Records
  • Format: LP, CD
35 81 17 8 10 34
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details
Happy Holidays
  • Released: October, 2006
  • Label: Bodog Music
  • Format: CD

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[4]
FIN
[5]
GER
[6]
NZ
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
US
2002 VH1 Storytellers 14 76
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[4]
FIN
[5]
GER
[6]
NZ
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
US
1985 Vital Idol
  • (1985 International Version)
  • Released: June, 1985 (UK)
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
7 38 17 8 8 19 24
1987 Vital Idol
  • (1987 New US Edition)
  • Released: 1987 (US)
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
41 12 14 10
  • CAN: 4× Platinum[12]
  • US: Platinum[11]
1988 Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
2 11 11 1 14 4 4 6
2001 Greatest Hits
  • Released: March, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: CD, CC
171 43 2 12 3 4 12 30 74
2008 The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself
  • Released: June, 2008
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: CD + DVD
37 38 39 72 73
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[4]
FIN
[5]
GER
[6]
NZ
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
US
1981 Don't Stop
  • Released: October, 1981
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: 12", CD
71
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.
  • + Greatest Hits and Devil's Playground failed to chart in The Official UK Top 75 Albums Chart (published by Music Week), but did chart on the complete Top 200 UK Chart published by Charts+Plus (published mainly for music business statistics).[15]

Singles[edit]

Starting with the 1983 re-release of "White Wedding", Chrysalis issued Idol's singles with an IDOL vanity catalogue numbering system. This lasted for roughly seven years and sixteen singles (including various re-issues) until the release of "Prodigal Blues" in 1990.

Year Song UK
[1]
U.S.
[16]
U.S.
Rock

[16]
AUS
[17]
FIN
[5]
GER
[18]
ITA NZL
[7]
SWI
[10]
SWE
[9]
Album
1981 "Dancing with Myself" - 102 - - - - - - - - Don't Stop
"Mony Mony" - 107 - - - - - - - -
1982 "Hot in the City" 58 23 31 18 - - - 5 - - Billy Idol
"White Wedding" - 36 4 9 - - - 5 - -
1983 "Dancing with Myself" (re-release) - - - 42 - - - 9 - - Don't Stop
1984 "Rebel Yell" 62 46 9 7 - - - 3 - - Rebel Yell
"Eyes Without a Face" 18 4 5 12 - 10 14 4 21 -
"Flesh for Fantasy" 54 29 8 27 - 11 30 5 20 -
"Catch My Fall" - 50 24 61 - 11 - 42 - -
1985 "White Wedding" (UK re-release) 6 - - - - - - - - - Vital Idol
"Rebel Yell" (UK re-release) 6 - - - - - - - - - Rebel Yell
1986 "To Be a Lover" 22 6 2 2 3 28 16 2 7 8 Whiplash Smile
1987 "Don't Need a Gun" 26 37 10 22 8 36 - 27 29 -
"Sweet Sixteen" 17 20 26 9 16 2 30 3 12 -
"Soul Standing By" (Australian only) - - - 93 - - - 20 - -
"Mony Mony" (Live) 7 1 27 8 4 38 - 2 13 - Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
1988 "Hot in the City" (re-release) 13 48 - 58 3 - - 19 19 -
"Catch My Fall" (UK re-release) 63 - - - - - - - - -
1990 "Cradle of Love" 34 2 1 10 8 38 8 16 11 - Charmed Life
"L.A. Woman" 70 52 18 34 - - 28 25 - -
"Prodigal Blues" 47 - 35 - - - 31 - - -
1993 "Heroin" - - - - - - - - - - Cyberpunk
"Shock to the System" 30 105 7 28 - - 17 5 37 25
"Adam in Chains" - - - - - - - - - -
1994 "Speed" 47 - 38 33 12 - - 40 - 39 Speed Soundtrack
2001 "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - - - - - - - - - - Greatest Hits
2005 "Scream" - - 26 - - 54 - - - - Devil's Playground
2008 "John Wayne" - - - - - - - - - - The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself
2014 "Can't Break Me Down" - - - - - - - - - - Kings & Queens of the Underground
  • + "Dancing with Myself", "Mony Mony" and "Shock to the System" failed to chart on Billboard Hot 100 but all three charted on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart which equals positions 101-125. Therefore these songs appear listed as having charted on a position below 100 on Billboard Hot 100. Chart positions for these three singles are listed as 102, 107 and 105 in the track information in the CD-booklet for Billy Idol's 2008 released compilation album The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.[19]

Promo singles[edit]

