Dire Straits discography


Dire Straits discography
Dire Straits discography

Dire Straits performing live in Norway, in October 1985
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 3
EPs 2
Singles 23

This page is a detailed discography of the rock band Dire Straits.

Contents

Albums

Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER
[1]
CH
[2]
NL
[3]
1978 Dire Straits
  • First studio album
  • Released: July 7, 1978
5 1 2 17 10 6 2
  • UK: 2× Platinum
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
1979 Communiqué
  • Second studio album
  • Released: June 15, 1979
5 5 1 7 2 1 11
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Gold
1980 Making Movies
  • Third studio album
  • Released: October 17, 1980
4 6 3 15 1 4 19
  • UK: 2× Platinum
  • US: Platinum
1982 Love over Gold
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: September 20, 1982
1 1 1 1 1 2 19
  • UK: 2× Platinum
  • US: Gold
1985 Brothers in Arms
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: May 13, 1985
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • UK: Diamond
  • US: 9× Multi-Platinum
  • EU: Diamond
1991 On Every Street
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released: September 9, 1991
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 13 1 1
  • UK: 2× Platinum
  • US: Platinum

Live albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER
[1]
CH
[2]
NL
[3]
1984 Alchemy
  • First live album
  • Released: March 12, 1984
3 55 3 3 9 7 19 46 3
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Gold
1993 On the Night
  • Second live album
  • Released: May 10, 1993
4 97 5 10 1 1 1 116 7 5 2
1995 Live at the BBC
  • Third live album
  • Released: June 26, 1995
71 —Golden Heart 45 15

Bootleg albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER
[1]
CH
[2]
NL
[3]
1978 Live in Rotterdam
  • Popular bootleg album
  • Recorded: October 19, 1978

Compilation albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER
[1]
CH
[2]
NL
[3]
1988 Money for Nothing
  • First compilation album
  • Released: October 1988
1 3 2 3 3 8 62 1 75
  • UK: 4× Multi-Platinum
  • US: Platinum
1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
  • Second compilation album
  • Released: August 1998
6 44 4 6 5 2 7 6 3 6
  • UK: Gold
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations
  • Third compilation album
  • Released: 2005
20 7 35 17 44 5 6 15 23
  • UK: Gold
2010 Dire Straits - Walk of Life - The Hits
  • Fourth compilation album
  • Released: 4 August 2010
3 3 2 7 3
  • UK: Gold

Extended plays

Year Album US
1983 ExtendedancEPlay
  • First EP
  • Released: January 10, 1983
53
1993 Encores
  • Second EP
  • Released: May 10, 1993
59

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[4]
IRE
[5]
AUS NZ CAN AUT
[6]
US US Rock FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
ITA
[9]
SWI
[10]
1978 "Sultans of Swing" 8 6 6 12 6 4 20 12 Dire Straits
1979 "Water of Love" 54
"Lady Writer" 51 95 39 51 45 Communiqué
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" 8 5 Making Movies
"Skateaway" 37 17 47 58 31
"Tunnel of Love" 54 62 44 31
1982 "Private Investigations" 2 2 21 16 19 8 28 4 Love over Gold
1983 "Industrial Disease" 18 75 9
"Twisting by the Pool" 14 13 2 1 18 12 31 11 ExtendedancEPlay
1984 "Love over Gold" (live) 50 46 29 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
1985 "So Far Away" 20 14 22 25 24 19 29 33 6 Brothers in Arms
"Money for Nothing" 4 6 4 4 1 7 1 1 34 19 22
"Brothers in Arms" 16 10 57 5
"Walk of Life" 2 1 11 3 5 18 7 4 15 24
1986 "Your Latest Trick" 26 6 47
1988 "Sultans of Swing" (re-release) 62 Money For Nothing
1991 "Calling Elvis" 21 2 8 9 4 8 3 7 8 3 2 On Every Street
"Heavy Fuel" 55 26 34 26 1 32 48 22
1992 "On Every Street" 42 23
"The Bug" 67 21 8 44 52
"You and Your Friend" 49
1993 "Encores" 31 47 91 19 1 34 3 20 On the Night

Music videos

Year Video Director
1985 "Money for Nothing" Ken O'Neil
1986 "Walk of Life" Stephen Johnson

References

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  2. ^ a b c d "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=dire+straits&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
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  7. ^ "lescharts.com (French charts, Dire Straits 1984-)". lescharts.com. http://lescharts.com/search.asp?cat=s&search=Dire+Straits. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  8. ^ "musicline.de (German charts)". musicline.de. http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/DIRE+STRAITS/single?sort=entry. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
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