The Kinks discography

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The Kinks discography
Releases
Studio albums24
Live albums7
Compilation albums32
EPs10
Singles78
 
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The Kinks discography
Releases
Studio albums24
Live albums7
Compilation albums32
EPs10
Singles78

The recording career of the English rock group the Kinks spanned more than 30 years between 1964 and 1996. In that time the group released 25 studio albums and had many hit singles including three UK number one singles starting in 1964 with Hard Rock hit "You Really Got Me" which subsequently influenced Heavy Metal music in the 1970s, they had 18 Top 40 singles in the 1960s alone and further Top 40 hits in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Kinks music often focuses on everyday subjects for working class people in Britain and are known for their poetic lyrics about subjects like fashion followers in "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", poverty in "Dead End Street" and environment issues in "Apeman."

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum TitleHighest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1964Kinks
(Released in the US as You Really Got Me)
329
1965Kinda Kinks360
1965The Kink Kontroversy995
1966Face to Face12135
1967Something Else by The Kinks35153
1968The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society--
1969Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)-105
1970Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One-35
1971Percy--
1971Muswell Hillbillies-100
1972Everybody's in Show-Biz-70
1973Preservation: Act 1-177
1974Preservation: Act 2-114
1975Soap Opera-51
1975Schoolboys in Disgrace-45
1977Sleepwalker-21
1978Misfits-40
1979Low Budget-11
1981Give the People What They Want-15
1983State of Confusion-12
1984Word of Mouth-57
1986Think Visual-81
1989UK Jive-122
1993Phobia-166

US-only albums[edit]

YearAlbum TitleHighest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1965Kinks-Size
(US-only album)
-13
1965Kinkdom
(US-only album)
-47

Live and other albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbum TitleHighest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1966Greatest Hits!
(US-only album)
-9
1966Well Respected Kinks5-
1967Sunny Afternoon
(UK-only album)
9-
1970The Hit Collection--
1971Golden Hour of the Kinks
(UK-only album)
21-
1972The Kink Kronikles
(US-only album)
-94
1973The Great Lost Kinks Album-145
1974Golden Hour of the Kinks Vol. 2
(UK-only album)
--
1974Lola, Percy and the Apeman Come Face to Face
with the Village Green Preservation Society
--
1976The Kinks' Greatest: Celluloid Heroes-144
197820 Golden Greats19-
1980Second Time Around-177
1981The Kinks Collection--
1983Candy from Mr. Dandy
(UK-only album)
--
1983Dead End Street: Kinks Greatest Hits96-
1984Kinks Kollectables--
1984The Kinks: A Compleat Collection
20th Anniversary Edition
-209
1985The Kinks: Backtrackin' (The Definitive Double Album Collection)-
1986Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of 1977-1986-159
1987Hit Singles--
1988The Kinks Are Well Respected Men--
1989The Kinks Greatest Hits (Rhino)--
198925 Years: The Ultimate Collection35-
1991The Complete Collection - Castle Communications (CCSCD 300).
Remastered version of 1989's "The Ultimate Collection" (CTVCD 001), both sharing EAN 5013428640029.
--
1991The Kinks Lost & Found: 1986-1989--
1992The Kinks Story Vol. 1: 1964-1966--
1992The Kinks Story Vol. 2: 1967-1971--
1993The Definitive Collection: The Kinks Greatest Hits18-
1994You Really Got Me: The Very Best of The Kinks--
1997The Singles Collection42-
1998God Save The Kinks, Vol. 1--
1998God Save The Kinks, Vol. 2--
1998God Save The Kinks, Vol. 3--
1999You Really Got Me: The Best of The Kinks--
2001BBC Sessions: 1964-1977149-
2002The Ultimate Collection32-
2007The Ultimate Collection
(re-released as a 2CD set)
1
(Indie Chart)
-
2008Picture Book (6 CD box set)--
2011Hidden Treasures (Dave Davies solo)--
2011The Kinks in Mono (Limited Edition 10 CD box set)--
2011Kinks Kollekted--
2012The Kinks At The BBC (Limited Edition 5 CD + 1 DVD box set)110-
2012Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davies14-

