Lou Reed discography

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For a comprehensive list of releases by Reed as a member of The Velvet Underground, see The Velvet Underground discography.
Lou Reed discography

Lou Reed performing at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon.
Releases
Studio albums 22
Live albums 12
Compilation albums 15
Singles 44
Music videos 11
Box sets 1

The discography of the American rock musician Lou Reed consists of 22 studio albums, 12 live albums, 15 compilation albums, and 44 singles.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Release Date Label Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US[1] UK[2] FR[3]
1972 Lou Reed June 1972 RCA Records 189
Transformer December 1972 RCA Records 29 13
[A]
1973 Berlin July 1973 RCA Records 98 7
  • UK: Silver[6]
1974 Sally Can't Dance August 1974 RCA Records 10
1975 Metal Machine Music July 1975 RCA Records
Coney Island Baby December 1975 (USA)
January 1976 (UK)
RCA Records 41 52 12
1976 Rock and Roll Heart October 1976 (USA)
November 1976 (UK)
Arista Records 64
1978 Street Hassle February 1978 Arista Records 89 20
1979 The Bells April 1979 Arista Records 130
1980 Growing Up in Public 1980 Arista Records 158
1982 The Blue Mask 1982 RCA Records 169 15
1983 Legendary Hearts 1983 RCA Records 159
1984 New Sensations 1984 RCA Records 56 92
1986 Mistrial 1986 RCA Records 47 69
1989 New York 1989 Sire Records 40 14 29
1990 Songs for Drella (with John Cale) April 1990 Sire Records 103 22[8]
1992 Magic and Loss 1992 Sire Records 80 6 48
1996 Set the Twilight Reeling 1996 Sire Records 110 26 17
2000 Ecstasy 2000 Sire Records 183 54 48
2003 The Raven 2003 Sire Records 122 60
2007 Hudson River Wind Meditations 2007 Sounds True
2011 Lulu (with Metallica) October 2011 Warner Bros. 36 36 23
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, or albums not released in a particular territory.
Notes
  • A^ Transformer didn't chart in France on the Albums Chart, but did reach #17 on the Mid Price / Back Catalogue Chart in September 2007.[3]

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Release Date Label Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US[1] UK[2] FR[3]
1974 Rock 'n' Roll Animal February 1974 RCA Records 45 26
1975 Lou Reed Live March 1975 RCA Records 62 17
1978 Live: Take No Prisoners November 1978 Arista Records
1984 Live in Italy January 1984 RCA Records 30
1984 Doin' The Things..... That We Want To 1992 Side Step [10] (SS1005/6)
1996 Live in Concert 1996 RCA Records
1998 Perfect Night: Live in London April 1998 Sire Records 102 56
2001 American Poet June 2001 Pilot Records
2004 Animal Serenade March 2004 RCA Records 157
Le Bataclan '72 October 2004 Dynamic
2008 The Stone: Issue Three April 2008 Tzadik Records
Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse November 2008 Matador Records 144
The Creation of the Universe December 2008 Best Seat in the House Productions
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, or albums not released in a particular territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Release Date Label Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US[1] UK[2] FR[3]
1977 Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed 1977 RCA Records 156 144
1980 Rock and Roll Diary: 1967–1980 1980 Arista Records 178
1985 City Lights 1985 Arista Records
1989 Retro 1989, 1998 Sony Records 29
  • UK: Silver[6]
1992 Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology 1992
1992 Walk on the Wild Side & Other Hits March 1992 RCA Records
1995 The Best of Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground 1995 Global TV 56
1996 Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s May 1996 RCA Records
1997 Perfect Day October 1997 Sony Records
1999 The Definitive Collection August 1999 Arista Records
2000 The Very Best of Lou Reed May 2000 Sony Records 94
  • UK: Silver[6]
2002 Legendary Lou Reed July 2002 BMG Records
2003 NYC Man (The Ultimate Collection 1967–2003) June 2003 RCA Records 31 16
[B]
2004 NYC Man: Greatest Hits August 2004 BMG Records 43
2011 The Essential Lou Reed September 13, 2011 RCA Records 155
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, or albums not released in a particular territory.
Notes
  • B^ NYC Man didn't chart in France on the Albums Chart, as compilation albums are chart ineligible on the main album chart. The chart position here is from the Compilations Albums Chart and it did also reach #11 on the Mid Price / Back Catalogue Chart in March 2008.[3]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US[11] UK[2]
1972 "I Can't Stand It" Lou Reed
"Walk and Talk It"
"Walk on the Wild Side"[12] 16 10 Transformer
1973 "Satellite of Love" 119 51
"Vicious"
"How Do You Think It Feels" Berlin
1974 "Caroline Says"
"Sweet Jane" Rock 'n' Roll Animal
"Sally Can't Dance" 103 Sally Can't Dance
1976 "Charley's Girl" Coney Island Baby
"Crazy Feeling"
"I Believe In Love" Rock and Roll Heart
1977 "Chooser and the Chosen One"
"Rock and Roll Heart"
1978 "Street Hassle" Street Hassle
1979 "Disco Mystic" The Bells
"City Lights"
1980 "The Power of Positive Drinking" Growing Up in Public
1982 "The Blue Mask" The Blue Mask
"Women"
1983 "Don't Talk to Me About Work" Legendary Hearts
"Martial Law"
1984 "High in the City" New Sensations
"My Red Joystick"
"I Love You, Suzanne" 78
1985 "My Love Is Chemical" White Nights
"September Song" Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill
1986 "The Original Wrapper" Mistrial
"No Money Down"
1989 "Busload of Faith" New York
"Romeo Had Juliette"
"Dirty Blvd."
1992 "Sword of Damocles" Magic and Loss
"What's Good"
1996 "Adventurer" Set the Twilight Reeling
"NYC Man"
"Hookywooky"
1997 "Perfect Day"
(as part of Artists for Children in Need)
1 Non-album single
2000 "Future Farmers of America" Ecstasy
"Modern Dance"
"Paranoia Key of E"
2002 "Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)" The Raven
2004 "Satellite of Love '04" 10 NYC Man: Greatest Hits
2007 "Gravity"/"Safety Zone" Music Inspired by the Film Nanking
"Tranquilize"
(with The Killers)
13 Sawdust
2011 "The View"
(with Metallica)
Lulu
"—" denotes singles that did not chart, or singles not released in a particular territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Ref.
1982 "Women"
1983 "Legendary Hearts"
"Don't Talk to Me About Work"
1984 "I Love You, Suzanne"
"My Red Joystick"
1986 "The Original Wrapper" Zbigniew Rybczynski [13]
"No Money Down" Godley and Creme [14]
1992 "What's Good" Matt Mahurin
1996 "Hookywooky"
2007 "Tranquilize" (with The Killers) Anthony Mandler [15]
2011 "The View" (with Metallica) Darren Aronofsky [16]

