Crowded House (Australian rock group)

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Crowded House are a rock band, formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1985. Its founding members were New Zealander Neil Finn (vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter) and Australians Paul Hester (drums) and Nick Seymour (bass). Later band members included Finn's brother Tim who was in their former band together Split Enz, sons Liam and Elroy, as well as Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod, with Neil Finn and Seymour being the sole constant members.

Originally active from 1985 to 1996, Crowded House had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand. They achieved success in the United States with their self-titled debut album, which provided the Top Ten hits "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong". Further international success came in the UK, Europe, and South Africa in the early 1990s with their third and fourth albums (Woodface and Together Alone) and the compilation album Recurring Dream, which included the hits "Fall at Your Feet", "Weather with You", "Distant Sun", "Locked Out", "Instinct", and "Not the Girl You Think You Are". Neil and Tim Finn were each awarded an OBE in June 1993 for their contributions to the music of New Zealand.

Crowded House disbanded in 1996 following several farewell concerts that year, including the "Farewell to the World" concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. Hester died by suicide in 2005. A year later, the group re-formed with drummer Matt Sherrod and released two further albums (Time on Earth and Intriguer), each of which reached number one in Australia. The band went on another hiatus, and reunited in 2020 with a new line-up featuring Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom, and Finn's sons Liam and Elroy. Their most recent album, Gravity Stairs, was released in 2024.

As of 2021, Crowded House have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. In November 2016, the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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1986Crowded HouseCrowded House418
1988Temple of Low MenCrowded House14
1991WoodfaceCrowded House3.817
1993Together AloneCrowded House4.2510
2007Time on EarthCrowded House12
2010IntriguerCrowded House10
2021Dreamers Are WaitingCrowded House2
2024Gravity StairsCrowded House5

Album + Compilation

1995The OriginalsCrowded House1
1996Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded HouseCrowded House3.713
1999AfterglowCrowded House38
2003Classic MastersCrowded House1
2003EssentialCrowded House4
2007PlatinumCrowded House3
2010The Very Very Best of Crowded HouseCrowded House4
2012Alle 40 goed – Crowded HouseCrowded House1
20132 for 1: Crowded House + WoodfaceCrowded House1
2014GoldCrowded House2

Album + Compilation + Live

1997Spooky VibrationsCrowded House2
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!Crowded House1

Album + Live

1993World Where We LiveCrowded House1
1997Detroit Rock City 20/09/91Crowded House1
1999Live at CBGBCrowded House1
2000Ghost Cars …Crowded House1
2002Dreaming. The VideosCrowded House1
2006Farewell to the WorldCrowded House3
2007Seattle, WA 2007‐09‐01Crowded House1
20072007‐12‐01: Live on Earth: Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UKCrowded House1
20072007‐12‐09: Live on Earth: Wembley Arena, London, UKCrowded House1
2011Intriguer Live: Start to FinishCrowded House1
2015This Is Massive (Live at the Trocadero, Philadelphia 24 Mar 87)Crowded House1
2020Live 92–94, Pt. 1Crowded House1
2021Live 92–94, Pt. 2Crowded House1
2023Secret Sunshine (Live 1989)Crowded House1
It’s Only NaturalCrowded House1
Live in New York 1987Crowded House1
Newcastle JamCrowded House1


1986Don’t Dream It’s OverCrowded House1
1986Mean to MeCrowded House1
1986Something So StrongCrowded House2
1987Don’t Dream It’s OverCrowded House2
1988When You ComeCrowded House2
1988Better Be Home SoonCrowded House1
1988Fall at Your FeetCrowded House4
1989I Feel PossessedCrowded House with Roger McGuinn1
1991Chocolate CakeCrowded House1
1991It’s Only NaturalCrowded House5
1992Weather With YouCrowded House7
1992Four Seasons in One DayCrowded House4
1993Nails in My FeetCrowded House3
1993Distant SunCrowded House44
1993Locked OutCrowded House4
1994Fingers of LoveCrowded House2
1994Private UniverseCrowded House1
1994Pineapple HeadCrowded House1
1996Everything Is Good for YouCrowded House1
1996Not the Girl You Think You AreCrowded House4
1996InstinctCrowded House4
2007Don’t Stop NowCrowded House2
2007Pour le mondeCrowded House2
2007She Called UpCrowded House1
2015Help Is ComingCrowded House2
2020Whatever You WantCrowded House1
2021To the IslandCrowded House4
2024Teenage SummerCrowded House1
2024Oh HiCrowded House1

Single + Compilation

1992Woodface Singles CollectionCrowded House1

Single + Remix

2021To the Island (Tame Impala remix)Crowded House2


2016Better Be Home SoonCrowded House1

EP + Live

2007iTunes Festival: London 2007Crowded House1

Other + Interview

InterviewCrowded House1

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