Merle Haggard discography

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Merle Haggard discography
Releases
Studio albums 76
Compilation albums 48
Singles 96
No.1 Single 38

The discography for American country music singer Merle Haggard includes a selection of compilation albums.

Studio albums[edit]

1960s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions[1]
US Country US
Strangers
  • Release date: September 6, 1965
  • Label: Capitol
9
Swinging Doors
  • Release date: October 3, 1966
  • Label: Capitol
1
I'm a Lonesome Fugitive
  • Release date: March 4, 1967
  • Label: Capitol
3 165
Branded Man/I Threw Away the Rose
  • Release date: August 28, 1967
  • Label: Capitol
1 167
Sing Me Back Home
  • Release date: January 2, 1968
  • Label: Capitol
1
The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde
  • Release date: April 8, 1968
  • Label: Capitol
6
Mama Tried
  • Release date: October 3, 1968
  • Label: Capitol
4
Pride in What I Am
  • Release date: February 3, 1969
  • Label: Capitol
11 189
Same Train, A Different Time
  • Release date: May 1, 1969
  • Label: Capitol
1 67
A Portrait of Merle Haggard
  • Release date: September 2, 1969
  • Label: Capitol
3 99
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions[1]
US Country US CAN Country CAN
A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player
in the World (or, My Salute to Bob Wills)
  • Release date: November 16, 1970
  • Label: Capitol
2 58
Hag
  • Release date: April 22, 1971
  • Label: Capitol
1 66 63
Someday We'll Look Back
  • Release date: August 9, 1971
  • Label: Capitol
4 108
Let Me Tell You About a Song
  • Release date: June 1972
  • Label: Capitol
7 166
It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
  • Release date: December 1972
  • Label: Capitol
1
If We Make it Through December
  • Release date: February 1974
  • Label: Capitol
4 190
Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album
  • Release date: August 1974
  • Label: Capitol
1
Keep Movin' On
  • Release date: April 1975
  • Label: Capitol
1 129
It's All in the Movies
  • Release date: February 1976
  • Label: Capitol
1
My Love Affair with Trains
  • Release date: July 1976
  • Label: Capitol
7
The Roots of My Raising
  • Release date: November 1976
  • Label: Capitol
8
Ramblin' Fever
  • Release date: May 1977
  • Label: MCA
5 20
A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today
  • Release date: September 1977
  • Label: Capitol
28
My Farewell to Elvis
  • Release date: October 1977
  • Label: MCA
6 133
I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall
  • Release date: June 1978
  • Label: MCA
17 9
Serving 190 Proof
  • Release date: April 1979
  • Label: MCA
17 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
[1]
Certifications[2]
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN Country
The Way I Am
  • Release date: April 1980
  • Label: MCA
16
Back to the Barrooms
  • Release date: October 1980
  • Label: MCA
8
Big City
  • Release date: October 1981
  • Label: Epic
3 161
  • US: Gold
Going Where the Lonely Go
  • Release date: November 1982
  • Label: Epic
3
That's the Way Love Goes
  • Release date: August 1983
  • Label: Epic
8
It's All in the Game
  • Release date: 1984
  • Label: Epic
1 6
Kern River
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Epic
8
Out Among the Stars
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Epic
15
A Friend in California
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Epic
2
Chill Factor
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Epic
8 14
5:01 Blues
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Epic
28
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
[1]
US Country
Blue Jungle
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Curb
47
1994
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Curb
60
1996
  • Release date: January 23, 1996
  • Label: Curb
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions[1]
US Country US Indie
If I Could Only Fly
  • Release date: October 10, 2000
  • Label: ANTI-
26 10
Roots, Volume 1
  • Release date: November 6, 2001
  • Label: ANTI-
47 26
The Peer Sessions
  • Release date: May 21, 2002
  • Label: Audium
Haggard Like Never Before
  • Release date: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Hag
40 20
Unforgettable 39
Chicago Wind
  • Release date: October 25, 2005
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
54
The Bluegrass Sessions
  • Release date: October 2, 2007
  • Label: McCoury
43 34
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
[1]
US Country US US Indie
I Am What I Am 18 77 11
Working in Tennessee
  • Release date: October 4, 2011
  • Label: Vanguard Records
30 155 25

