The Monkees

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The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968, the musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner.

Described by Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band [...] that wanted to be the Beatles, [but] that was never successful," the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy [who played the alien officer Spock in Star Trek] really becoming a Vulcan."

For the first few months of their initial five-year career as The Monkees, the four actor-musicians were allowed only limited roles in the recording studio. This was due in part to the amount of time required to film the television series. Nonetheless, Nesmith did compose and produce some songs from the beginning, and Peter Tork contributed limited guitar work on the sessions produced by Nesmith. They soon fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. Although the sitcom was canceled in 1968, the band continued to record music through 1971.

A revival of interest in the television show came in 1986, which led to a series of reunion tours and new records. Up until 2011, the group had reunited and toured several times, to varying degrees of success. Despite the sudden death of Davy Jones on 29 February 2012, the surviving members reunited for a tour in November–December 2012 and again in 2013 for a 24-date tour.

The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Daydream Believer" and "I'm A Believer". At their peak in 1967, the band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1966 The Monkees 9
1967 More of the Monkees 9
1967 Headquarters 8
1967 Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. 8
1968 The Birds, the Bees & The Monkees 5 5
1969 Instant Replay 3
1969 The Monkees Present 2
1970 Changes 1
1987 Pool It! 2
1989 20 Smash Hits 1
1994 Changes 1
1996 Justus 1
2000 Headquarters Sessions 1
2012 Pool It! 1
Last Train to Clarksville & Other Hits 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Greatest Hits 1
1983 Here Come The Monkees 2
1986 Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees 3 3
1988 Missing Links, Volume 1 1
1989 By Request 1
1989 Hey! Hey! It's the Monkees' Greatest Hits 1
1990 Missing Links, Volume 2 1
1990 More Greatest Hits of The Monkees 1
1990 The Monkees Greatest Hits 2
1991 Listen to the Band 1
1991 The Collection 1
1994 16 Smash Hits 1
1995 Greatest Hits 2
1996 Best: I'm a Believer 1
1996 Missing Links, Volume 3 1
1997 The Greatest Hits of the Monkees 2
1998 Anthology 1
2000 20 Greatest Hits 1
2001 Music Box 1
2001 The Definitive Monkees 2
2002 The Essentials 1
2003 The Best of the Monkees 2
2005 Daydream Believer: The Monkees Collection, Volume 1 1
2005 The Platinum Collection, Volume 2 1
2006 The Very Best of the Monkees 1
2007 The Works 1
2007 I'm a Believer: The Best of The Monkees 1
2011 Monkeemania: The Very Best of the Monkees 1
2012 Original Album Series 1
2012 The Definitive Monkees 1
2013 The Monkees Present 1
20 Greatest Hits 1
Barrelful of Monkees 1
Daydream Believer: The Monkees Collection, Volume 2 1
I'm a Believer 1

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