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Jack Johnson

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Before Jack Johnson became the 21st century kingpin of beachside pop/rock, he was a champion surfer on the professional circuit. The sport was second nature to the Hawaiian native, who began chasing waves as a toddler and, by the age of 17, had become an outstanding athlete on the Banzai Pipeline. However, Johnson was also testing other creative outlets -- specifically film and music -- and a serious surfing accident during his first professional competition convinced him to devote more time to those landlocked hobbies. After studying cinematography in college, he turned his full attention to music, writing breezy pop songs punctuated by an unassuming voice and a mellow, beach-bum demeanor. The combination proved to be particularly commercial, as Johnson's first five major-label albums all climbed to platinum status. While studying film at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Johnson partnered with friends Chris Malloy and Emmett Malloy to produced a surfing documentary entitled Thicker Than Water. Although the project spotlighted Johnson's talent as a director, it also showcased his flair for songwriting, and the accompanying soundtrack featured several of his own tunes. Thicker Than Water was deemed 2000's Video of the Year by Surfer magazine and paved the way for a second surf flick, The September Sessions. Meanwhile, Johnson began receiving similar notice for his songs, one of which was covered by G. Love & Special Sauce on the band's 1999 album, Philadelphonic. Shortly thereafter, Johnson's demo material piqued the interest of J.P. Plunier, a French producer who had helped launch Ben Harper's career several years prior. With Plunier's help, Johnson recorded and released Brushfire Fairytales in 2001. The debut album featured a cameo by Ben Harper, thus sparking a friendship between the two musicians. Moreover, its casually spun folk songs attracted an audience that stretched far beyond Johnson's own surfing community, and Brushfire Fairytales went platinum as a result. After touring throughout the early half of 2002, he returned to the studio and issued On and On one year later. Despite its musical similarity to Brushfire Fairytales, On and On found Johnson delving into social commentary, resulting in a number of songs that paired worldly, insightful lyrics with a sunny surf vibe. Jack Johnson toured heavily in support of his growing catalog, taking frequent breaks to surf and spend time with his family. When it came time to return to the studio, he resumed his partnership with Mario Caldato, Jr., the same producer who had helmed On and On, and decamped to Mango Trees Studio in Hawaii. In Between Dreams was released in 2005, sporting a mango tree on the album's cover (in tribute to the studio) while offering a familiar mix of tropical songwriting and conscious commentary. The album peaked at number two, Johnson's highest chart position to date in America, and sold more than two million copies stateside. Oddly enough, it was Johnson's next project, the kids-oriented Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George, that finally sent him to the top of the charts. The soundtrack debuted at number one in February 2006, selling 149,000 copies during its first week and making Curious George the first animated film since Pocahontas to have a chart-topping soundtrack. Like the four albums before it, it climbed to platinum status. Despite such continued success, however, Johnson was dealt a sharp blow in 2007, when his cousin Danny Riley succumbed to brain cancer. That death, coupled with the decision to record outside of Hawaii's familiar environment, lent a moody ambience to Johnson's next record, 2008's Sleep Through the Static. Nonetheless, the bulk of the album retained a warm, sand-scrubbed feel, and Sleep Through the Static went platinum within five weeks. Johnson traveled throughout Europe that summer, playing some of his largest shows to date, and the resulting footage was captured for the 2009 CD/DVD release En Concert. Johnson released his fifth studio album, To the Sea, in June 2010. Covering a nine-year span, the Jack Johnson & Friends: The Best of Kokua Festival compilation appeared in 2012 and featured performances from Johnson's benefit concert for the nonprofit, environmental education organization the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Johnson returned to his Mango Tree studio with Mario Caldato, Jr. -- who produced his 2005 release In Between Dreams -- to record his sixth studio album, From Here to Now to You. The album, which was released in September 2013, was preceded by the single "I Got You." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Jack Johnson

    12 songs

    On Air

    From Here to Now to You

    13 songs

    On Air

    To the Sea

    14 songs

    On Air

    Sleep Through the Static

    14 songs

    On Air

    In Between Dreams

    16 songs

    On Air

    On and On

    7 songs

    On Air

    Sleep Through the Static: Remixed

    15 songs

    On Air

    Brushfire Fairytales

    1 song

    On Air

    Seasick Dream

    1 song

    On Air

    All for You

    1 song

    On Air

    Angel (Someone to Love)

    1 song

    On Air

    I Got You

    1 song

    On Air

    In the Morning

    2 songs

    On Air

    Hope

    13 songs

    On Air

    Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George

    19 songs

    On Air

    En Concert

    13 songs

    On Air

    Austin City Limits Music Festival: 2003

    13 songs

    On Air

    Jack Johnson & Friends: The Best of Kokua Festival

    13 songs

    On Air

    Maybe This Christmas

    13 songs

    On Air

    Brushfire Fairytales

    10 songs

    On Air

    September Sessions/O.S.T.