Other album appearances[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Song(s) Album Notes Ref.
1983 "Little Sister" Get Crazy soundtrack [17]
1985 "Hot Hips" Perfect soundtrack [18]
"My Love Is Chemical" White Nights soundtrack [19]
1986 "Soul Man" (with Samuel David Moore) Soul Man soundtrack Cover of Sam & Dave's 1967 song. [20]
1988 "Something Happened" Permanent Record soundtrack [21]
1991 "What's Good" Until the End of the World soundtrack Earlier extended mix [22]
1994 "Why Can't I Be Good" Faraway, So Close! soundtrack [23]
1995 "You'll Know You Were Loved" Friends soundtrack [24]
1997 "This Magic Moment" Lost Highway soundtrack [25]
2003 "America" Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde soundtrack [26]

Various artist compilation albums[edit]

Year Song(s) Album Notes Ref.
1985 "September Song" Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill
1993 "Tarbelly and Featherfoot" Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
"Foot of Pride" The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Recorded live on October 16, 1992 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1997 "September Songs from Knickerbocker Holiday" September Songs – The Music of Kurt Weill
2001 "Set the Twilight Reeling" (Live) The Best of Sessions at West 54th
2006 "Perfect Day" (Live), "Vicious" (Live) The Bridge School Collection, Vol.1
"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (Live) The Harry Smith Project Live, Vol. 2
"Leave Her Johnny" Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
2011 "The Debt I Owe" Note of Hope - A Celebration of Woody Guthrie
"Peggy Sue" Rave On Buddy Holly
"Sweet Jane" (Live) (with Soul Asylum) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 3: 1995 (Live)
2013 "Solsbury Hill" And I'll Scratch Yours A response to Peter Gabriel's cover of "The Power of the Heart". [27]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Album Artist Details Ref.
1988 Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom Tom Tom Club Backing vocals ("Femme Fatale") [28]
Nothing But the Truth Rubén Blades Guest vocals ("Hopes on Hold," "Letters to the Vatican," "The Calm Before the Storm") [29]
1989 Yo Frankie Dion DiMucci
Street Fighting Years Simple Minds Guest vocals ("This Is Your Land") [30]
1991 I Spent a Week There the Other Night Maureen Tucker
1992 I Still Believe in You Vince Gill
1994 A Date with The Smithereens The Smithereens Guest vocals ("Point of No Return", "Long Way Back Again")
Greetings from the Gutter David A. Stewart
1998 Music for Children John Zorn Guest vocals ("Cycles Du Nord") [31]
2002 Hitting the Ground Gordon Gano Guest vocals ("Catch 'Em In the Act")
No Regrets Jamie Richards
2005 No Balance Palace Kashmir Guest vocals ("Black Building")
I Am a Bird Now Antony and the Johnsons Guest vocals ("Fistful of Love")
2006 I Will Break Your Fall Fernando Saunders Guest vocals, guitar, writer ("Baton Rouge") [32]
Intersections 1985–2005 Bruce Hornsby Guest vocals ("The Mighty Quinn")
A Portrait of Howard Howard Tate Guest vocals ("How Do You Think It Feels")
2007 Sawdust The Killers Guest vocals ("Tranquilize")
The Family Album Lucibel Crater Guest vocals ("Threadbare Funeral")
2008 Recitement Stephen Emmer Guest vocals ("Passengers")
2009 Solid Ground Sara Wasserman (Rob Wasserman's daughter) Guest vocals ("Need To Know")
Havana Winter Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle Guest vocals ("Coma", "In The Shade", "Helicopter in the Sand")
2010 Plastic Beach Gorillaz Guest vocals ("Some Kind of Nature")
2011 The Road from Memphis Booker T. Jones Guest vocals ("The Bronx")
2012 Synthetica Metric Guest vocals ("The Wanderlust") [33]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ Oran, Nicole (December 31, 2013). "Peter Gabriel's 'Scratch My Back ... And I'll Scratch Yours' collection includes covers from Bon Iver, Lou Reed and Arcade Fire". Music Times. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
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