Pretenders discography

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Pretenders discography

Pretenders (original line-up), Dominion Theatre, London, December 1981
Releases
Studio albums 9
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 4
EPs 1
Singles 33

The discography of The Pretenders, a Hereford, England-based rock band, consists of nine studio albums, four compilation albums, one extended plays (EP), two live album, and 33 singles, though this does not include any solo material recorded by the individual members of The Pretenders.

Vocalist Chrissie Hynde, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon and Drummer Martin Chambers formed The Pretenders in 1978, soon signing to the independent label Sire Records and releasing their debut album Pretenders. The Pretenders' second album, Pretenders II, came out in 1981. The following year bassist Pete Farndon was fired because of his drug abuse and guitarist James Honeyman Scott died of a drug related heart attack two days later. Farndon died in 1983 of drug abuse. In January 1984 the band released Learning to Crawl. The band would later release two more albums before releasing the hit album Last of the Independents.

In 1993, the Pretenders contributed a song "Bold as Love" to the album Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

Viva el Amor, released in 1999, would be their first album to not chart in mainland Europe with the exception of Germany and Sweden; the album peaked at 158 on the Billboard 200. In 2002 they released Loose Screw peaking at 179 on the Billboard 200 and 55 on the UK Albums Chart. Break Up the Concrete was released in October 2008 and returned the Pretenders to the Top 40 on Billboard 200 when it peaked at 32. The album was not released in UK and Europe until June 2009 when it was released as a double album with a compilation album of hit songs, titled The Best of / Break Up the Concrete. The double-album package peaked at 35 in the UK, returning them to the UK Top 40 for the first time since 2000's Greatest Hits.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK[1] AUS[2] CAN[3] GER[4] NLD[5] NOR[6] NZ[7] SWE[8] SWI[9] US[3]
1979 Pretenders
  • Released: 27 December 1979 (UK) 19 January 1980 (US)
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1 6 5 24 2 2 9 UK: Gold[10]
US: Platinum[11]
NLD: Gold[12]
1981 Pretenders II
  • Released: 15 August 1981
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
7 18 9 1 20 10 UK: Silver[13]
US: Gold[11]
1984 Learning to Crawl
  • Released: January 1984
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
11 18 4 38 18 19 3 30 5 UK: Gold[14]
US: Platinum[11]
1986 Get Close
  • Released: 4 November 1986
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
6 12 9 33 18 13 6 22 25 UK: Gold[15]
US: Gold[11]
1990 Packed!
  • Released: 22 May 1990
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
19 61 23 48 15 31 7 48 UK: Silver[16]
1994 Last of the Independents
  • Released: 10 May 1994
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
8 22 25 42 50 16 14 6 26 41 UK: Gold[17]
US: Gold[11]
1999 Viva el Amor 32 73 36 158
2002 Loose Screw 55 179
2008 Break Up the Concrete 35 58 32
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Notes;

  • Break Up the Concrete was in Europe released only as a double-disc release with The Best of Pretenders, titled The Best of / Break Up the Concrete.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK[1] BEL[18] US[3]
1995 The Isle of View
  • Released: 24 October 1995
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, DVD
23 46 100 UK: Silver[19]
2003 Loose in L.A.
  • Released: 23 September 2003
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • Formats: DVD
2010 Live in London
  • Released: 16 April 2010
  • Label: Strobosonic Records
  • Formats: CD, DVD, BD

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US[3]
1981 Extended Play
  • Released: 30 March 1981
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CS, 12-inch
27

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK[1] AUS[2] CAN[3] ESP[20] NZ[7] SWE[8] US[3]
1987 The Singles
  • Released: 17 November 1987
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
6 19 48 11 50 69 UK: 3× Platinum[21]
US: Gold[11]
2000 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 7 November 2000
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
21 45 23 UK: Gold[22]
NLD: Gold[12]
2006 Pirate Radio
  • Released: 9 January 2006
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
2009 The Best of Pretenders 35 58
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Notes;

  • The Best of Pretenders was released as a double disc with Break Up the Concrete in Europe and Brazil in June 2009, titled The Best of / Break Up the Concrete.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK NLD
[5]
SWE AUS CAN NZ
[7]
US US
Mod
US
Main
US
Adult
1979 "Stop Your Sobbing" 34 25 65 Pretenders
"Kid" 33 90
"Brass in Pocket" 1 11 1 2 5 2 14
1980 "Precious"
"Talk of the Town" 8 24 55 Pretenders II (initially single-only releases)
1981 "Message of Love" 11 33 16 5
"Day After Day" 45 Pretenders II
"The Adultress" 12
"I Go to Sleep" 7 9 28
"Louie Louie" 110
1982 "Back on the Chain Gang" 17 31 11 5 14 5 4 Learning to Crawl
"My City Was Gone" 11
1983 "2000 Miles" 15 13 30 36
"Middle of the Road" 81 52 12 19 2
1984 "Time the Avenger" 6
"Show Me" 28 8
"Thumbelina" 57
"Thin Line Between Love and Hate" 49 32 83
1986 "Don't Get Me Wrong" 10 25 8 14 11 10 1 28 Get Close
"Hymn to Her" 8 38 15 7 46
1987 "My Baby" 84 16 50 64 1
"Room Full of Mirrors" 28
"Where Has Everybody Gone?" 26 The Living Daylights (soundtrack)
"If There Was a Man" 49
"Kid" (remix) The Singles
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" A Very Special Christmas
1988 "Windows of the World" 21 1969 (soundtrack)
1990 "Never Do That" 81 26 4 5 Packed!
"Hold a Candle to This" 18
"Sense of Purpose" 72 23
1994 "I'm Not in Love" 74 Indecent Proposal (soundtrack)
"Night in My Veins" 25 9 71 2 13 Last of the Independents
"I'll Stand by You" 10 29 21 8 12 20 16 21 7 21
"977" 66
"Money Talk"
1995 "Kid '95" (re-recording) 73 The Isle of View
"2000 Miles" (live) 82
1997 "Fever Pitch EP (Going Back)" 65 Fever Pitch (soundtrack)
1999 "Loving You Is All I Know" 22 The Other Sister (soundtrack)
"Human" 33 17 30 Viva el Amor
"Popstar" 128
2003 "The Losing" Loose Screw
"You Know Who Your Friends Are" 84
"Time" (remixes)
"Saving Grace" 174
2008 "Boots of Chinese Plastic" 6 Break Up the Concrete
"Break Up the Concrete"
"Love's a Mystery" 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Notes;

  • The 1987 "If There Was a Man" UK release was accredited to The Pretenders for 007
  • The Pretenders also appear on the UK Singles Chart for their appearance on the 1997 Fever Pitch EP for which their song "Going Back" is listed. The EP charted at #65 for one week on 10 May 1997.
  • The column for US Adult chart positions consists of peak positions from Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for "Don't Get Me Wrong", "I'll Stand by You" and "Loving You Is All I Know", Billboard '​s Adult Top 40 chart for "Human" and Adult album alternative (AAA) for "Boots of Chinese Plastic" and "Love's a Mystery". In addition, "I'll Stand by You" also charted on Adult Top 40 chart, but its peak position (#23) was lower than on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
1993 "Bold as Love" (Hendrix cover) Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
1995 "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (Morrissey cover) Boys on the Side soundtrack
2002 "Bless You" (Lennon cover) Uncut Presents: Instant Karma 2002; a Tribute to John Lennon[23]

DVDs[edit]

  • The Isle of View (1995)
  • Loose in L.A. (2003)
  • Live in London (2010)

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