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Rufus Wainwright discography

Rufus Wainwright discography

Rufus Wainwright
Studio albums 7
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 2
EPs 3
Singles 9
Video albums 4
Music videos 9
Contributions 78

The discography of Rufus Wainwright, a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, consists of seven studio albums, two live albums, two compilations, three extended plays (EPs), three video albums, nine singles, and nine music videos. Wainwright's self-titled debut album was released through DreamWorks Records in May 1998. Although his success was limited, Wainwright reached #24 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, and Rolling Stone named him 1998's Best New Artist.[1][2] Wainwright's second album, Poses, was released through the same label in June 2001, resulting in the #1 position on the Heatseekers Chart and #117 on the Billboard 200.[1] With material recorded from the same session,[3] Want One was released through DreamWorks in September 2003, and Want Two was released through Geffen Records in November 2004.

Wainwright's first EP, Waiting for a Want, was released through DreamWorks in June 2004, previewing songs that later appear on Want Two. His first music DVD, Live at the Fillmore, accompanied Want Two and features live concert footage from a March 2004 performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California.[4] Wainwright's second EP, Alright, Already: Live in Montréal, was released by Geffen via iTunes in the United States and Canada on March 15, 2005. All I Want, released through Geffen in April 2005, contains various pieces of work, including a documentary (A Portrait of Rufus Wainwright), live performances, and music videos. Want, a repackaging of Want One and Want Two as one album, was released through DreamWorks/Geffen in November 2005, and contains two extra tracks.

Release the Stars, Wainwright's self-produced fifth studio album, was released through Geffen in May 2007. His most successful album to date, Release the Stars charted in 12 countries and was certified gold in both the United Kingdom and Canada.[5][6][7] To promote the album, Tiergarten was distributed digitally and in limited vinyl format as Wainwright's third EP. Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall became Wainwright's sixth album, a live recording released through Geffen in December 2007.[8] The album earned Wainwright his first Grammy Award nomination, the 2009 award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.[9] Coinciding with the album, Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium is a DVD release of Wainwright's tribute concert to Judy Garland recorded in London during February 2007. Wainwright's August 27, 2007 performance at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was released in September 2009 as a live CD and video album titled Milwaukee at Last!!!. Wainwright's sixth studio album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, was first released in Canada through Decca on March 23, 2010. House of Rufus, a career-spanning box set, was released on July 18, 2011.[10] Wainwright's seventh studio album, Out of the Game was released in April 2012.

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US 200
1998 Rufus Wainwright
2001 Poses
  • Released: June 5, 2001
  • Label: DreamWorks
  • Format: CD
CAN: Gold[22]
2003 Want One
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Label: DreamWorks
  • Formats: CD, LP
60 130 77
2004 Want Two
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: CD, LP
103 69 160 68 30 21
UK: Silver[23]
2007 Release the Stars
  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: CD
23 72 22 7 8 53 45 27 4 30 40 2
UK: Gold[5][6]
CAN: Gold[7]
2010 All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu
  • Released: March 23, 2010
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: CD, LP
75 75 52 4 31 160 38 27 41 21
2012 Out of the Game
  • Released: April 20, 2012
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, LP
35 32 26 11 5 22 12 29 17 34 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart
US 200
2007 Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
  • Released: December 4, 2007
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: CD
171 84 88
2009 Milwaukee at Last!!!
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD

Compilation albums

Year Album details Notes
2005 Want
  • Released: November 27, 2005
  • Label: DreamWorks/Geffen
  • Format: CD
  • Want One and Want Two re-packaged as one album in the UK
  • Two new tracks: "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" and "In with the Ladies"
2011 House of Rufus
  • Released: July 18, 2011
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD, DVD
  • 19-disc box set featuring six studio albums, two live albums, DVDs and unreleased material

Extended plays

Year EP details Notes
2004 Waiting for a Want
  • Contains four songs that later appeared on Want Two
2005 Alright, Already: Live in Montréal
  • Released: March 15, 2005
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: Digital download
  • Available only on iTunes in the US, Canada, and Germany
  • Contains six live tracks, recorded in Montreal[24]
2007 Tiergarten
  • Released: October 29, 2007 (UK)
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: Digital download, vinyl
  • Contains one track: "Supermayer Lost in Tiergarten" remix
  • Available digitally and in limited vinyl release (500 copies)


