Kraftwerk discography

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Kraftwerk discography
Kraftwerk live in Stockholm.jpg
Kraftwerk live in Stockholm, 2004
Studio albums 10
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 3
Video albums 1
Music videos 15
Singles 24
Box sets 2

The discography of German electronic band Kraftwerk consists of 10 studio albums, two live albums, one remix album and 26 singles. Formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf in 1970, Kraftwerk were part of the krautrock scene. However, the group mostly found fame as pioneers of electronic music, showcasing their styles on a series of concept albums.

While their initial albums featured mostly German lyrics, in 1975 Kraftwerk began writing lyrics that combined both German and English verses. Beginning with "Trans-Europe Express" (1977), most songs by the group have been created as duplicate versions sung in English or German. Additional versions sung in French, Japanese, Italian or Spanish have also sometimes been made.

Since the mid-1970s Kraftwerk have always picked at least two album tracks for release as singles. These accompanying singles were, for many years, created by simply editing down the album recordings, rather than being remixed or otherwise expanded. Since 1991 Kraftwerk have tended to follow the trend for releasing singles in multiple remixed arrangements. Very rarely, a small number of recordings have only been issued as albumless singles, notably recordings for the Expo 2000 project between 1999 and 2000.

Prior to forming Kraftwerk, Hütter and Schneider were part of a project called Organisation that released the album Tone Float in 1969.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart positions[1][2] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[3][4]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
CAN
[7]
FRA
[8][9]
ITA
[10][11]
NL
[12]
NZ
[13]
SWE
[14]
UK
[15]
US
[16]
Kraftwerk
  • Released: November 1970
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
30
Kraftwerk 2
  • Released: January 1972
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
36
Ralf und Florian
  • Released: October 1973
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
160
Autobahn
  • Released: November 1974
  • Label: Philips/Vertigo
7 9 5 11 7 27 4 5
Radio-Activity
  • German version: Radio-Aktivität[19]
  • Released: October 1975
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Capitol
22 94 4 59 1 140
Trans-Europe Express
  • German version: Trans-Europa Express
  • Released: May 1977
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Capitol
32 2 8 32 49 119
The Man-Machine
  • German version: Die Mensch-Maschine
  • Released: May 1978
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Capitol
12 56 15 14 15 29 24 9 130
Computer World
  • German version: Computerwelt
  • Released: May 1981
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI-Electrola/Warner Bros.
7 51 14 28 27 15 72
Electric Café
  • German version: Electric Café [Deutsche Version]
  • Released: December 1986
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Warner Bros.
  • Re-released as Techno Pop in October 2009
23 56 9 58 158
Tour de France Soundtracks
  • Released: 4 August 2003
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Astralwerks
1 29 84 76 7 21

Live albums[edit]

Title Album Details Chart positions[1][2]
GER
[4]
AUT
[6]
FRA
[9]
ITA
[10]
NL
[12]
SWE
[14]
UK
[15]
Minimum-Maximum
  • Released: June 2005
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Astralwerks
  • Notes: 2 CDs/4 LPs, 2 DVDs, also available as a special edition Notebook with an 88-page book
26 33 123 44 93 29 29
3-D The Catalogue
  • Released: 26 May 2017
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Astralwerks
  • Notes: CD, vinyl, Blu-ray, streaming, includes a book
4 26 75
[20]
44 24

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart positions[1][2] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[4]
AUT
[6]
NL
[12]
SWE
[14]
UK
[15]
Exceller 8
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Vertigo
  • Notes: UK release
Elektro Kinetik
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Vertigo
  • Notes: UK release
The Mix
  • German version: The Mix
  • Released: June 1991
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Elektra
  • Notes: Album of remixed back-catalogue
7 12 83 20 15

Box sets[edit]

Title Album details Chart positions[1][2]
GER
[4]
NL
[12]
SWE
[14]
UK
[15]
Klang Box
  • Recorded: 1976–1982
  • Released: May 1997
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI
  • Notes: Black XL-size T-shirt with a robot motif and the name Kraftwerk (identical to the design on the front lid of the box)
The Catalogue
  • German version: Der Katalog
  • Released: 2 October 2009
  • Label: Kling Klang/EMI/Mute/Astralwerks
  • Notes: Promotionally issued in 2004, remastered box set of albums from 1974 to 2003
34

Singles[edit]

Title Year Chart positions[2] Certifications Album
GER
[3][21]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
CAN
[22]
FRA
[23]
IRL
[24]
ITA
[25]
NL
[12]
NZ
[13]
SWE
[14]
UK
[15]
US
[26]
"Kohoutek-Kometenmelodie" 1973 Autobahn
"Autobahn" 1974 9 30 12 20 16 4 11 25
"Kometenmelodie 2"
"Radioactivity" 1976 7 31 Radio-Activity
"Trans-Europe Express" 1977 96 26 34 15 67 Trans-Europe Express
"Showroom Dummies" 28 25
"The Robots" 1978 25 23 47 The Man-Machine
"The Model"
"Neon Lights" 53
"Pocket Calculator" 1981 63 2 39 102 Computer World
"Computer Love" 36
"Numbers" 103
"Computerwelt"
"The Model" (Reissue) 7 33 4 41 1 The Man-Machine
"Tour de France" 1983 47 60 20 24 6 22 Non-album single
"Musique Non-Stop" 1986 13 45 82 Electric Café
"The Telephone Call" 1987 89
"The Robots" 1991 18 26 20 The Mix
"Radioactivity" 43
"Expo 2000" 1999 35 95 36 27 Non-album single
"Tour de France 2003" 2003 50 45 21 20 Tour de France Soundtracks
"Elektro Kardiogramm"
"Aerodynamik" 2004 80 95 44 56 33
"AeroDynamik / La Forme" 2007 79 78

Video albums[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Note that the list might be incomplete.
Year Title Director[28]
1974 "Autobahn" Roger Mainwood
1975 "Radioactivity"
"Antenna"
1977 "Trans-Europe Express" Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter
"Showroom Dummies"
1978 "The Robots" Günter Fröhling
"Neon Lights" Günter Fröhling
1981 "Pocket Calculator"
1983 "Tour de France"
1986 "Musique Non-Stop" Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter
1987 "The Telephone Call" Günter Fröhling
1991 "The Robots" Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter
2000 "Expo 2000"
2003 "Tour de France 2003" D.E. Macken
2013 "The Robots"

References[edit]

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