Lenny Kravitz discography

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Lenny Kravitz discography
Lenny Kravitz (Brasilia, 2005).jpeg
Kravitz in Brazil in 2005.
Studio albums 10
Compilation albums 5
Video albums 8
Music videos 47
EPs 2
Singles 56
Soundtrack albums 6

American singer Lenny Kravitz has released ten studio albums, one greatest hits compilation album, four box set compilation albums, two extended plays, fifty-six singles, and eight video albums, including three live albums. Kravitz has earned three gold albums, two platinum albums, two double platinum albums, and one triple platinum album. His début album Let Love Rule (1989) peaked at #61 in the U.S., and while receiving generally positive reviews, it became a huge success in Europe but took a long time to reach success in the U.S. Its followers, Mama Said (1991) and Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993) became instant hits, being considered some of the finest recordings of the decade and achieving platinum and multi-platinum status respectively, establishing Kravitz in the music industry and expanding his success in Europe and South America. However, despite only a two-year gap between albums, personal issues such as substance abuse problems, the aftermath of divorce and his mother Roxie Roker's illness lead to a decline in commercial sales with Circus (1995), in comparison to his preceding success, remaining his least successful album to date.

With 5 (1998), Kravitz embraced a fresh outlook towards his career and also experimented with electronic equipment such as pro-tools. Initially, the album received only mediocre reviews and it took a slow and steady process for it to achieve worldwide success after spinning off hits such as "I Belong to You" and "Fly Away" to ultimately become Kravitz's most successful studio album to date. It would be the album to establish his career at a higher level, with increasing worldwide popularity, especially in Europe, and would win him his first two Grammy Awards. Greatest Hits (2000) would prove to become Kravitz's most successful album to date, going on to sell over 10.5 million copies worldwide, earning him yet another Grammy. While Lenny (2001) would prove to be a very fast seller, although not quite comparing to 5 or Greatest Hits, it managed to win Kravitz his fourth consecutive Grammy. However, Baptism would prove to be somewhat of a commercial disappointment for the multi-platinum selling artist when compared to its predecessors. Most recently, his 2008 release It Is Time for a Love Revolution had Kravitz realising some of the best début positions and opening sales weeks worldwide in years, along with his best critical reviews since Lenny.

According to recent sales numbers, a number of his albums (Let Love Rule, Mama Said, 5 and Greatest Hits) have been confirmed to have achieved a sales status high enough to be certified at the next level within the sales threshold, but RIAA still has them certified at the sales level they are currently at, with no official word on whether/when the certifications may occur.[citation needed] In addition to writing and producing all of his own work, Kravitz has produced albums for other artists, some reaching great success.[which?][citation needed] He personally has scored three Top 10 albums in the U.S., while having reached number one in both the UK and Australia. Kravitz has scored hits in virtually every continent: North America (USA and Canada), Central America (Bahamas), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia), South America (Brazil, Argentina and Colombia), Asia (Japan), Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and Africa (Republic of South Africa).[citation needed] Considered one of the most successful and best-selling rock artists of his time, Kravitz has had sales of approximately 40 million albums alone worldwide (not including singles and video releases).[citation needed]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[1][4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWI
[10]
UK
[11]
Let Love Rule 61 45 35 23 12 12 56
Mama Said
  • Released: April 2, 1991
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
39 10 12 13 5 4 5 8
Are You Gonna Go My Way
  • Released: March 9, 1993
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
12 1 3 1 7 13 3 6 1 1
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[12]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[16]
  • BPI: Platinum[13]
  • BVMI: Gold[17]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum[14]
  • MC: 4× Platinum[15]
Circus
  • Released: September 12, 1995
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
10 2 3 7 8 13 1 7 1 5
5
  • Released: May 12, 1998
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
28 17 1 22 9 6 5 8 7 3 18
Lenny
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12 44 1 3 17 5 6 7 14 3 55
Baptism
  • Released: May 17, 2004
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14 42 4 8 2 5 3 17 3 74
It Is Time for a Love Revolution
  • Released: February 5, 2008
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 47 2 5 5 3 3 2 28 1 42
Black and White America 17 59 2 45 7 1 8 2 1 75
Strut 19 31 3 20 3 2 3 7 26 2 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilations[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[1]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NLD
[10]
NOR
[10]
SWI
[10]
UK
[11]
Greatest Hits
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download, CD/DVD
2 14 1 2 89 2 1 4 6 2 12
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[12]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[20]
  • BPI: 3× Platinum[13]
  • BVMI: 2× Platinum[17]
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum[18]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum[14]
  • MC: 4× Platinum[15]
  • SNEP: Platinum[19]

