Simon & Garfunkel was an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the most popular recording artists of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Their biggest hits—including "The Sound of Silence" (1964/1965), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1969), and "The Boxer" (1969)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide. Their often rocky relationship led to artistic disagreements, which resulted in their breakup in 1970. Their final studio record, Bridge over Troubled Water, was their most successful, becoming one of the world's best-selling albums. Since their split in 1970 they have reunited several times, most famously in 1981 for the "The Concert in Central Park", which attracted more than 500,000 people, the seventh-largest concert attendance in history.

The duo met as children in Queens, New York in 1953, where they learned to harmonize together and began writing original material. By 1957, under the name Tom & Jerry, the teenagers had their first minor success with "Hey Schoolgirl", a song imitating their idols the Everly Brothers. Afterwards, the duo went their separate ways, with Simon making unsuccessful solo records. In 1963, aware of a growing public interest in folk music, they regrouped and were signed to Columbia Records as Simon & Garfunkel. Their début, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., sold poorly, and they once again disbanded; Simon returned to a solo career, this time in England. A remix of their song "The Sound of Silence" was played widely on U.S. AM radio in 1965, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Simon & Garfunkel reunited, releasing their second studio album Sounds of Silence and touring colleges nationwide. On their third release, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966), the duo assumed more creative control. Their music was featured in the 1967 film The Graduate, giving them further exposure. Bookends (1968), their next album, topped the Billboard 200 chart and included the #1 single "Mrs. Robinson" from the film. After their 1970 breakup following the release of Bridge over Troubled Water, they both continued recording, Simon releasing a number of highly acclaimed albums, including 1986's Graceland. Garfunkel also briefly pursued an acting career, with leading roles in two Mike Nichols films, Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge, and in Nicolas Roeg's 1980 Bad Timing.

Simon & Garfunkel were described by critic Richie Unterberger as "the most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s" and one of the most popular artists from the decade in general. They won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Their Bridge over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album and is ranked at #51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Simon & Garfunkel 10
1966 Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 5 19
1966 Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Simon & Garfunkel 11
1968 Bookends Simon & Garfunkel 11
1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 4 20

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 5 16
1981 The Simon and Garfunkel Collection Simon & Garfunkel 5 4
1990 Collected Works Simon & Garfunkel 3
1990 More Great Songs Simon & Garfunkel 1
1990 The Hits Collection, Part 1 Simon & Garfunkel 2
1991 The Definitive Simon and Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel 4 6
1991 20 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1
1991 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1
1993 Early Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel 2
1996 The Simon and Garfunkel Collection: 17 of Their All-Time Greatest Recordings Simon & Garfunkel 1
1997 Gold Simon & Garfunkel 1
1997 Old Friends Simon & Garfunkel 2
1999 The Best of Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel 2 2
1999 Tales From New York: The Very Best of Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel 3
2000 Two Can Dream Alone Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel 1
2000 Silent Voices Simon & Garfunkel 1
2003 The Essential Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel 3
2003 Before the Fame Simon & Garfunkel 1
2008 The Collection Simon & Garfunkel 2
2010 3 Original Album Classics Simon & Garfunkel 1
2014 The Complete Albums Collection Simon & Garfunkel 1
20 Golden Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1
21 grandes sucessos Simon & Garfunkel 1
32 Great Songs Simon & Garfunkel 1
America: The Simon & Garfunkel Collection Simon & Garfunkel 1
Best Simon & Garfunkel 1
Best of Simon & Garfunkel 1
Best Selection Simon & Garfunkel 1
Die größten Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1
OMV 026 Simon & Garfunkel 1
Simon & Garfunkel Best Simon & Garfunkel 2
Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3
Star Power Simon & Garfunkel 1
Super Selection Simon & Garfunkel 1
The Best Of Simon & Garfunkel 1
The Hits Collection, Part 2 Simon & Garfunkel 1
The Hits Collection, Part 3 Simon & Garfunkel 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Voices of Intelligent Dissent (Live at the Hollywood Bowl, August 23, 1968) Simon & Garfunkel 2
1982 The Concert in Central Park Simon & Garfunkel 4 8
1990 Live in Concert Simon & Garfunkel 1
2002 Live From New York City, 1967 Simon & Garfunkel 3
2004 Old Friends: Live on Stage Simon & Garfunkel 1
2008 Live 1969 Simon & Garfunkel 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 The Graduate Simon & Garfunkel 5


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Fakin' It Simon & Garfunkel 1

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