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

1960s[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
UKUSUS
Main
AUSBELCANGERNEDNZSWE
1964"Long Tall Sally"
b/w "I Took My Baby Home"
-[1]129[2]
"You Still Want Me"[3] [4]
b/w "You Do Something To Me"
"You Really Got Me"
b/w "It's All Right
1784392311
"All Day and All of the Night"
b/w "I Gotta Move"
27141222918
1965"Tired of Waiting for You"
b/w "Come On Now"
1629313186
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" [5]
b/w "Who'll Be The Next In Line"
172928
"Set Me Free"
b/w "I Need You"
9235423212
"See My Friends"
b/w "Never Met A Girl Like You Before"
10111362619
"Who'll Be the Next in Line"[5]
b/w "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
3425
"A Well Respected Man" [6] [7]
b/w "Such A Shame"
13112063
"Till the End of the Day"
b/w "Where Have All The Good Times Gone"
8506325341963
1966"Dedicated Follower of Fashion"
b/w "Sittin' On My Sofa"
43636131111116
"Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight"[8]
b/w "I Need You"
7
"Sunny Afternoon"
b/w "I'm Not Like Everybody Else"
114131417122
"Dandy"[8]
b/w "Party Line"
312
"Dead End Street"
b/w "Big Black Smoke"
57362112854412
"Mister Pleasant"[6]
b/w "Harry Rag"
8035479122
1967"Waterloo Sunset"
b/w "Act Nice and Gentle (UK)
"Two Sisters" (US)
24671714
"Death of a Clown"
b/w "Love Me Till The Sun Shines"
(Labeled as Dave Davies solo)[9]
33156832
"Autumn Almanac"
b/w "David Watts"
367513517
"Susannah's Still Alive"
b/w "Funny Face"
(Labeled as Dave Davies solo) [9]
2018271018
1968"Wonderboy"
b/w "Polly"
36294
"Days"
b/w "She's Got Everything"
12771728611
"Lincoln County"
b/w "There Is No Life Without Love"
(Labeled as Dave Davies solo) [9] [3]
15
1969"Starstruck /"[6]9
"Picture Book"[10]36
"Hold My Hand"
b/w "Creeping Jean"
(Labeled as Dave Davies solo) [9] [3]
"Plastic Man"[3]
b/w "King Kong"
31973416
"Drivin'"[3]
b/w "Mindless Child Of Motherhood"
"The Village Green Preservation Society"[11]
b/w "Do You Remember Walter"
"Shangri-La"[3]
b/w "This Man, He Weeps Tonight"
24
"Australia"[10]
b/w "She Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina"
"Victoria"
b/w "Mr. Churchill Says (UK)
"Brainwashed" (US)
33625733
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
UKUSUS
Main
AUSBELCANGERNEDNZSWE
1970"Lola"
b/w "Berkeley Mews" (UK)
"Mindless Child Of Motherhood" (US)
294322115
"Apeman"
b/w "Rats"
54552019895
1971"God's Children"
b/w "The Way Love Used To Be"
5321
"20th Century Man"[11]
b/w "Skin and Bone"
10689
1972"Supersonic Rocket Ship"
b/w "You Don't Know My Name"
1611125
"Celluloid Heroes"
b/w "Hot Potatoes"
1973"One of the Survivors"[11]
b/w "Scrapheap City"
108
"Sitting in the Midday Sun"
b/w "One Of The Surviviors"
"Sweet Lady Genevieve"
b/w "Sitting In My Hotel" (UK)
"Sitting In The Midday Sun" (US)
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"[3]
b/w "Lola"
1974"Money Talks"[11]
b/w "Here Comes Flash"
"Mirror of Love"[3]
b/w "He's Evil"
"Mirror of Love"(Band Version)
b/w "He's Evil"
"Holiday Romance"[3]
b/w "Shepherds Of The Nation"
"Preservation"[11]
b/w "Salvation Road"
1975"Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)"[11]
b/w "Ordinary People"
"Ducks on the Wall"[3]
b/w "Rush Hour Blues"
"You Can't Stop the Music"[3]
b/w "Have Another Drink"
1976"I'm in Disgrace"[11]
b/w "The Hard Way"
"No More Looking Back"[3]
b/w "Jack The Idiot Dunce"/"The Hard Way"
1977"Sleepwalker"
b/w "Full Moon"
4854
"Juke Box Music"
b/w "Sleepless Night" (UK)
"Life Goes On" (US)
"Father Christmas"
b/w "Prince Of The Punks"
1978"A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"
b/w "Artificial Light" (US)
"Live Life" (US)
"Get Up" (US 2nd pressings)
3030
"Live Life"
b/w "In A Foreign Land" (UK)
"Black Messiah" (US)
"Black Messiah"[3]
b/w "Misfits"
1979"(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman"
b/w "Low Budget"
417143
"A Gallon of Gas"[11]
b/w "Low Budget"
"Catch Me Now I'm Falling"[11]
b/w "Low Budget"
"Moving Pictures"[3]
b/w "In A Space"
"Pressure"[3]
b/w "National Health"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
UKUSUS
Main
AUSBELCANGERNEDNZSWE
1980"Lola (Live)"[6]
b/w "Celluloid Heroes"
816911
"You Really Got Me (Live)"[11]
b/w "Attitude"
1981"Better Things"
b/w "Massive Reductions" (UK)
"Yo-Yo" (US)
469212
"Destroyer"[11]
b/w "Back To Front"
85335
"Predictable"[3]
b/w "Back To Front"
