Mr. Children discography

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The discography for the Japanese band Mr. Children consists of 16 studio albums, 4 compilations albums and 35 singles. They are one of the best selling artists in Japan.

Mr. Children debuted in 1992. The band's initial releases performed poorly on the charts but through word of mouth they gained more popularity. Their 4th single "Cross Road" after 22 weeks sold over a million copies, though released in 1993 and peaked at number five on the Oricon chart. It later managed to become the fifteenth best selling single in Oricon's 1994 yearly charts.

The band's first No.1 single on Oricon chart was their 5th single "Innocent World" which was released in June, 1994, becoming the best selling single of 1994 [1] and winning the Japan Record Award (Record of the year) in 1994. The band also released their 6th single "Tomorrow Never Knows" on November 10, 1994. The single solidified the group's popularity with its sales, managing to sell over 2.7 million copies which is the seventh highest-selling single in Japan in the Oricon history.[2] and becoming the band's highest selling single to date.

In 1996, they released their 10th single "Namonaki Uta" (名もなき詩?) which became the best selling single of 1996. The single went on to become Japan's highest first week selling single of all time for 15 years, with 1.2 million copies.

On the Oricon album charts ,their 12nd studio album Home became the best-selling album of 2007 in Japan, making it the first time Mr.Children had topped annual album charts in their 16th year since their debut.

On December 2008 ,they released album Supermarket Fantasy which became the best 2nd selling album of 2009 .

In 2012 they celebrated their 20th debut anniversary by releasing dual best album titled Mr. Children 2001–2005 <micro> and Mr. Children 2005–2010 <macro>. Both albums dominated the best-selling album category in the 2012 Oricon yearly chart . Mr.Children has become the third artists who achieved TOP 2 spots on the yearly album ranking, and this is the first time in 14 years for any artist to achieve this. Furthermore ,[(An Imitation) Blood Orange] which is the studio album released in the same year sold over 530,000 copies in the first week. They had 3 albums in Top 10 best selling album in 2012.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart position[3] First week sales Total Sales/RIAJ certifications
(sales thresholds)
International Sales
1992 Everything 25 2,400 451,440

(Platinum)

Kind of Love
  • Released: December 1, 1992
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88026)
  • Format: CD
13 7,770 1,179,780

(Million)

1993 Versus
  • Released: September 1, 1993
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88034)
  • Format: CD
3 58,510 802,140

(Million)

1994 Atomic Heart
  • Released: September 1, 1994
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88052)
  • Format: CD
1 851,560 3,429,650

(3x Million)

1996 Shinkai (深海)
  • Released: June 24, 1996
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88077)
  • Format: CD
1 1,536,180 2,744,950

(2x Million)

HKG: 20,000[4]
1997 Bolero
  • Released: March 5, 1997
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88099)
  • Format: CD
1 1,734,880 3,283,270

(3x Million)

HKG: 20,000[4]
1999 Discovery
  • Released: February 3, 1999
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88137)
  • Format: CD
1 1,110,370 1,814,180

(Million)

2000 Q
  • Released: September 27, 2000
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-88166)
  • Format: CD
2 632,350 896,890

(Million)

2002 It's a Wonderful World
  • Released: May 19, 2002
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86106)
  • Format: CD
1 640,150 1,232,655

(Million)

2004 Shifuku no Oto (シフクノオト)
  • Released: April 7, 2004
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD
1 803,422 1,411,799

(Million)

2005 I Love U (I♥U)
  • Released: September 21, 2005
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86200)
  • Format: CD
1 686,688 1,141,471

(Million)

2007 Home
  • Released: March 14, 2007
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86221)
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD
  • Note: Best-selling album of the year in 2007
1 693,038 1,207,417

(Million)

2008 Supermarket Fantasy
  • Released: December 10, 2008
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86291, TFCC-86292)
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD
1 707,763 1,277,906

(Million)

2010 Sense
  • Released: December 1, 2010
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86341)
  • Format: CD
1 501,992 784,282

(Triple Platinum)[5]

2012 [(An Imitation) Blood Orange]
  • Released: November 28, 2012
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86420, TFCC-86421)
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD
1 530,235 775,275

(Triple Platinum)

2015 REFLECTION 1 416,910 585,810**

(Still Counting)

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart position[3] First week sales Total Sales/RIAJ certifications
(sales thresholds)
2001 Mr. Children 1992–1995 1 1,201,730 2,383,776

(2x Million)

Mr. Children 1996–2000 2 1,004,190 1,815,442

(2x Million)

2007 B-Side 1 281,024 478,964

(Double Platinum)

2012 Mr. Children 2001–2005 <micro>
  • Released: May 10, 2012
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86396, TFCC-86398)
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD
  • Note: No.2 Best-selling album of the year in 2012
2 715,556 1,115,759

(Million)

Mr. Children 2005–2010 <macro>
  • Released: May 10, 2012
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86397, TFCC-86399)
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD
  • Note: Best-selling album of the year in 2012
1 731,589 1,193,538

(Million)

Live albums[edit]

