Billy Idol discography

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Billy Idol discography

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Billy Idol discography
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Billy Idol and Steve Stevens, 2003
Studio albums 7
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 5
Video albums 7
Music videos 28
EPs 1
Singles 37

The discography of Billy Idol, his solo recordings post-Generation X, consists of eight studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, one extended play and 37 singles.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
FIN
[4]
GER
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
U.S.
[10]
1982 Billy Idol

66 5 49 45
1983 Rebel Yell

  • Released: November, 1983
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
36 16 2 2 16 6
1986 Whiplash Smile

  • Released: September, 1986
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
8 6 18 3 9 5 12 4 4 6
1990 Charmed Life

  • Released: May, 1990
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
15 11 11 1 5 3 5 6 4 11
1993 Cyberpunk

  • Released: June, 1993
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
20 12 5 6 13 19 11 15 48
2005 Devil’s Playground

78 34 15 40 32 46
2014 Kings & Queens of the Underground

  • Released: October, 2014
  • Label: BFI Records
  • Format: LP, CD
35 81 17 8 10 34
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details
Happy Holidays
  • Released: October, 2006
  • Label: Bodog Music
  • Format: CD

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
FIN
[4]
GER
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
2002 VH1 Storytellers

14 76
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1][16]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
FIN
[4]
GER
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10][17]
1985 Vital Idol

  • (1985 International Version)
  • Released: June, 1985 (UK)
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
7 38 17 8 8 19 24
1987 Vital Idol

  • (1987 New US Edition)
  • Released: 1987 (US)
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
41 12 14 10
  • CAN: 4× Platinum[12]
  • US: Platinum[11]
1988 Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: LP, CD, CC
2 11 11 1 14 4 4 6
2001 Greatest Hits

  • Released: March, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: CD, CC
171 43 2 12 3 4 12 30 74
2008 The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself

  • Released: June, 2008
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: CD + DVD
37 38 39 72 77
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
FIN
[4]
GER
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
1981 Don’t Stop

  • Released: October, 1981
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: 12″, CD
71
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.
  • + Greatest Hits and Devil’s Playground failed to chart in The Official UK Top 75 Albums Chart (published by Music Week), but did chart on the complete Top 200 UK Chart published by Charts+Plus (published mainly for music business statistics).[18]

Singles[edit]

Starting with the 1983 re-release of “White Wedding”, Chrysalis issued Idol’s singles with an IDOL vanity catalogue numbering system. This lasted for roughly seven years and sixteen singles (including various re-issues) until the release of “Prodigal Blues” in 1990.

Year Song UK
[1]
U.S.
[19][17]
[20]
U.S.
Rock

[21]
AUS
[2]
FIN
[4]
GER
[22]
IRE
[23]
ITA NZL
[6]
SWI
[9]
SWE
[8]
Album
1981 Dancing with Myself Don’t Stop
Mony Mony 107
1982 Hot in the City 58 23 31 18 5 Billy Idol
White Wedding 36 4 9 5
1983 Dancing with Myself(re-release) 102 42 9 Don’t Stop
1984 Rebel Yell 62 46 9 7 3 Rebel Yell
Eyes Without a Face 18 4 5 12 10 13 14 4 21
“Flesh for Fantasy” 54 29 8 28 11 30 5 20
“Catch My Fall” 50 24 61 11 42
1985 White Wedding(UK re-release) 6 13 Vital Idol
Rebel Yell(UK re-release) 6 6 Rebel Yell
1986 To Be a Lover 22 6 2 3 3 28 15 16 2 7 8 Whiplash Smile
1987 “Don’t Need a Gun” 26 37 10 22 8 36 24 27 29
“Sweet Sixteen” 17 20 26 9 16 2 9 30 3 12
“Soul Standing By” (Aus & NZ only) 93 20
Mony Mony” (Live) 7 1 27 8 4 38 3 2 13 Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
Hot in the City(re-release) 13 48 58 3 6 19 19
1988 “Catch My Fall” (UK re-release) 63
1990 Cradle of Love 34 2 1 10 8 38 22 8 16 11 Charmed Life
L.A. Woman 70 52 18 34 28 28 25
“Prodigal Blues” 47 35 31
1993 Heroin Cyberpunk
Shock to the System 30 105 7 28 17 5 37 25
Adam in Chains
1994 “Speed” 47 38 33 12 40 39 Speed Soundtrack
2001 Don’t You (Forget About Me) Greatest Hits
2005 “Scream” 26 54 Devil’s Playground
2008 “John Wayne” The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself
2014 “Can’t Break Me Down” Kings & Queens of the Underground
  • + “Dancing with Myself”, “Mony Mony” and “Shock to the System” failed to chart on Billboard Hot 100 but all three charted on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart which equals positions 101-125. Therefore, these songs appear listed as having charted on a position below 100 on Billboard Hot 100. Chart positions for these three singles are listed as 102, 107 and 105 in the track information in the CD-booklet for Idol’s 2008 compilation album The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.[24]

