Kraftwerk discography

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Kraftwerk discography

Kraftwerk live in Stockholm, 2004
Releases
Studio albums 10
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 3
Singles 24
Video albums 1
Music videos  ?
Box sets 2

The discography of German electronic music band Kraftwerk consists of 10 studio albums, one live album, one remix album and 26 singles. Formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf in 1970, Kraftwerk were part of the krautrock scene. However, the group mostly found fame as pioneers of electronic music, showcasing their styles on a series of concept albums.

While their initial albums featured mostly German lyrics, in 1975 Kraftwerk began writing lyrics that combined both German and English verses. Beginning with "Trans-Europe Express" (1977), most songs by the group have been created as duplicate versions sung in English or German. Additional versions sung in French, Japanese, Italian or Spanish have also sometimes been made.

Since the mid-1970s Kraftwerk have always picked at least two album tracks for release as singles. These accompanying singles were, for many years, created by simply editing down the album recordings, rather than being remixed or otherwise expanded. Since 1991 Kraftwerk have tended to follow the trend for releasing singles in multiple remixed arrangements. Very rarely, a small number of recordings have only been issued as albumless singles, notably recordings for the Expo 2000 project between 1999 and 2000.

Prior to forming Kraftwerk, Hütter and Schneider were part of a project called Organisation that released the album Tone Float in 1969.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[1][2] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[3][4]
AUS AUT
[5]
CAN
[6]
FRA
[7][8]
ITA
[9][10]
NL
[11]
NZ
[12]
SWE
[13]
UK
[14]
USA
[15]
1970 Kraftwerk
  • Released: November 1970
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
30
1972 Kraftwerk 2
  • Released: January 1972
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
36
1973 Ralf und Florian
  • Released: October 1973
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
160
1974 Autobahn
  • Released: November 1974
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
7 9 5 11 7 27 4 5
1975 Radio-Activity
  • German version: Radio-Aktivität[18]
  • Released: October 1975
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Capitol
22 94 4 59 1 140
1977 Trans-Europe Express
  • German version: Trans-Europa Express
  • Released: May 1977
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Capitol
32 2 8 32 49 119
1978 The Man-Machine
  • German version: Die Mensch-Maschine
  • Released: May 1978
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Capitol
12 56 15 14 15 29 24 9 130
1981 Computer World
  • German version: Computerwelt
  • Released: May 1981
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Warner Bros.
7 51 14 28 27 15 72
1986 Electric Café
  • German version: Electric Café [Deutsche Version]
  • Released: December 1986
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Warner Bros.
  • Re-released as Techno Pop in October 2009
23 56 9 58 158
2003 Tour de France Soundtracks
  • Released: 4 August 2003
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Astralwerks
1 29 84 76 7 21

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[1][2]
GER
[4]
AUT
[5]
FRA
[8]
ITA
[9]
NL
[11]
SWE
[13]
UK
[14]
2005 Minimum-Maximum
  • Released: June 2005
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Astralwerks
  • Notes: 2 CDs/4 LPs, 2 DVDs, also available as a special edition Notebook with an 88-page book
26 33 123 44 93 29 29

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[1][2] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[4]
AUT
[5]
NL
[11]
SWE
[13]
UK
[14]
1975 Exceller 8
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Vertigo
  • Notes: UK release
1981 Elektro Kinetik
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Vertigo
  • Notes: UK release
1991 The Mix
  • Released: June 1991
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Elektra
  • Notes: Album of remixed back-catalogue
6 12 83 20 15

Box sets[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[1][2]
GER
[4]
NL
[11]
SWE
[13]
UK
[14]
2009 The Catalogue
  • German version: Der Katalog
  • Released: 2 October 2009
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Mute/Astralwerks
  • Notes: Promotionally issued in 2004, remastered box set of albums from 1974 to 2003
34

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[2] Album
DEU
[3][19]
AUS AUT
[5]
CAN
[20]
FRA
[21]
IRL
[22]
ITA
[23]
NL
[11]
NZ
[12]
SWE
[13]
UK
[14]
USA
[24]
1973 "Kohoutek-Kometenmelodie" Autobahn
1974 "Comet Melody 2"
1975 "Autobahn" 9 30 12 20 16 4 11 25
1976 "Radioactivity" 7 31 Radio-Activity
1977 "Trans-Europe Express" 96 26 34 15 67 Trans-Europe Express
"Showroom Dummies" 28 25
1978 "Europe Endless"
"The Robots" 18 23 47 The Man-Machine
"Neon Lights" 53
1981 "Pocket Calculator" 63 2 39 Computer World
"Computer Love" 36
"Numbers"
"Computerwelt"
"The Model" 7 33 4 41 1 The Man-Machine
1983 "Tour de France" 47 60 20 24 6 22 Single
1986 "Musique Non Stop" 13 45 82 Electric Café
1987 "The Telephone Call" 89
1991 "The Robots" 18 26 20 The Mix
"Radioactivity" 43
1999 "Expo 2000" 35 95 36 27 single only
2003 "Tour de France 2003" 50 45 21 20 Tour de France Soundtracks
"Elektro Kardiogramm"
2004 "Aerodynamik" 80 44 56 33
2007 "Aerodynamik + La Forme" 79 78

Video albums[edit]

  • 2005: Minimum-Maximum

Music videos[edit]

Note that the list might be incomplete.
Year Title Director[25]
1974 "Autobahn" Roger Mainwood
1975 "Radioactivity"
"Antenna"
1977 "Trans-Europe Express" Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter
1978 "The Robots"
"The Model"
"Neon Lights"
1981 "Pocket Calculator"
1982 "Showroom Dummies"
1983 "Tour de France"
1986 "Musique Non-Stop" Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter
1987 "The Telephone Call"
1991 "The Robots" Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter
2000 "Expo 2000"
2003 "Tour de France 2003" D.E. Macken
2013 "The Robots"

References[edit]

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