The Cure discography

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The Cure discography
A band performing on stage.
The Cure in concert in 2008
Studio albums13
Live albums6
Compilation albums11
Video albums11
Music videos43
EPs10
Singles37
Other appearances14

The English rock band The Cure have released thirteen studio albums, five live albums, twelve compilation albums, ten extended plays, and 37 singles on Fiction Records and Geffen Records. They have also released ten video albums and 43 music videos.

Originally formed as Malice in January 1976, the band underwent several line-up changes and a name change to Easy Cure before settling on their current name, The Cure, in May 1978.[1] The Cure's original line-up consisted of Robert Smith (vocals, guitars), Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (drums) and Michael Dempsey (bass guitar). The band has continued through various line-ups; Smith is the group's only remaining original member. The line-up of the band for their most recent album, 4:13 Dream (2008), is Smith, Porl Thompson (guitar), Simon Gallup (bass guitar) and Jason Cooper (drums).

The Cure's debut album, Three Imaginary Boys (1979), reached number forty-four on the UK Albums Chart.[2] The next two albums, Seventeen Seconds (1980) and Faith (1981), were top 20 hits in the UK, reaching number twenty and number fourteen respectively.[2] Between 1982 and 1996, The Cure released seven studio albums, all of which reached the Top 10 in the UK.[2] The most successful of these was Wish (1992) which reached number one in the UK and number two on the US Billboard 200.[2][3] The last three studio albums – Bloodflowers (2000), The Cure (2004) and 4:13 Dream (2008) – have had mixed success, reaching numbers fourteen, eight and thirty-three in the UK respectively.[2][4] As of March 2019, the band are in the process of recording their fourteenth studio album, their first in eleven years, and hope to have it released around October 2019.[5]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[2][4]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
FRA
[8]
GER
[9]
NLD
[10]
NZ
[11]
NOR
[12]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
US
[3]
1979 Three Imaginary Boys 44 140
[A]
37
1980 Seventeen Seconds
  • Released: 22 April 1980
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC
20 39 80
[A]
15 9
1981 Faith
  • Released: 14 April 1981
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC
14 38 84
[A]
9 1 38
1982 Pornography
  • Released: 4 May 1982
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC
8 39 81
[A]
17 9 45
1984 The Top
  • Released: 22 May 1984
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
10 55 18 44 12 23 31 180
1985 The Head on the Door
  • Released: 13 August 1985
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
7 6 6 15 3 11 24 14 59
1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  • Released: 25 May 1987
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: 2×LP, MC, CD
6 9 4 2 4 3 14 13 3 35
1989 Disintegration
  • Released: 2 May 1989
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
3 9 5 3 2 3 6 7 10 4 12
1992 Wish
  • Released: 21 April 1992
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
1 1 14 17 6 22 3 7 10 8 2
1996 Wild Mood Swings
  • Released: 7 May 1996
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
9 5 12 3 17 37 10 13 2 9 12
2000 Bloodflowers
  • Released: 15 February 2000
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
14 11 22 3 5 50 41 5 5 3 16
2004 The Cure
  • Released: 28 June 2004
  • Labels: I AM, Geffen
  • Formats: LP, CD, CD+DVD
8 28 12 4 3 37 32 10 10 5 7
2008 4:13 Dream
  • Released: 27 October 2008
  • Labels: I AM, Geffen
  • Format: LP, CD
33 30 28 8 21 38 32 17 36 15 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
  • A1 2 3 4 Chart position for 2004 deluxe edition.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[2]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
GER
[9]
NLD
[10]
NZ
[11]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
US
[3]
1984 Concert: The Cure Live
  • Released: 16 October 1984
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
26 86 31 37
1991 Entreat
  • Released: 11 September 1990
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
10 25 19 15 88 8 31
1993 Show
  • Released: 13 September 1993
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
29 16 16 37 71 36 34 37 42
Paris
  • Released: 26 October 1993
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
56 72 118
2011 Bestival Live 2011 119 79 98 94
2019 Curaetion 25 – Anniversary[20]
  • Released: 18 October 2019
  • Format: 2×DVD, 2×Blu-Ray, 2×DVD+4×CD, 2×Blu-Ray+4×CD, digital download
2 33 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[2]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
FRA
[8]
GER
[9]
NLD
[10]
NZ
[11]
NOR
[12]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
US
[3]
1980 Boys Don't Cry
  • Released: 5 February 1980
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC
71 60 25
1981 Happily Ever After
  • Released: 8 September 1981
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: 2×LP, MC
1983 Japanese Whispers
  • Released: 12 December 1983
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
26 18 18 46 8 181
1986 Standing on a Beach
(aka Staring at the Sea)
  • Released: 19 May 1986
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
4 13 5 11 6 3 27 11 48
1990 Mixed Up
  • Released: 5 November 1990
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
8 12 24 7 18 51 16 31 26 14
1997 Galore
  • Released: 28 October 1997
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: 2×LP, MC, CD
37 45 51 81 31 54 32
2001 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 12 November 2001
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: 2×LP, MC, CD, 2×CD
33 27 34 9 22 17 24 48 24 58
  • UK: 2× Platinum[15]
  • AUS: 2× Platinum[22]
2004 Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities 1978–2001 (The Fiction Years)
  • Released: 26 January 2004
  • Label: Fiction
  • Format: 4 CD box-set
98
[23]
29 106
2018 Torn Down
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions
UK
[2]
FRA
[8]
SPA
[24]
1982 A Single
  • Released: 12 July 1982
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: 2×7-inch, 10-inch
34
1983 The Walk
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Sire
  • Format: 12-inch mini-LP
1985 Half an Octopuss & Quadpus
  • Released: 8 December 1985
  • Label: Fiction
  • Format: 10-inch, 12-inch
1988 The Peel Sessions
1990 Integration
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: 4 CDS box-set
1993 Lost Wishes
  • Released: 16 November 1993
  • Label: Fiction
  • Format: CS
1993 Sideshow
  • Released: 14 September 1993
  • Label: Fiction
  • Format: CDS
1997 Five Swing Live
  • Released: 10 June 1997
  • Label: Fiction
  • Format: CDS
2006 Festival 2005
  • Released: 26 December 2006
  • Labels: Geffen
  • Format: CDS
2008 Hypnagogic States
  • Released: 13 September 2008
  • Labels: Geffen
  • Format: CDS
39 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[2][4]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
FRA
[8]
GER
[25]
IRE
[26]
NZ
[11]
SPA
[24][27]
US
[28]
US
Alt

