The Oak Ridge Boys discography

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The Oak Ridge Boys discography
Releases
Studio albums 31
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 14
Singles 63
Music videos 21
No.1 Single 17

The Oak Ridge Boys is an American musical group. Originally a gospel group, The Oak Ridge Boys switched its focus to country music in the mid-1970s, releasing a string of hit albums and singles that lasted into the early 1990s. Their discography comprises thirty-one studio albums and fifty-six singles. Their highest-selling album is 1981's Fancy Free, which is certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Of The Oak Ridge Boys' singles, seventeen reached Number One on the Billboard country singles charts. Two of these songs, "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue", were also Top 40 pop and Adult Contemporary hits, and the former is certified platinum as a single. Four additional singles ("Sail Away", "Dream On", "Heart of Mine", and "Fancy Free") also entered the AC charts, while "So Fine" and "American Made" both made the 70s on the pop charts.

Studio albums[edit]

1950s[edit]

Title Album details
The Oak Ridge Quartet
Sing and Shout
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: Skylite Records
  • Formats: LP
The Oak Ridge Quartet

1960s[edit]

Title Album details
Master Showman of Song
Go Out to the Program
  • Release date: 1960
  • Label: Skylite
  • Formats: LP
You'll Never Walk Alone
  • Release date: 1961
  • Label: Skylite
  • Formats: LP
He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me
  • Release date: 1962
  • Label: Skylite
  • Formats: LP
With Sounds of Nashville
Folk Minded Spirituals for Spiritual Minded Folk
  • Release date: 1963
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: LP
Together
(with The Harvesters)
Sing for You
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: Skylite Records
  • Formats: LP
Singing the Gospel
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: Stateswood Records
  • Formats: LP
I Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: Skylite Records
  • Formats: LP
The Sensational Oak Ridge Boys
from Nashville Tennessee
  • Release date: 1965
  • Label: Starday Records
  • Formats: LP
The Solid Gospel Sound
of the Oak Ridge Quartet
  • Release date: 1965
  • Label: Skylite Records
  • Formats: LP
River of Life
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: Skylite Records
  • Formats: LP
Sing Serve Life
(with Smitty Gatlin)
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: Skylite Records
  • Formats: LP
Songs We Wish We'd Recorded First
Duane Allen Out Front
At Their Best
A Great Day
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
New Horizons
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
It's Happening!
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP

1970s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN Country
[2]
Thanks
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
Talk About the Good Times
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
International
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
Jesus Christ, What a Man!
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
Performance
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
Light
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP
Street Gospel
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Heart Warming Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
The Lighthouse & Other
Gospel Hits
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Vista Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
Hymns
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Orb Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
The Oak Ridge Boys 38
Sky High
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
Old Fashioned, Down Home, Hand Clappin',
Foot Stompin', Southern Style,
Gospel Quartet Music
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
Live
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: Rockland Road Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
Y'all Come Back Saloon
  • Release date: September 2, 1977
  • Label: Dot Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
8 120
Room Service
  • Release date: May 25, 1978
  • Label: ABC Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
3 164 2
The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived
  • Release date: March 30, 1979
  • Label: ABC Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
5 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN Country
[2]
CAN
[3]
Together 10 154 1
Fancy Free
  • Release date: March 26, 1981
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, 8 Track
1 14 46
Bobbie Sue
  • Release date: February 10, 1982
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, 8 Track
1 20 27
American Made
  • Release date: January 20, 1983
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
2 51
Deliver
  • Release date: October 20, 1983
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
1 121
Step On Out
  • Release date: March 6, 1985
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
3 156
Seasons
  • Release date: March 25, 1986
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
8
Where the Fast Lane Ends
  • Release date: February 10, 1987
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
14
Heartbeat
  • Release date: September 30, 1987
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
20
Monongahela
  • Release date: August 10, 1988
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, 8 Track
9
American Dreams
  • Release date: August 30, 1989
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
[1]
Unstoppable
  • Release date: April 9, 1991
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
41
The Long Haul
  • Release date: June 23, 1992
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Revival
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Halsey Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Voices
  • Release date: July 27, 1999
  • Label: Intersound Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[7]
US
[8]
US
Christ