Box sets[edit]

Title Album details
Let Love Rule / Mama Said
  • Released: October 22, 2001
  • Format: CD box set
Let Love Rule / Mama Said / Are You Gonna Go My Way
  • Released: October 7, 2002
5 / Lenny
  • Released: September 15, 2003
  • Format: CD box set
Lenny / Baptism
  • Released: 2004
  • Formats: CD box set

EPs[edit]

  • 1994: Spinning Around Over You
  • 1995: Is There Any Love in the World?

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[22]
US
Alt.

[23]
US
Main.

[22]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[24]
[22]
[25]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NLD
[8]
SWI
[10]
UK
[11]
1989 "Let Love Rule" 89 5 23 36 26 59 39 Let Love Rule
1990 "I Build This Garden for Us" 25 83 51 83
"Be"
"Mr. Cab Driver" 58
"Does Anybody Out There Even Care" 46
1991 "Always on the Run" 8 40 43 55 8 25 41 Mama Said
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" 2 10 25 2 29 43 12 11
"Fields of Joy" 33
"Stand by My Woman" 76 46 36 66 55
"What the Fuck Are We Saying?" 34
"Stop Draggin' Around"
"What Goes Around Comes Around"
1993 "Are You Gonna Go My Way" 2 1 1 24 5 4 25 8 12 4 Are You Gonna Go My Way
"Believe" 60 10 15 8 9 33 74 40 30
"Heaven Help" 80 76 25 41 98 20
"Spinning Around Over You" 37 Reality Bites soundtrack
"Is There Any Love in Your Heart" 19 32 53 52 Are You Gonna Go My Way
1994 "Deuce" 15 77 Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
1995 "Rock and Roll Is Dead" 75 10 4 26 16 40 24 22 Circus
"Circus" 85 54
1996 "Can't Get You Off My Mind" 62 33 54
"The Resurrection"
1998 "I Belong to You" 71 24 81 42 75 5
"If You Can't Say No" 39 55 35 97 52 39 48
"Thinking of You"
1999 "Fly Away" 12 1 1 8 11 3 56 15 49 19 1
"Black Velveteen" 94 83
"American Woman" 49 7 3 14 26 88 78 59 35 177 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack
2000 "Again" 4 23 30 6 57 19 19 9 25 Greatest Hits
2001 "Dig In" 31 13 11 64 8 72 58 Lenny
2002 "Stillness of Heart" 118 38 51 22 83 38 16 84 31 44
"Believe in Me" 42 14 10 10 29
"If I Could Fall in Love" 98 85
"Yesterday Is Gone (My Dear Kay)"
2004 "Show Me Your Soul"
(with P. Diddy, Loon and Pharrell)
45 61 62 35 Bad Boys II soundtrack
"Where Are We Runnin'?" 69 40 30 52 27 43 43 31 33 Baptism
"California" 56 64 57 62
"Storm"
(with Jay-Z)
98
2005 "Calling All Angels" 72 35 42
"Lady" 27 99
"Breathe" Non-album single
2007 "Bring It On" 25 52 It Is Time for a Love Revolution
"I'll Be Waiting" 73 6 45 27 6 4 5 4 104
  • IFPI SWI: Gold[14]
2008 "Love Love Love" 92
"Dancin' Til Dawn" 96
2011 "Come On Get It" Black and White America
"Stand" 41 44 100 42
"Rock Star City Life" 62 98
"Black and White America" 100 92
"Push"
2012 "Superlove" 25 49
2014 "The Chamber" 16 11 17 12 62 9 Strut
"Sex" 107
"New York City"
"Dirty White Boots"
2015 "The Pleasure and the Pain"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing director(s) and year released
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Let Love Rule" (version 1) 1988 Lisa Bonet [30]
"Be" 1989 Jean-Baptiste Mondino
"Let Love Rule" (version 2) Jim Gable [31]
