Pam Tillis, an American country music singer, consists of 13 studio albums and 45 singles. Her first release, Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey in 1983, did not produce any major hits. Between 1990 and 2001, she recorded for Arista Nashville, achieving two gold albums and three platinum albums. 33 of her singles for Arista, plus a cut for the soundtrack to Happy, Texas, all made the Hot Country Songs in that timespan. Her only number one was “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)”, although twelve other songs reached the top 10 on the same chart.
Since their debut in 1972, the Eagles have released seven studio albums, two live albums, 10 compilation albums, as well as three video albums and 30 singles. Of those singles, five topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Eagles have a total of 18 Top 40 hits on the pop charts, as well as several hits on the adult contemporary chart. They are one of the best-selling popular music artists in history.
Their highest-selling studio album is 1976’s Hotel California, which was certified 26× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album’s title track was their fourth Number One single on the pop charts, as well as their highest certified single, being certified Platinum. The Eagles also hold the distinction of releasing the highest-selling album of the 20th century in the United States. The band’s compilation album Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) sold more than 26 million copies domestically from its release until the end of 1999.
In 2007, the Eagles issued a full length studio album of new material for the first time in nearly 30 years with Long Road Out of Eden. The album debuted at #1 on several charts around the world; including Norway and the United Kingdom. The album featured five consecutive Top 40 singles on the adult contemporary charts, and was certified 7× Platinum in the US.
Linda Ronstadt, an American rock, pop and country artist (who also recorded in other genres, such as light opera and traditional Mexican music), consists of 24 solo studio albums, one live album, numerous compilation albums, and 63 singles. After recording three albums with her folk rock band, The Stone Poneys, Ronstadt debuted on Capitol Records as a solo artist with 1969’s Hand Sown … Home Grown. Her final album was released in 2006. Ronstadt has sold over 30 million records in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Don’t Know Much (with Aaron Neville)
You’re No Good
When Will I Be Loved
The Tracks of My Tears
That’ll Be the Day
It’s So Easy
Back in the U.S.A.
Somewhere Out There (with James Ingram)
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
All My Life (with Aaron Neville)
Ooh Baby Baby
Hurt So Bad
Just One Look
I Knew You When
How Do I Make You
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (with Aaron Neville)
Love Has No Pride
Telling Me Lies (Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton)
Someone to Lay Down Beside Me
Long, Long Time
To Know Him Is To Love Him (Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton)
Olivia Newton-John has released Seventy-four singles, seven featured artist and eighteen promotional recordings. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, seven Top Ten Billboard Hot Country singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. Ten of her singles have topped Billboard’s adult contemporary music singles chart; only five acts have had more number ones. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and fourteen of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She starred in Grease, which featured one of the most successful soundtracks in Hollywood history.
English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys have released 14 studio albums, four live albums, eight compilation albums, four remix albums, three soundtrack albums, two extended plays and 65 singles. The duo’s debut single, “West End Girls”, was first released in 1984 but failed to chart in most regions. However, the song was entirely re-recorded in late 1985, and this newly recorded version became their first number-one single, topping the UK Singles Chart, Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Singles Chart. Parlophone released the duo’s debut album, Please, in the United Kingdom in March 1986. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It also peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 in the United States and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIA) The following summer they released “It’s a Sin”, the lead single from their second album, Actually. The single became another UK number one and also reached number nine in the US. This was followed by “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, with Dusty Springfield, which peaked at number two in both the UK and US. In the summer of 1987, the Pet Shop Boys recorded a cover of Brenda Lee’s song “Always on My Mind”, which became their third UK number-one single over Christmas 1987. This was followed by another UK number one, “Heart”, in spring 1988. The album Actually was released in September 1987, peaked at number two in the UK and was certified three-times Platinum by the BPI.
West End Girls
Always on My Mind
It’s a Sin
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield)
Can You Forgive Her?
I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing
Left to My Own Devices
I Don’t Know What You Want but I Can’t Give It Any More
Home and Dry
Love Comes Quickly
Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life Is)
Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
New York City Boy
I’m with Stupid
Was It Worth It?
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)
Scottish art rock/new wave band Simple Minds have released 18 studio albums (either original or covers and counting 1981’s Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call as a double album release), eight live albums, 12 compilation albums, nine box sets, 52 singles, and five video albums. We countdown and feature the Top 30 Hits.
Toby Keith has released 20 studio albums and seven compilation albums. He has released 67 singles, with 65 of them charting on the Billboard country charts, of which all but ten reached top 40 or higher. 20 of his singles have reached number one in the United States, and 22 more have reached the Top 10.
