Four Tops discography

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Four Tops discography
Releases
Studio albums 27
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 5
Singles 61

This is a listing of all the singles and albums released by Motown singing group the The Four Tops. Throughout their career, twenty-four of their singles reached the Billboard Top 40 with seven of them reaching the top ten and two of them reaching #1 on the chart. An additional twenty-one have reached the UK Top 40 with ten reaching the top ten and one reaching #1 on the chart.

Much of the group's catalog is now controlled by Universal Music Group, as a result of various transactions involving the Motown, ABC, and Casablanca labels (all of which the Four Tops recorded for over the years). In 1976, PolyGram bought 50% of Casablanca, buying the rest in 1979 (later merging the label with Mercury Records). That year, ABC Records was sold to, and merged with MCA Records (who later bought the Chess Records catalog, including the group's 1956 single "Could It Be You?", in 1985). In 1988, Motown was sold to a joint venture between MCA and Boston Ventures, allowing MCA to gain distribution rights to the group's Motown material. BV bought out MCA's share in 1991 as Motown switched distribution to PolyGram, who bought Motown outright in 1993. In 1999, PolyGram was sold to Universal, which continues to own all the aforementioned labels' catalogs today.

Albums[edit]

Motown releases[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1964 Four Tops 63 1
1965 Four Tops' Second Album 20 3
1966 On Top 32 3 9
Four Tops Live 17 1 4
1967 On Broadway 79 15
Reach Out 11 3 4
1968 Greatest Hits 4 2 1
Yesterday's Dreams 91 7 37
1969 The Four Tops Now! 74 18
Soul Spin 163 30
1970 Still Waters Run Deep 21 3 29
Changing Times 109 20
The Magnificent 7 (with The Supremes) 113 18 6
1971 The Return of the Magnificent Seven (with The Supremes) 154 18
Dynamite (with The Supremes) 160 21
Greatest Hits Volume 2 106 22 25
1972 Nature Planned It 50 4
1973 The Four Tops Story 1964-72 35
1983 Back Where I Belong 65 47
1985 Magic 140 33
1986 Hot Nights (cancelled)
1995 Christmas Here With You
1997 The Ultimate Collection
1999 Lost & Found: Breaking Through
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

ABC-Dunhill releases[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B
1972 Keeper of the Castle 33 6
1973 Main Street People 66 8
1974 Live & In Concert 92 29
Meeting of the Minds 118 22
1975 Night Lights Harmony 148 24
1976 Catfish 124 26
1977 The Show Must Go On 54
1978 At the Top 73
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Casablanca releases[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B
1981 Tonight! 37 5
1982 One More Mountain 45
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Arista release[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B
1988 Indestructible 149 66

Singles[edit]

Levi Stubbs sings on all listed songs except where noted.

Early releases[edit]

  • 1956: "If Only I Had Known" (Grady Records, credited as "The Four Aims")
  • 1956: "Could It Be You?" (Chess)
  • 1960: "Ain't That Love" (Columbia Records, reissued in 1965) (US #93)
  • 1962: "Pennies from Heaven" (Riverside Records)

Motown releases[edit]

All the following songs were released on the Motown subsidiary.

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1964 "Baby I Need Your Loving" 11
"Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)" 43
1965 "Ask the Lonely" 24 9
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" 1 1 23
"It's the Same Old Song" 5 2 34
"Something About You" 19 9
1966 "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" 18 3
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" 45 12 21
"Reach Out I'll Be There" 1 1 1
"Standing in the Shadows of Love" 6 2 6
1967 "Bernadette" 4 2 8
"7-Rooms of Gloom" 14 10 12
"I'll Turn to Stone" (flip side of "7-Rooms of Gloom") 76 50
"You Keep Running Away" 19 7 26
1968 "Walk Away Renée" 14 15 3
"If I Were a Carpenter" 20 17 7
"Yesterday's Dreams" 49 31 23
"I'm in a Different World" 51 23 27
1969 "What Is a Man" 53 16
"Do What You Gotta Do" 11
"Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me" 45 25
1970 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"(re-issue) 10
"It's All in the Game" 24 6 5
"Still Water (Love)" 11 4 10
"River Deep – Mountain High"
(The Supremes and the Four Tops)
14 7 11
1971 "Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)" 40 9 36
"You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart"
(The Supremes and the Four Tops)
55 41 25
"In These Changing Times" 70 28
"MacArthur Park (Part II)" 38
1972 "A Simple Game" 90 34 3
"Bernadette"(re-issue) 23
"Walk with Me, Talk with Me, Darling" 32
"(It's the Way) Nature Planned It" 53 8
1983 "I Just Can't Walk Away" 71 36
1985 "Sexy Ways" 21
1988 "Reach Out I'll Be There"(re-issue) 11
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

ABC-Dunhill releases[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1972 "Keeper of the Castle" 10 7 18
1973 "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" 4 2
"Are You Man Enough" 15 2
"Sweet Understanding Love" 33 10 29
1974 "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind" 62 18
"One Chain Don't Make No Prison" 44 3
"Midnight Flower" 55 5
1975 "Seven Lonely Nights" 71 13
"We All Gotta Stick Together" 97 17
1976 "Catfish" 71 7
"I'm Glad You Walked Into My Life" 76
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Casablanca releases[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1981 "When She Was My Girl" 11 1 3
"Don't Walk Away" 16
1982 "Let Me Set You Free" 71
"Back to School Again"
(from Grease 2)
71 62
"Sad Hearts" 84 40
"Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over" 32 43
1983 "I Believe in You and Me" 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Arista releases[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1988 "If Ever a Love There Was"
(with Aretha Franklin)
31
"Indestructible" 35 57 30
1989 "Loco in Acapulco" 7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart