Introduction: Many of you who have followed this site since the beginning may remember that we once had a section called 'The Monkees Top 40 Hits', well I've revived it and added a lot more information. Here's a list of The Monkees albums and singles, as well as their chart placing, weeks on the chart, RIAA awards, and all of that jazz. All data is based on the Billboard Charts and RIAA, all figures are for US RELEASES ONLY.

Read Me!: The Monkees' sales and chart figures may seem pretty lame compared to the figures from current bands, but in their day, they sure did sell a lot of records. In 1967, for example, they sold more records than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones COMBINED. They had four number one albums IN A YEAR. Their first two albums dominated the #1 position on the album chart for 31 WEEKS! Not too shabby for the so called "Pre-Fab Four". By looking at the gold/platinum certifications, it probably doesn't seem like much, but in 1967, selling 5 million copies of one album was unheard of. It would be like selling 10 million albums today, due to population growth and the growth of the music industry into BIG BUSINESS. Because really, in the 60s, the music industry wasn't big business yet. It didn't really become huge and overmarketed until the mega-tours and promotion in the 1970s. But the Monkees were a good stepping stone in turning music into big business. Now, before you read the reference guide, here are some things you should know--

Inside the RIAA- The RIAA is the Recording Industry Association of America. They're the people who give out gold and platinum albums. In the 1960s, there were no platinum albums. A gold album meant you sold 1 million copies, and in those days, going gold was a rare thing because you had less people buying records than you do today. Even successful bands like the Paul Revere the Raiders, The Kinks, and the Animals never had a gold single in the 60s! Albums were also given gold records, even if they sold more than 1 million copies, because the whole possibility of selling more than 1 million albums was rare. So when the Monkees sold 5 million in a year, that was a HUGE achievement, people, cos usually it took records YEARS to even go gold. Anyway, the platinum record was introduced in 1976 for sales of 2 million records, and the multi-platinum record was introduced in the mid-80s. You're probably wondering, "Why wasn't More of the Monkees awarded 5 x platinum earlier than 1994?" Well the RIAA waited until the albums that were around before they invented the platinum award were available on CD until they awarded it multiplatinum or whatever. And the Monkees first five albums all were released on CD on the same day and were all given platinum and multi-platinum awards the same day. Another thing, in 1989, the music market was at a slowdown and they changed the standards so going gold meant selling 500,000 copies instead of a million, and platinum meant selling 1 million. So when it says that Daydream Believer went gold, that means it has sold more than a million copies, but less than two million.

What the ?- You may notice that most of the Monkees' albums and singles went gold before they were released. This is because in the 60s, it was more common for fans (especially for really popular or long running bands) to order the band's next album in advance. An example is that "I'm a Believer" had an advance order of 1,051,280 copies...therefore, it went gold before fans heard a note. All of their singles from that one until Valleri went gold before fans had even heard the song! And when the boys were making Headquarters, they knew that they were making music for more than a million people, cos the more than a million fans already had pre-ordered it! Craziness!

Notes on the Album Chart- Being #1 on the Billboard Top 200 is the greatest feat for a band, even more than having a number one single, because an album is more than just one good song-- it's like months and months of sweat and work, man. Besides, the Billboard 200 chart is based solely on sales and are the true favorites of the public, not some stupid radio programmers. The Monkees (and even the boybands of today) have always been much more successful on the album charts than on the singles charts. Hell, The BSB and N Sync haven't even had a #1 single! The Monkees had 3, which isn't bad, but on the album charts they really took over. Between November '66 and December '67 they were #1 on the album charts for 37 weeks! And thanks to the MTV Monkee Marathon in the 80s, 6 of their original 60s albums re-entered the Billboard Top 200 charts. Counting "Then & Now", they had SEVEN ALBUMS on the charts! And the last Monkees' album to get certified was Greatest Hits (the one with the flowers on the cover). It went gold in 2000 thanks to VH1's "Daydream Believers" movie.

Notes on the Singles Chart- The Billboard singles chart is based on a combination of two things: sales and radio airplay. Or at least that's how it was in the 60s, I think they've changed it lately. It's very unusual for artists to have both sides of their single chart. The B-side of a single charts based on how many times it's played on the radio. In the 60s, only the BIGGEST bands had both sides of their single played on the radio and actually end up on the charts; Elvis, The Fabs, The Stones. Those kind of artists. Well, beginning with "I'm a Believer", the Monkees also had double-sided hits. Two of their B-sides even made it into the Top 20! Hell, even "Tapioca Tundra" charted...and it's definitely the WEIRDEST SONG to ever make the Top 40. The Monkees were big, man. The only reason why they released "Valleri" is cos some DJ in Ohio or something taped the version from the TV SHOW (the first version), started playing it on the radio, and people went crazy for the boys were forced to release it.

