Tom Waits discography

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Tom Waits discography
A man performing on-stage, surrounded by confetti. Several instruments surround him and behind him a man is playing a double bass.
Tom Waits performing live in 2008.
Releases
Studio albums 16
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 7
Singles 24
Video albums 1
Music videos 11
Soundtracks 2

The discography of the American rock musician Tom Waits consists of 16 studio albums, 3 live albums, 7 compilation albums, 24 singles and 2 soundtracks. Waits has also released one video album and 11 music videos. Born Thomas Alan Waits, his debut release was the 1973 single "Ol' '55", which was the lead single for his debut album Closing Time (1973).

Waits also has a filmography of acting credits that has spanned over many decades. His first screen credit was in Paradise Alley (1978).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
IRL
[6]
NLD
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10]
1973 Closing Time
  • Released: March 1973
  • Label: Asylum (53 030)
  • Formats: LP, CD
29
  • UK: 100,000+
1974 The Heart of Saturday Night
  • Released: October 1974
  • Label: Asylum (53 035)
  • Formats: LP, CD
201
  • UK: 100,000+
1976 Small Change
  • Released: September 1976
  • Label: Asylum (53 050)
  • Formats: LP, CD
89
  • AUS: 35,000+
  • UK: 60,000+
1977 Foreign Affairs
  • Released: September 1977
  • Label: Asylum (53 068)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
113
1978 Blue Valentine
  • Released: September 1978
  • Label: Asylum (53 088)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
181 42
  • UK: 100,000+
1980 Heartattack and Vine
  • Released: September 1980
  • Label: Asylum (52 252)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
96 31 81
1983 Swordfishtrombones
  • Released: September 1983
  • Label: Island (90095)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
167 48 18 62
1985 Rain Dogs
  • Released: September 30, 1985
  • Label: Island (90299)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
181 49 26 23 12 5 29
  • CAN: 50,000+
1987 Franks Wild Years
  • Released: August 17, 1987
  • Label: Island (90572)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
115 83 24 49 21 13 17 20
  • CAN: 50,000+
1992 Bone Machine
  • Released: September 8, 1992
  • Label: Island (512 580)
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS
176 41 22 42 31 15 38 26
1993 The Black Rider
  • Released: November 2, 1993
  • Label: Island (518 559)
  • Formats: CD, LP
130 68 47
1999 Mule Variations
  • Released: April 16, 1999
  • Label: ANTI- (86547)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP, CS, MD
30 13 7 22 4 12 1 7 9
  • CAN: 50,000+
  • Worldwide: 500,000+[15]
2002 Blood Money
  • Released: May 4, 2002
  • Label: ANTI- (86629)
  • Formats: CD, LP
32 25 5 36 9 4 21 4 12 21
Alice
  • Released: May 4, 2002
  • Label: ANTI- (86632)
  • Formats: CD, LP
33 26 3 27 10 5 16 3 13 20
2004 Real Gone
  • Released: October 3, 2004
  • Label: ANTI- (86678)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP
28 27 11 39 19 9 10 2 9 16
2011 Bad as Me 6 11 5 28 7 5 3 1 4 10

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Year Album details
1982 One from the Heart (with Crystal Gayle)
  • Released: February 1982
  • Label: CBS (37703)
  • Formats: LP, CD
1992 Night on Earth
  • Released: April 7, 1992
  • Label: Island (510 725)
  • Formats: CD, LP

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUT
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
IRL
[6]
NLD
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10]
1975 Nighthawks at the Diner
  • Released: October 1975
  • Label: Asylum (63002)
  • Formats: 2xLP, CS, CD
164
  • UK: 60,000+
1988 Big Time
  • Released: September 1988
  • Label: Island (90987)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
152 36 84
2009 Glitter and Doom Live
  • Released: November 23, 2009
  • Label: ANTI- (87053)
  • Format: 2xCD, 2xLP, digital download
63 30 91 61 44 36 5 46 76

