Wilco (American alternative rock band)

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Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released twelve studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country style of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop. Wilco's musical style has evolved from a 1990s country rock sound to a current "eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres".

Wilco garnered media attention for their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001), and the controversy surrounding it. After the recording sessions were complete, Reprise Records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label. As part of a buy-out deal, Reprise gave Wilco the rights to the album for free. After streaming Foxtrot on its website, Wilco sold the album to Nonesuch Records in 2002. Both record labels are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group, leading one critic to say the album showed "how screwed up the music business is in the early twenty-first century." Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is Wilco's most successful release to date, selling over 670,000 copies. Wilco won two Grammy Awards for their fifth studio album, 2004's A Ghost Is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album. Wilco released their twelfth studio album, Cruel Country, in May 2022.

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1996Being ThereWilco4.259
1998Mermaid AvenueBilly Bragg & Wilco4.47
2000Mermaid Avenue, Vol. IIBilly Bragg & Wilco44
2002Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWilco4.311
2004A Ghost Is BornWilco49
2004The Wilco Book CDWilco1
2007Sky Blue SkyWilco413
2009Wilco (The Album)Wilco3.358
2011The Whole LoveWilco3.511
2012Mermaid Avenue, Vol. IIIBilly Bragg & Wilco32
2015Star WarsWilco2.56
2019Ode to JoyWilco45
2022Cruel CountryWilco1

Album + Compilation

2007A SamplerWilco1
2012Mermaid Avenue: The Complete SessionsBilly Bragg & Wilco3
2014Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994–2014Wilco2
2014What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994–2014Wilco2
2015The Complete Studio AlbumsWilco1

Album + Live

19971996-11-12: Troubadour West, Hollywood, CA, USAWilco3
2005Kicking Television: Live in ChicagoWilco5
2009Ashes of American FlagsWilco1
2012iTunes SessionWilco1
2012Roadcase 001 / June 23, 2012 / Red Rocks AmphitheatreWilco1
2012Roadcase 002 / July 8, 2012 / Geneva, ILWilco1
2012Roadcase 003 / July 23, 2012 / Brooklyn, NYWilco1
2012Roadcase 004 / July 24, 2012 / Brooklyn, NYWilco1
2012Roadcase 005 / July 25, 2012 / New York, NYWilco1
2012Roadcase 006 / July 28, 2012 / Cooperstown, NYWilco1
2012Roadcase 008 / August 3, 2012 / Rochester, NYWilco1
2012Roadcase 007 / July 29, 2012 / Essex Junction, VTWilco1
2012Roadcase 009 / September 16, 2012 / Columbia, MOWilco1
2012Roadcase 011 / August 14, 2012 / Luxembourg City, LUWilco1
2012Roadcase 010 / July 18, 2012 / Vienna, VAWilco1
2012Roadcase 013 / September 22, 2012 / Berkeley, CAWilco1
2012Roadcase 012 / September 21, 2012 / Berkeley, CAWilco1
2012Roadcase 014 / September 23, 2012 / Reno, NVWilco1
2012Roadcase 015 / October 15, 2012 / Barcelona, ESWilco1
2015Live at the Pitchfork Music FestivalWilco1
2016Roadcase 061 / 9 November 2016 / Utrecht, NLWilco1
2021Roadcase 091 - 2021-10-12 Seattle, WAWilco1
2021Roadcase 092 - 2021-10-13 Seattle, WAWilco1
2021Live at Capitol TheaterWilco1
2009-11-04: HMV Forum, London, UKWilco1
2009-07-13: Keyspan Park, Brooklyn, NY, USAWilco1
Roadcase 018 / June 21, 2013 / North Adams, MAWilco1
Roadcase 020 / April 10, 2013 / Osaka, JPWilco1
Roadcase 023 / October 11, 2013 / Austin, TXWilco1
Roadcase 019 / June 22, 2013 / North Adams, MAWilco1
Roadcase 017 / September 19, 2012 / Tucson, AZWilco1
Roadcase 021 / April 12, 2013 / Tokyo, JPWilco1
Roadcase 022 / April 13, 2013 / Tokyo, JPWilco1


1995Box Full of LettersWilco1
1997Outtasite (Outta Mind)Wilco1
1998Way Over Yonder in the Minor KeyBilly Bragg & Wilco2
1999A Shot in the ArmWilco3
1999Can't Stand ItWilco2
2002Heavy Metal DrummerWilco1
2002War on WarWilco1
2004I'm a WheelWilco1
2007What LightWilco2
2007The Thanks I GetWilco1
2009You Never KnowWilco1
2011I Might / I Love My LabelWilco2
2011Born AloneWilco2
2012Me avivéWilco1
2015Random Name GeneratorWilco1
2016If I Ever Was a ChildWilco2
2016Someone to LoseWilco1
2017All Lives, You Say?Wilco1
2017Myrna LeeWilco1
2017Dynamite My SoulWilco1
2019Love Is Everywhere (Beware)Wilco1
2019Everyone HidesWilco1
2020Tell Your FriendsWilco1
2020Side with the Seeds (SongAid) (live)Wilco1
2021Half LifeWilco1
2021Modern Girl / A Shot in the ArmWilco / Sleater‐Kinney1
2021Dig a PonyWilco1
2021Don't Let Me DownWilco1
2022War on War / I'm the Man Who Loves YouWilco1

Single + Live

2012Whole LoveWilco1
2012One Sunday MorningWilco1
2017Spotify SinglesWilco1
2017Passenger Side (live at the Troubadour 11/16/96)Wilco1
2017Sunken Treasure (live on KCRW 11/13/96)Wilco1


1998She Came Along to MeBilly Bragg & Wilco1
1999Man in the SandBilly Bragg & Wilco1
2002More Like the Moon EPWilco2
2005A Ghost Is BornWilco1
2011Speak Into the RoseWilco1

EP + Live

2011Tiny Desk ConcertWilco1

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