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Tom Waits discography
A man performing on-stage, surrounded by confetti. Several instruments surround him and behind him a man is playing a double bass.
Tom Waits performing live in 2008
Studio albums16
Live albums3
Compilation albums7
Video albums1
Music videos11
Singles24
Soundtrack albums2

The discography of the American rock musician Tom Waits spans five decades. It consists of 16 studio albums, 3 live albums, 7 compilation albums, 24 singles and 2 soundtracks. Waits has also released one video album and 11 music videos.

Waits's debut release was the 1973 single "Ol' '55", which was the lead single for his debut album Closing Time (1973). He began recording in 1971, but these first sessions would not be released until the beginning of the 1990s. For most of the 1970s he recorded for Asylum Records. After cutting his first soundtrack album for the Francis Ford Coppola musical film One from the Heart, Waits signed with Island Records for the 1980s.[1]

The release of Bone Machine in 1992 brought him a Grammy Award, after a less prolific decade.[1] After Island Records, Waits moved to Anti/Epitaph for Mule Variations, an album that won him a second Grammy.[1] Since the mid-1980's, he has collaborated with his partner Kathleen Brennan. His latest studio album, titled Bad as Me, was released in 2011.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUS
[3]
AUT
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
IRL
[7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWE
[10]
UK
[11]
1973 Closing Time
  • Released: March 1973
  • Label: Asylum (53 030)
  • Formats: LP, CD
29
  • UK: 100,000+
1974 The Heart of Saturday Night
  • Released: October 1974
  • Label: Asylum (53 035)
  • Formats: LP, CD
201
  • UK: 100,000+
1976 Small Change
  • Released: September 1976
  • Label: Asylum (53 050)
  • Formats: LP, CD
89
  • AUS: 35,000+
  • UK: 60,000+
1977 Foreign Affairs
  • Released: September 1977
  • Label: Asylum (53 068)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
113
1978 Blue Valentine
  • Released: September 1978
  • Label: Asylum (53 088)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
181 42
  • UK: 100,000+
1980 Heartattack and Vine
  • Released: September 1980
  • Label: Asylum (52 252)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
96 31 81
1983 Swordfishtrombones
  • Released: September 1983
  • Label: Island (90095)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
167 48 18 62
  • UK: 60,000+
1985 Rain Dogs
  • Released: September 30, 1985
  • Label: Island (90299)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
181 49 26 23 12 5 29
  • UK: 100,000+
  • CAN: 50,000+
  • US: 500,000+
1987 Franks Wild Years
  • Released: August 17, 1987
  • Label: Island (90572)
  • Formats: LP, CS, CD
115 83 24 49 21 13 17 20
  • CAN: 50,000+
1992 Bone Machine
  • Released: September 8, 1992
  • Label: Island (512 580)
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS
176 41 22 42 31 15 38 26
1993 The Black Rider
  • Released: November 2, 1993
  • Label: Island (518 559)
  • Formats: CD, LP
130 68 47
1999 Mule Variations
  • Released: April 16, 1999
  • Label: ANTI- (86547)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP, CS, MD
30 13 7 22 4 12 1 7 9
  • CAN: 50,000+
  • UK: 60,000+
  • US: 500,000+
  • Europe: 500,000 [18]
  • Worldwide: 1,000,000+[19]
2002 Blood Money
  • Released: May 4, 2002
  • Label: ANTI- (86629)
  • Formats: CD, LP
32 25 5 36 9 4 21 4 12 21
Alice
  • Released: May 4, 2002
  • Label: ANTI- (86632)
  • Formats: CD, LP
33 26 3 27 10 5 16 3 13 20
  • US: 140,000+
  • Europe: 250,000+ [22]
2004 Real Gone
  • Released: October 3, 2004
  • Label: ANTI- (86678)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP
28 27 11 39 19 9 10 2 9 16
  • US: 202,000+[23]
  • UK: 60,000
  • Europe: 250,000 [24]
2011 Bad as Me 6 11 5 28 7 5 3 1 4 10