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[3]
NOR
[8]
NZD
[18]
UK
[10]
1981 Bounced Checks
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Asylum (52 316)
  • Formats: LP, CS
24
1984 Anthology of Tom Waits
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Asylum (60 416)
  • Formats: LP, CS
1986 Asylum Years
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Asylum (960 321)
  • Formats: LP, CD
40
1991 The Early Years, Volume One
  • Released: July 16, 1991
  • Label: Bizarre (40601)
  • Formats: CD, LP
1993 The Early Years, Volume Two
  • Released: February 1993
  • Label: Bizarre (71089)
  • Formats: CD, LP
1998 Beautiful Maladies – The Island Years
  • Released: June 1998
  • Label: Island (524 519)
  • Formats: CD
18 63
2001 Used Songs 1973–1980
  • Released: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Rhino (78351)
  • Formats: CD
63 18

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUT
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
IRL
[6]
NLD
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10]
2006 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
  • Released: November 20, 2006
  • Label: ANTI- (86844)
  • Formats: 3xCD, 7xLP, digital download
74 15 46 26 25 5 4 6 49
  • US: 500,000+

Singles[edit]

Retail singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
BEL
[21]
FRA
[4]
1973 "Ol' '55" Closing Time
1974 "Blue Skies" non-album single
1975 "San Diego Serenade" The Heart of Saturday Night
1976 "Step Right Up" Small Change
1979 "Somewhere" Blue Valentine
1980 "Jersey Girl" Heartattack and Vine
1983 "In the Neighborhood" Swordfishtrombones
1985
"Downtown Train" Rain Dogs
1987 "Hang On St. Christopher" Franks Wild Years
1988 "16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought-Six" (live) Big Time
1992 "Goin' Out West" Bone Machine
1999 "Hold On" Mule Variations
2006 "Lie to Me" Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
2011 "Bad as Me" 50 Bad as Me
"Back in the Crowd" 123

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single Album
1975 "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" The Heart of Saturday Night
1985 "Tango Till They're Sore" Down By Law
1993 "Heartattack and Vine" Heartattack and Vine
"I'll Shoot the Moon" The Black Rider
2002 "Alice" Alice
"God's Away on Business" Blood Money
2004 "How It's Gonna End" Real Gone
"Make it Rain"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1979 "The One That Got Away" John Lamb (producer)
1983 "In the Neighborhood" Haskell Wexler[22]
1985 "Downtown Train" Jean-Baptiste Mondino[23]
1987 "Blow Wind Blow" Chris Blum[24]
"Temptation" Betzy Bromberg[25]
1990 "It's All Right With Me" Jim Jarmusch
1992 "Goin' Out West" Jesse Dylan[26]
"I Don't Wanna Grow Up" Jim Jarmusch [25]
1999 "Hold On" Matt Mahurin[27]
"Come On Up To The House" Anders Lövgren
"What's He Building?"
2002 "God's Away on Business" Jesse Dylan[28]
2004 "Top of the Hill" Chris Blum[25]
2006 "Lie to Me" Danny Clinch[29]
2011 "Satisfied" Jesse Dylan[30]
2012 "Hell Broke Luce" Matt Mahurin[31]

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details
1988 Big Time
  • Released: September 1988
  • Label: Island
  • Format: VHS

Contributions[edit]

Tribute albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Paradise Alley Mumbles
1981 Wolfen Drunken Bar Owner uncredited
1982 One from the Heart Trumpet player uncredited
1983 The Outsiders Buck Merrill
Rumble Fish Benny
1984 The Stone Boy Petrified man at carnival uncredited
The Cotton Club Irving Stark
1986 Down by Law Zach
1987 Ironweed Rudy
1988 Greasy Lake Narrator video
Candy Mountain Al Silk
1989 Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale Silva
Cold Feet Kenny
Mystery Train Radio D.J. (voice)
1990 The Two Jakes Plainclothes Policeman uncredited
1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord Wolf
The Fisher King Disabled Veteran uncredited
Queens Logic Monte
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula R.M. Renfield
1993 Short Cuts Earl Piggot
1995 Coffee and Cigarettes III Tom short film
1999 Mystery Men Doc Heller
2001 The Last Castle Composer with Jerry Goldsmith
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes Tom
2005 Domino Wanderer
2005 The Tiger and the Snow Himself
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Kneller
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Mr. Nick
2010 The Book of Eli Engineer
2011 The Monster of Nix Virgil short film
Twixt Narrator
2012 Seven Psychopaths Zachariah
2014 Pinocchio pre-production

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