On Every Street

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On Every Street
Dire Straits - On Every Street.jpg
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released September 9, 1991
Recorded November 1990 – May 1991, AIR Studios, London
Genre Rock, roots rock
Length 60:16
Label Vertigo
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Mark Knopfler
Alan Clark
Dire Straits chronology
Money for Nothing
(1988)Money for Nothing1988
On Every Street
On the Night
(1993)On the Night1993
Singles from On Every Street
  1. "Calling Elvis"
    Released: 19 August 1991
  2. "Heavy Fuel"
    Released: 21 October 1991
  3. "On Every Street"
    Released: 17 February 1992
  4. "The Bug"
    Released: 15 June 1992
  5. "You and Your Friend"
    Released: 1992
  6. "Ticket to Heaven"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 9 September 1991 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The follow-up to the band's massively successful album Brothers in Arms, On Every Street reached the top of the UK albums chart and was also certified platinum by the RIAA.


On Every Street was released on 9 September 1991, more than six years after the band's previous album, Brothers in Arms, and was Dire Straits' sixth and final studio album. It was released to mixed reviews and was not as popular - or as successful - as its predecessor, though it had still sold more than 15 million copies worldwide by 2008.[3] It reached number 12 in the United States and number one in the United Kingdom and numerous European countries; it was particularly successful in France, selling nearly two million copies. The album was produced by Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits.

By this time, the band comprised Knopfler, John Illsley, Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher and Chris White, and the album features session musicians including Paul Franklin, Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings and American drummer Jeff Porcaro from Toto.

Dire Straits promoted the album with a gruelling world tour which lasted until the end of 1992. The group disbanded in 1995, after which Mark Knopfler pursued a solo career and released his debut album Golden Heart in 1996 (not counting previously released soundtracks), and has released many solo records since.

This album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world, except for the United States, where it was issued on 19 September 2000.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Knopfler.

No. Title Length
1. "Calling Elvis" 6:26
2. "On Every Street" 5:04
3. "When It Comes to You" 5:02
4. "Fade to Black" 3:49
5. "The Bug" 4:18
6. "You and Your Friend" 5:59
7. "Heavy Fuel" 4:57
8. "Iron Hand" 3:09
9. "Ticket to Heaven" 4:26
10. "My Parties" 5:32
11. "Planet of New Orleans" 7:47
12. "How Long" 3:53
Total length: 60:16
Limited edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Millionaire Blues" 4:22
14. "Kingdom Come" 4:15


Dire Straits
Additional musicians
  • Mark Knopfler and Alan Clark – producers
  • Chuck Ainlay – engineer
  • Bill Schnee – engineer
  • Steve Orchard – assistant engineer
  • Jack Joseph Puig – assistant engineer
  • Andy Strange – assistant engineer
  • Neil Dorfsman – mixing
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing (7)
  • Jo Motta – project coordinator
  • Paul Williams – photography
  • Sutton Cooper – design
  • Paul Cummins – design


On Every Street produced six singles:

  1. "Calling Elvis"
  2. "Heavy Fuel"
  3. "On Every Street"
  4. "The Bug"
  5. "You and Your Friend" (released in France and Germany)
  6. "Ticket to Heaven" (released in The Netherlands)

Charts, sales and certifications[edit]

On Every Street remained on the UK Albums Chart for 36 weeks.

Albums charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 1
French Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 12

Singles charts[edit]

Year Song Hot Alt Australia Austria Dutch France Italy Norway Sweden Swiss UK
1991 "Calling Elvis" 3 25 8 8 7 3 2 6 2 21
1991 "Heavy Fuel" 1 22 26 32 22 55
1992 "On Every Street" 23 42
1992 "The Bug" 8 44 67
1992 "You and Your Friend" 49
1994 "Ticket to Heaven" 43

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[5] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] Platinum 100,000[7]
France (SNEP)[8] Diamond 1,995,300*
Germany (BVMI)[9] Platinum 500,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[11] 4× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


External links[edit]

Preceded by
From Time to Time - The Singles Collection
by Paul Young
UK number one album
21 September 1991 – 27 September 1991
Succeeded by
Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses
Preceded by
Metallica by Metallica
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
22 September 1991 – 28 September 1991
Succeeded by
Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses