John Denver discography

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John Denver discography
Releases
Studio albums 30
Live albums 8
Compilation albums 17
Singles 44
No.1 Single 12

This page is the comprehensive discography of folk musician John Denver. His studio albums categories list separately his early albums with The Mitchell Trio, and then his own studio albums by decade, live albums, Christmas albums, and compilation albums. These charts also include their certifications for sales data.

Denver's singles are again arranged by decade and include several specialty categories — among them his Christmas singles, his single from his collaboration album with Plácido Domingo, and his single from his collaboration as a guest performer with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The charts are inclusive of their Peak Positions by Country of Sale.

Studio albums[edit]

With The Mitchell Trio[edit]

Title Album details
That's the Way It's Gonna Be
(John Denver, Mike Kobluk, Joe Frazier)
Violets of Dawn
(John Denver, Mike Kobluk, Joe Frazier)
  • Release date: December 1965
  • Label: Mercury Records
Alive
(John Denver, Mike Kobluk, David Boise)
Beginnings: John Denver with the Michell Trio
(John Denver, Mike Kobluk, Joe Frazier)
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: Mercury Records

1960s albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1]
UK
[2]
John Denver Sings
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: self-released
Rhymes & Reasons 148 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN
[4]
NZ
[5]
UK
[2]
Take Me to Tomorrow
  • Release date: May 1970
  • Label: RCA Records
197
Whose Garden Was This
  • Release date: October 1970
  • Label: RCA Records
Poems, Prayers & Promises
  • Release date: May 1971
  • Label: RCA Records
6 15 9 19
Aerie
  • Release date: December 1971[7]
  • Label: RCA Records
37 75 33
Rocky Mountain High
  • Release date: September 15, 1972
  • Label: RCA Records
40 4 1 11
  • US: 2× Platinum[6]
  • UK: Gold[3]
Farewell Andromeda
  • Release date: June 1973
  • Label: RCA Records
16 23
Back Home Again
  • Release date: June 1974
  • Label: RCA Records
1 1 1 14 3
Windsong
  • Release date: September 1975
  • Label: RCA Records
1 1 1 5 14
  • US: 2× Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Platinum[8]
Spirit
  • Release date: August, 1976
  • Label: RCA Records
3 7 22 7 9
  • US: Platinum[6]
I Want to Live
  • Release date: November 1977
  • Label: RCA Records
10 45 38 25
  • US: Platinum[6]
John Denver[A]
  • Release date: January 1979
  • Label: RCA Records
10 25 25 68
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN
[4]
AUS
[9]
UK
[2]
Autograph
  • Release date: February 1980
  • Label: RCA Records
28 39 72 56
Some Days Are Diamonds
  • Release date: June 1981
  • Label: RCA Records
7 32 20
Seasons of the Heart
  • Release date: February 1982
  • Label: RCA Records
18 39 65
It's About Time
  • Release date: November 15, 1983
  • Label: RCA Records
55 61 92 19 90
Dreamland Express
  • Release date: June 1985
  • Label: RCA Records
64 90 71
One World
  • Release date: June 1986
  • Label: RCA Records
90 91
Higher Ground 49 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
Earth Songs
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Windstar Records
The Flower That Shattered the Stone
  • Release date: September 1990
  • Label: Windstar Records
185
Different Directions
  • Release date: September 24, 1991
  • Label: Windstar Records
All Aboard! 165
A Celebration of Life (1943-1997) 16 130
Forever, John
  • Release date: September 29, 1998
  • Label: RCA Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN
[4]
AUS
[9]
NZ
[5]
UK
[2]
An Evening with John Denver
  • Release date: February 1975
  • Label: RCA Records
1 2 1 35 1 31
  • US: 3× Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Gold[8]
Live in London
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: RCA Records
2
The Wildlife Concert 104 45
The Best of John Denver Live
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
8 52
Live at the Sydney Opera House
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: RCA Records
Christmas in Concert
  • Release date: September 2001
  • Label: RCA Records
60
The Harbor Lights Concert
  • Release date: April 2002
  • Label: RCA Records
Live in the U.S.S.R.
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: AAO Music
Live at Cedar Rapids
  • Release date: 2010
  • Label: Collectors' Choice Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN
[4]
Rocky Mountain Christmas
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: RCA Records
14 40
  • US: 2× Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Gold[8]
A Christmas Together
  • Release date: October 1979
  • Label: RCA Records
13 26 45
  • US: Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Gold[8]
Christmas, Like a Lullaby
  • Release date: December 1990
  • Label: Windstar Records
Christmas
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: RCA Records
53
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN Country
[10]
CAN
[4]
AUS
[9]
NZ
[5]
UK
[2]
John Denver's Greatest Hits
  • Release date: November 1973
  • Label: RCA Records
1 1 4 17 7
  • US: 9× Platinum[6]
  • CAN: 5× Platinum[8]
John Denver's Greatest Hits, Volume 2
  • Release date: March 1977
  • Label: RCA Records
7 6 24 3 17 9
  • US: 2× Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Gold[8]
John Denver's Greatest Hits, Volume 3
  • Release date: November 1984
  • Label: RCA Records
203
Take Me Home, Country Roads and Other Hits 40
The Very Best of John Denver
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • US: Platinum[6]
The Rocky Mountain Collection
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: RCA Records
50 49 19 19
Reflections: Songs of Love & Life
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: RCA Records
36 13
Country Roads Collection
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: RCA Records
33
The Best of John Denver
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Madacy Records
38 10
Greatest Country Hits
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: RCA Records
36
Songs for America
  • Release date: September 2002
  • Label: Sony BMG
75
The Essential John Denver
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Sony BMG
66 -
Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: RCA Records
9 52
A Song's Best Friend - The Very Best of
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: RCA Records
25 18
16 Biggest Hits
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: RCA Records
61
The Essential John Denver
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: RCA Records
55 81
Playlist: The Very Best of John Denver
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
39
The Ultimate Collection
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: Sony BMG
34 7
The Classic Christmas Album
  • Release date: October 2, 2012
  • Label: RCA Records
32
All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection
  • Release date: November 4, 2014[11]
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
To be released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaboration albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US
[1]
CAN
[4]
Perhaps Love
(with Plácido Domingo)
19
Rocky Mountain Holiday
(with The Muppets)
  • Release date: November 1982
  • Label: RCA Records
202
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

