System of a Down discography

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System of a Down discography

System of a Down live in Chile in 2011
Releases
Studio albums 5
EPs 1
Singles 16
Music videos 11
Other appearances 5

System of a Down is an American rock band formed by vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan in the mid-1990s. They have released five studio albums, sixteen singles, and ten music videos. By the end of 1997, the group had signed to American Recordings, then distributed as Columbia Records. The following year, they released their eponymous debut album, which peaked at #124 on the United States' Billboard 200 and #103 on the United Kingdom's UK Albums Chart;[1][2] it was certified platinum two years later by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and gold by Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Their eponymous debut album produced a single for the song "Sugar", which reached the top 30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts. Their follow-up album, Toxicity (2001), topped the US and Canadian charts, and also reached the top 10 in Australia, Finland, and New Zealand. The album was certified triple platinum in its home country, and triple platinum in Australia by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), as well as double platinum by CRIA in Canada. Toxicity produced singles for the title track, "Chop Suey!" and "Aerials". The last of these peaked at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts.[1]

Steal This Album! (2002) failed to repeat the same success as its predecessor, reaching the top 20 in only the US and Australia. Three years later, the group produced a double album, with the two sections released six months apart. The first, entitled Mezmerize, was released in early 2005; it peaked at number one in nine countries, and certified triple platinum in Canada, platinum in the US and Australia. This album's first single "B.Y.O.B." peaked at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and #26 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] The follow-up, "Question!", reached the top 40 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Later that year, the group released the second part, Hypnotize. Like its predecessor, the album peaked at number one in the US, Canadian, Finnish, and New Zealand charts. System of a Down is the first band since The Beatles to release two chart-topping albums in the US in the same year.[3] Hypnotize was certified platinum in US, and gold in Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. It produced two singles, the title track and "Lonely Day", which reached #4 and #16 in the Finnish chart, respectively. In 2006, the group went on a hiatus, and since then, all members had begun work on side projects.[4] A reunion was announced on November 29, 2010,[5] and according to drummer John Dolmayan, there may be a new album.[6]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[7]
CAN
[8]
FIN
[9]
GER
[10]
IRL
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
SWI
[14]
UK
[2]
System of a Down 124 48 68 103
Toxicity
  • Released: September 4, 2001
  • Label: American
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
1 6 1 8 23 17 17 7 31 13
  • IFPI AUT: Gold[24]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[17]
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[18]
Steal This Album!
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
15 11 25 14 47 41 26 25 56
  • IFPI FIN: Gold[26]
  • RIAA: Platinum[18]
Mezmerize
  • Released: May 17, 2005
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
1 1 1 2 1 2 5 1 1 2
  • ARIA: Platinum[27]
  • IFPI AUT: Gold[24]
  • IFPI FIN: Platinum[26]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold[22]
  • IRMA: Platinum[28]
  • MC: 3× Platinum[17]
  • RIAA: Platinum[18]
  • RIANZ: Platinum[29]
Hypnotize
  • Released: November 22, 2005
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
1 3 1 1 4 10 15 1 4 11
  • IFPI AUT: Gold[24]
  • IFPI FIN: Platinum[26]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold[22]
  • IRMA: Platinum[28]
  • RIAA: Platinum[18]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Bundle
  • Released: June 10, 2011
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD box set

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[1]
US
Alt.

[1]
US
Main. Rock

[30]
AUS
[7]
FIN
[9]
GER
[10]
IRL
[11]
NLD
[12]
SWI
[14]
UK
[2]
1998 "Sugar" 31 28 136 System of a Down
1999 "Spiders" 38 25
2001 "Chop Suey!" 76 7 12 14 46 25 17 Toxicity
2002 "Toxicity" 70 3 10 39 88 47 75 90 25
"Aerials" 55 1 1 36 80 35 34
2005 "B.Y.O.B." 27 4 4 42 26
  • RIAA: Platinum[18]
Mezmerize
"Question!"[A] 102 9 7 47 41
"Hypnotize" 57 1 5 4 83 47 31 48 Hypnotize
2006 "Lonely Day"[B] 123 10 10 37 16 46 72
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[1]
US
Alt.

