John Mellencamp discography

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John Mellencamp discography
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Mellencamp in 2007
Studio albums24
Live albums2
Compilation albums3
Singles65
Tribute albums1
Guest singles1

The following is a comprehensive discography of John Mellencamp, an American singer-songwriter. Mellencamp has previously recorded under the names Johnny Cougar, John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp. During Mellencamp's more than four decades in the recording industry, he has released twenty four studio albums, two live albums, three compilation albums, sixty five singles and has appeared on one tribute album and one guest single respectively. His 1976 debut album Chestnut Street Incident (credited to the stage name Johnny Cougar) failed to make any significant impact and was therefore considered a major disappointment for his then record label Mainman. Consequently, Johnny Cougar (the artist) was dropped by Mainman, but his story did not end there. John Mellencamp refused to give up, and was eventually re-signed, (this time to Riva records) although he would continue to record under the John Cougar moniker for several more years. Mellencamp would persevere, gradually evolving as an artist and would later achieve considerable success and critical acclaim (ultimately under his own full name after recording under John Cougar Mellencamp from roughly 1983 until 1991). In all his incarnations, Mellencamp has charted twenty eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including twenty two hits in the Top 40, seventeen of which made the Top 20 and ten of those would crack the Top 10. He has scored twenty two albums on the Billboard 200, including seventeen in the Top 20 and eleven in the Top 10. Mellencamp has sold about twenty seven million albums in the US and over sixty million worldwide. He's best known for such signature songs as the iconic chart topper "Jack And Diane" as well as "Hurts So Good", "R.O.C.K. In The USA", "Small Town" and "Pink Houses". Mellencamp's first Top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 was "I Need A Lover", which rose as high as number 28 in 1979. His final single (so far) to make the top 40 was "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)", which peaked at number 14 in 1996. Mellencamp is the current record holder for the most number one hits, (seven) on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Tracks chart (as a solo artist). Mellencamp's first album to chart on the Billboard 200 album chart was the (then self-titled) John Cougar album in 1979. "John Cougar" was also his first album to be certified gold. Mellencamp's major commercial breakthrough came in 1982 with his only album, thus far, to top the Billboard 200 album Chart, the classic American Fool album. American Fool yielded two Top 5 smash hits (and a third in the Top 20) and would eventually sell ten million copies worldwide (5 million in the US alone). Mellencamp's all time best selling album worldwide is Scarecrow (1985), which has sold 14 million copies to date (5 million in the US alone). His most successful commercial period as a recording artist was the early to late 1980's, where Mellencamp released four consecutive multi-platinum albums, ( 1982's American Fool, 1983's Uh-Uh, 1985's Scarecrow and 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee) featuring at least two Top Ten hits apiece (with Scarecrow scoring a career record of three top ten hits from a single Mellencamp album). Mellencamp would go on to release several more gold and platinum albums in the following years and score additional hits. In 1997, Mellencamp released his first ever greatest hits collection entitled The Best That I could Do 1978-1988. To date, this best of compilation has sold six million copies worldwide. Mellencamp continues to release new, critically acclaimed material. His most recent is the Top Ten charting, career spanning album of cover songs, which Mellencamp humorously titled "Other People's Stuff" (2018).