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Year Album details
1982 One from the Heart (with Crystal Gayle)
  • Released: February 1982
  • Label: CBS (37703)
  • Formats: LP, CD
1992 Night on Earth
  • Released: April 7, 1992
  • Label: Island (510 725)
  • Formats: CD, LP

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUT
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
IRL
[7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWE
[10]
UK
[11]
1975 Nighthawks at the Diner
  • Released: October 1975
  • Label: Asylum (63002)
  • Formats: 2xLP, CS, CD
164
  • UK: 60,000+
1988 Big Time
  • Released: September 1988
  • Label: Island (90987)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
152 36 84
2009 Glitter and Doom Live
  • Released: November 23, 2009
  • Label: ANTI- (87053)
  • Format: 2xCD, 2xLP, digital download
63 30 91 61 44 36 5 46 76

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[4]
NOR
[9]
NZD
[28]
UK
[11]
1981 Bounced Checks
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Asylum (52 316)
  • Formats: LP, CS
24
1984 Anthology of Tom Waits
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Asylum (60 416)
  • Formats: LP, CS
1986 Asylum Years
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Asylum (960 321)
  • Formats: LP, CD
40
1991 The Early Years, Volume One
1993 The Early Years, Volume Two
1998 Beautiful Maladies – The Island Years
  • Released: June 1998
  • Label: Island (524 519)
  • Formats: CD
18 63
2001 Used Songs 1973–1980
  • Released: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Rhino (78351)
  • Formats: CD
63 18

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUT
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
IRL
[7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWE
[10]
UK
[11]
2006 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
  • Released: November 20, 2006
  • Label: ANTI- (86844)
  • Formats: 3xCD, 7xLP, digital download
74 15 46 26 25 5 4 6 49
  • US: 500,000+

Singles[edit]

Retail singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
BEL
[31]
FRA
[5]
1973 "Ol' '55" Closing Time
1974 "Blue Skies" non-album single
1975 "San Diego Serenade" The Heart of Saturday Night
1976 "Step Right Up" Small Change
1979 "Somewhere" Blue Valentine
1980 "Jersey Girl" Heartattack and Vine
1983 "In the Neighborhood" Swordfishtrombones
1985 "Downtown Train" Rain Dogs
1987 "Hang on St. Christopher" Franks Wild Years
1988 "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six" (live) Big Time
1992 "Goin' Out West" Bone Machine
1999 "Hold On" Mule Variations
2006 "Lie to Me" Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
2011 "Bad as Me" 50 Bad as Me
"Back in the Crowd" 123

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single Album
1975 "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" The Heart of Saturday Night
1985 "Tango Till They're Sore" Down By Law
1993 "Heartattack and Vine" Heartattack and Vine
"I'll Shoot the Moon" The Black Rider
2002 "Alice" Alice
"God's Away on Business" Blood Money
2004 "How It's Gonna End" Real Gone
"Make it Rain"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1979 "The One That Got Away" John Lamb
1983 "In the Neighborhood" Haskell Wexler[32]
1985 "Downtown Train" Jean-Baptiste Mondino[33]
1987 "Blow Wind Blow" Chris Blum[34]
"Temptation" Betzy Bromberg[35]
1990 "It's All Right with Me" Jim Jarmusch
1992 "Goin' Out West" Jesse Dylan[36]
"I Don't Wanna Grow Up" Jim Jarmusch [35]
1999 "Hold On" Matt Mahurin[37]
"Come On Up to the House" Anders Lövgren
"What's He Building?"
2002 "God's Away on Business" Jesse Dylan[38]
2004 "Top of the Hill" Chris Blum[35]
2006 "Lie to Me" Danny Clinch[39]
2011 "Satisfied" Jesse Dylan[40]
2012 "Hell Broke Luce" Matt Mahurin[41]

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details
1988 Big Time
  • Released: September 1988
  • Label: Island
  • Format: VHS

Contributions[edit]

Tribute albums[edit]

References[edit]

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