Year Song UK
2004 "I Don't Know What It Is" 74 Want One
"Oh What a World"
2005 "The One You Love" Want Two
"Crumb by Crumb"
2007 "Hallelujah" 100 Shrek Soundtrack
"Going to a Town" 54 Release the Stars
"Rules and Regulations"
2009 "Hallelujah" (re-released)[25] non-album single
2012 "Out of the Game" 182 Out of the Game
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

a^ Released in a 12-inch single format, limited to 500 copies; features the "Supermayer Lost in Tiergarten" remix[26]

As featured performer

Year Song Album
2008 "To America" (Joan as Police Woman duet)[27] To Survive

Video albums

Year Video details Notes US
2004 Live at the Fillmore
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: DVD
  • Accompanied the release of Want Two
  • 20 songs performed live; recorded at The Fillmore in March 2004
2005 All I Want
  • Released: April 8, 2005
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: DVD
  • Features documentary, live concert footage, and music videos
CAN: Gold[29]
2007 Rufus! Does Judy!...
  • Released: December 4, 2007
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: DVD
  • Wainwright's tribute concert to Judy Garland
  • Recorded in London in February 2007
2009 Milwaukee at Last!!!
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: DVD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos

Year Title Album Director
1998 "April Fools" Rufus Wainwright Sophie Muller[30]
2001 "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" Poses Giles Dunning[31]
2002 "Across the Universe" I Am Sam Len Wisemen[32]
2005 "The One You Love" Want Two George Scott[33]
2006 "The Maker Makes" Brokeback Mountain Doug Biro[34]
2007 "Going to a Town" Release the Stars Sophie Muller[35]
"Rules and Regulations" Petro Papahadjopoulos[36]
2008 "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" Rufus! Does Judy!... Russell Thomas[37]
2012 "Out of the Game" Out of the Game Philip Andelman[38]

Note: Promotional music videos consisting of live concert footage exist for "Beautiful Child", "Hallelujah", "Vibrate", and "Want".[39]

Other contributions


Year Album Song(s) Label Ref.
1988 Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller
(Les Aventuriers du Timbre Perdu)
"I'm a-Runnin'" Les éditions La Fête [40]
1997 The Myth of Fingerprints "Le Roi D'Ys"
"Banks of the Wabash"
Velvel Records [41]
1999 Big Daddy "Instant Pleasure" Sony
2001 Moulin Rouge! "Complainte de la Butte" Interscope
Shrek Original Soundtrack "Hallelujah" DreamWorks
Zoolander "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" Hollywood Records [42]
2002 I Am Sam "Across the Universe" V2/BMG [41]
2003 Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen "It's Only a Paper Moon"
"I Wonder What Became of Me"
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason "I Eat Dinner (When the Hunger's Gone)" (with Dido) Geffen Records [43]
The Aviator "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" Sony [44]
2005 Brokeback Mountain "King of the Road" (duet with Teddy Thompson)
"The Maker Makes"
Verve Forecast [41]
2006 Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man "Chelsea Hotel No. 2"
"Everybody Knows"
Verve Forecast [45]
The History Boys: The Original Soundtrack "Bewitched" Rhino/Wea [46]
2007 Meet the Robinsons "Another Believer"
"The Motion Waltz (Emotional Commotion)"
Walt Disney Records [47]
2012 Any Day Now "Metaphorical Blanket" Lakeshore Records [48]
2013 Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from the HBO Original Series "Jimbo Jambo" ABKCO


Year Album Song(s) Label Ref.
2002 When Love Speaks "Sonnet 29 – When in Disgrace..." EMI Classics [41]
2003 Wig in a Box "The Origin of Love" Off Records
Maybe This Christmas Too? "Spotlight on Christmas" Nettwerk Records
2005 Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs "My Funny Valentine" Hear Music
2006 Plague Songs "Katonah" 4AD
Rogue's Gallery... "Lowlands Away" (with Kate McGarrigle) ANTI-
2007 Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project "Harvest" (with Chris Stills) Hear Music
Stockings by the Fire "What are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Hear Music [49]
2008 Groupes de Pamplemousse "Il pleure dans mon cœur" (composed music) Jajou Productions [50]
Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins "Albatross" Wildflower [41]
2009 War Child Presents Heroes "Wonderful/Song for Children" Parlophone [51]
2012 Every Mother Counts 2012 Instead of the Dead Hear Music
2013 Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle Kiss and Say Goodbye Nonesuch
Southern Boys
Entre la jeunesse et la sagesse
I Eat Dinner
First Born
Walking Song
I Am a Diamond
I Cried for Us
Dink's Song
Love Over and Over

