Earth, Wind & Fire discography

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Earth, Wind & Fire discography

Earth, Wind & Fire performing at the opening ceremony of the 2008 US Open on August 25, 2008.
Releases
Studio albums 19
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 17
Singles 62
Video albums 19

This following is a comprehensive discography of Earth, Wind & Fire, an American band whose songs fall within a number of genres of music.

The band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 and led by founder Maurice White. Also known as EWF or the Elements of the Universe, the band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.[1][2] They have sold over 90 million albums worldwide.[3][4] Rolling Stone magazine has described Earth, Wind & Fire as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop".[5] Earth, Wind & Fire were also ranked at number 60 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.[6]

The band's music contains elements of African music, Latin music, funk, soul, jazz, pop, rock, and other genres. The band is known for the dynamic sound of their horn section and the interplay between the contrasting vocals of Philip Bailey's falsetto and Maurice White's tenor.[7] The kalimba (African thumb piano) is played on all of the band's albums.[8]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[9]
US
R&B

[9]
AUS
[10]
CAN
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
UK
[14]
1971 Earth, Wind & Fire 172 24 Warner Bros.
1972 The Need of Love 89 35
Last Days and Time 87 15 Columbia
1973 Head to the Sky 27 2 56
1974 Open Our Eyes 15 1 19
  • RIAA: Platinum[15]
1975 That's the Way of the World 1 1 84 15
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[15]
1976 Spirit 2 2 58 33
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[15]
1977 All 'n All 3 1 21 3 4 12 13
1979 I Am 3 1 12 4 4 3 5 ARC
1980 Faces 10 2 55 8 40 10
1981 Raise! 5 1 37 25 3 19 14
1983 Powerlight 12 4 82 24 6 22 Columbia
Electric Universe 40 8 22
1987 Touch the World 33 3 93 17
1990 Heritage 70 19 52
1993 Millennium 39 8 29 Reprise
1997 In the Name of Love 50 78 Pyramid
2003 The Promise 89 19 Kalimba
2005 Illumination 32 8 Sanctuary
2013 Now, Then & Forever 11 6 35 25 Legacy
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak Chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[9]
US
R&B

[9]
CAN
[11]
NLD
[12]
1975 Gratitude 1 1 37
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[15]
Columbia
1996 Greatest Hits Live 75 78 Rhino
2002 That's the Way of the World: Alive in 75 Legacy
Live in Rio Kalimba
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[9]
US
R&B

[9]
AUS
[10]
CAN
[11]
NZ
[13]
UK
[14]
1974 Another Time 97 29 77 Warner Bros.
1978 The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 6 3 7 15 3 6 ARC/Columbia
1986 The Collection 5 K-tel
1988 The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2 190 74 Columbia
1992 The Eternal Dance Legacy
The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire 40 Telstar
1996 Elements of Love: Ballads Columbia
Boogie Wonderland: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire 29 Telstar
1998 Greatest Hits Columbia/Legacy
1999 The Ultimate Collection 34 Concept
2002 The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire 91 60 Legacy
2004 Love Songs
2006 Beautiful Ballads
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire 89
2009 The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire Sony Music
2010 The Greatest Hits 116 9
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[18]
US
R&B