Studio albums[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
CAN
[2]
1976 Chestnut Street Incident
1978 A Biography 19
1979 John Cougar
  • Release date: July 27, 1979
  • Label: Riva Records
64 77
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[4]
CAN
[2]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NOR
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
UK
[11]
1980 Nothin' Matters and What If It Did
  • Release date: September 15, 1980
  • Label: Riva Records
37
  • US: Platinum[3]
1982 American Fool
  • Release date: April 12, 1982
  • Label: Riva Records
1 18 1 30 37
  • US: 5× Platinum[3]
  • CAN: 5× Platinum[12]
1983 The Kid Inside
  • Release date: January 27, 1983
  • Label: MainMan Records
1983 Uh-Huh
  • Release date: October 23, 1983
  • Label: Riva Records
9 57 9 24 92
  • US: 3× Platinum[3]
  • CAN: 5× Platinum[12]
1985 Scarecrow
  • Release date: August 5, 1985
  • Label: Riva Records
2 2 2 14 9
  • US: 5× Platinum[3]
  • AUS: 4× Platinum[13]
  • CAN: 5× Platinum[12]
1987 The Lonesome Jubilee[A] 6 2 1 41 34 16 3 6 10 31
  • US: 3× Platinum[3]
  • CAN: 6× Platinum[12]
1989 Big Daddy
  • Release date: May 9, 1989
  • Label: Mercury Records
7 1 3 27 33 12 6 6 11 25
  • US: Platinum[3]
  • AUS: Platinum[14]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[12]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[4]
CAN
[2]
FIN
[15]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NZ
[8]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[11]
1991 Whenever We Wanted
  • Release date: October 8, 1991
  • Label: Mercury Records
17 3 8 44 40 19 16 39
1993 Human Wheels
  • Release date: September 7, 1993
  • Label: Mercury Records
7 7 6 48 87 8 18 37
1994 Dance Naked
  • Release date: June 21, 1994
  • Label: Mercury Records
13 6 17 24 32
1996 Mr. Happy Go Lucky
  • Release date: September 10, 1996
  • Label: Mercury Records
9 11 11 26 53 36 26 37 82
1998 John Mellencamp 41 41 37 48 108
1999 Rough Harvest
  • Release date: August 17, 1999
  • Label: Mercury Records
99
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
US Rock
[18]
AUS
[4]
GER
[5]
SWE
[19]
UK
[11]
2001 Cuttin' Heads
  • Release date: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Columbia Records
15 99
2003 Trouble No More
  • Release date: June 3, 2003
  • Label: Columbia Records
31
2007 Freedom's Road 5 3
2008 Life, Death, Love and Freedom 7 3 21 53 162
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[1]
US Folk
[20]
US Rock
[18]
AUS
[4]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NOR
[21]
SWE
[22]
SWI
[23]
UK
[11]
2010 No Better Than This 10 5 83 62 93 29 33 83 138
2014 Plain Spoken
  • Release date: September 23, 2014
  • Label: Republic Records
18 2 5 84 58 169
2017 Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
  • Release date: April 28, 2017
  • Label: Republic Records
11 1 3 52 28 78
2018 Other People's Stuff
  • Release date: December 7, 2018
  • Label: Republic
7 1 1 70
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
US Rock
[18]
AU
[4]
CAN
[2]
NZ
[8]
UK
[11]
1997 The Best That I Could Do 1978–1988
  • Release date: November 18, 1997
  • label: Mercury Records
33 37 5 9 19 25
  • US: 3× Platinum[3]
  • AUS: 2× Platinum[24]
  • CAN: Platinum[12]
2004 Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits 13 93
  • US: Platinum[3]
2010 On the Rural Route 7609
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2009 Life, Death, Live and Freedom
  • Release date: June 23, 2009
  • Label: Hear Music
2014 Trouble No More Live at Town Hall
  • Release date: July 8, 2014
  • Label: Mercury Records

Singles[edit]

1970s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US
[25]
AUS
[4]
1978 "I Need a Lover" 5 A Biography
"Factory"
1979 "Miami" 31 John Cougar
"I Need a Lover" 28
"Taxi Dancer"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[25]
US Main
[26]
US AC
[27]
US Country
[28]
CAN
[29]
UK
[30]
AUS
[4]
NZ
[8]
GER
[31]
1980 "Small Paradise" 87 John Cougar
"A Little Night Dancin'" 105
"This Time" 27 43 Nothin' Matters and What If It Did
1981 "Ain't Even Done with the Night" 17 44 15
"Hot Night in a Cold Town"
1982 "Hurts So Good" 2 1 3 5 39 American Fool
"Jack & Diane" 1 3 1 25 7
"Thundering Hearts" 36
"Hand to Hold on To" 19 89 97
1983 "Crumblin' Down" 9 2 9 42 Uh-huh
"Pink Houses" 8 3 15 69
1984 "Serious Business" 34
"Play Guitar" 28
"Authority Song" 15 15 41 93
1985 "Lonely Ol' Night" 6 1 37 7 32 50 Scarecrow
"Small Town" 6 2 13 13 53 80 40
"Justice and Independence '85" 28
1986 "Minutes to Memories" 14
"R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to '60s Rock)" 2 6 36 7 67 18 17
"Under the Boardwalk" 19 Non-album song
"Rain on the Scarecrow" 21 16 34 Scarecrow
"Rumbleseat" 28 4 84
1987 "Paper in Fire" 9 1 3 86 13 16 The Lonesome Jubilee
"Cherry Bomb" 8 1 12 5 20 4
"Hard Times for an Honest Man" 10
"The Real Life" 3
1988 "Check It Out" 14 3 10 96 22 18
"Rooty Toot Toot" 61 7 19 54 10
"Rave On" 17 14 7 Cocktail soundtrack
1989 "Pop Singer" 15 2 1 93 8 1 87 Big Daddy
"Jackie Brown" 48 20 31 82 23 47 30
"Martha Say" 8
"Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" 42
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[25]
US Main
[26]
US AC
[27]
US Adult
[32]
CAN
[29]
UK
[30]
AUS
[4]
NZ
[8]
GER
[31]
1991 "Get a Leg Up" 14 1 4 21 Whenever We Wanted
"Love and Happiness" 5
1992 "Again Tonight" 36 1 46 8 39
"Last Chance" 12
"Now More Than Ever" 3 61
1993 "Human Wheels" 48 2 40 3 40 Human Wheels
"What If I Came Knocking" 1 23
"When Jesus Left Birmingham" 35
1994 "Junior" 35
"Baby Please Don't Go" Blue Chips soundtrack
"Wild Night" (featuring Me'Shell Ndegéocello) 3 17 1 30 1 34 18 55 Dance Naked
"Dance Naked" 41 21 37 7 79
1996 "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)" 14 10 15 4 1 92 21 35 Mr. Happy Go Lucky
"Just Another Day" 46 13 24 13 1 81
1997 "Without Expression" 25 14 The Best That I Could Do
1998 "Your Life Is Now" 15 19 23 3 92 John Mellencamp
1999 "I'm Not Running Anymore" 37 22 22 100
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[25]
US Main
[26]
US AC
[27]
US Adult
[32]
US Country
[28]
2000 "Yours Forever" The Perfect Storm soundtrack
2001 "Peaceful World" (featuring India.Arie)[B] 38 27 11 Cuttin' Heads
2003 "To Washington" Trouble No More
"Teardrops Will Fall"
2004 "Walk Tall" 25 26 Words & Music
2006 "Our Country" 88 16 39 Freedom's Road
2007 "The Americans" 55
"Someday"
2008 "My Sweet Love" 25 Life, Death, Love and Freedom
"Troubled Land"
2009 "A Ride Back Home" (featuring Karen Fairchild)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2010 "No Better Than This" No Better Than This
"Save Some Time To Dream"
2014 "Troubled Man" Plain Spoken

