The Verve discography

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The Verve discography
Three white Englishmen perform on a darkened stage, with yellow lights shining on them, whilst a crowd watches them.
The Verve performing at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 2008
Releases
Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 2
EPs 3
Singles 14
Video albums 2
Music videos 15
Promotional singles 2

The discography of The Verve, a British alternative rock band, consists of four studio albums, two compilation albums, two video albums, three extended plays, fourteen singles, two promotional singles and fifteen music videos. The band formed in 1989 as Verve, with original members Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Peter Salisbury, although they later added "The" to their name after a lawsuit from the American jazz label Verve Records.[1] After signing to Virgin Records subsidiary Hut Records in 1991, The Verve released the non-album single "All in the Mind" and a self-titled extended play containing the singles "She's a Superstar" and "Gravity Grave", the former reaching number 66 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] Their debut studio album, A Storm in Heaven was released in 1993; despite widespread critical acclaim, it only sold modestly, peaking at number 27 on the UK Albums Chart.[1][2]

Tensions grew in the band during the recording sessions for their second album, A Northern Soul (1995) – the album received little media recognition,[1] although it reached number 13 on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[2][3] Its lead single, "This Is Music" became The Verve's first to reach the top 40 in the United Kingdom, and their following two singles "On Your Own" and "History" both peaked within the top 30.[2] The conflicts within the band, however, led Ashcroft to break the band up three months after the album's release. He eventually persuaded the other members to reform a few weeks later, except for McCabe, who was replaced by Simon Tong, although McCabe rejoined the band shortly afterwards.[1]

The Verve recorded their third studio album, Urban Hymns, in early 1997.[1] It was a commercial success, topping the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Swedish albums charts and reaching the top ten in Australia and France.[2][4][5][6][7] The singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony" and "The Drugs Don't Work" became international hits, with the former peaking at number two and the latter becoming their first single to top the UK Singles Chart:[2] they were later certified platinum and gold respectively by the BPI, with Urban Hymns eventually being certified ten times platinum.[3] Two further singles, "Lucky Man" and "Sonnet", were also released from the album; however, the band split up again in 1998 after McCabe pulled out of their tour of the United States. A greatest hits album, This Is Music: The Singles 92–98, was released in 2004, and the group reformed again in 2007.[1] Their final studio album, Forth, was released in 2008, and spawned the singles "Love Is Noise" and "Rather Be". In 2010, Ashcroft confirmed that the band were indefinitely inactive.[8]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
UK
[2]
AUS
[6]
BEL
(FL)

[9]
CAN
[10]
FRA
[7]
GER
[11]
NZ
[4]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[12]
US
[13]
A Storm in Heaven 27
A Northern Soul
  • Released: 1 July 1995 (UK)[15]
  • Labels: Vernon Yard, Hut, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
13
Urban Hymns
  • Released: 29 September 1997 (UK)[16]
  • Labels: Hut, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 9 11 18 9 11 1 1 13 23
Forth 1 20 8 12 31 10 10 34 6 23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[2]
AUT
[29]
IRL
[30]
No Come Down[31]
  • Released: 17 May 1994 (UK)[31]
  • Labels: Vernon Yard, Hut
  • Formats: CD, LP
This Is Music: The Singles 92–98
  • Released: 1 November 2004 (UK)[32]
  • Labels: EMI, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
15 59 28
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video albums[edit]

List of video albums
Title Album details
The Video 96–98[34]
  • Released: 24 August 1999 (US)[34]
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: CD, VHS
This Is Music: The Singles 92–98[35]
  • Released: 1 November 2004 (UK)[35]
  • Labels: EMI, Virgin
  • Formats: DVD

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Verve[36]
  • Released: 1 December 1992 (US)[36]
  • Label: Hut
  • Formats: CD, LP
Voyager 1[37]
  • Released: 1 March 1993 (UK)[37]
  • Label: Jolly Roger
  • Formats: CD, LP
Five by Five[38]
  • Released: 1997 (US)[38]
  • Label: Hut
  • Formats: CD, LP

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[2]
AUS
[39]
BEL
(FL)

[9]
FIN
[40]
FRA
[7]
GER
[41]
NZ
[4]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[12]
US
[42]
"All in the Mind"[43] 1992 Non-album single
"She's a Superstar" 66 Verve
"Gravity Grave"[44] 196
"Blue" 1993 69 A Storm in Heaven
"Slide Away"[45] 98
"This Is Music" 1995 35 A Northern Soul
"On Your Own" 28
"History" 24
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" 1997 2 11 21 6 16 37 15 10 15 12 Urban Hymns
"The Drugs Don't Work" 1 22 52 9 72 87 10 18
"Lucky Man" 7 60 67 16 88 89 38
  • BPI: Silver[3]
"Sonnet" 1998 74 83 43
"Love Is Noise" 2008 4 51 26 26 35 10 26 Forth
"Rather Be" 56
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"The Rolling People"[48] 1998 Urban Hymns
"The Thaw Session"[49] 2007 Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"All in the Mind" 1992 Miles Aldridge[50]
"She's a Superstar" Richie Smyth[50]
"Gravity Grave"
"Blue" 1993
"Slide Away"
"This Is Music" 1995 Nico Beyer[50]
"On Your Own" Jake Scott[50]
"History" Richard Ashcroft[50]
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" 1997 Walter A. Stern[50]
"The Drugs Don't Work" Andy Baybutt, George Hanson[50]
"Lucky Man" (version 1)
"Lucky Man" (version 2) Jamie Thraves[50]
"Sonnet" 1998 Chris Palmer[50]
"Love Is Noise" 2008 Sam Brown[51]
"Rather Be" Richard Ashcroft[52]

References[edit]

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