[18]
US
AC

[18]
US
Dance

[18]
AUS
[10]
CAN
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
UK
[14]
1971 "Fan the Fire" Earth, Wind and Fire
"Love Is Life" 93 31 79
1972 "I Think About Lovin' You" 44 The Need of Love
1973 "Mom" 104 Last Days and Time
"Evil" 50 25 19 Head to the Sky
"Keep Your Head to the Sky" 52 23 45
1974 "Mighty Mighty" 29 4 38 Open Our Eyes
"Kalimba Story" 55 6 63
"Devotion" 33 23 55
"Hot Dawgit" (with Ramsey Lewis) 50 61 Sun Goddess
1975 "Shining Star" 1 1 95 21 14 That's the Way of the World
"Sun Goddess" (with Ramsey Lewis) 44 20 14 Sun Goddess
"That's the Way of the World" 12 5 20 That's the Way of the World
"Sing a Song" 5 1 5 13 19 Gratitude
1976 "Can't Hide Love" 39 11 97
"Getaway" 12 1 12 29 Spirit
"Saturday Nite" 21 4 58 34 17
1977 "On Your Face" 26
"Serpentine Fire" 13 1 13 32 All´n All
1978 "Fantasy" 32 12 25 37 7 14 14
"Jupiter" 41
"Magic Mind" 54
"Got to Get You into My Life" 9 1 30 12 33 20 33 The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
"September" 8 1 41 12 10 19 12 3
1979 "Boogie Wonderland" (with The Emotions) 6 2 14 6 11 4 7 4 I Am
"After the Love Has Gone" 2 2 3 62 11 28 8 4
"In The Stone" 58 23 78 39 53
"Star" 64 47 15 16
"Can't Let Go" 31 46
1980 "Let Me Talk" 44 8 85 86 50 29 Faces
"You" 48 10 30
"Back on the Road" 63
1981 "And Love Goes On" 59 15 57 25
"Let's Groove" 3 1 3 15 7 5 2 3 Raise!
1982 "Wanna Be With You" 51 15
"I've Had Enough" 29
1983 "Fall in Love with Me" 17 4 31 12 21 49 47 Powerlight
"Side by Side" 76 15
"Spread Your Love" 57 48
"Magnetic" 57 10 36 18 92 Electric Universe
1984 "Touch" 103 23 36
"Moonwalk" 67
1986 "Boogie Wonderland" (Extended Dance Mix) 97 The Collection
1987 "System of Survival" 60 1 1 14 9 54 Touch the World
1988 "Thinking of You" 67 3 1 45 94
"Evil Roy" 22 38
"You and I" 29
"Turn on (The Beat Box)" 26 30 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
1990 "Heritage" 5 Heritage
"For the Love of You" (featuring MC Hammer) 19
"Wanna Be the Man" (featuring MC Hammer) 46
1993 "Sunday Morning" 53 20 35 26 Millenium
"Spend the Night" 42
1994 "Two Hearts" 88
1997 "Revolution" 89 In the Name of Love
1999 "September 99" (Phats & Small Remix) 25 25 The Ultimate Collection
"Boogie Wonderland 99" 57
2003 "All in the Way" (featuring The Emotions) 77 25 The Promise
2005 "The Way You Move" (featuring Kenny G) 12 Illumination
"Pure Gold" 76 23
"Show Me The Way" (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
2006 "To You" (featuring Brian McKnight) 71
2009 "Get Your Hump on This Christmas" (with Cleveland Brown)
2013 "My Promise" 30 Now, Then & Forever
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Videography[edit]

Year Title Certifications[15]
1975 That's the Way of the World (film)
1982 Earth, Wind & Fire: In Concert
1992 The Eternal Vision
1994 1994 World Tour In Japan
1995 Millennium Concert
1998 Live In Japan
1999 The Ultimate Collection
2001 Earth, Wind & Fire: Live
  • RIAA: Gold
Shining Stars: The Official Story Of Earth, Wind & Fire
2002 Earth, Wind & Fire: Live By Request
2004 Live From New York
In Concert
Earth, Wind & Fire: Live At Montreux 1997
  • RIAA: Gold
2005 The Collection
Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire – Live at the Greek Theatre
  • RIAA: Platinum
Live At Red Rocks
2006 Rock Legend
2007 Live In Tokyo
2008 Live In Japan

[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Earth, Wind & Fire". rockhall.com. 
  2. ^ "Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductee Earth, Wind & Fire". vocalgroup.org. 
  3. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Philip Bailey Biography". allmusic.com. 
  4. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Maurice White Biography". allmusic.com. 
  5. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Biography: Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  6. ^ "VH1: 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll". rockonthenet.com. 
  7. ^ Huey, Steve. "Earth, Wind & Fire Biography". allmusic.com. 
  8. ^ The Eternal Dance, 1993, THE KALIMBA STORY By Alan Light - Rolling Stone from "The Eternal Dance" box-set.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "US Album Charts > Earth, Wind & Fire". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  10. ^ a b c David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ a b c d "CAN Charts > Earth, Wing & Fire". RPM. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  12. ^ a b c "NLD Charts > Earth, Wind & Fire". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  13. ^ a b c "NZ Charts > Earth, Wind & Fire". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  14. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Earth, Wind & Fire". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "US Certifications > Earth, Wind & Fire". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  16. ^ a b c d "CAN Certifications > Earth, Wind & Fire". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "UK Certified Awards Search > Earth, Wind & Fire". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  18. ^ a b c d "US Singles Charts > Earth, Wind & Fire". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  19. ^ earthwindandfire.com/discography_videography
  20. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire discography - DVDs & Videos on allmusic.com

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