Random 'Chart Fax'
-"I'm a Believer" was the 5th biggest song of the 60s.
-As of 1995 (the most current book I have), "More of the Monkees" was the 11th most-weeks-at-number-one #1 album.
-"More of the Monkees" also made the second biggest jump to Number One in history. It jumped from 122 to number 1 in one week! "Pisces" was the 10th biggest jumper, going from #29 to #1 in one week.
-According the Billboard, The Monkees are #27 on the Top Artists of the Rock Era. They beat out people like The Eagles, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Neil Diamond, and Bruce Springsteen for Nez sakes!
-They are also the #8 biggest selling band/artist of the 60s.
-They are #11 on the list of the most weeks at #1 on the album chart! Ever!
-They're #15 on the list of the most #1 albums. They've had four number one albums, as we all know by now.

An Explanation to what everything means;
Title- The title of the album or single
Highest Position- The highest position the album/single got on the Billboard Charts. The parentheses lists the number of weeks the record held that position.
Weeks on Chart- How many weeks the album/single was on the charts. For the albums, I could only find the weeks the album was in the Top 40, but for the singles, its the weeks on chart.
Date of Release- For most albums/singles, I used the date that it debuted on the charts. Others list the date when the record was released
Gold/Platinum Awards- If the album/single was certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA.
Award Certification Date- The date the RIAA awarded it with a gold/platinum/multi-platinum award

Monkees Albums:

Title Highest Position Weeks on Chart++ Date of Release Gold/Platinum Awards Award Certification Date
The Monkees 1 (13)* 49 10/01/66 8/17/94
More of The Monkees 1 (18)** 45 01/10/67 8/17/94
Headquarters 1 (1)*** 41 5/22/67 8/17/94
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. 1 (5)**** 19 11/14/67 8/17/94
The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees 3***** 15 4/01/68 8/17/94
HEAD 45 ? December 1, 1968 - -
Instant Replay 32 5 02/15/69 - -
The Monkees Present 100 ? October 1969 - -
The Monkees' Greatest Hits 69 ? 1969 - -
Changes 152+ ? June 1970 - -
The Monkees' Greatest Hits 58 ? 7/23/76 12/16/91
Then & Now-- The Best of the Monkees 21 12 6/26/86 1/15/87
Pool It! 72 ? 08/87 - -
Greatest Hits ? ? 10/24/95 8/07/00
Justus ? ? 10/15/96 - -
Best of the Monkees 51 4++ 04/29/03 - -

++- The number of weeks the album was in the TOP 40!
*-recharted at #92 in 1986
**-recharted at #96 in 1986
***-recharted at #121 in 1986
****-recharted at #124 in 1986
*****-recharted at #145 in 1986
+- It did not originally chart, but went to #152 in 1986
++- Still in the top 200

Monkees Singles:

Title Highest Position Weeks on Chart Date of Release Gold/Platinum Awards Award Certification Date
Last Train to Clarksville 1 (1) 15 9/10/66 10/27/66
I'm A Believer/ 1 (7) 15 12/10/66 11/28/66
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone 20 8 12/17/66 - -
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You/ 2 (1) 10 3/25/67 3/08/67
The Girl I Knew Somewhere 39 5 3/25/67 - -
Pleasant Valley Sunday/ 3 10 7/22/67 7/14/67
Words 11 9 7/22/67 - -
Daydream Believer 1 (4) 12 11/18/67 11/14/67
Valleri/ 3 10 3/9/68 2/26/68
Tapioca Tundra 34 6 3/9/68 - -
D.W Washburn/ 19 7 6/15/68 - -
It's Nice To Be With You 51 7 6/15/68 - -
Porpoise Song 62 6 10/12/68 - -
Tear Drop City 56 7 2/22/69 - -
Listen to the Band/* 63 8 6/7/69 - -
Someday Man 81 2 5/10/69 - -
Good Clean Fun 82 5 9/20/69 - -
Oh My My 98 2 6/6/70 - -
That Was Then, This Is Now 20 14 7/5/86 - -
Daydream Believer [R] 79 4 11/1/86 - -
Heart and Soul 87 4 9/26/87 - -
*- Someday Man was originally the A-side, but Listen to the Band got more airplay and then became the A-side instead.

References: The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Top Pop Singles 1955-1993, both by Joel Whitburn, and Number One Albums by Craig Rosen. I also got information from the RIAA website. All chart placings are based on the Billboard Charts.

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