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 elements 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, replacing John Frusciante. Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide, have been nominated for sixteen Grammy Awards, of which they have won six and are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history currently holding the records for most number one singles (13), most cumulative weeks at number one (85) and most top-ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band's original line-up, originally named Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem before changing to Red Hot Chili Peppers after a few shows, 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 self-titled debut album (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), but he died from a heroin overdose in 1988. As a result of his friend's death, Irons chose to depart from the group. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak, though his tenure was short, which forced Frusciante to replace him in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D. H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons. His tenure was also short, so he was 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 beginning with Mother's Milk (1989). In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) under producer Rick Rubin. This album 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 Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour.

After two temporary guitarists, Arik Marshall and Jesse Tobias, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction joined in 1994 and for the group's 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. Klinghoffer who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante's solo projects, replaced him as lead guitarist. The band's tenth studio album, I'm with You, was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries. The group toured into 2014 and performed with Bruno Mars as a part of the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII. The band released their eleventh studio album, The Getaway on June 17, 2016. The album was produced by Danger Mouse marking the first time since 1989's Mother's Milk that someone other than Rick Rubin has produced one of their albums. A world tour followed the release of the album.

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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
“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
1992 The Greatest Hits '92, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Crossing All Over! Various Artists 2
1993 Cutting Edge, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1993 100% Hits, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
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 Mr Music Hits 1993-12 Various Artists 1
1993 Subrock: The Best of Independent and Grunge Various Artists 1
1993 The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience Various Artists 6
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
1995 Punk: The Worst of Total Anarchy (yellow) Various Artists 1
1995 Revenge: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Various Artists 1
1995 Rocks Off Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1987–1988 Various Artists 1
1996 Crossing All Over! Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1996 Dumb and Dumber: Get Down, Get Dumb Various Artists 1
1996 ESPN X-Games, Volume 1: Music From the Edge Various Artists 4 1
1996 Hang the DJ: Modern Rock 1987 Various Artists 1
1996 Big Shiny Tunes Various Artists 1
1996 80's Super Hits Various Artists 4
1996 100% Hits, Volume 19 Various Artists 1
1996 Best of 80's Rock, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1996 Best of Rock Line Various Artists 1
1996 Kerrang! Welcome to Planet Rock Various Artists 1
1996 Punk: The Worst of Total Anarchy Various Artists 1
1996 Rock Ballads 5 Various Artists 1
1996 Was het nu 70 of 80? Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1996 What's Up 4 Various Artists 1
1997 Réservoir Rock, Volume III Various Artists 1
1997 The Best Anthems… Ever! Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Vivamania, Volume 1: The Best of Alternative Music Various Artists 1
1997 George Clinton's Bag 'O' Funk Various Artists 1
1997 God Save the Punks Various Artists 1
1997 Les années 90 + mode d'emploi Various Artists 1
1997 Platinum Hits Volume One Various Artists 1
1997 Rockin’ in Your Stockin’ Various Artists 1
1997 Torhout Werchter 21 Various Artists 1
1998 Blowout: 18 of the Best Indie Sounds Various Artists 2
1998 Live 4 Ever Various Artists 1
1998 The Best Anthems... Ever! Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1998 The All Time Greatest Rock Songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s, Vol 2 Various Artists 2
1998 The All Time Greatest Rock Songs, Volume 1 Various Artists 3
1998 Love to the Max, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 21st Century Rock Various Artists 1
1999 Music for Our Mother Ocean 3 Various Artists 2
1999 Crossing All Over! The Classix Various Artists 1
1999 MTV the First 1000 Years: Rock Various Artists 1
1999 Big Shiny Tunes 4 Various Artists 1
1999 Big Day Out 00 Various Artists 1
1999 Born to Be Wild Various Artists 1
1999 Rock Diamonds, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1999 The Best Rock Album in the World… Ever! Various Artists 1
2000 Brit Awards 2000 Various Artists 1
2000 On the Edge Various Artists 3 2
2000 Serious Rock and Pop Various Artists 1
2000 Big Shiny Tunes 5 Various Artists 1
2000 A 2001 Rock Odyssey Various Artists 1
2000 Modern Rock: Late 80's Various Artists 1

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