Blues guitarist Eric Clapton is probably one of the most well known blues musicians in modern times. Originally a member of the famous Yard Birds (that also spawned such guitarists as Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck!). Clapton constantly receives reviews stating that he is one of the most influential guitarists ever to have lived. With a #4 spot in both The Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time” and Gibsons “Top 50 guitarists of all time” along with countless other accolades he is the only blues guitarist to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame 3 times, for his solo performances, and with his two bands the Yardbirds and Cream.

Eric Clapton

Top 5 Songs

Layla

Cocaine

Tears In Heaven

Wonderful Tonight

Sunshine Of Your Love

Top 3 Albums

MTV Unplugged

Strange Brew

Riding with The King

Discography

Early career (1960s)

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshilds)
UK US
with The Yardbirds (1963-1965)
1963 London 1963: The First Recordings!  
1964 Five Live Yardbirds (live)  
1965 For Your Love  
Having a Rave Up (compilation)  
1966 Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds (live)  
1971 Guitar Boogie (compilation)  
with The Immediate All-Stars (1965)
1968 Blues Anytime Vol. 1 (compilation)  
Blues Anytime Vol. 2 (compilation)  
Blues Anytime Vol. 3 (compilation)  
with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (1965-1966)
1966 Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 6  
with Powerhouse (1966)
1966 What’s Shakin’ (compilation)  
with Cream (1966-1968, reunion 2005)[1]
1966 Fresh Cream 6 39 US: Gold
1967 Disraeli Gears 5 4 US: Platinum
1968 Wheels of Fire 3 1 US: Gold
1969 Goodbye 1 2 US: Gold
Best of Cream (compilation) 6 3 US: Gold
1970 Live Cream (live) 4 15  
1972 Live Cream Volume II (live) 15 27  
Heavy Cream (compilation)  
1983 Strange Brew (compilation) US: Platinum
1995 The Very Best of Cream (compilation) US: Gold
1997 Those Were the Days (box set)  
2000 20th Century Masters (compilation)  
2003 BBC Sessions (compilation)  
2005 Cream Gold (compilation)  
I Feel Free Ultimate Cream (compilation)  
Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005 (live)  
with Blind Faith (1968-1969)[2]
1969 Blind Faith 1 1 US: Platinum
with John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band (1969)
1969 Live Peace in Toronto 1969 (live)  
with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (1969-1970)
1970 On Tour with Eric Clapton (live) 39 29 US: Gold
with Vivian Stanshall and the Sean Head Showband (1970)
1974 The History of the Bonzos (compilation)  
1992 Cornology (compilation)  
2000 New Tricks (compilation)  
with Derek and the Dominos (1970)[3]
1970 Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs 16 US: Gold
1973 In Concert (live) 36 20 US: Gold
1990 The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition (box set)  
1994 Live at the Fillmore (live)  
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Solo career (1970s-present)

Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions[4] Certifications
UK US
1970 Eric Clapton 17 13  
1974 461 Ocean Boulevard 3 1 US: Gold
1975 There’s One in Every Crowd 15 21  
1976 No Reason to Cry 8 15  
1977 Slowhand 23 2 US: 3× Multi-Platinum
1978 Backless 18 8 US: Platinum
1981 Another Ticket 18 7 US: Gold
1983 Money and Cigarettes 13 16  
1985 Behind the Sun 8 34 US: Platinum
1986 August 3 37 US: Gold
1989 Journeyman 2 16 US: 2× Multi-Platinum
1994 From the Cradle 1 1 US: 3× Multi-Platinum
1998 Pilgrim 6 4 US: Platinum
2000 Riding with the King (with B.B. King) 15 77 US: 2× Multi-Platinum
2001 Reptile 7 5 US: Gold
2004 Me and Mr. Johnson 10 6 US: Gold
Sessions for Robert J (CD and DVD package) 105 172  
2005 Back Home 19 13 US: Gold
2006 The Road to Escondido (with JJ Cale) 50 23 US: Gold
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

[edit]Live albums

Year Title Peak chart positions[4] Certifications
UK US
1973 Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert 19  
1975 E. C. Was Here 14  
1980 Just One Night 3 US: Gold
1983 Time Pieces Vol.II Live In The Seventies  
1991 24 Nights 17 38 US: Gold
1992 Unplugged 2 1 US: Diamond (10× Multi-Platinum)
1996 Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies (box set) 115 137  
2002 One More Car, One More Rider 69  
2009 Live from Madison Square Garden with Steve Winwood 14  
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Year Title Peak chart positions[4] Certifications
UK US
1972 The History of Eric Clapton 20    
Eric Clapton at His Best 87    
1973 Clapton    
1981 Steppin’ Out    
1982 Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton 20 101 US: 7× Multi-Platinum UK: Gold
1984 Backtrackin’ 29    
1987 The Cream of Eric Clapton (UK) UK: 3× Multi-Platinum  
1988 Crossroads (box set) 34 US: 3× Multi-Platinum  
1991 Eric Clapton Story    
1995 The Cream of Clapton (US) 3 US: 2× Multi-Platinum  
1999 Blues 52 52 US: Gold  
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 6 20 US: Platinum UK: Platinum
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Eric Clapton    
2007 Complete Clapton 2 14    
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Soundtracks

