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Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. Though the Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. As the Velvet Underground's principal songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture.

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SongDurationAlbum 
A Dream Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
A Gift3:45Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s
1996
 
A Sheltered Life2:17Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 
Adventurer4:18Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
All Through the Night4:56Rock and Roll Diary: 1967-1980
1980
 
All Tomorrow's Parties [*]
w/ John Cale, Nico
3:13Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
America2:48Legally Blonde 2
2003
 
Andy's Chest Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Animal Language3:05Sally Can't Dance
1974
 
Average Guy3:10The Blue Mask
1982
 
Baby Face5:05Sally Can't Dance
1974
 
Balloon
w/ Kate & Anna McGarrigle
1:01The Raven
2003
 
Banging on My Drum2:09Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 
Baton Rouge4:54Ecstasy
2000
 
Bed Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Beginning of a Great Adventure4:57New York
1989
 
Beginning to See the Light
w/ The Velvet Underground
5:331969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed, Vol.1
1988
 
Betrayed3:05Live in Italy
1984
 
Big Sky6:32Ecstasy
2000
 
Biko
w/ N'Gom, Papa Oumar, Peter Gabriel, Habib Faye, Youssou N'Dour, Rick Bell
9:27The Secret Policeman's Third Ball: The Music
1987
 
Billy5:10Sally Can't Dance
1974
 
Blind Rage3:25The Raven
2003
 
Bottoming Out3:43Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Brandenburg Gate
w/ Metallica
4:21Lulu
2011
 
Broadway Song
w/ Steve Busecmi
3:12The Raven
2003
 
Burning Embers3:22The Raven
2003
 
Busload of Faith4:27Perfect Night: Live in London
1998
 
Call on Me2:07The Raven
2003
 
Candy Says The Best of Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground
1995
 
Candy Says [*]
w/ John Cale, Nico
1:45Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Caroline Says I Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Caroline Says II Vicious
1979
 
Change2:18The Raven
2003
 
Charley's Girl Vicious
1979
 
Cheat on Me
w/ Metallica
11:26Lulu
2011
 
City Lights3:22The Bells
1979
 
Claim to Fame2:48Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 
Coney Island Baby6:37Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Coney Island Baby [Alternate Version][#][*]5:41Coney Island Baby [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
1976
 
Crazy Feeling Vicious
1979
 
Crazy Mary
w/ Victoria Williams
5:34The Best of Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol. 2
1996
 
Cremation2:54Magic and Loss
1992
 
Cry of a Tiny Babe
w/ Rosanne Cash, Bruce Cockburn, Rob Wasserman
7:42The Best of Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol. 1
1995
 
Dime Store Mystery5:01New York
1989
 
Dirt4:58Street Hassle
1978
 
Dirty Blvd.6:06Perfect Night: Live in London
1998
 
Dirty Blvd. (LP Version)3:29New York
1989
 
Disco Mystic4:30The Bells
1979
 
Doin' the Things That We Want To3:56New Sensations
1984
 
Don't Talk to Me About Work2:11Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Down at the Arcade3:40New Sensations
1984
 
Downtown Dirt [#]4:17Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Dragon
w/ Metallica
11:10Lulu
2011
 
Dreamin'5:07Magic and Loss
1992
 
Ecstasy4:25Ecstasy
2000
 
Empty Bottles
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
3:16Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Endless Cycle4:01New York
1989
 
Endlessly Jealous3:59New Sensations
1984
 
Ennui3:43Sally Can't Dance
1974
 
Faces and Names Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Families6:09The Bells
1979
 
Femme Fatale
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
3:21Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Finish Line3:24Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
Fly into the Sun3:08New Sensations
1984
 
Follow the Leader Arista World Pop
1977
 
Foot of Pride8:47Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
1993
 
Forever Changed Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Frozen Warnings
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
5:23Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Frustration
w/ Metallica
8:33Lulu
2011
 
