Boney M. discography

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Boney M. discography

Boney M. in 1981
Releases
Studio albums 8
Compilation albums 38
Singles 38

The discography of Boney M. includes 8 studio albums, 38 compilation and remix albums, and 38 singles.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
NDL
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
UK
[10]
Take the Heat Off Me
  • Released: June 1976
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
2 26 6 5 34 2 1 40
Love for Sale
  • Released: May 1977
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
1 27 1 2 22 2 1 13
Nightflight to Venus
  • Released: July 1978
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
1 7 1 7 1 3 1 1 1
Oceans of Fantasy
  • Released: September 1979
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
1 21 1 44 3 5 1 5 1
Boonoonoonoos
  • Released: November 1981
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
15 14 35 21 31
Ten Thousand Lightyears
  • Released: May 1984
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
23
Eye Dance
  • Released: October 1985
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not available

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[1]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[16]
FIN
[17]
NDL
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
UK
[10]
The Magic of Boney M. - 20 Golden Hits
  • Released: May 1980
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
2 5 16 2 2 14 30 1
Children of Paradise - The Greatest Hits of Boney M. - Vol. 2
  • Released: June 1981
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
Kalimba de Luna – 16 Happy Songs
  • Released: November 1984
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
Fantastic Boney M.
  • Released: December 1984
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
The Best of 10 Years - 32 Superhits
  • Released: January 1986
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
3 35
Greatest Hits of All Times – Remix '88
  • Released: October 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
48
Greatest Hits of All Times – Remix '89 – Volume II
  • Released: November, 1989
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
The Collection
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Daddy Cool – Star Collection
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Gold – 20 Super Hits
  • Released: November 1992
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
5 40 6 2 2 6 14 5 14
More Gold – 20 Super Hits Vol. II
  • Released: October 1993
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
38 87 43
Sunny
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Hit Collection
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
20th Century Hits
  • Released: November 1999
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
30 21 50 8 37
The Magic of Boney M.
  • Released: October 2006
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
19 28 13 27 94 2 39 48
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Christmas studio/compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[1]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[22]
NDL
[5]
NZ
[6]
Christmas Album
  • Released: December 1981
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
14 80 10 42
  • CAN: 2x Platinum[23]
Christmas with Boney M.
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Gallo Records
  • Formats: Cassette, Vinyl
46 9
The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs
  • Released: November 1986
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Happy Christmas
  • Released: November 1991
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
The Most Beautiful Christmas Songs of the World
  • Released: November 1992
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
A Wonderful Christmas Time
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Non-international compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[1]
NDL
[5]
NOR
[7]
The Greatest Hits
  • Released: March 1993
    (Available in UK only)
  • Label: Telstar
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Best in Spain
  • Released: 1996
    (Available in Spain only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The Best of Boney M.
  • Released: 1997 (Available in UK only)
  • Label: Camden
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Norske Hits
  • Released: November 1998 (Available in Norway only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
17
Ultimate
  • Released: July 1999 (Available in France only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
25 Jaar Na Daddy Cool
  • Released: September 2000
    (Available in the Netherlands only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
27
The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: September 2000
    (Available in Belgium only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The Complete Collection
  • Released: November 2000
    (Available in Denmark only)
  • Label: CMC
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Their Most Beautiful Ballads
  • Released: November 2000
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
L'Essentiel
  • Released: September 2000
    (Available in France only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Greatest Hits
  • Released: September 2001
    (Available in Belgium only)
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The Greatest Hits
  • Released: 2001
    (Available in UK only)
  • Label: Camden
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Christmas Party
  • Released: 2003
    (Available in UK only)
  • Label: Camden
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Hit Collection
  • Released: May 2007
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Christmas with Boney M.
  • Released: November 2007
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
57
The Collection
  • Released: March 2008
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Rivers of Babylon (A Best of Collection)
  • Released: May 2008
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Ultimate Boney M. – Long Versions & Rarities, Volume 1
  • Released: August 2008
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Christmas Time
  • Released: September 2008
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The Complete Boney M.
  • Released: October 2008
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
In the Mix
  • Released: November 2008
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The Magic of Boney M. – The Danish Collection
  • Released: November 2008
    (Available in Denmark only)
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Ultimate Boney M. – Long Versions & Rarities, Volume 2
  • Released: February 2009
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Let It All Be Music – The Party Album
  • Released: May 2009
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Ultimate Boney M. – Long Versions & Rarities, Volume 3
  • Released: August 2009
  • Label: Sony-BMG
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Feliz Navidad – A Wonderful Christmas
  • Released: November 2010
  • Label: Farian (Sony Music)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
93
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not available

