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System of a Down discography

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System of a Down discography
System Of A Down en Chile 2011.jpg
System of a Down live in Chile in 2011
Studio albums 5
Music videos 11
Singles 16
Other appearances 5

System of a Down is an American rock band formed by musicians of Armenian origin: vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan in the mid-1990s. They have released five studio albums, 16 singles, and 11 music videos. By the end of 1997, the group had signed to American Recordings, then distributed as Columbia Records. The following year, they released their eponymous debut album, which peaked at #124 on the United States' Billboard 200 and #103 on the United Kingdom's UK Albums Chart;[1][2] it was certified platinum two years later by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and gold by Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Their eponymous debut album produced a single for the song "Sugar", which reached the top 30 on the Billboard mainstream rock songs and alternative songs charts. Their follow-up album, Toxicity (2001), topped the US and Canadian charts, and also reached the top 10 in Australia, Finland, and New Zealand. The album was certified triple platinum in its home country, and triple platinum in Australia by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), as well as double platinum by CRIA in Canada. Toxicity produced singles for the title track, "Chop Suey!", and "Aerials". The last of these peaked at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts.[1]

Steal This Album! (2002) failed to repeat the same success as its predecessor, reaching the top 20 in only the US and Australia. Three years later, the group produced a double album, with the two sections released six months apart. The first, entitled Mezmerize, was released in early 2005; it peaked at number one in nine countries, and certified triple platinum in Canada, platinum in the US and Australia. This album's first single, "B.Y.O.B.", peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 26 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] The follow-up, "Question!", reached the top 40 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Later that year, the group released the second part, Hypnotize. Like its predecessor, the album peaked at number one in the US, Canadian, Finnish, and New Zealand charts. System of a Down is the first band since The Beatles to release two chart-topping albums in the US in the same year.[3] Hypnotize was certified platinum in US, and gold in Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. It produced two singles, the title track and "Lonely Day", which reached No. 4 and No. 16 on the Finnish chart, respectively. In 2006, the group went on a hiatus, and since then, all members had begun work on side projects.[4] A reunion was announced on November 29, 2010,[5] and according to drummer John Dolmayan, there may be a new album.[6]

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[7]
CAN
[8]
FIN
[9]
GER
[10]
IRL
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
SWI
[14]
UK
[2]
System of a Down 124 48 68 103
Toxicity
  • Released: September 4, 2001
  • Label: American
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
1 6 1 8 23 17 17 7 31 13
Steal This Album!
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
15 11 25 14 47 41 26 25 56
Mezmerize
  • Released: May 17, 2005
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
1 1 1 2 1 2 5 1 1 2
Hypnotize
  • Released: November 22, 2005
  • Label: American, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
1 3 1 1 4 10 15 1 4 11
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Demo albums

Title Album details
Untitled Demo Tape
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Not on label
  • Format: Cassette
Demo Tape 1
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: System Management/System Inc.
  • Format: Cassette
Demo Tape 2
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: SYSTEMA
  • Format: Cassette
Demo Tape 3
  • Released: 1996 (Re-released 1997)
  • Label: Not on Label
  • Format: Cassette
Demo Tape 4
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Not on Label
  • Format: Cassette

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[1]
US
Alt.

[1]
US
Main.
Rock

[27]
AUS
[7]
FIN
[9]
GER
[10]
IRL
[11]
NLD
[12]
SWI
[14]
UK
[2]
1998 "Sugar" 31 28 136 System of a Down
1999 "Spiders" 38 25
2001 "Chop Suey!" 76 7 12 14 46 25 17 Toxicity
2002 "Toxicity" 70 3 10 39 88 47 75 90 25
"Aerials" 55 1 1 36 80 35 34
"Innervision" 107 14 12 Steal This Album!
2003 "Boom!"
2005 "B.Y.O.B." 27 4 4 42
  • RIAA: Platinum[15]
Mezmerize
"Question!" 102 9 7 47 41
"Hypnotize" 57 1 5 4 83 47 31 48 Hypnotize
2006 "Lonely Day" 123 10 10 37 16 46 72
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Promotional singles

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[1]
US
Alt.