Guest appearances

Year Artist Album Song(s) Description Ref.
1983 Kate and Anna McGarrigle Love Over and Over "A Place in Your Heart" Guest vocalist [41]
1990 Kate and Anna McGarrigle Heartbeats Accelerating "I'm Losing You" Guest vocalist
1991 various artists Songs of the Civil War "Better Times are Coming"

"Hard Times Come Again No More"
Co-lead vocalist
(with Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
Backing vocalist
1998 Cecil Seaskull Whoever "La Song" Guest vocalist
Kate and Anna McGarrigle The McGarrigle Hour "Schooldays"
"What'll I Do?"
"Talk to Me of Mendocino"
"Goodnight Sweetheart"
Co-lead vocalist,
Background vocals on
various other tracks

1999 Shoofly Dirty White Town "You Don't Know" Guest vocalist [41]
various artists Gzowski in Compilation "Talk to Me of Mendocino" Guest vocalist [54]
2000 Teddy Thompson Teddy Thompson "So Easy"
"Missing Children"
Guest vocalist
Kiki and Herb Do You Hear What We Hear? "Those Were the Days" Co-lead vocalist [55]
2001 Jordi Rosen Madame Xavier "Three Angels"
Backing vocalist [56]
Elton John Songs from the West Coast "American Triangle" Backing vocalist [41]
2002 Julianna Raye Restless Night "More Wine" Co-written, vocal duet
Kristian Hoffman & "Scarecrow" Duet
Linda Thompson Fashionably Late "All I See" Guest vocalist
2004 David Byrne Grown Backwards "Au Fond du Temple Saint" Duet
2005 Antony and the Johnsons I am a Bird Now "What Can I Do?" Lead vocals
Kiki and Herb Kiki & Herb Will Die For You "Those Were the Days" Co-vocalist [57]
Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright "Don't Forget"
"The Maker"
Arranged vocals
Backing vocalist
Jason Hart If I Were You "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" Co-lead vocalist [59]
Burt Bacharach At This Time "Go Ask Shakespeare" Solo vocalist [60]
2006 Jane Birkin Fictions "Waterloo Station" Wrote lyrics [61]
Sloan Wainwright Life Grows Back "Tired of Wasting Time" Duet [41]
Pet Shop Boys Concrete "Casanova in Hell" Solo vocalist
2007 Teddy Thompson Upfront & Down Low "My Blue Tears" Arranged strings [62]
Linda Thompson Versatile Heart "Beauty" Wrote song [63]
Ann Wilson Hope & Glory "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" Co-vocalist [41]
2008 Martha Wainwright I Know You're Married
But I've Got Feelings Too
"The George Song" Guest vocalist [64]
Joan as Police Woman To Survive "To America" Guest vocalist [65]
Mareva Galanter Happy Fiu "Serge et Jane" Guest vocalist [66]
Marianne Faithfull Easy Come, Easy Go "Children of Stone" Guest vocalist [41]
2009 Loudon Wainwright III High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project "Old and Only in the Way" Backing vocalist [41]
Rosanne Cash The List "Silver Wings" Guest vocalist [67]
Shirley Bassey The Performance "Apartment" Wrote song [68]
2010 Marlango Life in the Treehouse "The Answer" Backing vocals, piano [41]
Josh Groban Illuminations "Au Jardin des Sans-Pourquoi" Co-wrote lyrics [41]
2011 Lulu Gainsbourg From Gainsbourg to Lulu "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M’en Vais" Solo vocalist
Ben Folds The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective "Careless Whisper" Guest vocalist
2012 Loudon Wainwright III Older Than My Old Man Now The Days That We Die Guest vocalist
2013 Pink Martini Get Happy "Kitty Come Home" Guest vocalist
"Get Happy/Happy Days"
Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways "Swings Both Ways" Guest vocalist

See also



External links

  • Rufus Wainwright's official site
  • Geffen Records
  • discography at MusicBrainz
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