Year Title
1985 Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack – track “Heaven Is One Step Away”
Edge of Darkness – soundtrack album for the television drama Edge of Darkness
1987 Lethal Weapon – soundtrack album for the film, Lethal Weapon, by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn
1988 Homeboy – soundtrack album for film, Homeboy, by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 – soundtrack album for the film, Lethal Weapon 2, by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton
1991 Rush – soundtrack album for the film, Rush
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 – soundtrack album for the film, Lethal Weapon 3, by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton
1996 Phenomenon: Music From The Motion Picture – track “Change the World
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 – soundtrack album for the film, Lethal Weapon 4, by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn
1999 The Story of Us – soundtrack album for the film, The Story of Us

Collaborations and guest appearances

With George Harrison

(largely uncredited due to contractual constraints)

Year Title
1968 The Beatles(appears on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with The Beatles)
Wonderwall Music (soundtrack from the 1968 film, Wonderwall)
1970 All Things Must Pass
1971 The Concert for Bangladesh (live, with various artists)
1974 Dark Horse
1976 The Best of George Harrison (compilation)
1979 George Harrison
1987 Cloud Nine
1989 Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 (compilation)
1992 Live in Japan (live)
2003 Concert for George (live, with various artists)
2004 The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992 (box set)

With other artists

Year Title Artist
1968 Lady Soul (appears on “Good To Me As I Am To You”) Aretha Franklin
1968 Lumpy Gravy Frank Zappa
1970 Stephen Stills (appears on “Go Back Home”) Stephen Stills (Stills’ solo debut)
Leon Russell Leon Russell
1971 The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions Howlin’ Wolf
The Sun, Moon & Herbs Dr. John
1977 Rough Mix Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane
1978 The Last Waltz (appears on “Further on up the Road” (live)) The Band, et al.
White Mansions Waylon Jennings, et al.
1980 The Party LP (live) Alexis Korner
1981 Face Value (appears on “The Roof Is Leaking” and “If Leaving Me Is Easy“) Phil Collins
The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (live) Jeff Beck, et al.
1984 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Roger Waters (Waters’ solo debut)
1986 Persona Liona Boyd
Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere Bob Geldof
Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie
1987 …Nothing Like the Sun Sting
1988 Taking It Home Buckwheat Zydeco
1989 …But Seriously (appears on “I Wish it Would Rain Down”) Phil Collins
Oro incenso e birra (appears on “A Wonderful World”) Zucchero
1991 Johnnie B. Bad Johnnie Johnson
Stranger in This Town (appears on “Mr. Bluesman”) Richie Sambora (Sambora’s solo debut)
Zucchero Zucchero
1992 The One (appears on “Runaway Train”) Elton John
1993 “It’s Probably Me” (single) Sting
1997 Retail Therapy TDF
1999 Mary (appears on “Give Me You”) Mary J. Blige
Supernatural (appears on “The Calling”) Santana
Anyway the Wind Blows Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
2003 Ringo Rama (appears on “Never Without You” and Imagine Me There”) Ringo Starr
2004 Zu & Co. (appears on “A Wonderful World”) Zucchero
Zu & Co. Live at the Royal Albert Hall (live) Zucchero
Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III (appears on “Blue Moon“) Rod Stewart
2005 Africa Unite: The Singles Collection (appears on “Slogans“) Bob Marley
2006 Live at Montreux 1986 (live) Otis Rush
2008 Nine Lives (appears on “Dirty City“) Steve Winwood
The City that Care Forgot Dr. John
Skin Deep Buddy Guy
2009 Roll On (appears on “Roll On”) JJ Cale
2010 Supernatural (Legacy Edition) (appears on “The Calling” and disc two’s “The Calling Jam”) Santana

Singles

Early career (1960s – early 1970s)