As of December 2013, Toby Keith has sold over 30 million albums in the US, which made him the fifth best-selling country artist in the US since 1991 when Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales.
Ringo Starr, former drummer and occasional singer and songwriter of British rock band the Beatles. When the band broke up in the spring of 1970, Starr embarked on a solo career. Along with the other Beatles, he spent the first half of the seventies on Apple Records, the label created by the band for themselves. Starr moved to Atlantic Records after his contract with EMI expired and his career diminished in commercial impact, even though he continued to record and eventually tour with his All-Starr Band in 1989 and continues to do so today.
Studio albums 20 Live albums 11 Compilation albums 6 Video albums 12 Music videos 25 EPs 2 Singles 44 Other albums 2 Guest appearances 31
Huey Lewis and the News have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and are ranked in the top 200 selling groups of all time by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Three of their albums, Sports, Fore!, and Small World have been certified platinum. Sports is the band’s best selling album, having been certified 7× platinum. Picture This and Hard at Play have both been certified gold. The band has released 37 singles, of which 12 have reached the top ten, and three have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The band has also appeared on two soundtrack albums. For the 1985 film, Back to the Future, the band contributed two songs. “The Power of Love” became their first number-one hit, and “Back in Time” received radio airplay on album-oriented rock stations. More than 20 years later, the band contributed the title track, appearing over the end credits, to the 2008 film Pineapple Express.
The band has released three compilation albums. The first one, released worldwide (except in the U.S.), peaked at number 23 on the UK chart. The second one, Time Flies… The Best of Huey Lewis & the News was released in the U.S. only and included four newly recorded tracks. The third one was a career-spanning “greatest hits” album that included some harder-to-find tracks and was certified gold. The band has also released one live album.
Lorrie Morgan is an American country music singer. Her discography comprises 17 studio albums, one live album, 10 compilation albums and 53 singles. Morgan first charted in 1979 with releases on ABC and MCA Records, as well as a duet with her father, country singer George Morgan. She did not enter the Top 40 on Hot Country Songs until 1988’s “Trainwreck of Emotion,” which went to number 20. Morgan sent three singles to Number One on the country music charts: “Five Minutes” in 1990, “What Part of No” in late 1992–early 1993, and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” in 1995. She also sent 11 other singles into the country top ten.
ZZ Top, an American blues rock band. They have released 15 studio albums, four live albums, seven compilation albums and 44 singles and has sold over 25 million albums in the US with additional sales internationally.
The Pretenders, a London, England-based rock band, reflects worldwide charting of 11 studio albums, four compilation albums, one extended play (EP), four live albums, and nearly 40 single releases singles.
Vocalist/guitarist Chrissie Hynde, guitarist/keyboardist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers formed The Pretenders in 1978. Their chart-topping debut album, Pretenders, is widely regarded as one of the finest debut albums of all time. The Pretenders’ hit songs include “Brass in Pocket” (1979), “Talk of the Town” (1980), “Message of Love” (1981), “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982), “Middle of the Road” (1983), “2000 Miles” (1984), “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (1986), “My Baby” (1986), and “I’ll Stand by You” (1994).
The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway – a melange referred to as “champagne soul”.
Formed as the Versatiles in late 1965, the group changed its name to “the 5th Dimension” by 1966. Between 1967 and 1973 they charted with 19 Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, two of which – “Up – Up and Away” (No. 7, 1967) and the 1969 number one “Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)” — won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Other big hits include “Stoned Soul Picnic” (No. 3), “Wedding Bell Blues” (No. 1), “One Less Bell to Answer” (No. 2), a cover of “Never My Love” (pop No. 12/Easy Listening No. 1), “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All” (No. 8) and “If I Could Reach You” (pop No. 10/Easy Listening No. 1). Three of their records reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Rhythm & Blues/Soul chart. Five of their 19 Top 20 hits on the Easy Listening chart reached number one.
The five original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence La Rue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson. They have recorded for several labels over their careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group later recorded for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.
Some of the songwriters popularized by the 5th Dimension went on to careers of their own, especially Ashford & Simpson, who wrote “California Soul”. The group is also notable for having more success with the songs of Laura Nyro than Nyro did herself, particularly with “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Blowin’ Away” and “Save the Country”. The group also recorded songs by well-known songwriters such as “One Less Bell to Answer”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who wrote their hit “Up – Up and Away”. The group’s 1967 LP The Magic Garden features all but one song composed by Webb.