Title Release date Peak chart position[3] First week sales Copies sold[3]
1/42 September 8, 1999 1 411,080 559,310

Singles[edit]

Title Release date Peak chart position[1] First Week Sales Copies sold[1] Album
"Kimi ga Ita Natsu" (君がいた夏 :The Summer That You Were Here) August 21, 1992 69 2,940 21,710 Everything
"Dakishimetai" (抱きしめたい :I Want To Hold You) December 1, 1992 56 3,490 60,790 Kind of Love
"Replay" July 1, 1993 19 24,880 88,330 Versus
"Cross Road" November 10, 1993 6 65,950 1,255,940 Atomic Heart
"Innocent World" June 1, 1994 1 206,030 1,935,830
"Tomorrow Never Knows" November 10, 1994 1 669,540 2,766,290 Bolero
"Everybody Goes -Chitsujo no Nai Gendai ni Drop-Kick-"
(everybody goes -秩序のない現代にドロップキック-)
December 12, 1994 1 369,670 1,240,040
"【Es】 ~Theme of Es~" May 10, 1995 1 520,670 1,571,890
"See-Saw Game ~Yūkan na Koi no Uta~"
(シーソーゲーム~勇敢な恋の歌~ :See Saw Game ~a brave love song )
August 10, 1995 1 561,750 1,811,790
"Na mo Naki Uta" (名もなき詩 :Nameless Poem) February 5, 1996 1 1,208,230 2,308,790 Shinkai
"Hana -Mémento Mori-" (花 -Mémento-Mori-:Flower ~a Reminder of Death) April 10, 1996 1 639,330 1,538,600
"Machine Gun o Buppanase -Mr. Children Bootleg-"
((マシンガンをぶっ放せ -Mr.Children Bootleg-):Spray Machinegun Fire)
August 8, 1996 1 301,560 733,070
"Everything (It's You)" February 5, 1997 1 602,140 1,217,090 Bolero
"Nishi e Higashi E" (ニシエヒガシエ :To the East, To the West) February 11, 1998 1 361,370 663,730 Discovery
"Owari Naki Tabi" (終わりなき旅 :Endless Journey) October 21, 1998 1 515,780 1,070,350
"Hikari no Sasu Hou E" (光の射す方へ :To Where the Light Points You) January 13, 1999 1 327,650 455,770
"I'll Be" May 12, 1999 1 194,770 301,000
"Kuchibue" (口笛 :Whistle) January 13, 2000 1 327,590 724,070 Q
"Not Found" August 9, 2000 1 356,520 607,300
"Yasashii Uta" (優しい歌 :Gentle Song) August 21, 2001 1 250,610 477,810 It's a Wonderful World
"Youthful Days" November 7, 2001 1 352,730 699,270
"Kimi Ga Suki" (君が好き :I like you) January 1, 2002 1 305,500 513,280
"Any" July 10, 2002 1 257,670 509,262 Shifuku no Oto
"Hero" December 11, 2002 1 315,358 552,848
"Tenohira"/"Kurumi" (掌/くるみ :Palm of hand/Walnut) November 19, 2003 1 286,982 651,696
"Sign" May 26, 2004 1 370,451 773,990 I Love U
"Yonjigen: Four Dimensions" (四次元-) June 29, 2005 1 569,116 925,632
"Houkiboshi" (箒星 :Comet) July 5, 2006 1[6] 254,024 419,805[7] Home
"Shirushi" (しるし :*Proof) November 15, 2006 1[8] 350,059 740,080[9]
"Fake" (フェイク) January 24, 2007 1[6] 280,877 320,628[10]
"Tabidachi no uta" (旅立ちの唄 :A song for the journey) October 31, 2007 1 238,380 395,343[11] Supermarket Fantasy
"Gift" July 30, 2008 1 194,144 340,132
"Hanabi" (Fireworks) September 3, 2008 1 260,196 485,803
"Inori ~Namida no Kidou/End of the Day/Pieces"
(祈り 〜涙の軌道(Prayer~The orbit of tears)/End of the day/pieces )
April 18, 2012 1 174,409 275,296 [(An Imitation) Blood Orange]
"Ashioto ~Be Strong"
(足音 ~Be Strong)
November 19, 2014 2 114,667 161,839 -

Home video[edit]

Title VHS release date DVD release date
Es Mr. Children in Film December 15, 1995
Alive April 25, 1997
Regress or Progress '96–'97 Document September 10, 1997
Regress or Progress '96–'97 Tour Final in Tokyo Dome October 8, 1997 June 21, 2001
Mr. Children Concert Tour '99 Discovery June 21, 2001 June 21, 2001
Mr. Children Concert Tour Q 2000~2001 August 22, 2001 August 22, 2001
Mr. Children Concert Tour Popsaurus 2001 January 1, 2002 January 1, 2002
Wonederful World on Dec 21 March 26, 2003
Mr. Children Tour 2004 Shifuku no Oto (Tour 2004 シフクノオト) December 21, 2004
Mr. Children Dome Tour 2005 "I Love U": Final in Tokyo Dome May 10, 2006
Mr. Children Home Tour 2007 November 14, 2007
Mr. Children Home Tour 2007: In the Field August 6, 2008
Mr. Children: Shūmatsu no Confidence Songs November 11, 2009
Mr. Children Dome Tour 2009: Supermarket Fantasy May 10, 2010
Mr. Children: Split the Difference November 10, 2010
Mr.Children TOUR 2011 "SENSE" Nov 23, 2011
Mr.Children STADIUM TOUR 2011 SENSE -in the field- April 18, 2012
Mr.Children TOUR POPSAURUS 2012 Dec 19, 2012
Mr.Children[(an imitation) blood orange]Tour Dec 18, 2013

