The Black Keys are an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2000s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.

Friends since childhood, Auerbach and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. After signing with indie label Alive, they released their debut album, The Big Come Up (2002), which earned them a new deal with Fat Possum Records. Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through extensive touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, and broad licensing of their songs. Their third album, Rubber Factory (2004), received critical acclaim and boosted the band's profile, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. After self-producing and recording their first four records in makeshift studios, the duo completed Attack & Release (2008) in a professional studio and hired producer Danger Mouse, who subsequently became a frequent collaborator with the band.

The group's commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single "Tighten Up", won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band's career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single "Lonely Boy" won three Grammy Awards. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, their first number-one record in the US, Canada, and Australia. After completing the Turn Blue Tour in 2015, the duo took a hiatus for several years to work on side projects and produce other artists. They returned in 2019 with their ninth album, Let's Rock. They have since released two additional studio albums: Delta Kream (2021), consisting of hill country blues covers; and Dropout Boogie (2022).

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2002The Big Come UpThe Black Keys4.25
2003ThickfreaknessThe Black Keys3.655
2004Rubber FactoryThe Black Keys4.257
2006Magic PotionThe Black Keys3.658
2008Attack & ReleaseThe Black Keys4.1513
2010BrothersThe Black Keys4.5517
2011El CaminoThe Black Keys4.4515
2014Turn BlueThe Black Keys47
2019“Let’s Rock”The Black Keys3.657
2021Delta KreamThe Black Keys56
2022Dropout BoogieThe Black Keys56

Album + Compilation

2019The Black Keys the Early YearsThe Black Keys1

Album + Live

2006Live in Austin, TXThe Black Keys1
2008Live at the Crystal BallroomThe Black Keys1
2010iTunes SessionThe Black Keys1
2016Live in New York 2012The Black Keys1


2002The Moan / Have Love Will TravelThe Black Keys3.53
2003Leavin’ TrunkThe Black Keys1
2003Have Love Will TravelThe Black Keys1
2003Hard RowThe Black Keys1
200410 A.M. AutomaticThe Black Keys2
2004Till I Get My WayThe Black Keys1
2006Your TouchThe Black Keys1
2007Just Got to Be / Black DoorThe Black Keys2
2008Strange TimesThe Black Keys2
2008I’m GladThe Black Keys1
2008I Got MineThe Black Keys1
2008Same Old ThingThe Black Keys1
2009Borderline / Her Eyes Are a Blue Million MilesThe Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs / The Black Keys1
2010Tighten Up / Howlin’ for YouThe Black Keys1
2011OhioThe Black Keys1
2011Lonely BoyThe Black Keys51
2012Sister (live) / Money Maker (live)The Black Keys1
2012Dead and GoneThe Black Keys1
2012Little Black SubmarinesThe Black Keys1
2013No FunThe Stooges / The Black Keys1
2015Weight of LoveThe Black Keys1
2015Meet Me In The CityJunior Kimbrough and The Black Keys1
2019Lo/HiThe Black Keys1
2019Eagle BirdsThe Black Keys2
2019GoThe Black Keys2
2021Crawling KingsnakeThe Black Keys42
2022Wild ChildThe Black Keys51
2022It Ain't OverThe Black Keys1
Going Down SouthThe Black Keys1

Single + Soundtrack

2012The Baddest Man AliveThe Black Keys × RZA1

Single + Demo

2013FeverThe Black Keys1


2003The Six Parts Seven / The Black KeysThe Six Parts Seven / The Black Keys1
2006Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior KimbroughThe Black Keys45
2006Your Touch - The EPThe Black Keys2
2007You're the OneThe Black Keys1
2008The MoanThe Black Keys1
2012Tour Rehearsal TapesThe Black Keys3
2014Fever EPThe Black Keys1

EP + Live

20042004-06-11: Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN, USAThe Black Keys1
2008"Live From Suma" EPThe Black Keys2
2013The Akron SessionsThe Black Keys1
2003-05-07 Peel SessionThe Black Keys1

Broadcast + Live

2010Live At Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2010The Black Keys1
20142014-06-29: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, UKThe Black Keys1

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