James Taylor discography

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James Taylor discography

James Taylor in concert in 2008.
Releases
Studio albums 16
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 6
EPs 1
Singles 40
Video albums 7
Music videos 15
Tribute and cover albums 1
No. 1 Singles 6
Other charted songs 4

The discography of James Taylor, an American singer-songwriter, consists of sixteen studio albums, six compilation albums, four live albums, one tribute album, seven video albums, one extended play, and forty singles.

Taylor signed his first recording contract with Apple Records, where he released his self-titled debut album to the United Kingdom the same year and to the United States in 1969, where it peaked at #62 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. After overcoming a drug addiction, Taylor released his second album Sweet Baby James on Warner Bros. Records in 1970. Its lead single "Fire and Rain" became a significant international hit and gained Taylor his first major exposure as an artist.[1] In April 1971, Taylor released his third studio album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, which became his second album to certify multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America and featured his first number one single "You've Got a Friend".[1][2] In 1972 and 1973, he released his fourth studio album, One Man Dog and his fifth, Walking Man; both peaked within the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 albums list.[3]

After releasing more albums between 1974 and 1976, Taylor signed with Columbia Records and issued JT in 1977, which peaked in the Top 5 and sold over two million copies in the United States, certifying two times multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[1][2] In 1979 and 1981, Taylor respectively released Flag and Dad Loves His Work, which both certified platinum in the United States and produced Top 40 singles. Nearly four years later, Taylor's next studio album That's Why I'm Here was released and spawned a cover of Buddy Holly's "Everyday", which only became a minor hit in the United States. This was followed by Never Die Young three years later and then by New Moon Shine in 1991, both of which sold over one million copies. After recording a two-disc live album in 1993, Taylor returned in 1997 with a fourteenth studio album entitled Hourglass. The album not only peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200, but also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Album the following year.[1][3] His fifteenth studio release October Road was issued on August 13, 2002 on Sony BMG[4] and certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2] After recording a limited release holiday album in 2004, Taylor released his first major-release holiday album, James Taylor at Christmas on October 10, 2006.[5] One Man Band was released in 2007 and certified gold in the United States,[2] which was followed by Taylor's first cover album in 2008 on the Hear Music label. It was followed-up by a sequel extended play entitled Other Covers in 2009.[1] In the United States alone, James Taylor has sold thirty three million records according to the Recording Industry Association of America.[6]

Studio albums[edit]

1960s[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US
[7]
James Taylor 62

1970s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
NOR
[9]
NL
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
Sweet Baby James 3 3 6
Mud Slide Slim and
the Blue Horizon
  • Release date: April 1971
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
2 4 17 4
  • US: 2× Platinum[14]
One Man Dog
  • Release date: November 1, 1972
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
4 7 27
Walking Man
  • Release date: June 1, 1974
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
13 11
Gorilla
  • Release date: May 1, 1975
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
6
  • US: Gold
In the Pocket
  • Release date: June 1976
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
16 17 14
JT 4 2 31
Flag
  • Release date: May 1979
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
10 9 17 17 50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
NOR
[9]
NL
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
Dad Loves His Work
  • Release date: March 1981
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, 8-track
10 40 20 20 29
That's Why I'm Here
  • Release date: October 1985
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
34
Never Die Young
  • Release date: January 1988
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
25 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
NOR
[9]
NL
[10]
UK
[12]
New Moon Shine
  • Release date: September 24, 1991
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
37
Hourglass
  • Release date: May 20, 1997
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette, SACD
9 52 38 38 52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
CAN
[25]
NOR
[9]
NL
[10]
UK
[12]
October Road
  • Release date: August 13, 2002
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD
4 33 40 39
Covers 4 21 85 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
Live
  • Release date: August 10, 1993
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
20 71
  • US: 2× Platinum[27]
Best Live
One Man Band
  • Release date: November 13, 2007
  • Label: Hear Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
17
Amchitka
(with Joni Mitchell and Phil Ochs)
  • Release date: November 2009
  • Label: Greenpeace
  • Formats: CD, music download
Live at the Troubadour
(with Carole King)
  • Release date: May 4, 2010
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
4 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
US Holiday
[30]
James Taylor: A Christmas Album
  • Release date: November 1, 2004
  • Label: Hallmark Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
122
James Taylor at Christmas
  • Release date: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
16 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
UK
[12]
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: November 1, 1976
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
15 27
  • US: 11× Platinum[33]
Classic Songs
  • Release date: April 1987
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
53
Greatest Hits Volume 2
  • Release date: November 7, 2000
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
97
The Best of James Taylor
  • Release date: April 8, 2003
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: CD
11 4
The Essential James Taylor
  • Release date: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony Music Legacy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US
[7]
Other Covers
  • Release date: April 7, 2009
  • Label: Hear Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
122