"I Build This Garden for Us" 1990 Geoff Barish [30]
"Mr. Cab Driver"
"Always on the Run"
(featuring Slash)
1991 Jesse Dylan
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
"Stand by My Woman" Paul Boyd
"Stop Draggin' Around" (live) Toru Uehara
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" 1993 Mark Romanek [32]
"Believe" Michel Gondry [33]
"Heaven Help" Per Gustafson [34]
"Is There Any Love in Your Heart" Mark Romanek [35]
"Spinning Around Over You" 1994 Doug Nichol [36]
"Rock and Roll Is Dead" 1995 Ruven Afanador [37]
"Circus" (version 1) [38]
"Circus" (version 2) 1996 Martyn Atkins [39]
"Can't Get You Off My Mind" (version 1) Matthew Rolston [40]
"Can't Get You Off My Mind" (version 2) Jim Gable [41]
"If You Can't Say No" 1998 Mark Romanek [42]
"Thinking of You" Matthew Rolston [43]
"I Belong to You" Mark Seliger, Fred Woodward [44]
"Fly Away" Paul Hunter [45]
"American Woman" 1999 [46]
"Black Velveteen" 2000 Samuel Bayer [47]
"Again" Paul Hunter [48]
"Dig In" 2001 Samuel Bayer [49]
"Stillness of Heart" 2002 Mark Seliger [50]
"Believe in Me" Matthew Rolston [51]
"If I Could Fall in Love" Jonas Åkerlund [52]
"Where Are We Runnin'?" 2004 Philip Andelman [53]
"California" [54]
"Storm" (remix)
(featuring Jay-Z)
Sanaa Hamri [55]
"Lady" Philip Andelman [56]
"Calling All Angels" Philip Andelman, Lenny Kravitz [57]
"I'll Be Waiting" 2008 Philip Andelman [58]
"Love Love Love" [59]
"Dancin' Til Dawn" 2009 Jean-Baptiste Mondino [60]
"Let Love Rule" (remix)
(Lenny Kravitz vs. Justice)
Keith Schofield [61]
"Come On Get It" 2011 unknown
"Stand" Paul Hunter [62]
"Push" Mathieu Bitton [63]
"Dream" [64]
"The Chamber" 2014 Anthony Mandler [65]
"New York City" Francesco Carrozzini [66]
"Sex" 2015 Dikayl Rimmasch [67]
"The Pleasure and the Pain" [68]

Other appearances[edit]

Other notable works in Kravitz's repertoire are numerous charity albums and collaborations with artists of a wide range of genres. In 1990, he co-wrote and co-produced Madonna's "Justify My Love" single where he also appeared as background vocalist. Kravitz sang a duet titled "Main Squeeze" with Teena Maria on her album Passion Play (Sarai Label, 1994). Upon her death, he posted a heartfelt tribute to her saying that she had contributed so much to who he is.[69] He has participated in numerous soundtracks such as Reality Bites (1994), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and Bad Boys II (2003). He contributed tracks to Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. The 2004 album The Unplugged Collection, Volume One features a live version of "Are You Gonna Go My Way".[70] In 2008, he wrote "Change" for the Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise compilation album. Two of Kravitz's songs are featured separately on two different albums of the Big Shiny Tunes compilation series ("Fly Away" on Big Shiny Tunes 3 and "American Woman" on Big Shiny Tunes 4). He also appeared on Michael Jackson's posthumous track "(I Can't Make It) Another Day".

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