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[28]
US
[33]
1992 "Sweet Suzanne" Buzzin' Cousins 68 Falling from Grace soundtrack
2004 "What Say You"[C] Travis Tritt 21 My Honky Tonk History
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
1987 "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" A Very Special Christmas
1994 "Pink Houses" (live version) The Unplugged Collection, Volume 1[34]
2007 "This Land is Your Land" Song of America
2009 "Pink Houses" (live version) The Official Inaugural Celebration (DVD)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1978 "I Need A Lover" Bruce Gowers
1979 "Miami" Bruce Gowers
1980 "Small Paradise" Bruce Gowers
1980 "This Time" Bruce Gowers
1981 "Ain't Even Done With The Night" Bruce Gowers
1982 "Hurts So Good" Bruce Gowers
1982 "Hand To Hold Onto" Bruce Gowers
1982 "Jack And Diane" Bruce Gowers
1983 "Crumblin' Down" Chris Gabrin
1983 "Pink Houses" Chris Gabrin
1984 "Authority Song" Jay Dubin
1985 "Lonely Ol' Night" Jonathan Kaplan
1985 "Small Town"
1986 "R.O.C.K. In The USA (A Salute To '60s Rock)"
1986 "Rain On The Scarecrow"
1986 "Rumbleseat" John Cougar Mellencamp
1987 "Paper In Fire"
1987 "Cherry Bomb"
1987 "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
1988 "Check It Out"
1988 "Rooty Toot Toot"
1989 "Pop Singer"
1989 "Jackie Brown"
1989 "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)"
1991 "Get A Leg Up"
1991 "Love and Happiness"
1992 "Again Tonight"
1992 "Now More Than Ever"
1992 "Sweet Suzanne" (Buzzin' Cousins) Marty Callner
1993 "Human Wheels"
1993 "When Jesus Left Birmingham"
1994 "Baby Please Don't Go"
1994 "Wild Night" (With Meshell Ndegeocello)
1994 "Dance Naked"
1996 "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)"
1996 "Just Another Day"
1998 "Your Life Is Now"
1999 "I'm Not Running Anymore"
2001 "Peaceful World" (With India.Arie)
2003 "To Washington"
2003 "Teardrops Will Fall"
2004 "What Say You" (With Travis Tritt) Chris Lenz
2004 "Walk Tall"
2006 "Our Country"
2007 "The Americans" Eric De Fino
2008 "My Sweet Love"
2008 "Troubled Land"
2009 "A Ride Back Home" (With Karen Fairchild) Jamie Anderson
2010 "No Better Than This" Ian And Kurt Markus
2014 "Troubled Man"
2017 "Easy Target"

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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