Future Farmers of America3:01Ecstasy
2000
 
Gassed and Stoked4:18Magic and Loss
1992
 
Ghost Story
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
3:22Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Gimmie Some Good Times3:15Street Hassle
1978
 
Going Down2:53Wild Child [Pair/RCA]
1987
 
Good Evening Mr. Waldheim4:35New York
1989
 
Goodby Mass4:25Magic and Loss
1992
 
Goodby Mass (In a Chapel Bodily Termination)4:25Original Album Series
2013
 
Goodnight Ladies Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Growing up in Public3:02Growing Up in Public
1980
 
Guardian Angel6:51The Raven
2003
 
Halloween Parade3:33New York
1989
 
Hang on to Your Emotions3:46Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
Hangin' 'Round3:39Transformer
1972
 
Hangin' 'Round [Acoustic Demo][#][*]3:57Transformer [Expanded Edition]
1972
 
Hangin' Round Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Harry's Circumcision5:28Magic and Loss
1992
 
Heavenly Arms4:45The Blue Mask
1982
 
Hello It's Me Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Help Me Make It Through the Night
w/ Kris Kristofferson
1:55The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words with Vin Scelsa
2017
 
Here Comes the Bride [Live][#]6:06Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Heroin8:28Live in Italy
1984
 
Heroin (Live) Meer Dan Het Beste Van 1972-86 
Heroine3:00The Blue Mask
1982
 
High in the City3:28New Sensations
1984
 
Hold On3:24New York
1989
 
Home of the Brave6:54Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Hookywooky4:19Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
Hop Frog
w/ David Bowie
1:46The Raven
2003
 
How Do You Speak to an Angel Perfect Day
1997
 
How Do You Speak to an Angel?4:09Growing Up in Public
1980
 
How Do You Think It Feels Rock Galaxy
1983
 
I Believe Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
I Believe in Love2:42Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 
I Can't Stand It I Can't Stand It
1982
 
I Cant Stand It2:37Lou Reed
1972
 
I Heard Her Call My Name
w/ The Velvet Underground
4:36Rock and Roll Diary: 1967-1980
1980
 
I Love You The Best of Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground
1995
 
I Love You, Suzanne3:16New Sensations
1984
 
I Remember You3:13Mistrial
1986
 
I Wanna Be Black6:29Live: Take No Prisoners
1978
 
I Wanna Know (The Pit and the Pendulum)6:58The Raven
2003
 
I Want to Boogie With You3:53The Definitive Collection
1999
 
I'll Be Your Mirror3:16Perfect Night: Live in London
1998
 
I'm So Free Rock Galaxy
1983
 
I'm Waiting for My Man3:48Live in Italy
1984
 
I'm Waiting for the Man3:37Lou Reed Live
1975
 
Iced Honey
w/ Metallica
4:37Lulu
2011
 
Images Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Intro/Sweet Jane7:57Rock N' Roll Animal
1974
 
It Wasn't Me Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Janitor of Lunacy
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
5:10Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Junior Dad
w/ Metallica
19:28Lulu
2011
 
Keep Away3:31Rock and Roll Diary: 1967-1980
1980
 
Kentish Town Waltz [Edit]
w/ Imelda May
3:28Mayhem
2010
 
Kicks6:02Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Kill Your Sons5:43Live in Italy
1984
 
Ladies Pay4:17Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 
Lady Day Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Last Great American Whale3:42Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors [#1]
1989
 
Leave Me Alone [#]5:33Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Legendary Hearts3:24Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Like a Possum18:03Ecstasy
2000
 
Lisa Says5:33Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Little Dog
w/ Metallica
8:01Lulu
2011
 
Little Sister6:07Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Looking for Love3:27The Definitive Collection
1999
 
Love Is Here to Stay3:11Growing Up in Public
1980
 
Love Makes You Feel3:10Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s
1996
 