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[25]
AUT
[3]
FRA
[26]
IRE
[27]
NLD
[28]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[29]
UK
[10]
US
[30]
"Baby Do You Wanna Bump" 1975 12 Take the Heat Off Me
"Daddy Cool" 1976 1 1 3 15 1 1 1 6 65
"Sunny" 1 1 4 1 17 4 11 2 3
"Ma Baker" 1977 1 1 4 1 2 1 1 1 2 96 Love for Sale
"Still I'm Sad" 17
"Belfast" 1 2 1 3 1 8
"Rivers of Babylon" /
Brown Girl in the Ring"
1978 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 30 Nightflight to Venus
"Rasputin" 1 1 3 5 4 10 2 2
"Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord" 1 3 1 2 8 2 1 1 1 85 Christmas Album
"Dancing in the Streets" 1979 Non-album tracks
"Painter Man"
(UK/Ireland and Netherlands only)
5 5 10 Nightflight to Venus
"Voodoonight"
(Japan only)
"Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" 4 3 5 1 7 2 11 4 3 Non-album track
"Gotta Go Home" /
"El Lute"
1 1 11 2 42 4 10 2 12 Oceans of Fantasy
"I'm Born Again" / "Bahama Mama" 7 9 12 7 17 6 35
"I See a Boat on the River" 1980 5 3 4 9 The Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits
"My Friend Jack" 6 57
"Children of Paradise /
Gadda-Da-Vida
"
11 12 13 66 Non-album tracks
"Felicidad (Margherita)" 6 6 3
"Malaika" / "Consuela Biaz" 1981 13 7 14 4 Boonoonoonoos
"We Kill the World (Don't Kill the World)" 12 13 3 39
"Little Drummer Boy" 20 Christmas Album
"6 Years of Boney M. Hits" 1982 Non-album tracks
"The Carnival Is Over" 11
"Going Back West" 41
"Zion's Daughter" Christmas Album
"Jambo - Hakuna Matata (No Problems)" 1983 48 11 Non-album track
"Somewhere in the World" 1984 49 Ten Thousand Lightyears
"Kalimba de Luna" 16 11 6 20 23 Kalimba de Luna – 16 Happy Songs
"Happy Song" 7 15 21
"My Chérie Amour" 1985 55 Eye Dance
"Young, Free and Single" 48
"Daddy Cool '86" 1986 Non-album track
"Bang Bang Lulu" Eye Dance
"Rivers of Babylon (Remix '88)" 1988 46 Greatest Hits of All Times – Remix '88
"Megamix" 1 52 Non-album track
"The Summer Mega Mix" 1989 11 3 92 Greatest Hits of All Times – Remix '89 – Volume II'
"Malaika (Lambada Remix)"
"Everybody Wants to Dance Like Josephine Baker" Non-album tracks
"Stories" 1990 26 94
"Megamix" 1992 26 11 3 12 49 7 Gold - 20 Super Hits
"Brown Girl in the Ring (Remix)" 1993 25 20 38
"Ma Baker (Remix '93)" More Gold - 20 Super Hits Vol. II
"Papa Chico"
(feat. Liz Mitchell)
1994
"Ma Baker (Somebody Scream)"
(vs. Horny United/Sash!)
1999 28 19 11 11 34 9 10 21 22 Ultimate
"Daddy Cool '99"
(feat. Mobi T.)
47 16 16 19 49
"Hooray! Hooray! (Caribbean Night Fever) 2000" 79 47 80 20th Century Hits
"Sunny (Remix) 2000" 2000 56 59 80
"Daddy Cool 2001" 2001 47 Greatest Hits
"Sunny (Mousse T. Remix)" 2006 The Magic of Boney M.
"Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord" 2007 Christmas with Boney M.
"Felicidad America (Obama-Obama)"
(feat. Sherita O. & Yulee B.)
2009 Non-album track
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Videography[edit]