1960s and 1970s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country
[12]
US
[12]
US AC
[12]
CAN Country
[13]
CAN
[14]
CAN AC
[15]
1969 "Daydream" Rhymes & Reasons
1970 "Anthem-Revelation" Take Me to Tomorrow
"Follow Me"
"Sail Away Home" Whose Garden Was This
"Mr. Bojangles"
1971 "Take Me Home, Country Roads" 50 2 3 17 3 5 Poems, Prayers, and Promises
"Friends with You" 47 4 34 5 Aerie
1972 "Everyday" 81 21 77 16
"Goodbye Again" 88 23 12 Rocky Mountain High
"Hard Life, Hard Times (Prisoners)" 103
"Rocky Mountain High" 9 3 8 2
1973 "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy" 62 25 67 75 58 Farewell Andromeda
"Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)" 89 20 26
"Please, Daddy" 69 69 68 82
"Sunshine on My Shoulders" 42 1 1 1 2 Greatest Hits
1974 "Annie's Song" 9 1 1 3 1 1 Back Home Again
"Back Home Again" 1 5 1 1 10 1
"Sweet Surrender" 7 13 1 16 38 1 An Evening with John Denver
1975 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" 1 1 5 1 1 1
"I'm Sorry" 1 1 1 4 1 1 Windsong
"Fly Away" (with Olivia Newton-John) 12 13 1 28 13 2
1976 "Looking for Space" 30 29 1 23 63 4
"It Makes Me Giggle" 70 60 9 39 83 22 Spirit
"Like a Sad Song" 34 36 1 8 63 4
"Baby, You Look Good to Me Tonight" 22 65 13 20 89
1977 "My Sweet Lady" 62 32 13 52 15 Greatest Hits 2
"How Can I Leave You Again" 22 44 2 6 40 10 I Want to Live
1978 "It Amazes Me" 72 59 9 72 15
"I Want to Live" 55 10 81 9
1979 "Downhill Stuff" 64 106 John Denver
"What's On Your Mind" 47 107 10 25 29
"Garden Song" 31 7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s and 1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[12]
US
[12]
US AC
[12]
CAN Country
[13]
CAN AC
[15]
1980 "Autograph" 84 52 20 2 Autograph
"Dancing with the Mountains" 97 43
1981 "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)" 10 36 12 1 1 Some Days Are Diamonds
"The Cowboy and the Lady" 50 66
1982 "Shanghai Breezes" 31 1 1 Seasons of the Heart
"Seasons of the Heart" 78 23 16
"Opposite Tables"
1983 "Wild Montana Skies" (with Emmylou Harris) 14 26 15 14 It's About Time
"Hold On Tightly"
1984 "It's About Time"
"The Gold and Beyond" Greatest Hits 3
"Love Again" (with Sylvie Vartan) 85 30 21
1985 "Don't Close Your Eyes, Tonight" 37 Dreamland Express
"Dreamland Express" 9 34 17 23
1986 "Along for the Ride ('56 T-Bird)" 57 One World
1987 "Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?)"
1988 "For You" Higher Ground
"Country Girl in Paris" 96
1995 "For You" (live) The Wildlife Concert
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other singles[edit]

B-sides[edit]

Year B-side Peak chart positions Original A-side
US Country
[12]
US
[12]
CAN
[14]
1975 "Calypso" 2 29 "I'm Sorry"
1979 "Sweet Melinda" flip "What's On Your Mind"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Christmas singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[12]
CAN
[14]
CAN AC
[15]
1975 "Christmas for Cowboys" 58 77 26 Rocky Mountain Christmas
1979 "A Baby Just Like You" (with The Muppets) A Christmas Together
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles from collaboration albums[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US
[12]
US AC
[12]
1982 "Perhaps Love" Plácido Domingo 59 22 Perhaps Love

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[12]
CAN Country
[10]
1989 "And So It Goes" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 14 29 Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two

Notes[edit]

  • A^ John Denver also peaked at number 7 on the RPM Country Albums chart in Canada.[10]

References[edit]

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