The Red Hot Chili Peppers (also sometimes shortened to "The Chili Peppers" or abbreviated as "RHCP") are an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates many aspects of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Flea (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009. Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band's original line-up featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea. Because of commitments to other bands, Slovak and Irons did not play on the band's debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984). Cliff Martinez was the drummer for the first two records (Irons played on the third), and guitarist Jack Sherman played on the first. Slovak performed on the second and third albums by the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987); he died of a heroin overdose in 1988. As a result of the death of his friend, drummer Irons chose to depart from the group. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak though his tenure was short and he was replaced by John Frusciante in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons though after a short tenure with the band he was out and replaced by Chad Smith that same year. The line-up of Flea, Kiedis, Frusciante and Smith was the longest-lasting, and recorded five studio albums starting with 1989's Mother's Milk. In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded under producer Rick Rubin the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), which became the band's first commercial success. Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992, in the middle of the world tour.

After recruiting guitarist Arik Marshall to complete the tour, Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Jesse Tobias though after a few weeks he was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction for their subsequent album, One Hot Minute (1995). Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor. Navarro was fired from the band in 1998. Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea's request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication (1999), which became the band's biggest commercial success with 16 million copies worldwide. That album was followed three years later by By the Way (2002), and then four years later by the double album Stadium Arcadium (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band in 2009 to focus on his solo career. Josh Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante's solo projects, joined as lead guitarist shortly after Frusciante's departure and the band spent the next year and a half recording their tenth studio album, I'm with You, which was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries and included a world tour which lasted until April 2013. The band quickly followed up that tour a month later with another tour lasting into mid-2014 and that included an appearance with Bruno Mars as a part of the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII, a performance that was viewed by a record 115.3 million viewers. The band started recording their eleventh studio album in December 2014, which is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon Various Artists 1
1997 We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute Various Artists 3
1997 Christmas In Your Ear Various Artists 1
2003 We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones Various Artists 3
2007 The Pacha Experience 2 Various Artists 1
2008 George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love George Clinton 1
2009 Music For The Road - Vol.2 Various Artists 1
2009 Music for the Road, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2012 Rhythms del Mundo: Africa Rhythms del Mundo 1
“Challah” Twins Samantha & Mark Ronson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 O'Zone: Noise of A Subculture Various Artists 1
1991 Never Mind the Mainstream: The Best of MTV's 120 Minutes, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Funky Metal Various Artists 1
1992 Bravo Hits 2 Various Artists 1
1992 100% Hits, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1992 100% Hits, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1992 Best of 92 Various Artists 1
1992 Countdown Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
1992 Het beste uit de Top 40 van '92 Various Artists 1
1992 Hitbox '92, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1992 Now That's What I Call Music 1 (New Zealand original series) Various Artists 5 1
1992 Rock the First, Volume Four Various Artists 1
1993 Crossing All Over! Various Artists 2
1993 MTV Party to Go, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1993 Cutting Edge, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1993 100% Hits: Best of 1992 Various Artists 1
1993 Classic P-Funk Mastercuts, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Grunge: The Alternative Compilation Various Artists 1
1993 The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience Various Artists 5
1993 The Trip Various Artists 1
1993 The Trip 2 Various Artists 1
1993 What’s Up? The Greatest Rock Hits of the 90’s Various Artists 1
1994 Sedated in the Eighties, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Kerrang! The Album Various Artists 1
1994 Smash Hits 94 Various Artists 1
1994 Electric Ave. Audio Mania Various Artists 1
1994 New Metal Ballads: The Alternative Take Various Artists 1
1994 Singing in Tongues, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Slow time Various Artists 1
1994 The Best Years of Your Life, Volume 4 (South Africa) Various Artists 1
1994 What's Up 2 Various Artists 1
1995 The Best Funk Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1995 Crossing All Over! Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1995 Unlaced Various Artists 1
1995 Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Volume 14 Various Artists 1
1995 Bravo Hits: Best of 92 Various Artists 1
1995 Kerrang! The Album, Volume 2: The Kutting Edge Various Artists 1
1995 Magnificent 80's Various Artists 1
1995 No Fronts Various Artists 1
1995 Punk: The Worst of Total Anarchy (blue) Various Artists 1

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