Dire Straits discography

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Dire Straits discography

Dire Straits performing live in Norway, in October 1985
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 3
EPs 2
Singles 23

This page is a detailed discography of the rock band Dire Straits.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK AUS AUT GER
[1][2]
NED
[3]
SPA NZ NOR SWE US SWI
[4]
1978 Dire Straits
  • First studio album
  • Released: 7 July 1978
5 1 17 3 3 2 10 6 2
1979 Communiqué
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 15 June 1979
5 5 7 1 3 1 2 1 11
1980 Making Movies
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 17 October 1980
4 6 15 7 6 3 1 4 19
  • UK: 2× Platinum[5]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[6]
  • FIN: Platinum[8]
  • US: Platinum[7]
1982 Love over Gold
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 20 September 1982
1 1 1 4 1 1 1 2 19
  • UK: 2× Platinum[5]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[6]
  • FIN: Platinum[8]
  • US: Gold[7]
1985 Brothers in Arms
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: 13 May 1985
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • UK: 13× Platinum[5]
  • CAN: 10× Platinum[6]
  • FIN: 2× Platinum[8]
  • US: 9× Platinum[7]
1991 On Every Street
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released: 9 September 1991
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 1
  • UK: 2× Platinum[5]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[6]
  • FIN: Platinum[8]
  • US: Platinum[7]

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER
[1]
SUI
[4]
NED
[3]
1984 Alchemy
  • First live album
  • Released: 12 March 1984
3 55 3 3 9 7 19 46 3
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Gold
1993 On the Night
  • Second live album
  • Released: 10 May 1993
4 97 5 10 1 1 1 116 7 5 2
  • UK: Silver
1995 Live at the BBC
  • Third live album
  • Released: 26 June 1995
71 45 15

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER
[1]
CH
[4]
NL
[3]
1988 Money for Nothing
  • First compilation album
  • Released: October 1988
1 3 2 3 3 8 62 1 1 75
  • UK: 4× Platinum
  • US: Platinum
1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
  • Second compilation album
  • Released: August 1998
6 44 4 6 5 2 7 6 3 6
  • UK: 2× Platinum
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations
  • Third compilation album
  • Released: 2005
20 7 35 17 44 5 6 36 15 23
  • UK: 2× Platinum

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album US
1983 ExtendedancEPlay
  • First EP
  • Released: 10 January 1983
53
1993 Encores
  • Second EP
  • Released: 10 May 1993
59

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[9]
IRE
[10]
AUS NZ CAN AUT
[11]
US US Rock FRA
[12]
GER
[13]
ITA
[14]
NL
[15]
SUI
[16]
1978 "Sultans of Swing" 8 6 6 12 6 4 20 12 10 Dire Straits
"Water of Love" 54 28
1979 "Lady Writer" 51 95 39 51 45 18 Communiqué
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" 8 5 57 Making Movies
"Skateaway" 37 17 47 58 31
"Tunnel of Love" 54 62 44 31
1982 "Private Investigations" 2 2 21 16 19 8 28 1 4
  • UK: Silver[5]
Love over Gold
1983 "Industrial Disease" 18 75 9
"Twisting by the Pool" 14 13 2 1 18 105 12 31 11 5 11 ExtendedancEPlay
1984 "Love over Gold" (live) 50 46 29 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
1985 "So Far Away" 20 14 22 25 24 19 29 33 31 6 Brothers in Arms
"Money for Nothing" 4 6 4 4 1 7 1 1 34 19 27 22
"Brothers in Arms" 16 10 57 5
"Walk of Life" 2 1 11 3 5 18 7 4 15 20 24
1986 "Your Latest Trick" 26 6 47
1988 "Sultans of Swing" (re-release) 62 Money For Nothing
1991 "Calling Elvis" 21 2 8 9 4 8 3 7 8 3 2 2 On Every Street
"Heavy Fuel" 55 26 34 26 1 32 48 22 24
1992 "On Every Street" 42 23
"The Bug" 67 21 8 44 52 29
"You and Your Friend" 49 39

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1981 "Romeo And Juliet" unknown
1981 "Skateaway" unknown
1982 "Private Investigations" unknown
1985 "So Far Away" unknown
1985 "Money for Nothing" Steve Barron
1985 "Brothers in Arms" Bill Mather
1986 "Walk of Life" Stephen Johnson
1991 "Calling Elvis" Gerry Anderson

References[edit]

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  2. ^ German albums peak
  3. ^ a b c "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b c "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2012-02-08. Note: User needs to enter "Dire Straits" 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.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Certified Awards Search". Music Canada. Retrieved on 2012-02-08. Note: User needs to enter "Dire Straits" 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.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-08.  Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Dire Straits".
  8. ^ a b c d e "Certified Awards Search". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved on 2012-02-08.
  9. ^ "chartstats.com Dire Straits UK discography". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  10. ^ "irishcharts.ie Dire Straits IRE discography". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  11. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". www.austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  12. ^ "lescharts.com (French charts, Dire Straits 1984-)". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  13. ^ "musicline.de (German charts)". musicline.de. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  14. ^ "hitparadeitalia.it (Dire Straits discography)". hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  15. ^ "Top 40-artiest: Dire Straits". Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  17. ^ a b http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=&ica=False&sa=Dire%20Straits&sl=&smt=5&sat=-1&ssb=Artist