The Kinks discography

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The Kinks discography
Releases
Studio albums 24
Live albums 7
Compilation albums 32
Singles 78

The recording career of the English rock group the Kinks spanned more than 30 years between 1964 and 1996. In that time the group released 25 studio albums and had many hit singles including three UK number one singles starting in 1964 with Hard Rock hit "You Really Got Me" which subsequently influenced Heavy Metal music in the 1970s, they had 18 Top 40 singles in the 1960s alone and further Top 40 hits in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Kinks music often focuses on everyday subjects for working class people in Britain and are known for their poetic lyrics about subjects like fashion followers in "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", poverty in "Dead End Street" and environment issues in "Apeman."

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Title Highest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1964 Kinks
(Released in the US as You Really Got Me)
3 29
1965 Kinda Kinks 3 60
1965 The Kink Kontroversy 9 95
1966 Face to Face 12 135
1967 Something Else by The Kinks 35 153
1968 The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society - -
1969 Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) - 105
1970 Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One - 35
1971 Percy - -
1971 Muswell Hillbillies - 100
1972 Everybody's in Show-Biz - 70
1973 Preservation: Act 1 - 177
1974 Preservation: Act 2 - 114
1975 Soap Opera - 51
1975 Schoolboys in Disgrace - 45
1977 Sleepwalker - 21
1978 Misfits - 40
1979 Low Budget - 11
1981 Give the People What They Want - 15
1983 State of Confusion - 12
1984 Word of Mouth - 57
1986 Think Visual - 81
1989 UK Jive - 122
1993 Phobia - 166

US-only albums[edit]

Year Album Title Highest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1965 Kinks-Size
(US-only album)
- 13
1965 Kinkdom
(US-only album)
- 47

Live and other albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Title Highest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1966 Greatest Hits!
(US-only album)
- 9
1966 Well Respected Kinks 5 -
1967 Sunny Afternoon
(UK-only album)
9 -
1970 The Hit Collection - -
1971 Golden Hour of the Kinks
(UK-only album)
21 -
1972 The Kink Kronikles
(US-only album)
- 94
1973 The Great Lost Kinks Album - 145
1974 Golden Hour of the Kinks Vol. 2
(UK-only album)
- -
1974 Lola, Percy and the Apeman Come Face to Face
with the Village Green Preservation Society
- -
1976 The Kinks' Greatest: Celluloid Heroes - 144
1978 20 Golden Greats 19 -
1980 Second Time Around - 177
1981 The Kinks Collection - -
1983 Candy from Mr. Dandy
(UK-only album)
- -
1983 Dead End Street: Kinks Greatest Hits 96 -
1984 Kinks Kollectables - -
1984 The Kinks: A Compleat Collection
20th Anniversary Edition
- 209
1985 The Kinks: Backtrackin' (The Definitive Double Album Collection) -
1986 Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of 1977-1986 - 159
1987 Hit Singles - -
1988 The Kinks Are Well Respected Men - -
1989 The Kinks Greatest Hits (Rhino) - -
1989 25 Years: The Ultimate Collection 35 -
1991 The Complete Collection - Castle Communications (CCSCD 300).
Remastered version of 1989's "The Ultimate Collection" (CTVCD 001), both sharing EAN 5013428640029.
- -
1991 The Kinks Lost & Found: 1986-1989 - -
1992 The Kinks Story Vol. 1: 1964-1966 - -
1992 The Kinks Story Vol. 2: 1967-1971 - -
1993 The Definitive Collection: The Kinks Greatest Hits 18 -
1994 You Really Got Me: The Very Best of The Kinks - -
1997 The Singles Collection 42 -
1998 God Save The Kinks, Vol. 1 - -
1998 God Save The Kinks, Vol. 2 - -
1998 God Save The Kinks, Vol. 3 - -
1999 You Really Got Me: The Best of The Kinks - -
2001 BBC Sessions: 1964-1977 149 -
2002 The Ultimate Collection 32 -
2007 The Ultimate Collection
(re-released as a 2CD set)
1
(Indie Chart)
-
2008 Picture Book (6 CD box set) - -
2011 Hidden Treasures (Dave Davies solo) - -
2011 The Kinks in Mono (Limited Edition 10 CD box set) - -
2011 Kinks Kollekted - -
2012 The Kinks At The BBC (Limited Edition 5 CD + 1 DVD box set) 110 -
2012 Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davies 14 -

