Billy Idol

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Additional IPI codes: 00581150859 (as William M. A. Broad)

Annotation last modified on 2015-11-12 01:33 UTC.


William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s as a member of the punk rock band Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition and made Idol one of the lead artists during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States.

Idol began his career in late 1975 as a guitarist in the punk rock band Chelsea. However, he soon left the group and along with his bandmate Tony James formed Generation X with Idol being the lead singer. The band achieved success in the United Kingdom and released three albums on Chrysalis Records before disbanding. In 1981, Idol moved to New York City to pursue his solo career in collaboration with guitarist Steve Stevens. His debut studio album Billy Idol (1982) was a commercial success and with music videos for singles "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding" Idol soon became a staple of then newly established MTV.

His second studio album Rebel Yell (1983) was a major commercial success with hit singles "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face". The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of two million copies in the US. In 1986 he released Whiplash Smile. Idol had accumulated three UK top 10 singles, "Rebel Yell", "White Wedding" and "Mony Mony", and in 1988 he released a greatest hits album, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best, which charted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it platinum. Idol then released two studio albums, Charmed Life (1990) and the concept album Cyberpunk (1993). Idol spent the second half of the 1990s out of the public eye focusing on his personal life. He made a musical comeback with the release of Devil's Playground (2005) and again with Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Billy Idol Billy Idol 3 6
1983 Rebel Yell Billy Idol 4.35 11
1986 Whiplash Smile Billy Idol 3 11
1990 Charmed Life Billy Idol 4 5
1993 Cyberpunk Billy Idol 5 3
2005 Devil’s Playground Billy Idol 3 5
2006 Happy Holidays: A Very Special Christmas Album Billy Idol 3 2
2014 Kings & Queens of the Underground Billy Idol 4.5 4
2015 Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, Billy Idol, Phil Daniels, London Oriana Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Idol Songs: 11 of the Best Billy Idol 4.5 8
1991 Idol Rocks Billy Idol 1
2001 Greatest Hits Billy Idol 5
2008 The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself Billy Idol 5
2009 10 Great Songs Billy Idol 2
2011 Billy Idol / Rebel Yell Billy Idol 1
2012 So80s (SoEighties) Presents Billy Idol Billy Idol curated by Blank & Jones 1
2013 Icon Billy Idol 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Vital Idol Billy Idol 4 12

Album + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 An Interview with Kris Needs Billy Idol 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 VH1 Storytellers Billy Idol 4
2009 In Super Overdrive Live Billy Idol 2
2016 BFI Live! Billy Idol 1
Sessions at AOL Billy Idol 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Dancing With Myself Billy Idol 5 3
1982 White Wedding Billy Idol 2
1983 Hot in the City Billy Idol 1
1984 Eyes Without a Face Billy Idol 3
1984 Catch My Fall Billy Idol 2
1984 Flesh For Fantasy Billy Idol 1
1985 Rebel Yell (extended version) Billy Idol 1
1986 To Be a Lover Billy Idol 2
1987 Don't Need a Gun Billy Idol 2
1987 Mony Mony Billy Idol 5 1
1987 Sweet Sixteen Billy Idol 1
1990 Cradle of Love Billy Idol 2
1990 L.A. Woman Billy Idol 1
1990 Prodigal Blues Billy Idol 1
1993 Heroin Billy Idol 1
1993 Shock to the System Billy Idol 3
1994 Speed Billy Idol 2
2001 Don't You (Forget About Me) Billy Idol 5 1
2005 Scream Billy Idol 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Don't Stop Billy Idol 3

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