Dire Straits discography

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Dire Straits discography
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Dire Straits performing live in Norway, October 1985
Studio albums 6
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 3
EPs 2
Singles 23

This page is a detailed discography of the rock band Dire Straits.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
Dire Straits
  • Released: 7 October 1978
  • Label: Vertigo
5 1 17 2 1 3 3 2 7 2
Communiqué
  • Released: 15 June 1979
  • Label: Vertigo
5 5 7 14 3 1 3 1 2 11
Making Movies
  • Released: 17 October 1980
  • Label: Vertigo
4 6 15 21 6 7 6 3 19
Love over Gold
  • Released: 20 September 1982
  • Label: Vertigo
1 1 1 6 2 4 1 1 19
Brothers in Arms
  • Released: 13 May 1985
  • Label: Vertigo
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
On Every Street
  • Released: 9 September 1991
  • Label: Vertigo
1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 12
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[25]
FRA
[5]
GER
[26]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
Money for Nothing
  • Released: 17 October 1988
  • Label: Vertigo
1 3 3 1 2 4 2 1 62
Sultans of Swing:
The Very Best of Dire Straits
  • Released: 19 October 1998
  • Label: Vertigo
6 4 5 60 1 6 6 6 3
Private Investigations
  • Released: 7 November 2005
  • Label: Mercury
20 35 44 4 36 23 17 15
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[30]
FRA
[5]
GER
[31]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
  • Released: 12 March 1984
  • Label: Vertigo
3 3 9 26 4 8 1 3 3 46
On the Night
  • Released: 10 May 1993
  • Label: Vertigo
4 5 1 33 1 7 2 10 5 116
Live at the BBC 71 98 13 15 45
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live -
(20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
  • Released: May 2010
  • Label: Vertigo
46 60
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Box sets[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
GER
[34]
The Studio Albums 1978–1991
  • Released: December 2013
  • Label: Vertigo
69

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[35]
FRA
[5]
GER
[36]
NED
[7]
NOR
[37]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
ExtendedancEPlay
  • Released: 10 January 1983
  • Label: Vertigo
12 53
Live at Knebworth
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Vertigo
Encores
  • Released: 10 May 1993
  • Label: Vertigo
31 47 19 91 1 34 3 10 20
The Honky Tonk Demos
  • Released: 18 April 2015
  • Label: Vertigo
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[38]
FRA
[5]
GER
[39]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[40]
1978 "Sultans of Swing" 8 6 4 36 20 11 12 4 Dire Straits
"Water of Love" 54 28
1979 "Lady Writer" 51 95 51 34 18 39 45 Communiqué
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" 8 Making Movies
"Skateaway" 37 47 58
"Tunnel of Love" 54 62 52 44 28
1982 "Private Investigations" 2 21 19 4 1 16 4 Love Over Gold
1983 "Industrial Disease" 18 75
"Twisting by the Pool" 14 2 18 29 31 6 1 11 ExtendedancEPlay
1984 "Love Over Gold" (live) 50 46 15 43 29 Alchemy
1985 "So Far Away" 20 22 24 20 23 25 6 19 Brothers in Arms
"Money for Nothing" 4 4 7 1 6 19 35 4 22 1
"Brothers in Arms" 16 57 59 5
"Walk of Life" 2 11 18 7 42 15 17 3 24 7
1986 "Your Latest Trick" 26 47
1988 "Sultans of Swing" (re-release) 62 22 Money for Nothing
1989 "Money for Nothing"/"Brothers in Arms" 23
1991 "Calling Elvis" 21 8 8 4 6 8 4 9 2 On Every Street
"Heavy Fuel" 55 26 17 21 48 25 34
1992 "On Every Street" 42 22 42
"The Bug" 67 21 46 52 24
"You and Your Friend" 53 62
1994 "Ticket to Heaven" 43
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Home video[edit]

Title Video/DVD details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
DVD

[41]
AUS
DVD

[42]
BEL
DVD

[43]
FIN
DVD

[44]
NED
DVD

[45]
SWI
DVD

[46]
Sultans of Swing – The Very Best Of
  • Released: 21 May 1999
  • Label: Universal Music
19 9 3 2
On the Night
  • Released: 14 September 2003
  • Label: Universal Music
33 18 6
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
  • Released: 14 May 2010
  • Label: Universal Music
2 1 2 7 5 6
Sultans of Swing – Live in Germany
  • Released: 5 February 2011
  • Label: Sony
12
Stratospheric Sounds –
Live in Basel, Switzerland, 1992
  • Released: 8 April 2011
  • Label: Showtime
3
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" Lester Bookbinder
"Skateaway"
"Tunnel of Love"
1982 "Private Investigations" unknown
1985 "So Far Away" unknown
"Money for Nothing" Steve Barron
"Brothers in Arms" Bill Mather
1986 "Walk of Life" Stephen Johnson
1991 "Calling Elvis" Gerry Anderson
1992 "The Bug" Richard Jernigan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "UK chart peaks". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Australian chart peaks:
    • Top 100 (Kent Music Report) peaks to 19 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 90. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.
    • Top 50 (ARIA Chart) peaks from 26 June 1988: "australian-charts.com > Dire Straits in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
    • Top 100 (ARIA Chart) peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Austrian chart peaks". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Canadian studio albums:
  5. ^ a b c d e "French chart peaks" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  6. ^ German studio albums:
  7. ^ a b c d e "Dutch chart peaks". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d "New Zealand chart peaks". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Swiss chart peaks". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Dire Straits Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "BPI Certification". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Canadian Certification". Music Canada. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "French Certification". SNEP. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i "German Certification" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Dire Straits". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h "Swiss Certification" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "RIAA Certification". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Communiqué". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Making Movies". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Love Over Gold". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f Australian (ARIA) certifications:
  22. ^ a b c d "Austrian Certifications". IFPI Austria. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Brothers In Arms". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  24. ^ "New Zealand Certification - On Every Street". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  25. ^ Canadian compilation albums:
  26. ^ German compilation albums:
  27. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Money for Nothing". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  28. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Sultans of Swing". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  29. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Private Investigations". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  30. ^ Canadian live albums:
  31. ^ German live albums:
  32. ^ "New Zealand Certification - Alchemy". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  33. ^ "New Zealand Certification - On the Night". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  34. ^ German compilation albums:
  35. ^ Canadian extended plays:
  36. ^ German extended plays:
  37. ^ "Norwegian chart peaks". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  38. ^ Canadian singles:
  39. ^ German singles:
  40. ^ "Dire Straits Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  41. ^ UK DVD peaks:
  42. ^ Australian DVD peaks:
    • "Sultans of Swing DVD" (PDF). ARIA. Archived from the original on 21 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
    • "On the Night DVD" (PDF). ARIA. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
    • "Alchemy DVD" (PDF). ARIA. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  43. ^ Belgian (Flanders) DVD peaks:
  44. ^ Finnish DVD peaks:
  45. ^ Dutch DVD peaks:
  46. ^ Swiss DVD peaks:
  47. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian DVD Certifications". ARIA. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  48. ^ "Alchemy DVD Accreditation" (PDF). ARIA. Retrieved 22 October 2016.