Collaborations[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions[1]
Certifications[2]
US Country US
Just Between the Two of Us
(with Bonnie Owens)
  • Release date: April 4, 1966
  • Label: Capitol
4
Instrumental Sounds of
Merle Haggard's Strangers

(with The Strangers)
  • Release date: February 23, 1969
  • Label: Capitol
36
Introducing My Friends the Strangers
(with The Strangers)
  • Release date: April 6, 1970
  • Label: Capitol
34
Getting to Know Strangers
(with The Strangers)
  • Release date: October 5, 1970
  • Label: Capitol
44
Honky Tonkin'
(with The Strangers)
  • Release date: June 21, 1971
  • Label: Capitol
34
Totally Instrumental (With One Exception...)
(with The Strangers)
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Capitol
23
A Taste of Yesterday's Wine
(with George Jones)
  • Release date: August 1982
  • Label: Epic
4 123
Pancho & Lefty
(with Willie Nelson)
  • Release date: January 1983
  • Label: Epic
1 37
  • CAN: Gold
  • US: Platinum
Heart to Heart
(with Leona Williams)
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Mercury
44
Walking the Line
(with George Jones and Willie Nelson)
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Epic
39
Seashores of Old Mexico
(with Willie Nelson)
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Epic
31
Kicking Out the Footlights...Again
(with George Jones)
  • Release date: October 24, 2006
  • Label: Bandit
25
Last of the Breed
(with Willie Nelson and Ray Price)
7 64
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Gospel albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
[1]
US Country
The Land of Many Churches
  • Release date: November 8, 1971
  • Label: Capitol
15
Songs for the Mama That Tried
  • Release date: September 1981
  • Label: MCA
46
Cabin in the Hills
  • Release date: May 1, 2001
  • Label: Compendia
Two Old Friends
(with Albert E. Brumley)
  • Release date: May 1, 2001
  • Label: Compendia
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
[1]
US Country
A Christmas Present
(Something Old, Something New)
  • Release date: November 1973
  • Label: Capitol
4
Goin' Home for Christmas
  • Release date: November 1982
  • Label: Epic
41
I Wish I Was Santa Claus
  • Release date: October 26, 2004
  • Label: Smith Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
[1]
Certifications[2]
US Country US CAN
Okie from Muskogee
  • Release date: February 29, 1969
  • Label: Capitol
1 46 96
  • US: Platinum
The Fightin' Side of Me
  • Release date: July 6, 1970
  • Label: Capitol
1 68
  • US: Gold
I Love Dixie Blues
  • Release date: July 1973
  • Label: Capitol
1 126
Rainbow Stew Live at Anaheim Stadium
  • Release date: July 1981
  • Label: MCA
20
The Epic Collection (Recorded Live)
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Epic
28
Amber Waves of Grain
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Epic
25
Live from Austin Texas
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: New West
Live from Austin, Texas '78
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: New West
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions[1]
Certifications[2]
US Country US
The Best of Merle Haggard
  • Release date: July 15, 1968
  • Label: Capitol
3
  • US: Platinum
Close-Up
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Capitol
23
The Best of the Best
  • Release date: September 1972
  • Label: Capitol
1 137
  • US: Platinum
Songs I'll Always Sing
  • Release date: April 11, 1977
  • Label: Capitol
15
Eleven Winners
  • Release date: January 1978
  • Label: Capitol
9
The Way It Was in '51
  • Release date: September 11, 1978
  • Label: Capitol
30
Merle Haggard's Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: MCA
37
His Epic Hits: The First 11
(To Be Continued...)
  • Release date: 1984
  • Label: Epic
41
  • US: Platinum
His Best
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: MCA
38
Greatest Hits of the 80's
  • Release date: October 5, 1990
  • Label: Epic
Super Hits
  • Release date: March 9, 1993
  • Label: Epic
Super Hits, Vol. 2
  • Release date: November 1, 1994
  • Label: Epic
  • US: Gold
Super Hits, Vol. 3
  • Release date: September 5, 1995
  • Label: Epic
Down Every Road 1962–1994
  • Release date: April 2, 1996
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
16 Biggest Hits
  • Release date: July 14, 1998
  • Label: Epic
55
  • US: Gold
For the Record, 43 Legendary Hits
  • Release date: August 24, 1999
  • Label: BNA
38
  • US: Gold
Cheatin'
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
Drinkin'
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
Hurtin'
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
Prison
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
40 #1's
