Wednesday 5/26/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Lenny Kravitz Top 30 Hits

American singer Lenny Kravitz has released 11 studio albums, one greatest hits compilation album, four box set compilation albums, two extended plays, 58 singles, and eight video albums, including three live albums. Kravitz has earned three gold albums, two platinum albums, two double platinum albums, and one triple platinum album. His debut album Let Love Rule (1989) peaked at number 61 in the US, and while receiving generally positive reviews, it became a huge success in Europe but took a long time to reach success in the US. Its followers, Mama Said (1991) and Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993) sold better overall than his debut, achieving platinum and multi-platinum status respectively, establishing Kravitz in the music industry and expanding his success in Europe and South America. However, despite only a two-year gap between albums, personal issues such as substance abuse problems, the aftermath of divorce, and his mother Roxie Roker’s illness led to a decline in commercial sales with Circus (1995).

With 5 (1998), Kravitz embraced a fresh outlook towards his career and also experimented with electronic equipment such as pro-tools. Initially, the album received only mediocre reviews, and it took a slow and steady process for it to achieve worldwide success after spinning off hits such as “I Belong to You” and “Fly Away” to ultimately become Kravitz’s most successful studio album to date. It would be the album to establish his career at a higher level, with increasing worldwide popularity, especially in Europe, and would win him his first two Grammy Awards. Greatest Hits (2000) would become Kravitz’s most successful album to date, going on to sell over 10.5 million copies worldwide, earning him yet another Grammy Award. While Lenny (2001) would prove to be a very fast seller, although not quite comparing to 5 or Greatest Hits, it managed to win Kravitz his fourth consecutive Grammy Award. However, Baptism was somewhat of a commercial disappointment for the multi-platinum selling artist when compared to its predecessors. Most recently, his 2008 release It Is Time for a Love Revolution had Kravitz realising some of the best debut positions and opening sales weeks worldwide in years, along with his best critical reviews since Lenny.

According to recent sales numbers, a number of his albums (Let Love Rule, Mama Said, 5 and Greatest Hits) have been confirmed to have achieved a sales status high enough to be certified at the next level within the sales threshold, but RIAA still has them certified at the sales level they are currently at, with no official word on whether/when the certifications may occur.[citation needed] In addition to writing and producing all of his own work, Kravitz has produced albums for other artists, some reaching great success.[which?][citation needed] He personally has scored three top 10 albums in the US, while having reached number one in both the UK and Australia. Kravitz has scored hits in virtually every continent: North America (US and Canada), Central America (Bahamas), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia), South America (Brazil, Argentina and Colombia), Asia (Japan), Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and Africa (Republic of South Africa).[citation needed] Considered one of the most successful and best-selling rock artists of his time, Kravitz has had sales of approximately 40 million albums alone worldwide (not including singles and video releases).

1Fly Away1998
2Are You Gonna Go My Way1993
4I’ll Be Waiting2007
6Stillness of Heart2002
7It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over1991
8American Woman1999
9Where Are We Runnin’?2004
10Rock and Roll Is Dead1995
11If You Can’t Say No1998
12Always on the Run1991
13Dig In2001
14Let Love Rule1989
15The Chamber2014
16Believe in Me2002
17Heaven Help1993
18Stand by My Woman1991
19I Belong to You1998
20Is There Any Love in Your Heart1993
22Show Me Your Soul with P. Diddy, Loon and Pharrell2004
25I Build This Garden for Us1990
26Can’t Get You Off My Mind1996
27Calling All Angels2005
28Black Velveteen1999
29If I Could Fall in Love2002
30Spinning Around Over You1993