Legal name: Mark Freuder Knopfler


Mark Freuder Knopfler (born 12 August 1949) is a British singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Born in Scotland and raised in England, he was the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits. He pursued a solo career after the band first dissolved in 1988. Dire Straits reunited in 1990, but dissolved again in 1995. He is now an independent solo artist.

Knopfler was born in Glasgow and raised in Blyth, near Newcastle, from the age of seven. After graduating from the University of Leeds and working for three years as a college lecturer, Knopfler co-founded Dire Straits with his younger brother, David Knopfler. The band recorded six albums, including Brothers in Arms (1985), one of the best-selling albums in history. After they disbanded in 1995, Knopfler began a solo career, and has produced nine solo albums. He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016). He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Described by Classic Rock as a virtuoso, Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". With Dire Straits, Knopfler sold between 100 and 120 million records. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. Knopfler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018.

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Fingerpicking GoodMark Knopfler1


1990Neck and NeckChet Atkins & Mark Knopfler3.156
1996Golden HeartMark Knopfler3.57
2000Sailing to PhiladelphiaMark Knopfler3.813
2002The Ragpicker’s DreamMark Knopfler39
2004Shangri-LaMark Knopfler3.6514
2006All the RoadrunningMark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris3.755
2007Kill to Get CrimsonMark Knopfler3.359
2009Get LuckyMark Knopfler3.7513
2012PrivateeringMark Knopfler3.3512
2015TrackerMark Knopfler4.412
2018Down the Road WhereverMark Knopfler3.6510

Album + Compilation

1993ScreenplayingMark Knopfler23
1996Just Pickin' 1967 - 81Steve Phillips feat. Brendan Croker, Mark Knopfler, Sholto Lenaghan1
2000Grand CollectionMark Knopfler1
2005The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private InvestigationsDire Straits & Mark Knopfler4.515
2016The JokermenBob Dylan & Mark Knopfler31
2019BBC SessionsMark Knopfler1
2021The Studio Albums 1996-2007Mark Knopfler2
2022The Studio Albums 2009 – 2018Mark Knopfler3
2022Cinematic KnopflerMark Knopfler1

Album + Soundtrack

1983Local HeroMark Knopfler310
1984CalMark Knopfler27
1987The Princess BrideMark Knopfler2.655
1989Last Exit to BrooklynMark Knopfler34
1998Wag the DogMark Knopfler23
1998MetrolandMark Knopfler32
2001A Shot at GloryMark Knopfler23
2016AltamiraMark Knopfler & Evelyn Glennie33

Album + Live

1996A Night in LondonMark Knopfler2
2005LyonMark Knopfler1
2005One Take Radio SessionsMark Knopfler41
2006Real Live RoadrunningMark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris33
2013Privateering Tour 2013: Live in Cologne 2nd JulyMark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Dublin IE 15/05/2015)Mark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in London UK 22/05/2015)Mark Knopfler1
20152015-05-23: LG Arena, Birmingham, UKMark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Royal Albert Hall, London UK 25/05/2015)Mark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in London UK 26/05/2015)Mark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Paris FR 02/06/2015)Mark Knopfler2
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Birmingham UK 23/05/2015)Mark Knopfler2
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Paris FR 03/06/2015)Mark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live at the Beacon Theatre, NYC 21/10/2015)Mark Knopfler1
2015Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Milwaukee, WI 30/09/2015)Mark Knopfler1
2019Down The Road Wherever Tour 2019Mark Knopfler11
20192019-05-30: Genting Arena, Birmingham, UKMark Knopfler1
2019More BBC sessionsMark Knopfler31
11.04.2010 Hult Center EugeneMark Knopfler1
Golden Live in HamburgMark Knopfler1
Privateering Tour 2013 - Live in Antwerp May 12thMark Knopfler1
The Golden GlobeMark Knopfler1


1990Poor Boy BluesChet Atkins & Mark Knopfler3
1994Irish BoyMark Knopfler1
1996Darling PrettyMark Knopfler42
1996CannibalsMark Knopfler44
1996Darling PrettyMark Knopfler1
1996RüdigerMark Knopfler33
2000What It IsMark Knopfler3.54
2000Sailing to PhiladelphiaMark Knopfler44
2000Silvertown BluesMark Knopfler1
2002Why Aye ManMark Knopfler3.54
2004Boom, Like ThatMark Knopfler3.654
2006This Is UsMark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris52
2006Not One Bad ThoughtTony Joe White with Mark Knopfler41
2007Punish the MonkeyMark Knopfler1
2015Tracker: Bonus CDMark Knopfler1
2021What It IsMark Knopfler1

Single + Soundtrack

1983Going Home: Theme of the Local HeroMark Knopfler41
1984Comfort and JoyMark Knopfler21
1987Storybook Love (Theme From The Princess Bride)Mark Knopfler1


2005The Trawlerman's SongMark Knopfler31
2023True LoveMark Knopfler1

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