Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 1999 on the Asthmatic Kitty label, which he cofounded with his stepfather. He received wide recognition for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the single "Chicago" from that album. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Mystery of Love" from the movie Call Me by Your Name.

Stevens has released albums of varying styles, from the electronica of Enjoy Your Rabbit and the lo-fi folk of Seven Swans to the symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording, and writes music in various time signatures. Although his songs periodically feature Christian themes, he has repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Stalker Sufjan Stevens 1
2000 A Sun Came Sufjan Stevens 3 3
2001 Enjoy Your Rabbit Sufjan Stevens 3 3
2003 Michigan Sufjan Stevens 5 5
2004 Seven Swans Sufjan Stevens 4.8 7
2005 Illinois Sufjan Stevens 5 10
2010 The Age of Adz Sufjan Stevens 4 4
2015 Carrie & Lowell Sufjan Stevens 4.65 7
2017 Planetarium Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Avalanche Sufjan Stevens 5 4

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2017 Carrie & Lowell Live Sufjan Stevens 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Chopped & Scrooged Sufjan Stevens 1
2017 The Greatest Gift Sufjan Stevens 4

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The BQE Sufjan Stevens 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 The Dress Looks Nice on You Sufjan Stevens 1
2005 The Lord God Bird Sufjan Stevens 1
2012 Hit & Run Vol. 1 Rosie Thomas / Sufjan Stevens 3
2014 Take the Time Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino 1
2014 A Little Lost Sufjan Stevens 1
2015 No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross Sufjan Stevens 2
2015 Should Have Known Better Sufjan Stevens 1
2015 Exploding Whale Sufjan Stevens 3
2015 Blue Bucket of Gold Sufjan Stevens 1
2017 Saturn Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister 1
2017 Mercury Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister 1
2017 Venus Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister 1
2017 Wallowa Lake Monster Sufjan Stevens 1
2017 John My Beloved Sufjan Stevens 1
2017 Mystery of Love Sufjan Stevens 2
2017 Tonya Harding Sufjan Stevens 3
2018 Lonely Man of Winter Sufjan Stevens 1

Single + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Chicago (demo) Sufjan Stevens 2

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2017 Blue Bucket of Gold / Hotline Bling Sufjan Stevens 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Noel: Songs for Christmas, Volume I Sufjan Stevens 1
2002 Hark! Songs for Christmas, Volume II Sufjan Stevens 1
2003 Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas, Volume III Sufjan Stevens 1
2005 Joy: Songs for Christmas, Volume IV Sufjan Stevens 1
2006 Peace: Songs for Christmas, Volume V Sufjan Stevens 1
2007 Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Volume 6 Sufjan Stevens 1
2008 Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Volume 8 Sufjan Stevens 1
2008 I Am Santa’s Helper: Songs for Christmas, Volume 7 Sufjan Stevens 2
2009 Let It Snow! Songs for Christmas, Volume 9 Sufjan Stevens 1
2010 All Delighted People EP Sufjan Stevens 3
2010 Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Volume 10 Sufjan Stevens 2

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Songs for Christmas Sufjan Stevens 3 5
2012 Silver & Gold Sufjan Stevens 4

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