Mad4:29Ecstasy
2000
 
Magic and Loss6:39Magic and Loss
1992
 
Magic and Loss - The Summation6:35NYC Man: The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection
2003
 
Magic and Loss: The Summation6:35The Essential Lou Reed
2011
 
Magician6:23Magic and Loss
1992
 
Make Up Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Make Up Mind2:54Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Martial Law4:08Live in Italy
1984
 
Me and Bobby McGee
w/ Kris Kristofferson
4:22The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words with Vin Scelsa
2017
 
Men of Good Fortune Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Mistress Dread
w/ Metallica
6:52Lulu
2011
 
Modern Dance4:09Ecstasy
2000
 
My Friend George3:58New Sensations
1984
 
My House5:21The Blue Mask
1982
 
My Old Man3:14Growing Up in Public
1980
 
My Red Joystick3:35New Sensations
1984
 
Mystic Child5:01Ecstasy
2000
 
N. Y. Stars4:01Sally Can't Dance
1974
 
NYC Man4:56Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
New Age [DVD] A Night with Lou Reed
1991
 
New Age [Live]
w/ The Velvet Underground
6:38Gold
2005
 
New Sensations5:47New Sensations
1984
 
New York Telephone Conversation Rock Galaxy
1983
 
No Money Down3:09Hits from the Underground: The 80's
1998
 
Nobody But You Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Nobody's Business3:41Coney Island Baby
1976
 
Nowhere at All3:15Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Ocean5:06Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Oh Jim Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Ooohhh Baby3:45Coney Island Baby
1976
 
Open House Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Pale Blue Eyes
w/ The Velvet Underground
5:40Rock and Roll Diary: 1967-1980
1980
 
Pale Blue Eyes [*]
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
2:06Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Paranoia Key of E4:28Ecstasy
2000
 
Peggy Sue3:19Rave on Buddy Holly
2011
 
Perfect Day3:43Trainspotting [Original Soundtrack]
1996
 
Perfect Day [Acoustic Demo][#][*]4:50Transformer [Expanded Edition]
1972
 
Pow Wow2:32Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Power and Glory, Pt. 22:57Magic and Loss
1992
 
Pumping Blood
w/ Metallica
7:24Lulu
2011
 
Queen Bitch
w/ David Bowie
 Birthday Celebration: Live in NYC 1997 [DVD]
2011
 
Real Good Time Together3:21Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Ride Into the Sun3:13Wild Child [Pair/RCA]
1987
 
Ride Sally Ride Vicious
1979
 
Riptide4:13Perfect Night: Live in London
1998
 
Rock & Roll6:01Live in Italy
1984
 
Rock & Roll Heart3:06Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Rock & Roll [Live]3:39The Wild Side: Best of Lou Reed
2000
 
Rock 'N' Roll6:39Through the Years: New York 1983 - Spain 2004
2008
 
Rock Minuet6:56Ecstasy
2000
 
Rock N' Roll10:08Rock N' Roll Animal
1974
 
Rock and Roll5:57Live in Italy
1984
 
Rock and Roll [1969 Live]
w/ The Velvet Underground
6:06Gold
2005
 
Romeo Had Juliette3:09New York
1989
 
Rooftop Garden3:05Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Rouge1:01Ecstasy
2000
 
Sad Song Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Sally Can't Dance3:32Live in Italy
1984
 
Satellite of Love3:39Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Satellite of Love [DVD] A Night with Lou Reed
1991
 
Science of the Mind1:36The Raven
2003
 
Senselessly Cruel2:04Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 
Set the Twilight Reeling5:09The Definitive Collection
1999
 
She's My Best Friend5:59Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s
1996
 
Shooting Star3:09Street Hassle
1978
 
Sick of You3:25New York
1989
 
Slip Away (A Warning) Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Smalltown Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Smiles2:44Growing Up in Public
1980
 
