Pretenders (English-American rock band)

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Pretenders are an English–American rock band formed in March 1978. The original band consisted of founder and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). Following the deaths of Honeyman-Scott in 1982 and Farndon in 1983, the band experienced numerous personnel changes; Hynde has been the band's only consistent member.

The band's hit songs include "Kid" (1979), "Brass in Pocket" (1979), "Talk of the Town" (1980), "Message of Love" (1981), "My City Was Gone" (1982), "Back on the Chain Gang" (1982), "Middle of the Road" (1983) and "2000 Miles" (1983), "Don't Get Me Wrong" (1986), "My Baby" (1986) and "I'll Stand by You" (1994). Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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1981Pretenders IIPretenders4.516
1984Learning to CrawlThe Pretenders4.414
1986Get CloseThe Pretenders15
1994Last of the IndependentsPretenders3.57
1999¡Viva el amor!Pretenders6
2002Loose ScrewPretenders24
2008Break Up the ConcretePretenders24
2020Hate for SalePretenders4

Album + Compilation

1987The SinglesPretenders3.6512
1992Don't Get Me WrongThe Pretenders31
2000Greatest HitsThe Pretenders6
2006Pirate RadioThe Pretenders2
2008The Best of PretendersPretenders1
2009The Best Of / Break Up the ConcreteThe Pretenders41
2009Original Album SeriesPretenders1
Greatest HitsPretenders31

Album + Live

1995The Isle of ViewPretenders4.58
2004Loose in L.A.Pretenders1
2010Live in LondonThe Pretenders2
2019Pretenders With FriendsThe Pretenders41


1979Stop Your SobbingThe Pretenders1
1979KidThe Pretenders1
1979Brass in PocketPretenders1
1980Talk of the TownThe Pretenders1
1981Message of LoveThe Pretenders1
1981Day After DayPretenders1
1981I Go to SleepPretenders2
1981Louie LouiePretenders1
1982Back on the Chain GangPretenders53
1983Middle of the RoadThe Pretenders1
19832000 MilesPretenders3
1983Show MeThe Pretenders1
1984Thin Line Between Love and HateThe Pretenders1
1986Hymn to HerThe Pretenders1
1986Don’t Get Me WrongThe Pretenders1
1987My BabyThe Pretenders1
1987If There Was a ManThe Pretenders1
1987Kid (remix)The Pretenders1
1988Windows of the WorldPretenders1
1990Never Do ThatThe Pretenders3
1990Sense of PurposeThe Pretenders1
1993I’m Not in LoveThe Pretenders2
1994977The Pretenders3
1994I'll Stand by YouThe Pretenders5
1994Night in My VeinsPretenders3
1999HumanThe Pretenders2
1999PopstarThe Pretenders1
2003TimeThe Pretenders1
2003Saving GracePretenders1
2003The LosingPretenders1
2003Complex PersonPretenders1
2003You Know Who Your Friends AreThe Pretenders1
2006Private LifeThe Pretenders / Grace Jones1
2009Break Up the ConcretePretenders1
2016Holy Commotion!Pretenders1
2017Let’s Get LostPretenders feat. Neil Tennant1
2020Hate for SalePretenders1

Single + Live

1995Brass in PocketPretenders2
19952000 MilesThe Pretenders1


1981Extended PlayThe Pretenders1
2008Pretenders Holiday EPPretenders1

EP + Remix

2004Loose Screws [Re:mix]The Pretenders1

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