[9]
From the Heart
  • Release date: May 22, 2001
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
49
Colors
  • Release date: May 20, 2003
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD
53
The Journey
  • Release date: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Common Thread
  • Release date: May 24, 2005
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Front Row Seats
  • Release date: September 26, 2006
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
A Gospel Journey
  • Release date: April 21, 2009
  • Label: Gaither Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
28 156 14
The Boys Are Back
  • Release date: May 19, 2009
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
16 77 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[7]
US
[8]
US
Indie
US
Christ

[9]
It's Only Natural
  • Release date: September 19, 2011
  • Label: Cracker Barrel Music
  • Formats: CD
16 70 11
Back Home Again: Gospel Favorites
  • Release date: May 22, 2012
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
29 11
Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites
  • Release date: May 2015
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
To be released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN Country
[2]
The Sensational Oak Ridge Boys
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: Gusto Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
The Best of The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
22
Sing for Him
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: LP, 8-track
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: October 30, 1980
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
5 99 13
Greatest Hits 2
  • Release date: July 7, 1984
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
2 71
  • US: Platinum[5]
Greatest Hits 3
  • Release date: April 28, 1989
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
22
The Oak Ridge Boys Collection
  • Release date: April 21, 1992
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
The Best of The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Release date: June 22, 1993
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
20th Century Masters:
The Millennium Collection
  • Release date: August 15, 2000
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
The Definitive Collection
  • Release date: August 15, 2006
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Gold
  • Release date: January 30, 2007
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
40th Anniversary: 1973–2013
  • Release date: July 30, 2013
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[7]
US
[1]
US
Indie

[1]
US
Christ

[9]
Christmas
  • Release date: September 23, 1982
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
9 73
Christmas Again
  • Release date: September 20, 1986
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
50
Country Christmas Eve
  • Release date: September 26, 1995
  • Label: Liberty Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
An Inconvenient Christmas
  • Release date: October 15, 2002
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD
58 27
Christmas Cookies
  • Release date: October 11, 2005
  • Label: Spring Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
73
Christmas Time's A-Coming
  • Release date: September 25, 2012
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
50 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Boys Night Out

Singles[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Country

[11]
US
[12]
US
AC

[11]
CAN
Country

[13]
CAN
AC

[14]
AUS
1973 "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor" The Oak Ridge Boys
1974 "He's Gonna Smile on Me"
"Loves Me Like a Rock"
1975 "Rhythm Guitar" Sky High
"Heaven Bound" N/A
1976 "Where the Soul Never Dies" Old Fashioned, Down Home, Hand
Clappin', Foot Stompin', Southern
Style, Gospel Quartet Music
"Family Reunion" 83 N/A
"Whoever Finds This, I Love You"
1977 "Y'all Come Back Saloon" 3 2 Y'all Come Back Saloon
"You're the One" 2 1
1978 "I'll Be True to You" 1 102 8
"Easy" 28
"Cryin' Again" 3 107 1 Room Service
"Come On In" 3 3
1979 "Sail Away" 2 29 1 8 94 The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived
"Dream On" 7 45 1 23
"Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" 1 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
Country

