Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1983. The band currently consists of Anthony Kiedis (lead vocals), Flea (bass), Chad Smith (drums)and John Frusciante (guitar). They have won 6 Grammy Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and in 2022 they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums Of All Time

They have released 12 studio albums and are one of the best selling bands of all time with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. In the history of alternative rock, they are the most successful band ever. With 14 number one singles, and 25 top 10 songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, they are the record holders.

12. The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1994)

This was the album that started a new genre of music- Funk Metal. As debut albums go, it wasn’t too bad . They only released one single from this album which was “Get Up and Jump” although the track “True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” did have a music video made for it. The album bubbled under the top 200 chart but did receive plenty of air time on college radio and MTV which bought the band a solid fan base.

11. I’m With You (2011)

Their 10th studio album debuted at number one in 18 countries including the UK but it only managed number 2 in the US and Canada. It was the first to feature Josh Klinghoffer on guitar after John Frusciante left in 2009. There were 4 singles released from this album which were  “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” “Monarchy of Roses,” “Look Around” and “Brendan’s Death Song.”

10. Freaky Styley (1985)

This was their 2nd studio album which was released on August 16th 1985 and features Hillel Slovak on guitar. It was also their last album featuring Cliff Martinez on drums. They released 2 singles from the album which were, “Jungle Man” and “Hollywood (Africa)”.

9. One Hot Minute (1995)

Released on September 12th 1995, “One Hot Minute” was the bands 6th studio album and the only one to feature Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) on guitar, after John Frusciante left in 1992. No doubt due to Navarro’s influence “One Hot Minute” has a far more heavy metal feel about it. It also features the track “Pea” on which Flea took over lead vocals. The album reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and produced 3 singles which were “Warped”, “My Friends” and “Aeroplane”.

8. The Getaway (2016)

Their 11th studio album released on June 17th 2016, “The Getaway” was Josh Klinghoffer’s 2nd and last album. The album debuted at number one in 10 countries but only managed number 2 in the US, Canada and the UK. There were 4 singles released from the album which were, “Dark Necessities”, “ Go Robot”, “Sick Love” and “Goodbye Angels”.

7. Unlimited Love (2022)

Their 12th studio album which was released on April 1st 2022 debuted at number one on the US charts making it their first number one album since “Stadium Arcadium” in 2006. It’s also the first album to feature John Frusciante on guitar for nearly 10 years.

6. The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)

This was their 3rd studio album and was released on September 29th 1987. There was only one single released from this album which was “Fight Like A Brave”. The album charted at number 148 on the Billboard 200 and was their first chart entry album. 

5. Mothers Milk (1989)

Released on August 16th 1989, “Mothers Milk” was the band’s 4th studio album. There were 3 singles released from this album which were, “Higher Ground”, “Knock Me Down” and “Taste The Pain”. The track “Higher Ground” was a cover of the Stevie Wonder song and the album reached number 53 on the Billboard 200 album chart. 

4, By The Way (2002)

Their 8th studio album, “By The Way” was released on July 9th 2002. There were 5 singles released from this album which were, the title track, “The Zephyr Song”, “Can’t Stop”, “Dosed” and “Universally Speaking”. The album reached number 2 on the Billboard album charts with most of the tracks written by guitarist John Frusciante.

3. Stadium Arcadium (2006)

Released on May 9th 2006, “Stadium Arcadium” was the band’s 9th studio album. They released 5 singles from the album which were, “Dani California”, “Tell Me Baby”, “Snow (hey ho), “Desecration Smile” and “Hump De Bump”. This was their first number one album in their native United States and won the band 5 Grammy Awards.

2. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

This was their 5th studio album which was released on September 24th 1991. This was totally different to their previous album, “Mothers Milk”. Gone were the heavy metal riffs and back were the melodic songwriting of John Frusciante. There were 5 singles released from the album which were, “Give It Away”, “Under The Bridge”, Suck My Kiss”, “Breaking The Girl” and “ If You Have To Ask”.

1. Californication (1999)

Their 7th studio album which was released on June 8th 1999, “Californiacation” saw the return of John Frusciante. It shows John’s musical influence and is their most commercially successful studio album so far. There were 5 singles released from this album which were, “Scar Tissue”, “Around The World”, “Otherside”, “Californiacation” and “Road Trippin”.

All Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumYear
The Red Hot Chili Peppers1984
Freaky Styley1985
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan 1987
Mother’s Milk 1989
Blood Sugar Sex Magik 1991
One Hot Minute 1995
Californication1999
By the Way 2002
Stadium Arcadium 2006
I’m with You 2011
The Getaway2016
Unlimited Love 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Red Hot Chili Peppers album?

The best selling Red Hot Chili Peppers album is “Californication” which was released on June 8th 1999.

What is the newest Red Hot Chili Peppers album?

The newest Red Hot Chili Pepper Album is Unlimited Love which was released on April 1st 2022.

What is the first Red Hot Chili Peppers album?

The first Red Hot Chili Peppers album is “Red Hot Chili Peppers” which was released on August 10th 1984.

What is Red Hot Chili Peppers most famous song?

The Red Hot Chili Peppers most famous song is “Under The Bridge” which was taken from the album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”. The single was released on March 10th 1992.

When did Red Hot Chili Peppers start?

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983.

What genre is Red Hot Chili Peppers?

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are classified under the following genres; Funk rock, rap rock, funk metal and alternative rock.

Who are the members of Red Hot Chili Peppers?

The current members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are; Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante. Past members are; Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons, Cliff Martinez, Jack Sherman, DeWayne McKnight, D. H. Peligro, Arik Marshall, Jesse Tobias, Dave Navarro and Josh Klinghoffer.

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