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This is a discography for the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown.

Charting singlesEdit

Federal releasesEdit

Listed below are the charting singles James Brown released on the Federal record label between 1956 and 1960.

Year Song title U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B Singles U.K. Singles
1956 "Please, Please, Please" 105 5 -
1958 "Try Me" 48 1 -
1959 "I Want You So Bad" - 20 -
1960 "I'll Go Crazy" - 15 -
"Think" 33 7 -
"You've Got the Power" (b-side of "Think") 86 14 -
"This Old Heart" 79 20 -

King releasesEdit

Listed below are the charting singles James Brown released on the King record label between 1960 and 1971.

Year Song title U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B Singles U.K. Singles
1960 "The Bells" 68 - -
1961 "Bewildered" 40 7 -
"I Don't Mind" 47 4 -
"Baby You're Right" 49 2 -
"I Love You Yes I Do" - 17 -
"Lost Someone" 48 2 -
1962 "Night Train" 35 5 -
"Shout and Shimmy" 61 16 -
"Mashed Potatoes U.S.A." 82 21 -
"Three Hearts in a Tangle" - 18 -
"I've Got Money" 93 - -
1963 "Like a Baby" - 24 -
"Every Beat of My Heart" 99 - -
"Prisoner of Love" 18 6 -
"These Foolish Things" 55 25 -
"Signed, Sealed and Delivered" 77 - -
"Oh Baby Don't You Weep - Pt. 1" 23 - -
1964 "Please, Please, Please" (overdubbed) 95 - -
"Have Mercy Baby" 92 - -
1965 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - Pt. 1" 8 1 25
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" 3 1 29
"Lost Someone" (live) 94 - -
"I'll Go Crazy" (live) 73 28 -
1966 "Ain't That a Groove - Pts. 1 & 2" 42 6 -
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" 8 1 13
"Money Won't Change You - Pt. 1" 53 - -
"Don't Be a Drop-Out" 50 4 -
"Sweet Little Baby Boy - Pt. 1" 8 - -
"Bring It Up (Hipster's Avenue)" 29 7 -
1967 "Kansas City" 55 21 -
"Think" (duet with Vicki Anderson) 100 - -
"Let Yourself Go" 46 5 -
"Cold Sweat - Pt. 1" 7 1 -
"Get It Together - Pt. 1" 40 11 -
"I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)" 28 4 -
"There Was a Time" 36 3 -
1968 "You've Got to Change Your Mind" (duet with Bobby Byrd) - 47 -
"I Got The Feelin'" 6 1 -
"Licking Stick - Licking Stick, Pt. 1" 14 2 -
"America is My Home" 52 13 -
"I Guess I'll Have to Cry, Cry, Cry" 55 15 -
"Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud, Pt. 1" 10 1 -
"Goodbye My Love" 31 9 -
"Tit For That (Ain't No Taking Back)" 86 - -
"Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" 15 1 -
1969 "Soul Pride" - 33 -
"I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing
(Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)"
20 3 -
"The Popcorn" 30 11 -
"Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me), Pt. 1" 11 1 -
"Lowdown Popcorn" 41 16 -
"World, Pt. 1" 37 8 -
"Let A Man Come In and Do the Popcorn, Pt. 1" 21 2 -
"Ain't It Funky Now" 24 3 -
"Let A Man Come In and Do the Popcorn, Pt. 2" 40 6 -
1970 "It's a New Day" 32 3 -
"Funky Drummer - Pt. 1" 51 20 -
"Brother Rapp - Pt. 1 & 2" 32 2 -
"Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1" 15 2 32
"Super Bad - Pt. 1" 13 1 -
"Santa Claus Is Definitely Here to Stay" 7 - -
"Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved, Pt. 1" 34 4 -
1971 "Spinning Wheel" 90 - 78
"I Cried" 50 15 -
"Soul Power Pt. 1" 29 3 78

Smash releasesEdit

Listed below are the charting James Brown singles issued on the Smash label between 1964 and 1967.

Year Song title U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B Singles U.K. Singles
1964 "Caldonia" 95 - -
"The Things That I Used to Do" 99 - -
"Out of Sight" 24 - -
1965 "Try Me" (instrumental) 63 34 -

Polydor releasesEdit

Listed below are the charting James Brown singles issued on the Polydor label between 1971 and 1981.