Year Song UK Singles Chart
[1]
U.S.
[16]
U.S.
Rock

[16]
AUS
[17]
FIN
[5]
GER
[18]
ITA NZL
[7]
SWI
[10]
SWE
[9]
Album
1993 "Wasteland" (UK Jukebox 7" and US promo CD) - - - - - - - - - - Cyberpunk
"Aftershock" (Spanish promo 12") - - - - - - - - - -
2005 "Cherie" (EU and US promo CD) - - - - - - - - - - Devil's Playground
"Sherri" (German promo CD) - - - - - - - - - -
"Rat Race" (US promo CD) - - - - - - - - - -
"Plastic Jesus" (German promo CD) - - - - - - - - - -
"Yellin' at the Xmas Tree" (EU and US promo CD) - - - - - - - - - -
2008 "New Future Weapon" (German promo CD) - - - - - - - - - - The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song(s) Album
1994 "Cradle of Love" (Live) Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I by Various artists[20]
2000 "Buried Alive" Heavy Metal 2000 OST by Various artists
2000 "Into The Night" Iommi by Tony Iommi
2006 "In the Summertime" (with Derek Sherinian & Slash) Blood of the Snake by Derek Sherinian
2006 "Tomorrow Never Knows" Butchering The Beatles - A Headbashing Tribute by Various artists
2006 "For What It's Worth" (Live)
"Rebel Yell" (Live)
The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 1 by Various artists
2011 "Kiss Me Deadly" (Live)
"Running With the Boss Sound" (Live)
The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 5 by Various artists

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
HUN
[21]
1987 Vital Idol
1991 The Charmed Life and Other Vital Videos
1993 Cyberpunk: Shock to the System
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: VHS
2002 VH1 Storytellers 20
2008 The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself (DVD part)
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: DVD
2009 In Super Overdrive Live
2011 No Religion Live
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Hatch Farm Studios
  • Format: DVD
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1981 "Dancing with Myself" Tobe Hooper
1982 "Hot in the City"a Larry Jordan
"White Wedding" David Mallet
1984 "Rebel Yell" Jeff Stein
"Eyes Without a Face" David Mallet
"Flesh for Fantasy" Howard Deutch
1985 "Catch My Fall" David Mallet
1986 "To Be a Lover" David Mallet
1987 "Don't Need a Gun" Julien Temple
"Sweet Sixteen"b Billy Idol
"Mony Mony" (Live) Larry Jordan
1990 "Cradle of Love"c David Fincher
"L.A. Woman" David Fincher
"Prodigal Blues" -
1993 "Heroin"d Brett Leonard
"Shock to the System"e Brett Leonard
"Adam in Chains" Julien Temple
1994 "Speed" -
2005 "Scream" -
"Plastic Jesus" -
"Yellin' at the Xmas Tree" -
2006 "In the Summertime" (with Derek Sherinian & Slash) -
"Jingle Bell Rock" -
"Happy Holiday" -
"White Christmas" -
"Winter Wonderland" -

^a Versions of "Hot in the City":

  1. Original Version
  2. Uncensored Version
  3. Ur-Version

^b Versions of "Sweet Sixteen":

  1. Original Version
  2. Colored Version

^c Versions of "Cradle of Love":

  1. Original Version
  2. Extended Billy Idol Only Version

^d Versions of "Heroin":

  1. LP Version
  2. Radio Edit
  3. Uncut Version
  4. Blendo Version
  5. Overlords Version
  6. Overlords-R rated Version
  7. Garcia Mix
  8. Garcia Mix-R rated

^e Versions of "Shock to the System":

  1. Original Version
  2. Blendo Version

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Australian Charts > Billy Idol". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ David Kent (2006). Australian Charts Book 1993—2005. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  4. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "Discographie Billy Idol". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 163. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts". musicline.de. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Steffen Hung. "Discography Billy Idol". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  8. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "Discography Billy Idol". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Steffen Hung. "Discography Billy Idol". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Steffen Hung. "Billy Idol - Rebel Yell". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Billy Idol".
  12. ^ a b c d e "Certified Awards Search". Music Canada. Retrieved on 2012-01-25. Note: User needs to enter "Billy Idol" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2012-01-25. Note: User needs to enter "Billy Idol" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  14. ^ a b c "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  15. ^ "Chart Log UK: I Am Kloot - I Wayne". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  16. ^ a b c d Album booklet material from The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself by Billy Idol, Capitol Records, 2008.
  17. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  18. ^ a b "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts". musicline.de. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  19. ^ [Track information for "Dancing with Myself", "Mony Mony" and "Shock to the System" in the CD-booklet for The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself (24 June 2008) Capitol 2151432 (EMI) / EAN 5099921514326]
  20. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume 1: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  21. ^ "DVD Top 20 lista 2005. 39. hét2005. 09. 26. - 2005. 10. 02.No.: 48". Association of Hungarian Record Companies. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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