[1]
US
Main.
Rock

[1]
2001 "Prison Song" / "X" Toxicity
"Johnny" N/A
2005 "Cigaro" 29 34 Mezmerize
"Violent Pornography"
2006 "Kill Rock 'n Roll" 38 Hypnotize
"Vicinity of Obscenity"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos

Year Song Director(s)
1998 "Sugar" Nathan "Karma" Cox[29]
"War?"
1999 "Spiders" Charlie Deaux[30]
2001 "Chop Suey!" Marcos Siega[31]
2002 "Toxicity" Shavo Odadjian and Marcos Siega[32]
"Aerials" Shavo Odadjian and David Slade[33]
2003 "Boom!" Michael Moore[34]
2005 "B.Y.O.B." Jake Nava[35]
"Question!" Shavo Odadjian and Howard Greenhalgh[36]
"Hypnotize" Shavo Odadjian[37]
2006 "Lonely Day" Josh Melnick and Xander Charity[38]

Other works

  • Limited Edition Tour CD (2000), Limited edition EP given out at live shows. Includes three studio tracks and three live tracks.[39]
  • More Toxicity (2001), Limited edition French EP. Contains four live tracks and bonus track "Johnny".[40]
  • Toxicity II (2002), unofficial bootleg/fan leak of songs from the Toxicity sessions. Most songs would later end up on Steal This Album!.[41]
  • Storaged Melodies (2002), Unofficial bootleg compiling works for OST and collective works.[42][43]
  • Hypnotize Value Added (2005), Best Buy exclusive EP. Only available from Best Buy stores before the album Hypnotize was released. Purchased for $1.99 and contained a coupon for $1.99 off the price of the album when it was released on November 22, 2005.[44]

Other appearances

References

General
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  4. ^ Harris, Chris (May 3, 2006). "System of a Down Aren't Breaking Up—They're Going on Hiatus". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved February 2, 2009. 
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  10. ^ a b Peak chart positions in Germany:
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    "System of a Down / Chartverfolgung / Single". Musicline.de (in German). PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
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  12. ^ a b "Discografie System of a Down" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
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  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "RIAA Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "BPI Certifications". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  17. ^ a b c "Gold Platinum Database: System of a Down". Music Canada. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts — Accreditations - 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. November 9, 2001. 
  20. ^ a b c "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (System_of_a_Down)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  21. ^ a b c "SWI certificate gold". swisscharts.com. 
  22. ^ a b c "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts — Accreditations - 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  24. ^ a b c "IFPI - Tilastot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt" (in Finnish). IFPI Finland. 
  25. ^ a b "ARIA Charts — Accreditations - 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  26. ^ a b "2005 Platinum Awards". Irish IFPI. 
  27. ^ "System of a Down – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  28. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-accreditations-singles-2002.htm
  29. ^ "Sugar". MTV. MTV Networks. 1998-06-30. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  30. ^ Mancini, Robert (December 8, 1999). "System of a Down Finishes Show with Friendly Help After Vocal Troubles, Plans New Video". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Chop Suey!". MTV. MTV Networks. August 13, 2001. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  32. ^ "Toxicity". MTV. MTV Networks. January 14, 2002. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  33. ^ Moss, Corey (June 21, 2002). "System of a Down to Release Toxicity Outtakes". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Boom!". MTV. MTV Networks. March 17, 2003. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  35. ^ "B.Y.O.B". MTV. MTV Networks. April 18, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  36. ^ "Question!". MTV. MTV Networks. August 1, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  37. ^ "Hypnotize". MTV. MTV Networks. October 24, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  38. ^ "Lonely Day". MTV. MTV Networks. March 1, 2006. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  39. ^ "Limited Edition Tour CD by System of a Down". Discogs. 
  40. ^ "More Toxicity by System of a Down". Discogs. 
  41. ^ "Toxicity II by System of a Down". Discogs. 
  42. ^ "Storaged Melodies by System of a Down". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  43. ^ "System Of A Down - Storaged Melodies". Discogs. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  44. ^ "Hypnotize Value Added by System of a Down". Discogs. 

External links

  • Official website
  • System of a Down at Allmusic
  • System of a Down at Discogs
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