1982"Come Dancing"
b/w "Noise"
12617361862918
1983"Don't Forget to Dance"
b/w "Bernadette" (UK)
"Young Conservatives" (US)
582916402038
"State of Confusion"[8]
b/w "Labour Of Love"
26
1984"Good Day"[3]
b/w "Too Hot"
"Do It Again"
b/w "Guilty"
41491
1985"Living on a Thin Line"[11][12]24
"Summer's Gone"[11]
b/w "Going Solo"
1986"Rock 'n' Roll Cities"[11]
b/w "Sleazy Town"
37
"How Are You"
b/w "Killing Time" (UK)
"Working At The Factory" (US)
86
1987"Lost and Found"
b/w "Killing Time"
37
1988"The Road"[3]
b/w "Art Lover"
1989"Down All the Days (Till 1992)"[3]
b/w "You Really Got Me"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
UKUSUS
Main
AUSBELCANGERNEDNZSWE
1990"How Do I Get Close"
b/w "Down All The Days (Till 1992)" (UK)
"War Is Over" (US)
21
1991Did Ya EP48
"Did Ya" [8]
b/w "Days"
1993"Only a Dream"[3]
b/w "Somebody Stole My Car"
79
"Scattered"[3](CD single)
1997The Days EP35
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
UKUSUS
Main
AUSBELCANGERNEDNZSWE
2004"You Really Got Me"[13]42
2007"Waterloo Sunset"[13]88
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  1. ^ "Long Tall Sally" did not chart on the Record Retailer chart (now regarded as the 'official' chart) but did reach #42 on the Melody Maker chart which was arguably more important at the time.
  2. ^ "Long Tall Sally" did not chart in the US until late 1964, after several other Kinks singles had charted.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u UK releases. "You Still Want Me", "Lincoln County", "Hold My Hand", "Plastic Man", "Drivin'", "Shangri-La", "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", "Holiday Romance", "Ducks On The Wall", "You Can't Stop The Music", "No More Looking Back", "Black Messiah", "Moving Pictures", "Pressure", "Predictable", "Good Day", "The Road", "Down all the Days (Till 1992)", "Scattered" and "Only a Dream" were all UK/European releases, and were not released as singles in the US.
  4. ^ "You Still Want Me" was the intended second U.S. single, backed with You Do Something To Me. Both of these tracks, along with both sides of their first U.S. single, were issued as a bootleg EP with very little value.
  5. ^ a b "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" and "Who'll Be The Next In Line" were respectively the A-side and B-side of a UK/European single. This single was released several months later in North America, with the A-side and B-side reversed.
  6. ^ a b c d "A Well Respected Man","Mr. Pleasant", "Starstruck" and "Lola (Live)" were released as singles in continental Europe and North America only.
  7. ^ "A Well Respected Man" was originally released (September 1965) in the UK on the 45rpm 7" EP Kwyet Kinks which was not eligible for the UK singles chart.
  8. ^ a b c d European releases. "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight", "Dandy", "State of Confusion", and "Did Ya" were released as singles in continental Europe only.
  9. ^ a b c d "Death Of A Clown", "Susannah's Still Alive", "Lincoln County" and "Hold My Hand" were permormed by The Kinks but credited as solo singles by Dave Davies, as he was the writer of these songs. All have subsequently been reissued as Kinks tracks on various Kinks albums.
  10. ^ a b Australian releases. "Picture Book" and "Australia" were released as singles in Australia only.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n U.S. releases. "The Village Green Preservation Society", "20th Century Man", "One Of The Survivors", "Money Talks", "Preservation", "Starmaker", "I'm In Disgrace", "A Gallon Of Gas", "Catch Me Now I'm Falling", "You Really Got Me (Live)", "Destroyer", "Living on a Thin Line", "Summer's Gone" and "Rock 'n' Roll Cities" were US single releases. While some of these were also released as singles in other territories, none of these were released as singles in the UK.
  12. ^ "Living on a Thin Line" was released as a 12 inch promotional single in America, but it never saw mainstream release.
  13. ^ a b "You Really Got Me" was reissued for its 40th anniversary as a replica of the original Pye 2 track 7" single and a CD single which added rarity "Misty Water". "Waterloo Sunset" was reissued for its 40th anniversary as a replica of the original UK Pye 2 track 7" single and a CD single which was a replica of the French 4 track EP.

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