Year Song title U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B Singles U.K. Singles
1971 "Escape-ism Pt. 1" 35 6 -
"Hot Pants - Pt. 1" 15 1 -
"Make It Funky, Pt. 1" 22 1 -
"Make It Funky, Pt. 3" 68 - -
"I'm A Greedy Man, Pt. 1" 35 7 -
"Hey America" - - 47
1972 "Talking Loud and Saying Nothing - Pt. 1" 27 1 -
"King Heroin" 40 6 -
"There It Is - Pt. 1" 43 4 -
"Honky Tonk - Pt. 1" 44 7 -
"Get On The Good Foot - Pt. 1" 18 1 -
"I Got a Bag of My Own" 44 3 -
"I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want to Dance) - Pt. 1" 27 4 -
"What My Baby Needs Now Is a Little More Lovin'
(duet with Lynn Collins)"
56 17 -
1973 "Down And Out In New York City" 50 13 -
"Think '73" 77 15 -
"Think (alternate version)" 80 37 -
"Sexy, Sexy, Sexy" 50 6 -
"Stoned to the Bone - Pt. 1" 58 4 -
1974 "The Payback, Pt. 1" 26 1 -
"My Thang - Pt. 1" 29 1 -
"Papa Don't Take No Mess - Pt. 1" 31 1 -
"Funky President (People It's Bad)" 44 4 -
"Coldblooded" 99 - -
1975 "Hustle!!! (Dead on It)" - 11 -
"Reality" 80 19 -
"Sex Machine '76" 61 16 -
"Superbad, Superslick, Pt. 1" - 28 -
"Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)" - 31 -
1976 "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" - 70 -
"Get Up Offa That Thing" 45 4 22
"I Refuse to Lose" - 47 -
"Body Heat" 88 13 36
1977 "Kiss in '77" - 35 -
"Give Me Some Skin" - 20 -
"If You Don't Give a Doggone About It (with the JB's)" - 45 -
1978 "Eyesight" - 38 -
"The Spank" - 26 -
1979 "For Goodness Sakes (Take a Look at Those Cakes) - Pt. 1" - 52 -
"It's Too Funky In Here" - 15 -
"Star Generation" - 63 -
"Regrets" - 63 -
1980 "Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)" - 46 39
1981 "Stay With Me" - 80 -

Other releasesEdit

The list of charting singles below are the ones James Brown released on various labels including the Scotti Bros. Records label among others.

Year Song title U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B Singles U.K. Singles
1983 "The Night Time Is the Right Time" (To Be With The One That You Love) - 73 -
"Bring It On...Bring It On" - - 45
1984 "Unity" (w/Afrika Bambaataa) - 87 49
1985 "Froggy Mix" - - 50
"Living in America" 4 10 5
1986 "Gravity" 93 26 65
1987 "How Do You Stop" - 10 90
1988 "She's The One" - - 45
"The Payback Mix, Pt. 1" - - 12
"I'm Real" - 2 32
"Static - Pts. 1 & 2" - 5 83
1989 "Gimme Your Love" (w/Aretha Franklin) - 48 79
1991 "(So Tired of Standing Still We Got to) Move On" - 48 -
1992 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (vs. Dakeyne) - - 72
1993 "Can't Get Any Harder" - 76 59
1998 "Funk On A Roll" - - 40
2002 "Killing Is Out, School is In" - - -

AlbumsEdit

King releasesEdit

Title Release
Year
Please Please Please 1959
Try Me
Think! 1960
The Amazing James Brown 1961
James Brown Presents His Band/Night Train
Shout and Shimmy 1962
James Brown and His Famous Flames Tour the USA
Prisoner of Love 1963
Excitement - Mr. Dynamite
Showtime (contains studio tracks with overdubbed audience) 1964
The Unbeatable James Brown
Grits and Soul
Out of Sight
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag 1965
I Got You (I Feel Good) 1966
James Brown Plays James Brown Today and Yesterday
Mighty Instrumentals
James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo)
It's a Man's Man's Man's World
James Brown Sings Christmas Songs
Handful of Soul
Sings Raw Soul 1967
James Brown Plays the Real Thing
Cold Sweat
James Brown Presents His Show of Tomorrow 1968
I Can't Stand Myself
I Got the Feelin'
James Brown Sings Out of Sight
Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things
A Soulful Christmas
Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud 1969
Gettin’ Down to It
The Popcorn
It’s a Mother
Ain’t It Funky 1970
Soul on Top
It’s a New Day - Let a Man Come In
Hey America
Super Bad (contains studio tracks with overdubbed audience) 1971
Sho’ Is Funky Down Here