  • Gold - Video / VCD (in Hong Kong) (1993)
  • Gold - DVD (2001 Europe)
  • Greatest Hits (2001 UK)
  • Special Edition (2002 South Korea)
  • Special Edition EP (2003 UK)
  • The Magic of Boney M. (2006)
  • Fantastic Boney M. - On Stage and on the Road (2007)

Covers of Boney M. songs[edit]

  • American rock'n'reel group Boiled in Lead covered "Rasputin".
  • Shortly after the worldwide success of the Nightflight to Venus album, disco/soul singer-songwriter, Millie Jackson covered "Never Change Lovers in the Middle of the Night'" (a Marcia Barrett lead vocal) for her 1979 album, A Moment's Pleasure. It was released as a single and became a Top 40 R&B chart hit for Jackson, peaking at #33.
  • "Silent Lover" (a Marcia Barrett lead vocal) was covered in 1980 by disco project El Coco for the album "Revolución".
  • Gilla - also produced by Frank Farian - covered "Sunny", "No Woman No Cry" and "Belfast" on her album Zieh mich aus as well as "Rasputin" as a single in 1978.
  • In 1978, German singer Bruce Low covered "Rivers of Babylon" in German as "Die Legende von Babylon", using Boney M.'s original backing track. His version reached #3 in the German charts.
  • Austrian duo and Eurovision Song Contest participants Waterloo & Robinson covered "Brown Girl in the Ring", using Boney M.'s original backing track (and Marcia Barrett's original "Tra la la la" backing vocals).
  • In 1979, Michael Holm covered "El Lute" in German, also using Boney M.'s original backing track with Farian singing backing vocals. His version peaked at #11 in the German charts.
  • Roland Kaiser also covered "El Lute" in German in 1979 as well as a German version of "I'm Born Again" under the title "Im Dunkel der Nacht".
  • Ricky Martin covered "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" in Spanish on his 1993 album "Me Amarás".
  • Frank Farian also produced a German version of "Felicidad (Margherita)" by Anette Anke und Andrea to coincide with Boney M.'s release of the song, 1980.
  • German schlager orchestra Cliff Carpenter's Orchestra made numerous instrumental versions of Boney M.'s hits with a horn section playing the melody line on top of Boney M.'s original backing tracks. In 1982, 12 of these recordings were gathered on the compilation "Cliff Carpenter Plays Boney M. Hits".
  • The Finnish folk metal band Turisas have played a cover of "Rasputin" at several live events. They released this cover as their debut single August 2007. They have also released it on a re-release of their album The Varangian Way.
  • UK punk rock band Belisha have also been covering "Rasputin" for about 2 years, and riotous live performances at festivals across Europe in 2007 have seen the entire crowd joining in with Russian style dancing, both on stage with the band, and in the audience.
  • Placebo covered "Daddy Cool" in 2003 for the bonus disc of their Sleeping with Ghosts album.
  • Peaches (Swedish duo) also covered "Daddy Cool" in 2004.
  • Liz Mitchell and Russian singer Alexander Buynov covered "Rasputin" in 1996 for a Russian compilation album.
  • Marcia Barrett did a solo version of "Rivers of Babylon" in 2001 which was aired on Dutch radio but ultimately never released.
  • Bobby Farrell released his own version of 'Baby Do You Wanna Bump' in 2006 on The Bump EP.
  • The Latvian cello trio Melo-M covered "Daddy Cool" in 2007, featuring Maizie Williams on vocals (hitting the No.1 spot on the Latvian LMK Charts).
  • The Spanish group Fangoria recorded a cover version of "Rasputin" (sung in Spanish) in 1996 which was also included on BMG-Ariola compilation Best in Spain.
  • Also on the same Best in Spain album, Fangoria singer 'Alaska' sings "Ma Baker" (this time in English) with Killer Barbies as backing group.
  • Their song "Ma Baker" has been widely covered. One of the more unusual covers is Knorkator's version, which changes the disco/pop tunes for heavy guitar riffs. According to BBC, the "Mum-mum-mum-mah" hook used in the Lady Gaga song Poker Face is sampled from Ma Baker."[32]
  • Australian children's entertainers The Wiggles covered "Brown Girl in the Ring" on their 2006 album Here Comes the Big Red Car.
  • Techno/rave act Vinylshakerz covered "Daddy Cool" on their 2006 album "Very Superior".
  • The US ska/punk band Sublime covered "Rivers of Babylon" as a Bonus Track on their first album, 40 Oz. to Freedom.
  • US Powerpop/Ska band Attila and the Huns recorded a reggae version of "Mary's Boy Child" based on the Boney M. version for their 2007 Christmas CD "Christmas Socks"
  • British ska-punk band Sonic Boom Six recorded a version of "Rasputin" in 2010.
  • Finnish pop/rock/punk band Sleepy Sleepers covered Rasputin on their 1979 album The Mopott Show. This version is an obscene parody of the original.

