26 Years Of Barenaked Ladies: A Look Back At Their 10 Rockin’ Studio Albums

April 4, 2014

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Barenaked Ladies is a well-loved Canadian alternative rock band that formed back in 1988. They have had several hit singles over the years, and are also known for the theme song of “The Big Bang Theory” television show.

Barenaked Ladies have released 10 studio albums and sold over 15 million records. There is surely more success to come, but let’s take a look back at the great musical career that the band has had up to now.

1. Gordon (1992)

“Gordon” was the debut album by Barenaked Ladies. Prior to this album, the band had won $100,000 in a contest, which they then used to hire a producer. One fun fact about this album is that the track “King of Bedside Manor” was for some reason recorded while everyone in the studio was naked.

2. Maybe You Should Drive (1994)

Barenaked Ladies’ second effort was a great follow-up to their first. “Maybe You Should Drive” went double platinum in Canada and charted in the US as well, where they reached #175 on Billboard 200.

3. Born on a Pirate Ship (1996)

Barenaked Ladies were back two years later with Born on a Pirate Ship. This third album is where they really began gaining an American fan base. It reached #111 on US charts, while falling to #18 in Canada.

4. Stunt (1998)

“Stunt” has been the Barenaked Ladies’ most successful album to date. It has the popular song “It’s All Been Done,” as well as the huge hit “One Week,” which managed to hit #1 in the US. The album also did well in Canada and the UK.

5. Maroon (2000)

Like only “Gordon” before it, “Maroon” hit #1 on the Canadian charts. It has done very well in the US as well, selling about 1 million copies. “Maroon” brought a new, more grown-up image to the band.

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6. Everything to Everyone (2003)

If “Maroon” represented Barenaked Ladies growing up, then “Everything to Everyone” is a reflection of where that maturity led. This album is particularly noted for its political commentary. It was a commercial success, though not as much as the two previous albums.

7. Barenaked Ladies Are Me (2006)

Three years later, Barenaked Ladies were back with another offering. This album slipped to #7 on the Canadian charts and #17 in America, but was still well-received and had successful singles.

8. Barenaked Ladies Are Men (2007)

“Barenaked Ladies Are Men” was released one year later with material which had been recorded for, but not included on, the previous release. Many fans consider this and the previous album together to be the Barenaked Ladies’ seventh full-length release.

9. All in Good Time (2010)

“All in Good Time” shot the band back up on the Canadian charts to #3, and had them at #23 in the US. It has been the band’s best release since “Maroon”.

10. Grinning Streak (2013)

“Grinning Streak” is the Barenaked Ladies’ latest album, released only last year. It is their first album on Vanguard Records, and has been very well-received by both fans and critics.