The Byrds discography

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The Byrds discography
Studio albums 12
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 47
EPs 6
Singles 29

The Byrds were an American rock band that were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964.[1] Although the band only enjoyed the huge commercial success of contemporaries like The Beatles or The Beach Boys for a short period of time (1965–1966), they were pivotal in originating the musical styles of folk rock, psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.[1][2][3] The band underwent several line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member of the group until their disbandment in 1973.[4]

The Byrds' discography was originally released on the vinyl format, as full-length LPs, shorter EPs, and singles.[5] Since the 1960s, the band's back catalogue has also been released on reel-to-reel tape, audio cassette, 8-track tape, CD, MiniDisc, and, most recently, as digital downloads. Between 1965 and 1968, The Byrds' albums were released in both mono and stereo variations, with Sweetheart of the Rodeo being the first album to be released exclusively in stereo in the U.S. (Sweetheart of the Rodeo and its follow-up Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde were both issued in mono and stereo configurations in the UK).[5]

The bulk of the band's releases were issued on Columbia Records or its subsidiaries, with a notable exception being their final studio album from 1973.[5] This final album, titled Byrds, and its accompanying singles ("Full Circle", "Things Will Be Better", and "Cowgirl in the Sand") were all released on Asylum Records.[5] In addition, the band released a single under the pseudonym of The Beefeaters in October 1964 on Elektra Records (Pye Records in the UK), before they had signed a recording contract with Columbia.[5]

The Byrds' albums began to appear on compact disc sporadically during the late 1980s and early 1990s, both on Columbia and on re-issue labels like Edsel and BGO.[6] Starting in 1996, all eleven of the band's Columbia studio albums were reissued on Columbia/Legacy in remastered editions with bonus tracks.[7] This article lists all of the band's U.S. and UK studio albums, live albums, official compilations, EPs, and singles. Releases originating from or exclusive to other international territories are not included.

Studio albums[edit]

Date Title Chart positions
June 21, 1965 Mr. Tambourine Man 6 7
December 6, 1965 Turn! Turn! Turn! 17 11
July 18, 1966 Fifth Dimension 24 27
February 6, 1967 Younger Than Yesterday 24 37
January 15, 1968 The Notorious Byrd Brothers 47 12
August 30, 1968 Sweetheart of the Rodeo 77
March 5, 1969 Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde 153 15
November 10, 1969 Ballad of Easy Rider 36 41
September 14, 1970 (Untitled) 40 11
June 3, 1971 Byrdmaniax 46
November 17, 1971 Farther Along 152
March 7, 1973 Byrds 20 31
"—" denotes release did not chart or become certified.

Live albums[edit]

Date Title Chart positions
September 16, 1970 (Untitled) (disc 1) 40 11
February 22, 2000 Live at the Fillmore – February 1969
June 17, 2008 Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971
June 28, 2011 The Lost Broadcasts
"—" denotes release did not chart or become certified.


There have been many compilation albums by The Byrds released since 1967, with the majority of these collections consisting of material recorded between 1965 and 1971, a period when the band were with Columbia Records. In addition, four compilations of material recorded before the group secured a recording contract with Columbia have been released under the titles Preflyte, In the Beginning, The Preflyte Sessions and Preflyte Plus. Two compilations of rare and previously unissued material have also been released as Never Before and Another Dimension. There have so far been two Byrds' box sets issued: The Byrds (October 1990) and the more recent There Is a Season (September 2006). Also, excerpts of the band's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival have been released on The Monterey International Pop Festival CD box set and among the extras on the Monterey Pop DVD.

  • NOTE: The four compilation albums with the title The Very Best of The Byrds (released in 1983, 1997, 2006, and 2008) are not the same and each features a different track listing.
  • NOTE: The three compilations titled The Byrds Play Dylan or The Byrds Play the Songs of Bob Dylan (released in 1979, 2001, and 2002) are not the same and each features a different track listing.
Date Title Chart positions
August 7, 1967 The Byrds' Greatest Hits 6
July 29, 1969 Preflyte 84
October 29, 1971 The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II #
November 10, 1972 The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II 114
May 18, 1973 History of The Byrds # 47
May 7, 1976 Return of The Byrds
December 1978 The Byrds
November 1979 The Byrds Play Dylan
August 8, 1980 The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1
February 1982 The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2 #
November 1983 The Very Best of The Byrds
September 1986 The Byrds Collection
December 1, 1987 Never Before
August 1988 In the Beginning
October 19, 1990 The Byrds 151
February 1991 Full Flyte 1965-1970
1991 Free Flyte
January 14, 1992 20 Essential Tracks From The Boxed Set: 1965-1990
1995 Definitive Collection
May 1996 Nashville West
June 23, 1997 The Very Best of The Byrds #
July 21, 1998 Super Hits
September 15, 1998 Byrd Parts
July 18, 2000 Sanctuary
December 19, 2000 Sanctuary II
May 28, 2001 The Byrds Play the Songs of Bob Dylan
November 2001 The Preflyte Sessions
December 11, 2001 Sanctuary III
May 21, 2002 Sanctuary IV
June 11, 2002 The Byrds Play Dylan
November 1, 2002 The Columbia Singles '65-'67
April 22, 2003 The Essential Byrds
May 2003 Byrd Parts 2
September 22, 2003 Mojo Presents...An Introduction to The Byrds #
September 2004 Cancelled Flytes
April 26, 2005 Another Dimension
January 31, 2006 America's Great National Treasure
June 2006 The Very Best of The Byrds #
September 26, 2006 There Is a Season
July 9, 2007 A Collection #
October 21, 2008 Playlist: The Very Best of The Byrds
March 16, 2009 Greatest Hits #
January 25, 2010 Eight Miles High: The Best of The Byrds #
November 14, 2011 The Complete Album Collection #
December 27, 2011 Setlist: The Very Best of the Byrds Live
February 27, 2012 Preflyte Plus #
"—" denotes release did not chart or become certified.
"#" denotes non-U.S. release.