    14 songs

    On Air

    Brushfire Fairytales

    3 songs

    On Air

    Talk of the Town

    4 songs

    On Air

    Upside Down [Maxi Single]

    4 songs

    On Air

    Sitting, Waiting, Wishing [US CD]

    4 songs

    On Air

    Breakdown

    3 songs

    On Air

    At or with Me

    3 songs

    On Air

    Better Together

    14 songs

    On Air

    Thicker Than Water

    4 songs

    On Air

    Flake/Inaudible Melodies

    1 song

    On Air

    You and Your Heart

    1 song

    On Air

    Bubble Toes/Express Yourself

    2 songs

    On Air

    If I Had Eyes

    1 song

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    If I Had Eyes

    1 song

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    Let It Be Sung

    31 songs

    On Air

    A Weekend at the Greek/Live in Japan

    6 songs

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    From Here to Now to You: Live


Top Songs by
Jack Johnson

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
  3.   Flake
  4.   Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  5.   Bubble Toes
  6.   Upside Down
  7.   Better Together
  8.   In the Morning
  9.   From the Clouds
  10.   The Horizon Has Been Defeated
  11.   Banana Pancakes
  12.   You and Your Heart
  13.   Breakdown
  14.   Someday At Christmas
  15.   I Got You
  16.   Good People
  17.   Rodeo Clowns
  18.   Hope
  19.   At or with Me
  20.   We're Going to Be Friends
  21.   If I Had Eyes
  22.   Tomorrow Morning
  23.   Radiate
  24.   Wasting Time
  25.   If I Could
  26.   Times Like These
  27.   With My Own Two Hands
  28.   Gone
  29.   Go On
  30.   Cookie Jar
  31.   Do You Remember
  32.   Never Know
  33.   All at Once
  34.   Sleep Through the Static
  35.   Lullaby
  36.   Posters
  37.   Fortunate Fool
  38.   Crying Shame
  39.   Staple It Together
  40.   Drink the Water
  41.   Don't Believe a Thing I Say
  42.   You Remind Me of You
  43.   Jungle Gym
  44.   Tape Deck
  45.   Wrong Turn
  46.   Sexy Plexi
  47.   Taylor
  48.   Angel
  49.   The 3 R's
  50.   Mudfootball (For Moe Lerner)
  51.   Home
  52.   Seasick Dream
  53.   Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
  54.   Middle Man
  55.   Imagine
  56.   It's All Understood
  57.   Cocoon
  58.   A Pirate Looks at Forty
  59.   Constellations
  60.   What You Thought You Need
  61.   Angel/Better Together
  62.   Losing Keys
  63.   Monsoon
  64.   F-Stop Blues
  65.   Traffic in the Sky
  66.   Dreams Be Dreams
  67.   Bubble Toes/Express Yourself
  68.   Adrift
  69.   No Other Way
  70.   Never Fade
  71.   The Upsetter
  72.   No Good With Faces
  73.   Belle
  74.   High Tide or Low Tide
  75.   Island Style
  76.   Spring Wind
  77.   Broken
  78.   Badfish/Boss DJ
  79.   Situations
  80.   Belle/Banana Pancakes
  81.   Shot Reverse Shot
  82.   Pictures of People Taking Pictures
  83.   My Little Girl
  84.   Country Road
  85.   They Do, They Don't
  86.   Talk of the Town
  87.   Inaudible Melodies
  88.   As I Was Saying
  89.   Washing Dishes
  90.   Take It Easy
  91.   Turn Your Love
  92.   Only the Ocean
  93.   Enemy
  94.   Let It Be Sung featuring Matt Costa
  95.   Supposed to Be
  96.   Questions
  97.   People Watching
  98.   Fall Line
  99.   Cupid
  100.   The News
  101.   Losing Hope
  102.   Change
  103.   I Shall Be Released
  104.   The Horizon Has Been Defeated/Mother and Child Reunion
  105.   While We Wait
  106.   Same Girl
  107.   The Sharing Song
  108.   Symbol in My Driveway
  109.   Mediocre Bad Guys
  110.   Holes to Heaven
  111.   Soul Soul Soul
  112.   All for You by Natalie Nicole
  113.   Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  114.   When I Look Up
  115.   To the Sea
  116.   Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology
  117.   Anything But the Truth
  118.   Mama, You've Been on My Mind/A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthr
  119.   What Would You Rather Do by The September Sessions Band
  120.   Pirdop
  121.   Ones and Zeros
  122.   Welcome to Jamrock
  123.   Thug Style by The September Sessions Band
  124.   Moonshine
  125.   Even After All by Finley Quaye
  126.   Hobo Blues featuring G. Love
  127.   Relate to Me featuring