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Song UK
[1]
U.S.
[20]
U.S.
Rock

[20]
AUS
[2]
FIN
[4]
GER
[22]
ITA NZL
[6]
SWI
[9]
SWE
[8]
Album
1993 “Wasteland” (UK Jukebox 7″ and US promo CD) Cyberpunk
“Aftershock” (Spanish promo 12″)
2005 “Cherie” (EU and US promo CD) Devil’s Playground
“Sherri” (German promo CD)
“Rat Race” (US promo CD)
Plastic Jesus(German promo CD)
“Yellin’ at the Xmas Tree” (EU and US promo CD)
2008 “New Future Weapon” (German promo CD) The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song(s) Album
1994 Cradle of Love(Live) Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume I by Various artists[25]
2000 “Buried Alive” Heavy Metal 2000 OST by Various artists
2000 “Into The Night” Iommi by Tony Iommi
2006 In the Summertime(with Derek Sherinian & Slash) Blood of the Snake by Derek Sherinian
2006 Tomorrow Never Knows Butchering The Beatles – A Headbashing Tribute by Various artists
2006 “For What It’s Worth” (Live)
“Rebel Yell” (Live)
The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 1 by Various artists
2011 “Kiss Me Deadly” (Live)
“Running With the Boss Sound” (Live)
The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 5 by Various artists

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
HUN
[26]
1987 Vital Idol

1991 The Charmed Life and Other Vital Videos

1993 Cyberpunk: Shock to the System

  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • Format: VHS
2002 VH1 Storytellers

20
2008 The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself (DVD part)

  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: DVD
2009 In Super Overdrive Live

2011 No Religion Live

  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Hatch Farm Studios
  • Format: DVD
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1982 Hot in the Citya Larry Jordan
White Wedding David Mallet
1983 Dancing with Myself Tobe Hooper
1984 Rebel Yell Jeff Stein
Eyes Without a Face David Mallet
“Flesh for Fantasy” Howard Deutch
1985 “Catch My Fall” David Mallet
1986 “To Be a Lover” David Mallet
1987 “Don’t Need a Gun” Julien Temple
“Sweet Sixteen”b Billy Idol
Mony Mony” (Live) Larry Jordan
1990 Cradle of Lovec David Fincher
L.A. Woman David Fincher
“Prodigal Blues”
1993 Heroind Brett Leonard
Shock to the Systeme Brett Leonard
Adam in Chains Julien Temple
1994 “Speed”
2005 “Scream”
Plastic Jesus
“Yellin’ at the Xmas Tree”
2006 In the Summertime(with Derek Sherinian & Slash)
Jingle Bell Rock
“Happy Holiday”
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
2014 “Can’t Break Me Down” Jason Trucco
2015 “Save Me Now” Tom Kirk

^a Versions of “Hot in the City”:

  1. Original Version
  2. Uncensored Version
  3. Ur-Version

^b Versions of “Sweet Sixteen”:

  1. Original Version
  2. Colored Version

^c Versions of “Cradle of Love”:

  1. Original Version
  2. Extended Billy Idol Only Version

^d Versions of “Heroin”:

  1. LP Version
  2. Radio Edit
  3. Uncut Version
  4. Blendo Version
  5. Overlords Version
  6. Overlords-R rated Version
  7. Garcia Mix
  8. Garcia Mix-R rated

^e Versions of “Shock to the System”:

  1. Original Version
  2. Blendo Version
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