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[36]
US AC
[36]
US Country
[36]
CAN
[37]
CAN AC
[37]
UK
[38]
NED
[39]
NZ
[40]
1969 "Carolina in My Mind" 118 James Taylor
"Knocking 'Round the Zoo"
"Something's Wrong"
1970[B] "Fire and Rain" 3 7 2 42 18 Sweet Baby James
"Carolina in My Mind" (re-release) 67 64 James Taylor
1971 "Country Road" 37 9 19 3 Sweet Baby James
"You've Got a Friend" 1 1 2 12 4 14 Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
"Long Ago and Far Away" 31 4 12
1972 "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" 14 3 18 7 One Man Dog
1973 "One Man Parade" 67 55
"Hymn"
1974 "Daddy's Baby" Walking Man
"Walking Man" 26
1975 "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" 5 1 1 1 30 Gorilla
"Mexico" 49 5 83 8
1976 "Shower the People" 22 1 54 1 In the Pocket
"Everybody Has the Blues"
"You Make It Easy" Gorilla
1977 "Woman's Gotta Have It" 20 11 In the Pocket
"Handy Man" 4 1 1 4 24 JT
"Your Smiling Face" 20 6 11 4
1978 "Honey Don't Leave L.A." 61 63
1979 "Up on the Roof" 28 7 36 Flag
1981 "Her Town Too" (with J.D. Souther) 11 5 19 5 29 Dad Loves His Work
"Hard Times" 72 23
"Summer's Here" 25 12
1985 "Everyday"[A] 61 3 26 93 1 That's Why I'm Here
1986 "Only One" 6 80 3
"That's Why I'm Here" 8 3
1988 "Never Die Young" 80 3 80 Never Die Young
"Baby Boom Baby" 16 24 16
1991 "Copperline" 13 43 10 New Moon Shine
1992 "(I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That" 28 71 19
"Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha" 19 70
1997 "Little More Time with You" 3 68 13 Hourglass
2002 "On the 4th of July" 16 October Road
"Whenever You're Ready" 21
2003 "September Grass" 25
2008 "It's Growing" 11 Covers
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A^ "Everyday" also peaked at #21 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.
  • B^ Sweet Baby James, one of Taylor's most popular songs and arguably his signature song (the title track of the 1970 album), was actually not released as a single

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart positions Album
US
[36]
US AC
[36]
US Country
[36]
US Christian
[41]
CAN
[37]
CAN AC
[37]
CAN Country
[37]
UK
[38]
1974 "Mockingbird" Carly Simon 5 10 3 34 Hotcakes
1978 "(What a) Wonderful World" Art Garfunkel
(with Paul Simon)
17 1 13 1 Watermark
"Bartender's Blues" (re-recording) George Jones 6 8 Bartender's Blues
"Devoted to You" Carly Simon 36 2 33 50 2 39 Boys in the Trees
1994 "Crying in the Rain" Art Garfunkel 61 25 Up 'til Now
2001 "Sailing to Philadelphia" Mark Knopfler Sailing to Philadelphia
2012 "Soul Companion" Mary Chapin Carpenter Ashes and Roses
2013 "Don't Try So Hard" Amy Grant 24 How Mercy Looks from Here
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US AC
[36]
2001 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 4 October Road
2004 "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" 12 James Taylor: A Christmas Album
"Deck the Halls" 5
"Winter Wonderland" 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2010 "Love the One You're With" (with Crosby, Stills & Nash) The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts[42]

Video albums[edit]

Year Video details Certifications
(sales threshold)
1979 James Taylor: In Concert
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Sony Music Distribution
1986 James Taylor Live in Rio
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Columbia
1988 James Taylor in Concert in Boston
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Sony
1993 Squibnocket
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Sony
1998 Live at the Beacon Theatre
  • Released: October 7, 1998
  • Label: Columbia
2002 Pull Over
  • Released: November 19, 2002
  • Label: Sony
2006 A Musicares Person of the Year Tribute
  • Released: September 12, 2006
  • Label: Rhino
2010 Live at the Troubadour (Carole King and James Taylor)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)[45]
1981 "Her Town Too"
1985 "Everyday" Stuart Orme
1986 "Only a Dream in Rio"
"Only One"
1988 "Baby Boom Baby"
"Never Die Young"
1991 "(I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That"
"Shed a Little Light"
1992 "Copperline"
1994 "Secret of Life"
1997 "A Little More Time"
"Enough to Be on Your Way" David Mirkin
"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" (with Mark O'Connor)
2003 "How's the World Treating You" (with Alison Krauss) Lawrence Draper

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