[29]
1978 "Killing an Arab" x Non-album single (later included on Boys Don't Cry)
1979 "10:15 Saturday Night" x Three Imaginary Boys
"Boys Don't Cry" 99 22 x Non-album single (later included on Boys Don't Cry)
"Jumping Someone Else's Train" x
1980 "A Forest" 31 38 x Seventeen Seconds
1981 "Primary" 43 94 29 x Faith
"Charlotte Sometimes" 44 31 x Non-album single
1982 "The Hanging Garden" 34 x Pornography
"Let's Go to Bed" 44 15 17 x Non-album single (later included on Japanese Whispers)
1983 "The Walk" 12 34 19 x
"The Love Cats" 7 6 15 23 x
1984 "The Caterpillar" 14 51 20 x The Top
1985 "In Between Days" 15 16 23 45 17 15 99 x The Head on the Door
"Close to Me" 24 7 17 4 45 x
1986 "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice – New Mix)" 22 26 28 19 9 10 31 x Non-album single
1987 "Why Can't I Be You?" 21 16 29 29 12 16 5 54 x Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
"Catch" 27 77 59 16 30 x
"Just Like Heaven" 29 89 33 15 31 25 40 x
1988 "Hot Hot Hot!!!" 45 18 8 68 x
1989 "Lullaby" 5 28 5 22 3 3 7 4 74 23 Disintegration
"Fascination Street" 46 1
"Lovesong" 18 82 21 13 39 2 2
1990 "Pictures of You" 24 89 18 9 71 19
"Never Enough" 13 22 17 6 11 14 72 1 Mixed Up
"Close to Me (remix)" 13 55 49 4 27 18 97
1992 "High" 8 5 27 11 14 6 4 19 42 1 Wish
"Friday I'm in Love" 6 39 13 16 4 7 18 1
"A Letter to Elise" 28 103 23 13 2
1996 "The 13th" 15 31 55 22 37 44 15 Wild Mood Swings
"Mint Car" 31 100 58 14
"Gone!" 60
"Strange Attraction" 145
1997 "Wrong Number" 62 70 43 8 Galore
2001 "Cut Here" 54 83 85 79 10 Greatest Hits
2004 "The End of the World" 25 70 47 42 19 The Cure
"Taking Off" 39 67 73 9
"alt.end"
2008 "The Only One" 48 80 28 77 1 31 4:13 Dream
"Freakshow" 89 91 30 78 1
"Sleep When I'm Dead" 68 84 36 80 1
"The Perfect Boy" 78 91 37 86 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart. "x" denotes that chart did not exist at the time.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Alt
[29]
1982 "Lament" x Flexipop magazine promo
"One Hundred Years" / "The Hanging Garden"[30] x Pornography
1984 "Shake Dog Shake" x The Top
1990 "Hello, I Love You" 6 Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary
1993 "Purple Haze" 2 Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
2000 "Out of This World" Bloodflowers
"Maybe Someday" 10
2001 "Just Say Yes" Greatest Hits

