Michael McDonald discography

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Following is a discography for the major solo works of American singer Michael McDonald.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
DEN
[2]
NLD
[3]
SWE
[4]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[5]
If That's What It Takes 6 10
No Lookin' Back
  • Released: July 30, 1985
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
45 26
Take It to Heart
  • Released: May 15, 1990
  • Label: Reprise
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
110 56 29 35
Blink of an Eye
  • Released: August 3, 1993
  • Label: Reprise
  • Formats: CD, cassette
74 42
Blue Obsession
  • Released: March 28, 2000
  • Label: Ramp
  • Formats: CD
In the Spirit: A Christmas Album
Motown 14 25 95 58 17 29
  • RIAA: Platinum[6]
Motown Two
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Label: Motown, Universal
  • Formats: LP, CD
9 8 56 8 29
Through the Many Winters, A Christmas Album
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Hallmark
  • Formats: CD
Soul Speak 12 10 27
Wide Open
  • Released: September 15, 2017
  • Label: Chonin, BMG
  • Formats: LP, CD
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certification Record label
US
[1]
UK
[5]
1982 That Was Then – The Early Recordings of Michael McDonald * Arista
1986 Sweet Freedom 6 Warner Bros.
2000 The Voice of Michael McDonald Warner Bros. / Rhino
2001 The Very Best of Michael McDonald 21 Warner Bros. / Rhino
2004 The Best of Michael McDonald: The Christmas Collection
2005 The Ultimate Collection 19 20 Warner Bros. / Rhino
2009 This Christmas 95 Razor & Tie

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certification Record label
US
[1]
UK
[5]
2018 Live on Soundstage * Chain Records, BMG



  • "I had a kind of stressful moment with Arista Records when they released a lot of old catalogue…" McDonald recalled. "Most of it was just demos I'd done – and really not very good ones. It was after I'd been in the Doobies and had a couple of hit records… They'd found all this stuff in the vaults and decided they were going to release it as an album."[8]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
US
[9]
US R&B
[9]
US AC
[9]
US Dance
[9]
US Main Rock
[9]
US

Smooth Jazz

UK
[5]
1982 "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" 4 7 8 43 If That's What It Takes
"I Gotta Try" 44 28
1985 "No Lookin' Back" 34 18 4 No Lookin' Back
"Bad Times" 38
"Lost in the Parade" 40
1986 "Sweet Freedom" 7 17 4 8 12 Running Scared (soundtrack) /
Sweet Freedom
1987 "Our Love (Theme From No Mercy)" Sweet Freedom
1990 "Take It to Heart" 98 4 Take It to Heart
"Tear It Up" 27
1991 "All We Got" 88 9
1993 "I Stand for You" 114 21 Blink of an Eye
"Hey Girl"
"For a Child"
1994 "Matters of the Heart"
2003 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 20 Motown
2004 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" 111 5
2005 "Reach Out, I'll Be There" 12 Motown Two
"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
"Deck the Halls/Jingle Bells" 19 Through the Many Winters
2008 "Walk On By" Soul Speak
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" 9
"Love T.K.O." 92 -—-
"Enemy Within" 18
2009 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" This Christmas
2017 Find It In Your Heart 22 Wide Open
"—" denotes the single was not released or didn't chart.

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
US
[9]
US R&B
[9]
US AC
[9]
US Country
[9]
UK
[5]
1980 "Let Me Go, Love" (w/ Nicolette Larson) 35 96 9 In the Nick of Time
1983 "Yah Mo B There" (w/ James Ingram) 19 5 10 44 It's Your Night
1985 "Yah Mo B There" (w/ James Ingram) [UK re-release] 12
1986 "On My Own" (w/ Patti Labelle) 1 1 2 2 Winner in You
"I Just Can't Let Go" (w/ David Pack & James Ingram) 13 The Voice of Michael McDonald
1987 "What a Fool Believes" (w/ Doobie Brothers) [UK 1987 release] 57 Minute by Minute
"Love Has No Color" (w/ The Winans) Decision
1992 "Ever Changing Times" (w/ Aretha Franklin) 19 11 What You See Is What You Sweat
1992 "Time to Be Lovers" (w/ Chaka Khan) - - Beverly Hills 90210 - The Soundtrack
1998 "One Heart at a Time" (w/ Garth Brooks, Billy Dean, Faith Hill,
Olivia Newton-John, Neal McCoy, Victoria Shaw, and Bryan White)
56 69 single only
1999 "Among the Missing" (w/ Kathy Mattea) 73
"Eyes of a Child" South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
2002 "Sweet Freedom" (w/ Safri Duo) 54 Episode II
2005 "Heart of America" (w/ Wynonna Judd, Eric Benet and Terry Dexter) Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now
2006 "My Love's Leavin' " (w/ Fourplay) X
2009 "While You Wait for the Others" (w/ Grizzly Bear) single only
2011 "Some Children" (w/ Holy Ghost!) Holy Ghost!
2017 "Show You The Way" (w/ Thundercat) Drunk
2017 "When We Were Young" (w/ Jo Harman) People We Become

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1986 "Sweet Freedom" (with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines)
1986 "On My Own" (with Patti LaBelle)
1998 "One Heart at a Time" (with Olivia Newton-John, Bryan White,
Neal McCoy, Faith Hill, Victoria Shaw, Billy Dean and Garth Brooks)
2000 "Among the Missing" (with Kathy Mattea)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "allmusic ((( Michael McDonald > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  2. ^ http://danishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Michael+McDonald
  3. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/artist/Michael_McDonald
  4. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Michael+McDonald
  5. ^ a b c d e "Chart Stats > Michael McDonald". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "American certifications – Michael McDonald". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "British certifications – Michael McDonald". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 1, 2017.  Enter Michael McDonald in the search field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ Henderson, Paul (January 2002). "Classic career: Michael McDonald". Classic Rock #36. p. 130. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "allmusic ((( Michael McDonald > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 

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