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US CAN
with The Yardbirds (1963-1965)
1964 I Wish You Would” / “A Certain Girl”
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” / “I Ain’t Got You”
1965 For Your Love” / “Got To Hurry” 3 6 1
with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (1965-1966)
1965 I’m Your Witchdoctor” / “Telephone Blues”
1966 “Lonely Years” / “Bernard Jenkins”
“Parchman Farm” / “Key to Love”
with Cream (1966-1968)
1966 Wrapping Paper” / “Cat’s Squirrel” 34
I Feel Free” / “N.S.U.” 11 116
1967 Strange Brew” / “Tales of Brave Ulysses 17
Spoonful – Part 1” / “Spoonful – Part 2”
1968 Sunshine of Your Love” / “SWLABR” 25 5 3
“Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven theme)” / “Pressed Rat and Warthog 40 64 37
White Room” / “Those Were the Days” 28 6 2
1969 Crossroads” (live) / “Passing the Time 28 13
Badge” / “What a Bringdown” 18 60 49
“Lawdy Mama” / “Sweet Wine”
with John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band (1969)
1969 Cold Turkey” / “Don’t Worry Kyoko” 30
with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (1969-1970)
1969 “Comin’ Home” / “Groupie (Superstar)” 16 84
with Vivian Stanshall and the Sean Head Showband (1970)
1970 “Labio-Dental Fricative” / “Paper Round”
with Derek and the Dominos (1970)
1970 Tell the Truth” / “Roll It Over”
1971 Bell Bottom Blues” / “Keep on Growing” 91
Layla” / “I am Yours” 10 9
1972 “Layla” / “Bell Bottom Blues” 7
1973 “Bell Bottom Blues” / “Little Wing 78
“Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” (live) / “Presence of the Lord” (live)
1982 “Layla” / “Bell Bottom Blues” (re-issue) 4
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Solo career (1970s – present)

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US CAN
1970 After Midnight
“Easy Now”
18 10
1972 “Let It Rain”
“Easy Now”
48 42
1974 I Shot the Sheriff
“Give Me Strength”
9 1 1
“Willie and the Hand Jive”
“Mainline Florida”
26 31
1975 “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”
“Pretty Blue Eyes”
19
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
“Someone Like You”
38
1976 “Hello Old Friend”
“All Our Past Times”
24 37
1977 “Carnival”
“Hungry”
Lay Down Sally
“Cocaine”
39
1978 “Lay Down Sally”
“Next Time You See Her”
3 3
Wonderful Tonight
“Peaches and Diesel”
16 15
“Promises”
“Watch Out For Lucy”
37 9 7
1979 “If I Don’t Be There By Morning”
“Tulsa Time”
1980 “Cocaine” (live)
“Tulsa Time” (live)
30 3
“Blues Power” (live)
“Early in the Morning”
76
1981 I Can’t Stand It
“Black Rose”
10 15
“Another Ticket”
“Rita Mae”
78
1982 “I Shot the Sheriff”
“Give Me Strength”
64
1983 “I’ve Got a Rock n Roll Heart”
“Man In Love”
83 18 17
“The Shape You’re In”
“Crosscut Saw”
75
“Slow Down Linda”
“Crazy Country Hop”
1985 “Forever Man”
“Too Bad”
51 26
“She’s Waiting”
“Jailbait”
“See What Love Can Do”
“She’s Waiting”
89
1987 “Behind the Mask”
“Grand Illusion”
15
“It’s In the Way That You Use It”
“Bad Influence”
77
“Tearing Us Apart”
“Hold On”
56
“Holy Mother”
“Tangled In Love”
95
1989 “Bad Love”
“Journeyman”
25
“Pretending”
“Journeyman”
55 24
1990 “No Alibis”
“Running on Faith”
53
“Bad Love”
“Hard Times”
88 36
“Pretending”
“Hard Times”
96
1991 “Wonderful Tonight” (live) 30
1992 Layla” (live, unplugged)
“Signe”
45 12 1
1994 “Motherless Child”
Driftin’
63 9
1998 My Father’s Eyes
“Change the World”
33 16
“Circus” 39
2001 “I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It”
“Losing Hand”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Soundtracks

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US CAN
1985 Edge of Darkness” / “Shoot Out”
(with Michael KamenBBC-TV drama theme from Edge of Darkness)
65
1992 Tears in Heaven” / “Tracks and Lines”
(from Rush, soundtrack from the 1991 film Rush)
5 2
1996 Change the World” / “Danny Boy”
(with Babyface; from Phenomenon, soundtrack from the 1996 film Phenomenon)
18 5 10
1999 “Blue Eyes Blue”
(written by Diane Warren; from Runaway Bride, soundtrack from the 1999 film Runaway Bride)
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Collaborations and guest appearances

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK US CAN
1992 “Runaway Train”
(with Elton John)
31
“It’s Probably Me”
(with Sting)
30
1995 “Love Can Build a Bridge”
(with CherChrissie HyndeNeneh Cherry)
1
1999 “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You”
(with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings)
2000 “Forever Man (How Many Times)”
(with Beatchuggers)
26
2004 Blue Moon
(with Rod Stewart)
2008 Dirty City
(with Steve Winwood)
“—” denotes releases that did not chart