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US US
Main
AUS BEL CAN GER NED NZ SWE
1964 "Long Tall Sally" -[1] 129[2]
"You Still Want Me"[3] [4]
"You Really Got Me" 1 7 8 4 39 23 11
"All Day and All of the Night" 2 7 14 12 22 9 18
1965 "Tired of Waiting for You" 1 6 29 3 13 18 6
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" [5] 17 29 28
"Set Me Free" 9 23 54 2 32 12
"See My Friends" 10 111 36 26 19
"Who'll Be the Next in Line"[5] 34 25
"A Well Respected Man" [6] [7] 13 11 20 6 3
"Till the End of the Day" 8 50 63 25 34 19 6 3
1966 "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" 4 36 36 13 11 11 1 1 6
"Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight"[8] 7
"Sunny Afternoon" 1 14 13 14 1 7 1 2 2
"Dandy"[8] 3 1 2
"Dead End Street" 5 73 62 11 28 5 4 4 12
"Mister Pleasant"[6] 80 35 4 79 12 2
1967 "Waterloo Sunset" 2 4 6 7 1 7 14
"Death of a Clown" (labelled as Dave Davies solo)[9] 3 31 5 68 3 2
"Autumn Almanac" 3 67 5 13 5 17
"Susannah's Still Alive" (labelled as Dave Davies solo) [9] 20 18 27 10 18
1968 "Wonderboy" 36 29 4
"Days" 12 77 17 28 6 11
"Lincoln County" (labelled as Dave Davies solo) [9] [3] 15
1969 "Starstruck"[6] 9
"Picture Book"[10] 36
"Hold My Hand" (labelled as Dave Davies solo) [9] [3]
"Plastic Man"[3] 31 97 34 16
"Drivin'"[3]
"The Village Green Preservation Society"[11]
"Shangri-La"[3] 24
"Australia"[10]
"Victoria" 33 62 57 33
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US US
Main
AUS BEL CAN GER NED NZ SWE
1970 "Lola" 2 9 4 3 2 2 1 1 5
"Apeman" 5 45 5 20 19 8 9 5
1971 "God's Children" 53 21
"20th Century Man"[11] 106 89
1972 "Supersonic Rocket Ship" 16 111 25
"Celluloid Heroes"
1973 "One of the Survivors"[11] 108
"Sitting in the Midday Sun"
"Sweet Lady Genevieve"
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"[3]
1974 "Money Talks"[11]
"Mirror of Love"[3]
"Mirror of Love" (Band Version)
"Holiday Romance"[3]
"Preservation"[11]
1975 "Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)"[11]
"Ducks on the Wall"[3]
"You Can't Stop the Music"[3]
1976 "I'm in Disgrace"[11]
"No More Looking Back"[3]
1977 "Sleepwalker" 48 54
"Juke Box Music"
"Father Christmas"
1978 "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" 30 30
"Live Life"
"Black Messiah"[3]
1979 "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" 41 71 43
"A Gallon of Gas"[11]
"Catch Me Now I'm Falling"[11]
"Moving Pictures"[3]
"Pressure"[3]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US US
Main
AUS BEL CAN GER NED NZ SWE
1980 "Lola (Live)"[6] 81 69 1 1
"You Really Got Me (Live)"[11]
1981 "Better Things" 46 92 12
"Destroyer"[11] 85 3 35
"Predictable"[3]
1982 "Come Dancing" 12 6 17 36 18 6 29 18
1983 "Don't Forget to Dance" 58 29 16 40 20 38
"State of Confusion"[8] 26
1984 "Good Day"[3]
"Do It Again" 41 4 91
1985 "Living on a Thin Line"[11][12] 24
"Summer's Gone"[11]
1986 "Rock 'n' Roll Cities"[11] 37
"How Are You" 86
1987 "Lost and Found" 37
1988 "The Road"[3]
1989 "Down All the Days (Till 1992)"[3]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US US
Main
AUS BEL CAN GER NED NZ SWE
1990 "How Do I Get Close" 21
1991 Did Ya EP 48
"Did Ya" [8]
1993 "Only a Dream"[3] 79
"Scattered"[3]
1997 The Days EP 35
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US US
Main
AUS BEL CAN GER NED NZ SWE
2004 "You Really Got Me"[13] 42
2007 "Waterloo Sunset"[13] 88