Extended plays[edit]

CBS Records released two Byrds EPs in the UK during 1966, featuring tracks taken from the band's first three albums. Then, in 1971, Columbia Records and Scholastic Books released an EP in the United States to tie-in with the publication of Bud Scoppa's biography of The Byrds. A further three EPs were released in the UK between 1983 and 1990 on various record labels.

Date Title Chart positions
February 1966 The Times They Are a-Changin'
October 1966 Eight Miles High
1971 The Byrds
September 1983 The Byrds
May 1989 Solid Gold
December 1990 Four Dimensions
"—" denotes release did not chart or become certified.


Highest position reached in UK and U.S. singles charts
Date Title Peak chart positions Album
October 7, 1964 "Please Let Me Love You" /
"Don't Be Long"[A]
Non-album single
April 12, 1965 "Mr. Tambourine Man" /
"I Knew I'd Want You"
1 1 Mr. Tambourine Man
June 14, 1965 "All I Really Want to Do" /
"I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better"
40 4
October 1, 1965 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" /
"She Don't Care About Time"
1 26 Turn! Turn! Turn!
January 10, 1966 "Set You Free This Time" /
"It Won't Be Wrong"
February 18, 1966 "It Won't Be Wrong" /
"Set You Free This Time"[B]
March 14, 1966 "Eight Miles High" /
14 24 Fifth Dimension
June 13, 1966 "5D (Fifth Dimension)" /
"Captain Soul"
September 6, 1966 "Mr. Spaceman" /
"What's Happening?!?!"
January 9, 1967 "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" /
"Everybody's Been Burned"
29 Younger Than Yesterday
March 13, 1967 "My Back Pages" /
"Renaissance Fair"
May 22, 1967 "Have You Seen Her Face" /
"Don't Make Waves"[C]
July 13, 1967 "Lady Friend" /
"Old John Robertson"
82 Non-album single
September 1967 "Lady Friend" /
"Don't Make Waves"[D]
October 20, 1967 "Goin' Back" /
"Change Is Now"
89 The Notorious Byrd Brothers
April 2, 1968 "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" /
"Artificial Energy"
74 45 Sweetheart of the Rodeo
September 2, 1968 "I Am a Pilgrim" /
"Pretty Boy Floyd"
January 7, 1969 "Bad Night at the Whiskey" /
"Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man"
Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
May 2, 1969 "Lay Lady Lay" /
"Old Blue"
132 Non-album single
September 26, 1969 "Wasn't Born to Follow" /
"Child of the Universe"[E]
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
October 1, 1969 "Ballad of Easy Rider" /
"Oil in My Lamp"[F]
65 Ballad of Easy Rider
December 15, 1969 "Jesus Is Just Alright" /
"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
October 23, 1970 "Chestnut Mare" /
"Just a Season"
121 19 (Untitled)
May 7, 1971 "I Trust (Everything Is Gonna Work Out Alright)" /
"(Is This) My Destiny"[G]
August 20, 1971 "Glory, Glory" /
"Citizen Kane"
November 29, 1971 "America's Great National Pastime" /
"Farther Along"
Farther Along
April 11, 1973 "Full Circle" /
"Long Live the King"
109 Byrds
April 24, 1973 "Things Will Be Better" /
"For Free"[H]
June 1973 "Cowgirl in the Sand" /
"Long Live the King"[I]
August 8, 1975 "Full Circle" /
"Things Will Be Better"[J]
"–" denotes release did not chart or become certified
  • A ^ Released under the pseudonym The Beefeaters.[5]
  • B ^ UK only re-release of The Byrds' fourth Columbia single with its A-side and B-side inverted.[5]
  • C ^ "Have You Seen Her Face" was not released as a single in the UK.[5]
  • D ^ UK release of "Lady Friend" with alternate B-side.[5]
  • E ^ UK only release.[5]
  • F ^ "Ballad of Easy Rider" was not released as a single in the UK.[5]
  • G ^ "I Trust (Everything Is Gonna Work Out Alright)" was not released as a single in the U.S.[5]
  • H ^ "Things Will Be Better" was not released as a single in the U.S.[5]
  • I ^ U.S. only release.[5]
  • J ^ UK only re-release.[5]


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  4. ^ "Roger McGuinn Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
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  6. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 665. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X. 
  7. ^ "The Byrds' Remastered Albums 1996 - 2000". Byrds Flyght. Retrieved 2010-01-30.