Commercial tie-ins[edit]

Commercial ties-ins include:[12]

  • Yazakisougyou commercials ("Kimi no Koto Igai wa Nani mo Kangaerarenai")
  • Theme of Omae to Ore no Good Luck, Shonan Bakusozoku soundtrack ("Niji no Kanata E")
  • Gurikopokkii commercials ("Replay")
  • Theme of Dousoukai ("Cross Road")
  • Aquaerius Ioshisu commercials ("Innocent World")
  • Theme of Wakamono no Subete ("Tomorrow Never Knows")
  • Theme of Pure, Airial commercials ("Na mo Naki Uta")
  • Nissan Foods Buruubaado commercials ("Mata Aeru Kana")
  • Theme of Koi no Bakansu ("Everything (It's you)")
  • Theme of Kira Kira Hikaru ("Nishi e Higashi E")
  • Theme of Naguru Onna ("Owarinaki Tabi")
  • Shiseido Sea Breaze commercials ("I'll Be")
  • Theme of Bus Stop ("Not Found")
  • Asahi Inryo Wonda commercials ("Yasashii Uta")
  • Theme of Antique ("Youthful Days")
  • Theme of Koufuku no Ojii ("Drawing")
  • Asahi Inryo Wonda commercials ("Sosei")
  • NTT DoCoMo commercials ("Any, Hero, Kurumi, Paddle")
  • Theme of Orange Days ("Sign")
  • Pocari Sweat commercials ("Mirai")
  • Theme of Ponkikkiizu and GachaGachaPon ("Yooidon")
  • Theme of Fly, Daddy, Fly ("Running High")
  • Nissin Cup Noodle no Border commercials ("And I Love You", "Bokura no Oto", "Tagatame")
  • Theme of NTV's 2006 FIFA World Cup broadcasting, Toyota Tobira wo Akeyou commercials ("Houkiboshi")
  • Theme of Koufuku na Shokutaku ("Kurumi")
  • Theme of 14-year-old Mother ("Shirushi")
  • Theme of Dororo ("Fake")
  • Olympus E-416 commercials ("Irodori")
  • Theme of Koizora ("Tabidachi no uta")
  • Theme of NHK Beijing Olympic&Paralympic2008 ("GIFT")
  • Theme of Code Blue & Code Blue 2 ("HANABI")
  • Insert song of Code Blue 2 ("Koe", "Kaze to Hoshi to Moebius no wa" )
  • Theme of ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD ("Fanfare")
  • Theme of BBC documentary, “Life -Inochi wo tsunagu monogatari-“ ("Sosei")
  • CM song of Shisedo「MAQuillAGE」 ("Gift", "Esora")
  • CM song of Kirin Lemon ("Youthful Days")
  • CM song of Sumimoto life insurance ("Sign")
  • Theme of Bokura ga ita ("Inori ~Namida no kidou")
  • Theme of Bokura ga ita 2 ("Pieces")
  • Opening Theme of Mezamashi TV ("Happy song")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mr.Children、待望のニューシングル「箒星」リリース決定!(Mr.Children, and long-awaited new single "Houkiboshi" release decision!)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  2. ^ 「およげ!たいやきくん」がギネス認定、再評価の気運高まる (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "ミスチル、ニューアルバム完成!(Mr.Children and new album completion!)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.ifpihk.org/gold-disc-award-presented/1997
  5. ^ SENSE Mr. Children (in Japanese). oricon.co.jp
  6. ^ a b "ミスチル、映画『どろろ』主題歌で26作連続1位!(Mr.Children 'Dororo' movie theme song and consecutive 26 works at #1!)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  7. ^ "2006年 年間シングルチャート大発表!(2006 annual single chart announcements)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  8. ^ "CDリリース しるし/Mr.Children (CD Release Shirushi/Mr.Children)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  9. ^ "邦画新記録の06年、ヒット曲数も歴代1位 (2006 Japanese movie record, The first successive place of the number of hits)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  10. ^ "2007年上半期シングルランキング (The first half year single rank in 2007)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  11. ^ "2007年 年間シングルランキング大発表!(2007 annual single rank big announcements!)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  12. ^ The distance to "HOME". 別冊カドカワ総力特集 Mr.Children (Separate volume Kadokawa special issue Mr.Children) (in Japanese). Kadokawa television. 2007. pp. 167–170. ISBN 978-4-04-894488-5.