Polydor releasesEdit

Title Release
Year
Hot Pants 1971
There It Is 1972
Get on the Good Foot
Black Caesar 1973
Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off
The Payback 1974
Hell
Reality 1975
Sex Machine Today
Everybody's Doin’ the Hustle and Dead on the Double Bump 1976
Hot
Get Up Offa That Thing
Bodyheat
Mutha's Nature 1977
Jam 1980's 1978
Take a Look at Those Cakes 1979
The Original Disco Man
People 1980
Nonstop! 1981

Other releasesEdit

Title Release
Date
Label
Soul Syndrome 1980 T.K. Records
Bring It On 1983 Augusta Sound
Gravity 1985 Scotti Bros.
I'm Real 1988, August Scotti Bros.
Love Overdue 1991, May Scotti Bros.
Universal James 1993, February Scotti Bros.
I’m Back 1998, November 17
The Next Step 2002, August 27 Fome Records

Live AlbumsEdit

Title Release
Year
Notes
Live at the Apollo 1963 Re-sequenced and re-released with bonus tracks in 2004
Pure Dynamite: Live at the Royal 1964 Includes 2 studio tracks with overdubbed audience
The James Brown Show 1967 Partly live
Live at the Garden
Live at the Apollo, Volume II 1968 Double LP; re-sequenced and re-released with unreleased and extended performances in 2001
Sex Machine 1970 Double LP; 1st record contains studio tracks overdubbed with audience;
2nd record contains live concert with 1 studio track overdubbed with audience
Revolution of the Mind: Live at the Apollo, Volume III 1971 Double LP
Hot on the One 1980 Double LP
Live In New York 1981 Double LP; contains 2 studio instrumentals
Live In Chastain Park 1985 Double LP; contains 2 studio instrumentals
James Brown and Friends: Soul Session Live 1988 Includes 1 studio duet with Aretha Franklin
Love, Power, Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris 1971 1992 Previously unreleased triple LP
Live at the Apollo 1995 1995 Contains 1 studio track
Say It Live & Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68 1998 Previously unreleased

CompilationsEdit

  • 1972: Soul Classics
  • 1973: Soul Classics, Volume 2
  • 1977: Solid Gold
  • 1977: The Fabulous James Brown
  • 1981: Can Your Heart Stand It?
  • 1981: The Best of James Brown
  • 1984: The Federal Years, Part 1
  • 1984: The Federal Years, Part 2
  • 1984: Roots of a Revolution - The James Brown Story 1956-1965
  • 1984: Ain’t That a Groove - The James Brown Story 1966-1969
  • 1984: Doing It to Death - The James Brown Story 1970-1973
  • 1985: Dead on the Heavy Funk 1974-1976
  • 1985: The CD of JB: Sex Machine and Other Soul Classics
  • 1986: The LP of JB
  • 1986: In the Jungle Groove (re-released with bonus track in 2003)
  • 1987: The CD of JB II: Cold Sweat and Other Soul Classics
  • 1988: Motherlode (re-released with bonus track in 2003)
  • 1991: Messin' With the Blues
  • 1991: Star Time
  • 1991: 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
  • 1996: JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection
  • 2001: Classic James Brown - The Universal Masters Collection
  • 2002: The Godfather - The Very Best of James Brown
  • 2003: Classic James Brown Vol. 2 - The Universal Masters Collection
  • 2003: 50th Anniversary Collection
  • 2006: The Singles: The Federal Years: 1956-1960
  • 2007: The Singles, Volume Two: 1960-1963
  • 2007: The Singles, Volume Three: 1964-1965
  • 2007: A Family Affair (with daughters Yamma and Venisha)
  • 2007: Dynamite X (Remixes)

Polydor era compilationsEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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