Slacker Logo

Counting Crows

ON AIR
Advertisement
Advertisement

Bio

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Only a year earlier, the band was a group of unknown musicians, filling in for the absent Van Morrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony; they were introduced by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, with T-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it was a dark and somber record, driven by the morose lyrics and expressive vocals of Adam Duritz. The only uptempo song, "Mr. Jones," became their ticket to stardom, and Counting Crows enjoyed a significant amount of success throughout the '90s and beyond. What made Counting Crows unique was how they were able to balance Duritz's tortured lyrics with the sound of the late '60s and early '70s; it made them one of the few alternative bands to appeal to listeners who thought that rock & roll died in 1972. Recovering the Satellites followed in 1996, and "A Long December" was a Top Ten hit on both the Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 charts. The band issued the two-disc Across a Wire: Live in New York in 1998, and the following year saw the release of Counting Crows' third studio album, This Desert Life. In the midst of recording and collaborating with Ryan Adams on his sophomore album, Gold, Duritz joined his band in the studio as well. The fruit of those sessions was the group's Steve Lillywhite-produced fourth album, Hard Candy. The next year saw the release of the best-of Films About Ghosts, and in 2004 Counting Crows reminded fans of their ability to write a hit single with "Accidentally in Love," which appeared on the Shrek 2 soundtrack. Two years later, New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall, recorded from a show on February 6, 2003, was made available to the public. In 2008 the band issued Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, a concept record divided into two halves: the more rowdy, upbeat rock of Saturday night soundtracks and the mellow alt-country side of Sunday morning hangovers. In 2009 the band parted ways with its longtime major-label home Geffen Records, but continued to tour and write new material as feverishly as ever. Duritz struggled with mental problems and prescription drug addiction following the split with Geffen, working on solo material that he released in part online. August and Everything After: Live at Town Hall, the band's third official live album, was released in 2011. To tide fans over until the release of an album of new material, the band offered up a collection of cover songs entitled Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) in 2012 and yet another live album, Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow, the following year. While touring in 2013 the group started to write material for what would become its seventh album. Recorded at the end of 2013 with producer Brian Deck, Somewhere Under Wonderland saw release in September 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Read All Read Less

Albums by
Counting Crows

false

    15 songs

    On Air

    Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)

    14 songs

    On Air

    Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings

    11 songs

    On Air

    This Desert Life [Bonus Track]

    30 songs

    On Air

    August and Everything After [Deluxe Edition]

    14 songs

    On Air

    Hard Candy

    14 songs

    On Air

    Recovering the Satellites

    11 songs

    On Air

    August and Everything After

    9 songs

    On Air

    Somewhere Under Wonderland

    11 songs

    On Air

    Somewhere Under Wonderland [Bonus Tracks]

    17 songs

    On Air

    Films About Ghosts: The Best Of...

    1 song

    On Air

    Earthquake Driver

    1 song

    On Air

    God of Ocean Tides

    1 song

    On Air

    Scarecrow

    1 song

    On Air

    Palisades Park

    4 songs

    On Air

    She Don't Want Nobody Near

    3 songs

    On Air

    Accidentally in Love

    15 songs

    On Air

    Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow

    12 songs

    On Air

    August and Everything After: Live at Town Hall

    15 songs

    On Air

    New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall February 6, 2003

    22 songs

    On Air

    Across a Wire: Live in New York

    18 songs

    On Air

    Films About Ghosts: The Best Of...

    3 songs

    On Air

    Rain King

    2 songs

    On Air

    Angels of the Silence

    28 songs

    On Air

    Underwater Sunshine [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]

See All Albums

Top Songs by
Counting Crows

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Mr. Jones
  3.   Round Here
  4.   A Long December
  5.   Rain King
  6.   Big Yellow Taxi
  7.   Hanginaround
  8.   Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)
  9.   Accidentally in Love
  10.   Anna Begins
  11.   Colorblind
  12.   Perfect Blue Buildings
  13.   Untitled (Love Song)
  14.   Goodnight Elisabeth
  15.   Raining in Baltimore
  16.   Omaha
  17.   Sullivan Street
  18.   Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
  19.   Walkaways
  20.   Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)
  21.   Angels of the Silences
  22.   When I Dream of Michelangelo
  23.   Holiday in Spain
  24.   The Ghost in You
  25.   Los Angeles
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
Counting Crows

    On Air

    Counting Crows: I Am the DJ

    On Air

    Café Acoustic

    On Air

    Dylan's Offspring

    On Air

    '90s Alternative

    On Air

    Dad's Kitchen

    On Air

    Rewind: 1994

    On Air

    50 Most Embarrassing Facebook Songs

    On Air

    Eli Young Band: I Am The DJ

    On Air

    Sunday In The Park

    On Air

    66 Greatest Gen X Songs

    On Air

    Adult Alternative

    On Air

    4th of July Celebration

    On Air

    David Nail: I Am The DJ

    On Air

    Joni Mitchell: DNA

    On Air

    Sara Bareilles: I Am The DJ

    On Air

    Adult Chill

    On Air

    I Heart The 90s

    On Air

    Kids Classic Hits

    On Air

    '90s Hits

    On Air

    Rock Ballads

    On Air

    Broken Heart

    On Air

    Grateful Dead: DNA

    On Air

    Eclectic Rock

    On Air

    Post-Holiday Chill

See All Stations & Shows

Artists Related to
Counting Crows

On Air

The Goo Goo Dolls

On Air

Matchbox Twenty

On Air

Pearl Jam

On Air

Third Eye Blind

On Air

The Wallflowers

On Air

Red Hot Chili Peppers