Poison (US glam metal band)

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Poison is an American rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Poison has sold over 50 million records worldwide and has sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The band's breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986 and they hit their peak with the second album, Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which became the band's most successful album, being certified 5x platinum in the US. The popularity continued into the new decade with their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album, Flesh & Blood.

In the 1990s following the release of the band's first live album, Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of pop metal with the grunge movement, but despite a drop in popularity the band's fourth studio album, Native Tongue, still achieved Gold status and the band's first compilation album, Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986–1996, went double platinum.

In the 2000s, with the original line up back together, the band found new popularity after a successful greatest hits reunion tour in 1999. The band began the new decade with the release of the long-awaited Crack a Smile... and More!, followed by the Power to the People album. The band toured almost every year to sold out stadiums and arenas. They released a brand new album, Hollyweird, in 2002 and in 2006 the band celebrated their 20-year anniversary with The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock tour and album, which was certified Gold and marked Poison's return to the Billboard top 20 charts for the first time since 1993. Band members have released several solo albums and starred in successful reality TV shows. After 25 years, the band is still recording music and performing.

Since their debut in 1986, they have released eight studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio.

In 2012 VH1 ranked them at #1 on their list of the "Top 5 Hair Bands of the '80s".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Look What the Cat Dragged In 5 3
1988 Open Up and Say… Ahh! 5 5
1990 Flesh & Blood 5 5
1993 Native Tongue 3 1
2000 Crack a Smile... and More! 5 2
2002 Hollyweird 3 1
2007 Poison'd! 4 2
10 Great Songs 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996 4 1
2000 In Store Play Sampler 1
2001 Rock Champions 1
2003 Best of Ballads and Blues 5 2
2006 The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock 2
2009 Collector's Edition 1
2010 Nothin' but a Good Time: The Poison Collection 1
2011 Double Dose: Ultimate Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Swallow This Live 3 3
2000 Power to the People 1
2006 Great Big Hits Live! Bootleg 1
2008 Live, Raw & Uncut 1
2008 Seven Days Live 2
2003-06-11: Hartford, CT, USA 1
2004-06-19: Irvine, CA, USA 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Talk Dirty to Me 1
1987 Cry Tough 2
1988 Every Rose Has Its Thorn 2
1989 Nothin' but a Good Time 1
1989 Your Mama Don't Dance 1
1990 Something to Believe In 2
1990 Unskinny Bop 1
1991 So Tell Me Why 1
1993 Stand 2
1993 Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice) 2
2000 Shut Up, Make Love 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Limited Edition Interview Picture Disc 1
Open Up: The Interview 1

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