Run-DMC (also formatted Run-D.M.C., RUN DMC, or some combination thereof) was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York City, formed in 1983 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-DMC is regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture and especially one of the most famous hip hop acts of the 1980s. Along with Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, and Public Enemy, the group pioneered new-school hip hop music and helped usher in the golden age of hip hop. The group was among the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship.

With the release of Run-D.M.C. (1984), Run-DMC became the first hip hop group to achieve a Gold record. Run-D.M.C. was followed with the certified Platinum record King of Rock (1985), making Run-DMC the first hip hop group to go platinum. Raising Hell (1986) became the first multi-platinum hip hop record. Run-DMC's cover of "Walk This Way", featuring the group Aerosmith, charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than Aerosmith's original version, peaking at number four. It became one of the best-known songs in both hip hop and rock. Run-DMC was the first hip hop act to have their music videos broadcast on MTV, appear on American Bandstand, be on the cover of Rolling Stone, perform at Live Aid, and be nominated for a Grammy Award.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Run-DMC at number 48 in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2007, they were named The Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by MTV and Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1. In 2009, Run-DMC became the second hip hop group (after Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, 2007) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2016, the group received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, Raising Hell was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant".

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1985King of RockRun‐D.M.C.415
1986Raising HellRun‐D.M.C.423
1988Tougher Than LeatherRun‐D.M.C.417
1990Back From HellRun‐D.M.C.412
1993Down With the KingRun‐D.M.C.3.510
2001Crown RoyalRun‐D.M.C.55

Album + Compilation

1991Together Forever: Greatest Hits 1983–1991Run‐D.M.C.10
1995The Best OfRun‐D.M.C.1
2002Greatest HitsRun‐D.M.C.44
2002High Profile: The Original RhymesRun‐D.M.C.2
2003Ultimate Run DMCRun‐D.M.C.2
2003The Best of Run DMCRun‐D.M.C.1
2004Artist CollectionRun‐D.M.C.2
2007The Best of Run‐D.M.C.Run‐D.M.C.1
2008Original Album ClassicsRun‐D.M.C.41
2009Playlist: The Very Best of Run‐D.M.C.Run‐D.M.C.1
2009It's Like This: The Best OfRun‐D.M.C.1
2010The Music of Run-D.M.C.Run‐D.M.C.1
2011Walk This Way: The Best ofRun‐D.M.C.1
2012The Essential Run‐D.M.C.Run‐D.M.C.3
2014The Box Set SeriesRun‐D.M.C.1
2019The MixesRun‐D.M.C.1
2019The Instrumentals, Vol. 1Run‐D.M.C.1
2019The Instrumentals, Vol. 2Run‐D.M.C.1

Album + Live

2007Live at Montreux 2001Run DMC1


1983It's Like ThatRun‐D.M.C.1
1984Rock BoxRun‐D.M.C.1
1985Can You Rock It Like ThisRun‐D.M.C.4
1985King of RockRun‐D.M.C.6
1986My Adidas / Peter PiperRun‐D.M.C.1
1986Walk This WayRun‐D.M.C.37
1986Walk This Way / My AdidasRun‐D.M.C.1
1986You Be Illin' (remix) / Hit It RunRun‐D.M.C.1
1987Christmas in Hollis / Let the Jingle Bells RockRun‐D.M.C. / Sweet Tee1
1988Run's House / Beats To The RhymeRun‐DMC2
1990What’s It All About / The AveRun‐D.M.C.1
1991Faces / Back From Hell (Remix)Run‐D.M.C.1
1993Down With the KingRun‐D.M.C.1
1993Down With The KingRun DMC1
1993ooh, Whatcha Gonna DoRun‐D.M.C.1
1997It’s Like ThatRun‐D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins8
1998It’s TrickyRun‐D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins3
2023Christmas In Hollis (Sped + Slowed)Run‐D.M.C.1

Single + Remix

1994Can I Get It, YoRun‐D.M.C.3


1987It's Tricky (And More)Run‐D.M.C.1
1987Peter Piper / Walk This Way / My Adidas / Christmas In HollisRun‐D.M.C.1
1988Papa Crazy E.P.Run‐D.M.C.1
1993Down With the King EPRun‐D.M.C.1

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