[11]
US
[12]
US
AC

[11]
CAN
Country

[13]
CAN
[15]
CAN
AC

[14]
AUS NZ
[16]
1980 "Trying to Love Two Women" 1 1 Together
"Heart of Mine" 3 105 49 3
"Beautiful You" 3 27
1981 "Elvira" 1 5 8 1 26 13 87 13
  • US: Platinum[5]
Fancy Free
"(I'm Settin') Fancy Free" 1 104 17 2
1982 "Bobbie Sue" 1 12 19 1 20 1 Bobbie Sue
"So Fine" 22 76 16
"I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head
(And Left My Heart Alone)
"
2 4
1983 "American Made" 1 72 12 American Made
"Love Song" 1 1
"Ozark Mountain Jubilee" 5 1 Deliver
1984 "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes" 1 1 31
"Everyday" 1 1 Greatest Hits Volume 2
"Make My Life with You" 1 1
1985 "Little Things" 1 1 Step On Out
"Touch a Hand, Make a Friend" 1 1
"Come On In (You Did the Best You Could Do)" 3 1
1986 "Juliet" 15 16 Seasons
"You Made a Rock of a Rolling Stone" 24 20
1987 "It Takes a Little Rain (To Make Love Grow)" 1 1 Where the Fast Lane Ends
"This Crazy Love" 1 2
"Time In" 17 35 Heartbeat
1988 "True Heart" 5 21
"Gonna Take a Lot of River" 1 * Monongahela
"Bridges and Walls" 10 *
1989 "Beyond Those Years" 7 10
"An American Family" 4 32 American Dreams
"No Matter How High' 1 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[17]
CAN Country
[13]
1990 "Baby, You'll Be My Baby" 71 34 American Dreams
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" 31 25 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (soundtrack)
"Lucky Moon" 6 2 Unstoppable
1991 "Change My Mind" 70
"Baby on Board" 44 63
1992 "Fall" 69 88 The Long Haul
1999 "Baby When Your Heart Breaks Down" Voices
"Ain't No Short Way Home" 71
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s and 2010s[edit]

Year Single Album
2001 "Write Your Name Across My Heart" From the Heart
2003 "Colors" Colors
"Glory Bound"
2004 "Bad Case of Missing You" The Journey
2005 "Someplace Green"
2006 "It's Hard to Be Cool (In a Minivan)" Front Row Seats
2007 "Closer to Home"
"Did I Make a Difference"
2009 "Seven Nation Army" The Boys Are Back
"Mama's Table"
2011 "Whatcha Gonna Do" It's Only Natural
2015 "Sweet Jesus" Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites

Other singles[edit]

Christmas singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[11]
CAN Country
[13]
1982 "Thank God for Kids" 3 24 Christmas
"Christmas Is Paintin' the Town"
2002 "The Most Inconvenient Christmas" An Inconvenient Christmas
2005 "Ordinary Days" Christmas Cookies
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Artist(s) Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[11]
CAN Country
[13]
1973 "Praise the Lord and Pass the Soup" Johnny Cash
(with Carter Family)
57 65 N/A
1982 "Same Ole Me" George Jones 5 1 Still the Same Ole Me
1986 "When You Get to the Heart" Barbara Mandrell 20 33 Get to Your Heart

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[11]
CAN Country
[13]
1979 "Rhythm Guitar" (re-release) 94 72 The Best of The Oak Ridge Boys
1989 "Take Pride in America" Greatest Hits, Volume Three
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1982 "So Fine" Sherman Halsey
"Thank God For Kids" Kenny Meyers
1983 "Love Song" Paul Henman
"Ozark Mountain Jubilee" (Live) Mark Dice
1984 "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes" Dominic Orlando
"Everyday" Ken Walz
1985 "Little Things" Patricia Birch
1986 "Juliet" Scott Hello/Martha Holmes
1988 "Gonna Take a Lot of River" Larry Boothby/Ken Walz
1989 "Beyond Those Years" Larry Boothby
"Take Pride in America" Dick Heard
"No Matter How High" Larry Boothby
1991 "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" Dean Lent
"Change My Mind" Larry Boothby
1992 "Fall" Wayne Miller
1999 "Ain't No Short Way Home" Tom Bevins
2001 "Write Your Name Across My Heart" Eric Welch
2002 "Winter Wonderland" Sherman Halsey
"The Most Inconvenient Christmas"
2004 "Someplace Green"
2006 "Hard to Be Cool (In a Minivan)" Steven L. Weaver
2011 "What'cha Gonna Do" Sherman Halsey

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