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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

    On Air

    If I Had Eyes

    1 song

    On Air

    Let It Be Sung

    31 songs

    On Air

    A Weekend at the Greek/Live in Japan

    6 songs

    On Air

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