Songs that were re-worked into Boney M. titles[edit]

Frank Farian's right hand Hans-Jörg Mayer (aka Georg Reyam) sought out songs from all over the world, mainly public domain (non-copyrighted) folk tunes, and rewrote them for Boney M.

Borrowed themes[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Charts.de: Boney M (Albums)". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  2. ^ Boney M - Australian Chart History:
    • Kent Music Report 1984-1988 David Kent (2006). Australian Charts Book 1993—2005. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Boney M. in der Österreicherischen Hitparade". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  4. ^ For Canadian peaks:
  5. ^ a b c d "Artiest: Boney M. (Albums)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Boney M. in New Zealand's Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Boney M. in Norwegian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  8. ^ a b c "Boney M. in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Artist: Boney M. (Albums)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  10. ^ a b c "Official Charts Company: Boney M.". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Boney M.)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Boney M's Finnish Certifications". IFPI Finland. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  14. ^ "Music Canada: Nightflight to Venus". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  15. ^ a b "Artist: Boney M (Albums)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  16. ^ For Canadian peaks:
  17. ^ "Finnishcharts.com: Boney M (Albums)". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  18. ^ a b "IFPI Austria - Gold & Platin" (in German). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — Austria. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  19. ^ a b "Music Canada: The Magic of Boney M". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  20. ^ "Awards 1993". SwissCharts. International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — Switzerland. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  21. ^ a b "InfoDisc: Les Certifications depuis 1973" [InfoDisc: Certifications from 1973] (in French). InfoDisc. Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  22. ^ Peak positions for Canada:
  23. ^ "Music Canada: Christmas Album". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  24. ^ "Music Canada: Christmas with Boney M". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  25. ^ "Charts.de: Boney M. (Singles)". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  26. ^ "France's Singles chart-positions to Boney M.". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  27. ^ "Search for Boney M's Ireland's positionse". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  28. ^ "Holland's Singles chart-positions to Boney M.". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  29. ^ "Switzerland's Singles chart-positions to Boney M.". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  30. ^ "Allmusic: Boney M. (Awards)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  31. ^ a b "InfoDisc Les Certifications depuis 1973 (singles)". InfoDisc. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  32. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (2009-03-11). "Lady GaGa - 'Poker Face'". BBC. BBC Online. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  33. ^ http://www.whosampled.com/cover/view/58421/Boney%20M.-Hooray!%20Hooray!%20It's%20a%20Holi-Holiday_Shirley%20Temple%20and%20Bill%20%22Bojangles%22%20Robinson-Polly%20Wolly%20Doodle%20All%20Day/
  34. ^ http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2031988
  35. ^ "Boney M. - Full Discography (1975-2009) - Форум ShareReactor.ru". Forum.sharereactor.ru. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  36. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBro7dQo8dc

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