[1]
US
Main.

[1]
2001 "Prison Song" / "X" Toxicity
"Johnny" Non-album single
2002 "Innervision"[C] 107 14 12 Steal This Album!
2005 "Cigaro" 29 34 Mezmerize
"Violent Pornography"
2006 "Kill Rock 'n Roll" 38 Hypnotize
"Vicinity of Obscenity"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
1998 "Sugar" Nathan "Karma" Cox[32]
"War?" Nathan "Karma" Cox and Joe Hahn
1999 "Spiders" Charlie Deaux[33]
2001 "Chop Suey!" Marcos Siega[34]
2002 "Toxicity" Shavo Odadjian and Marcos Siega[35]
"Aerials" Shavo Odadjian and David Slade[36]
2003 "Boom!" Michael Moore[37]
2005 "B.Y.O.B." Jake Nava[38]
"Question!" Shavo Odadjian and Howard Greenhalgh[39]
"Hypnotize" Shavo Odadjian[40]
2006 "Lonely Day" Josh Melnick and Xander Charity[41]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Video Artist Director
2001 "Angel's Son" Strait Up Nathan "Karma" Cox

Demo tapes[edit]

Untitled Demo Tape (1995)

  1. "P.I.G." – 3:07
  2. "Flake" – 1:01
  3. "Toast" – 2:59
  4. "The Metro" (Berlin cover) – 2:49

Demo Tape 1 (1995)

  1. "Sugar" – 2:56
  2. "Suitepee" – 2:48
  3. "Dam" – 2:39
  4. "P.L.U.C.K." – 5:34

Demo Tape 2 (1996)

  1. "Honey" – 2:34
  2. "Temper" – 2:57
  3. "Soil" – 3:04

Demo Tape 3 (1997)

  1. "Know" – 3:01
  2. "War?" – 2:44
  3. "Peep-hole" – 3:33

Demo Tape 4 (1997)[42]

  1. "Q-Bert" (later known as "CUBErt")
  2. "Marmalade"
  3. "DDevil"
  4. "Slow" (later known as "Spiders")
  5. ".36"
  6. "Friik"
  7. "Mind"
  8. "Suite-Pee"
  9. "Blue"
  10. "Darts"
  11. "Störagéd"
  12. "Sugar"
  13. "Metro"

Other appearances[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  4. ^ Harris, Chris (May 3, 2006). "System of a Down Aren't Breaking Up—They're Going on Hiatus". MTV News (MTV Networks). Retrieved February 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ System Of A Down
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  15. ^ a b c "ABPD" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
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  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "RIAA Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts — Accreditations - 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. November 9, 2001. 
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  22. ^ a b c "SWI certificate gold". swisscharts.com. 
  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards 2004". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  24. ^ a b c "IFPI Austria" (in German). IFPI Austria. 
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  26. ^ a b c "IFPI - Tilastot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt" (in Finnish). IFPI Finland. 
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  28. ^ a b "2005 Platinum Awards". Irish IFPI. 
  29. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
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  31. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-accreditations-singles-2002.htm
  32. ^ "Sugar". MTV. MTV Networks. 1998-06-30. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  33. ^ Mancini, Robert (December 8, 1999). "System of a Down Finishes Show with Friendly Help After Vocal Troubles, Plans New Video". MTV News (MTV Networks). Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Chop Suey!". MTV. MTV Networks. August 13, 2001. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  35. ^ "Toxicity". MTV. MTV Networks. January 14, 2002. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  36. ^ Moss, Corey (June 21, 2002). "System of a Down to Release Toxicity Outtakes". MTV News (MTV Networks). Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  37. ^ "Boom!". MTV. MTV Networks. March 17, 2003. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  38. ^ "B.Y.O.B.". MTV. MTV Networks. April 18, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  39. ^ "Question!". MTV. MTV Networks. August 1, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  40. ^ "Hypnotize". MTV. MTV Networks. October 24, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  41. ^ "Lonely Day". MTV. MTV Networks. March 1, 2006. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  42. ^ http://www.discogs.com/System-Of-A-Down-Demo-4/release/3961010

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