  • Release date: March 23, 2004
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
60
Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
  • Release date: September 12, 2006
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
59
10 Great Songs
  • Release date: July 3, 2012
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions[3]
Album
US Country CAN Country
1963 "Sing a Sad Song" 19 Strangers
1964 "Sam Hill" 45
"(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" 10
1965 "I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can" 42
1966 "Swinging Doors" 5 Swinging Doors
"The Bottle Let Me Down" 3
"I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" 1 I'm a Lonesome Fugitive
1967 "I Threw Away the Rose" 2 Branded Man
"Branded Man" 1
"Sing Me Back Home" 1 7 Sing Me Back Home
1968 "The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde" 1 3 The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde
"Mama Tried" 1 1 Mama Tried
"I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" 3 1 Pride in What I Am
1969 "Hungry Eyes" 1 2 A Portrait of Merle Haggard
"Workin' Man Blues" 1 1
"Okie from Muskogee"[A] 1 3 Okie from Muskogee
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[3] Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN
1970 "The Fightin' Side of Me" 1 92 1 The Fightin' Side of Me
"Street Singer" 9 124 1 Introducing My Friends The Strangers
"Jesus, Take a Hold" 3 107 3 Hag
"I Can't Be Myself " 3 106 2
1971 "Soldier's Last Letter" 3 90 4
"Someday We'll Look Back" 2 119 2 Someday We'll Look Back
"Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" 1 2 Let Me Tell You About a Song
"Carolyn" 1 58 2 Someday We'll Look Back
1972 "Grandma Harp" 1 5 Let Me Tell You About a Song
"It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)" 1 1 It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
"I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me" 1 1 I Love Dixie Blues
1973 "The Emptiest Arms in the World" 3 12
"Everybody's Had the Blues" 1 62 1
"If We Make It Through December"[B] 1 28 1 30 If We Make It Through December
1974 "Things Aren't Funny Anymore" 1 2 Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album
"Old Man from the Mountain" 1 1
"Kentucky Gambler" 1 1 Keep Movin' On
1975 "Always Wanting You" 1 3
"Movin' On" 1 15
"It's All in the Movies" 1 11 It's All in the Movies
1976 "The Roots of My Raising" 1 7 The Roots of My Raising
"Here Comes the Freedom Train" 10 1 My Love Affair with Trains
"Cherokee Maiden" 1 1 The Roots of My Raising
1977 "If We're Not Back in Love by Monday" 2 2 Ramblin' Fever
"Ramblin' Fever" 2 3
"From Graceland to the Promised Land" 4 58 3 55 My Farewell to Elvis
1978 "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall" 2 2 I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall
"It's Been a Great Afternoon" 2 1
"The Bull and The Beaver" (with Leona Williams) 8 25 single only
1979 "Red Bandana" 4 2 Serving 190 Proof
"My Own Kind of Hat" 4 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s and 1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions[3]
Album
US Country CAN Country
1980 "The Way I Am" 2 1 The Way I Am
"Bar Room Buddies" (with Clint Eastwood) 1 1 Bronco Billy (soundtrack)
"Misery and Gin" 3 4 Back to the Barrooms
"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" 1 29
1981 "Leonard" 9 7
"Rainbow Stew" (live) 4 17 Rainbow Stew
"My Favorite Memory" 1 3 Big City
1982 "Big City" 1 1
"Are the Good Times Really Over
(I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)
"
2 1
"Going Where the Lonely Go" 1 1 Going Where the Lonely Go
1983 "You Take Me for Granted" 1 9
"What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)" 3 2 That's the Way Love Goes
"That's the Way Love Goes" 1 1
1984 "Someday When Things Are Good" 1 1 His Epic Hits
"Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room" 1 9 It's All in the Game
"A Place to Fall Apart" (featuring Janie Fricke) 1 1
1985 "Natural High" 1 2
"Kern River" 10 10 Kern River
"Amber Waves of Grain" 36 38 Amber Waves of Grain
"American Waltz" 60 41
1986 "I Had a Beautiful Time" 5 4 A Friend in California
"A Friend in California" 9 12
"Out Among the Stars" 21 22 Out Among the Stars
1987 "Almost Persuaded" 58 54
"Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" 1 1 Chill Factor
1988 "Chill Factor" 9 12
"We Never Touch at All" 22 *
"You Babe" 23 *
1989 "5:01 Blues" 18 14 5:01 Blues
"A Better Love Next Time" 4 10
"If You Want to Be My Woman" 23 15
1990 "Broken Friend" 78
"When It Rains It Pours" 60 Blue Jungle
1994 "In My Next Life" 58 1994
1999 "That's the Way Love Goes" (re-recording with Jewel) 56 71 For the Record, 43 Legendary Hits
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Other singles[edit]