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  1. ^ "Long Tall Sally" did not chart on the Record Retailer chart (now regarded as the 'official' chart) but did reach #42 on the Melody Maker chart which was arguably more important at the time.
  2. ^ "Long Tall Sally" did not chart in the US until late 1964, after several other Kinks singles had charted.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u UK releases. "You Still Want Me", "Lincoln County", "Hold My Hand", "Plastic Man", "Drivin'", "Shangri-La", "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", "Holiday Romance", "Ducks On The Wall", "You Can't Stop The Music", "No More Looking Back", "Black Messiah", "Moving Pictures", "Pressure", "Predictable", "Good Day", "The Road", "Down all the Days (Till 1992)", "Scattered" and "Only a Dream" were all UK/European releases, and were not released as singles in the US.
  4. ^ "You Still Want Me" was the intended second U.S. single, backed with You Do Something To Me. Both of these tracks, along with both sides of their first U.S. single, were issued as a bootleg EP with very little value.
  5. ^ a b "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" and "Who'll Be The Next In Line" were respectively the A-side and B-side of a UK/European single. This single was released several months later in North America, with the A-side and B-side reversed.
  6. ^ a b c d "A Well Respected Man","Mr. Pleasant", "Starstruck" and "Lola (Live)" were released as singles in continental Europe and North America only.
  7. ^ "A Well Respected Man" was originally released (September 1965) in the UK on the 45rpm 7" EP Kwyet Kinks which was not eligible for the UK singles chart.
  8. ^ a b c d European releases. "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight", "Dandy", "State of Confusion", and "Did Ya" were released as singles in continental Europe only.
  9. ^ a b c d "Death Of A Clown", "Susannah's Still Alive", "Lincoln County" and "Hold My Hand" were permormed by The Kinks but credited as solo singles by Dave Davies, as he was the writer of these songs. All have subsequently been reissued as Kinks tracks on various Kinks albums.
  10. ^ a b Australian releases. "Picture Book" and "Australia" were released as singles in Australia only.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n U.S. releases. "The Village Green Preservation Society", "20th Century Man", "One Of The Survivors", "Money Talks", "Preservation", "Starmaker", "I'm In Disgrace", "A Gallon Of Gas", "Catch Me Now I'm Falling", "You Really Got Me (Live)", "Destroyer", "Living on a Thin Line", "Summer's Gone" and "Rock 'n' Roll Cities" were US single releases. While some of these were also released as singles in other territories, none of these were released as singles in the UK.
  12. ^ "Living on a Thin Line" was released as a 12 inch promotional single in America, but it never saw mainstream release.
  13. ^ a b "You Really Got Me" was reissued for its 40th anniversary as a replica of the original Pye 2 track 7" single and a CD single which added rarity "Misty Water". "Waterloo Sunset" was reissued for its 40th anniversary as a replica of the original UK Pye 2 track 7" single and a CD single which was a replica of the French 4 track EP.

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