Wednesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #96 – Dire Straits (1978)

Top 100 Albums of the 70’s

#96 – Dire Straits (1978)

Dire Straits is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on October 7, 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Germany, Australia and France, #2 in the United States and #5 in the United Kingdom. Dire Straits was later certified double-platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The single “Sultans of Swing” first broke into the United States top five early in the spring of 1979—being a hit a full five months after the album was released there—and then rose to number eight on the British charts. “Water of Love” was also released as a single in some countries, and charted in Australia, reaching number 54, and in the Netherlands, reaching number 28. In Europe, the album sold four million copies, and in the United States, it sold two million copies.

The album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 to most of the world excluding the U.S. and on September 19, 2000 in the United States.

1. “Down to the Waterline” 3:55
2. “Water of Love” 5:23
3. “Setting Me Up” 3:18
4. “Six Blade Knife” 4:10
5. “Southbound Again” 2:58

1. “Sultans of Swing” 5:47
2. “In the Gallery” 6:16
3. “Wild West End” 4:42
4. “Lions” 5:05

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