Singles from collaboration albums[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country US AC CAN Country
1964 "Just Between the Two of Us" Bonnie Owens 28 Just Between the Two of Us
1982 "Yesterday's Wine" George Jones 1 5 A Taste of Yesterday's Wine
"C.C. Waterback" 10 18
"Reasons to Quit" Willie Nelson 6 7 Pancho & Lefty
1983 "Pancho and Lefty" 1 21 1
"We're Strangers Again" Leona Williams 42 Heart to Heart
1987 "If I Could Only Fly" Willie Nelson 58 50 Seashores of Old Mexico
2000 "Wreck on the Highway" Chester Smith California Blend
— denotes releases that did not chart.

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1978 "Willie" Hank Cochran 91 With a Little Help from My Friends
1979 "Walking the Floor Over You" Ernest Tubb 31 18 The Legend and the Legacy
1981 "I Can't Hold Myself in Line" Johnny Paycheck 41 41 Mr. Hag Told My Story
"Lefty" David Frizzell 45 Carryin' on the Family Names
1998 "Same Old Train" Various artists 59 Tribute to Tradition
2005 "Politically Uncorrect" Gretchen Wilson 23 * All Jacked Up
2013 "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" Hank Williams, Jr. * Old School New Rules
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

B-sides[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions A-Side
US Country US CAN Country
1966 "Someone Told My Story" 32 "The Fugitive"
1970 "Sidewalks of Chicago" flip flip "I Can't Be Myself"
1972 "Turnin' Off a Memory" flip "Grandma Harp"
1976 "What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana" flip "Cherokee Maiden"
1977 "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" flip "Ramblin' Fever"
1978 "Making Believe" flip "Running Kind"
"Love Me When You Can" flip "It's Been a Great Afternoon"
1979 "I Must Have Done Something Bad" flip "Red Bandana"
"Heaven Was a Drink of Wine" flip "My Own Kind of Hat"
1981 "Our Paths May Never Cross" 55 "Leonard"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1977 "A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today" 16 8 A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today
1978 "Running Kind" 12 10
"The Way It Was in '51" 82 58 The Way It Was in '51
1982 "Dealing with the Devil" 49 Rainbow Stew
1983 "It's All in the Game" 54 It's All in the Game
1985 "Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans" 55 49 Back to the Barrooms
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1983 "Pancho and Lefty" (with Willie Nelson)
2000 "Motorcycle Cowboy" David Abbott
"(Think About A) Lullaby" Piper Ferguson
2001 "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" Bobby G.
2003 "Farmer's Blues" (with Marty Stuart) Deb Haus
2004 "That's the News"
2005 "America First" Traci Goudie
2006 "Politically Uncorrect" (with Gretchen Wilson) Deaton-Flanigen

Notes[edit]

  • A^ "Okie from Muskogee" also peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • B^ "If We Make It Through December" also peaked at number 37 on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

References[edit]