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John Mellencamp

October 19th, 2004

John Mellencamp


Years Active:
'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s


John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp
'80s Pop
'80s Pop

John Mellencamp


Throughout his career, John Mellencamp has had to fight, whether it was for the right to record under his own name or for respect as an artist. Of course, he never made it easy on himself. Mellencamp began his career in the late '70s as a Bruce Springsteen clone called Johnny Cougar. As his career progressed, his music became more distinctive, developing into a Stonesy blend of hard rock and folk-rock. His musical development coincided with his growth in popularity — by the time "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane" became hits in 1982, Mellencamp had created his own variation of the heartland rock of Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger. While he had the record sales, it took several years before rock critics took him seriously. For some artists, this would be easy to ignore, but Mellencamp had the desire to be a serious social commentator, chronicling the times and trials of Midwestern baby boomers. Scarecrow, released in 1985, fulfilled his wish of being taken seriously, and his subsequent records were greeted warmly by critics. Furthermore, he sustained his popularity over the ensuing decades, only occasionally experiencing dips in record sales.

Top Albums

Words & Music - John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits, John Mellencamp
1. Words & ..
The Best That I Could Do - 1978-1988, John Mellencamp
2. The Best Tha..
Freedom's Road, John Mellencamp
3. Freedom's Ro..
No Better Than This, John Mellencamp
4. No Better Th..
Scarecrow, John Mellencamp
5. Scarecrow
American Fool (Remastered), John Cougar
6. American Foo..
Uh-Huh! (Remastered), John Cougar Mellencamp
7. Uh-Huh! (Rem..
The Lonesome Jubilee, John Mellencamp
8. The Lonesome..
Nothin' Matters and What If It Did (Remastered), John Cougar
9. Nothin' Matt..
John Cougar (Remastered), John Cougar
10. John Cougar ..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of John Mellencamp, John Mellencamp
11. 20th Century..
Big Daddy, John Mellencamp
12. Big Daddy
Life, Death, LIVE and Freedom (Live), John Mellencamp
13. Life, Death,..
Mr. Happy Go Lucky (Remastered), John Mellencamp
14. Mr. Happy Go..
Whenever We Wanted, John Mellencamp
15. Whenever We ..
On the Rural Route 7609, John Mellencamp
16. On the Rural..
Life, Death, Love and Freedom (Deluxe Edition), John Mellencamp
17. Life, Death,..
Chronicles, John Mellencamp
18. Chronicles
Human Wheels (Remastered), John Mellencamp
19. Human Wheels..
John Mellencamp, John Mellencamp
20. John Mellenc..

Top Songs

Jack & DianeWords & Music - John Me..4:16$1.29
Hurts So GoodWords & Music - John Me..3:39$1.29
Jack and DianeBest That I Could Do - 1978..4:15$1.29
Small TownWords & Music - John Me..3:41$1.29
Pink HousesWords & Music - John Me..4:44$1.29
Cherry BombWords & Music - John Me..4:47$0.99
Authority SongWords & Music - John Me..3:49$1.29
R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (A Salute to ..Words & Music - John Me..2:54$1.29
Wild NightWords & Music - John Me..3:27$1.29
Hurts So GoodBest That I Could Do - 1978..3:39$1.29
Ain't Even Done With the NightWords & Music - John Me..4:38$1.29
I Need a LoverWords & Music - John Me..5:35$1.29
Pink HousesBest That I Could Do - 1978..4:44$1.29
Rain On the ScarecrowScarecrow3:46$1.29
Ain't Even Done With the NightBest That I Could Do - 1978..4:38$1.29
Crumblin' DownWords & Music - John Me..3:34$1.29
Lonely Ol' NightWords & Music - John Me..3:45$1.29
Rain On the ScarecrowWords & Music - John Me..3:46$1.29
Small TownBest That I Could Do - 1978..3:40$1.29
Paper In FireWords & Music - John Me..3:50$1.29
Cherry BombBest That I Could Do - 1978..4:49$0.99
Check It OutWords & Music - John Me..4:19$1.29
Authority SongBest That I Could Do - 1978..3:49$1.29
I Need a LoverBest That I Could Do - 1978..5:37$1.29
Lonely Ol' NightScarecrow3:45$1.29

Top Music Videos

Small Town, John Mellencamp
1. Small Town
Cherry Bomb, John Mellencamp
2. Cherry Bomb
Paper In Fire, John Mellencamp
3. Paper In Fire
Authority Song, John Mellencamp
4. Authority Song
Wild Night, John Mellencamp
5. Wild Night
Rain On the Scarecrow, John Mellencamp
6. Rain On the Sc..
R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60's Rock), John Mellencamp
7. R.O.C.K. In th..
Crumblin' Down, John Mellencamp
8. Crumblin' Down
Check It Out (Live), John Mellencamp
9. Check It Out (..
Jack & Diane, John Mellencamp
10. Jack & Dia..
Lonely Ol' Night, John Mellencamp
11. Lonely Ol' Nig..
Hurts So Good, John Mellencamp
12. Hurts So Good
Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First), John Mellencamp
13. Key West Inter..
Our Country
14. Our Country
Wild Night (Edited Version), John Mellencamp & Meshell Ndegeocello
15. Wild Night (Ed..
Human Wheels, John Mellencamp
16. Human Wheels
Get a Leg Up, John Mellencamp
17. Get a Leg Up
Dance Naked (Full Mix), John Mellencamp
18. Dance Naked (F..
Rumbleseat, John Mellencamp
19. Rumbleseat
Just Another Day, John Mellencamp
20. Just Another D..


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