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details Certifications
1986 Staring at the Sea: The Images
The Cure Live in Japan
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Toshiba
  • Formats: VHS, Betamax
1988 The Cure in Orange
  • Released: 23 February 1987
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: VHS, LD, 2×VCD
1991 Picture Show
  • Released: 23 July 1991
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: VHS, LD, DVD
1992 Play Out
  • Released: 1 September 1992
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: VHS, LD
1993 Show
  • Released: 26 October 1993
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: VHS, 2×CD-i, LD, 2×LD
1997 Galore: The Videos 1987–1997
  • Released: 28 October 1997
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: VHS, VCD
2001 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 11 December 2001
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
2003 The Cure: Trilogy
  • Released: 3 June 2003
  • Label: Fiction
  • Formats: 2×DVD, 2×VHS, Blu-ray
  • US: Platinum[16]
  • GER: Gold[17]
  • CAN: Platinum
2006 Festival 2005
  • Released: 5 December 2006
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: DVD
2019 Curaetion 25 – Anniversary[31]
  • Released: 18 October 2019
  • Format: CD, DVD, digital download, box set

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director[32][33]
1978 "Killing an Arab" Tim Pope
"10:15 Saturday Night" Pierc Bedford
1979 "Boys Don't Cry" Tim Pope
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
1980 "A Forest" David Hillier
"Play for Today"
1981 "Primary" Bob Rickerd
"Other Voices"
"Charlotte Sometimes" Mick Mansfield
1982 "The Hanging Garden" Chris Gabrin
"Let's Go to Bed" Tim Pope
1983 "The Walk"
"The Lovecats"
1984 "The Caterpillar"
1985 "In Between Days"
"Close to Me"
"A Night Like This"
"The Blood" Unknown
1987 "Why Can't I Be You?" Tim Pope
"Catch"
"Just Like Heaven"
1988 "Hot Hot Hot!!!"
1989 "Lullaby"
"Fascination Street"
"Lovesong"
1990 "Pictures of You"
"Never Enough"
"Close to Me" (remix)
1992 "High"
"Friday I'm in Love"
"A Letter to Elise" Aubrey Powell
1996 "The 13th" Sophie Muller
"Mint Car" Richard Heslop
"Gone!" Steve Hanft
1997 "Wrong Number" Tim Pope
2001 "Cut Here" Richard Anthony[34]
"Just Say Yes"
2004 "The End of the World" Floria Sigismondi[35]
"Taking Off" The Saline Project[36][37]
"alt.end"
2008 "The Only One"[38] Unknown
"Freakshow"[39]
"Sleep When I'm Dead"[40]
"The Perfect Boy"[41]

Other appearances[edit]

Year Track Album
1981 "One Hundred Years" (demo) Annual Report
1982 "Lament" Flexpop Magazine
1990 "Hello, I Love You" Rubáiyát
"Lullaby (Remix)" Gänsehaut & Herzklopfen
"A Walk With The Cure"[B] November 90: Mixes 1
1991 "Close to Me (Closer Mix)" The Brits 1991
1993 "Purple Haze" Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
1994 "Burn" The Crow soundtrack
1995 "Young Americans" 104.9
"Dredd Song" Judge Dredd soundtrack
1998 "World in My Eyes" For the Masses
"More Than This" The X-Files: The Album
2000 "Watching Me Fall (Underdog Remix)" American Psycho: Music from the Controversial Motion Picture
2004 "A Forest (Acoustic Version)" Essential Glastonbury
2005 "Love" Make Some Noise
2007 "Make Me Bad"/"In Between Days"[C] MTV Unplugged: Korn
  • B^ A mix of "A Walk", "Inbetween Days", "Love Song" and "A Forest".
  • C^ With Korn

References[edit]

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