So Alone4:05Rock and Roll Diary: 1967-1980
1980
 
Solsbury Hill5:25Solsbury Hill
2010
 
Some Kind of Nature
w/ Gorillaz
2:59Plastic Beach
2010
 
Some Kinda Love
w/ The Velvet Underground
4:481969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed, Vol. 2
1988
 
Soul Man
w/ Sam Moore
3:04Soul Man [Spectrum Original Soundtrack]
1986
 
Standing on Ceremony3:31Growing Up in Public
1980
 
Starlight Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Strawman6:10Just Say Mao: Volume III of Just Say Yes
1989
 
Street Hassle11:00Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Stupid Man2:33The Bells
1979
 
Style It Takes Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Sunday Morning The Best of Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground
1995
 
Sweet Bonnie Brown (It's Just Too Much)
w/ The Velvet Underground
7:551969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed, Vol. 2
1988
 
Sweet Jane7:59Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s
1996
 
Sweet Jane [DVD] A Night with Lou Reed
1991
 
Sweet Jane [Live]
w/ The Velvet Underground
4:01Gold
2005
 
Sweet Jane [Live] [Live]3:34Retro
1989
 
Sweet Jane [With Intro]7:52Rock Trax: Hard & Heavy
2000
 
Sword of Damocles3:42Magic and Loss
1992
 
Talking Book3:43Perfect Night: Live in London
1998
 
Tatters5:55Ecstasy
2000
 
Teach the Gifted Children3:15Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Tell It to Your Heart5:12Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Temporary Thing5:14Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
The Bells6:31Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
The Black Angel's Death Song
w/ John Cale, Nico
4:42Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
The Blue Mask5:00The Blue Mask
1982
 
The Blue Mask [DVD]8:16Spanish Fly: Lou Reed Live in Spain [DVD]
2005
 
The Bronx
w/ Booker T. Jones
 The Road from Memphis
2011
 
The Day John Kennedy Died4:05The Blue Mask
1982
 
The Gun3:37The Blue Mask
1982
 
The Kids Rock Galaxy
1983
 
The Last Shot3:23Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
The Original Wrapper3:39Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
The Power of Positive Drinking2:14Growing Up in Public
1980
 
The Proposition3:27Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
The Raven
w/ Willem Dafoe
6:30The Raven
2003
 
The Valley of Unrest
w/ Elizabeth Ashley
2:26The Raven
2003
 
The View
w/ Metallica
5:20Lulu
2011
 
The Wanderlust
w/ Metric
3:10Synthetica
2012
 
There Is No Time3:45New York
1989
 
Think It Over3:26Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
This Magic Moment3:23Lost Highway [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
1997
 
To Beat the Devil
w/ Kris Kristofferson
4:36The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words with Vin Scelsa
2017
 
Trade In4:59Set the Twilight Reeling
1996
 
Tranquilize
w/ The Killers
3:45Sawdust
2007
 
Tripitena's Speech
w/ Amanda Plummer
2:19The Raven
2003
 
Trouble With Classicists Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Turn out the Light2:50Legendary Hearts
1983
 
Turn to Me4:24New Sensations
1984
 
Underneath the Bottle2:27The Blue Mask
1982
 
Vanishing Act5:23The Raven
2003
 
Venus in Furs The Best of Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground
1995
 
Vicious Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Vicious Circle2:52Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Vicious [Live Version]5:40The Sire Years: The Solo Collection
2014
 
Video Violence5:35Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Voices of Freedom5:15Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
1992
 
Wagon Wheel Rock Galaxy
1983
 
Wait3:14Street Hassle
1978
 
Waiting for the Man
w/ ?, Nico, John Cale
5:44Le Bataclan '72
2004
 
Walk and Talk It Vicious
1979
 
Walk on the Wild Side4:10Sound of the Suburbs [#1]
1998
 
Walk on the Wild Side [2003 Remaster]4:09Sounds of the 70's Generation
2008
 
Walk on the Wildside4:11Lost Vagueness
2007
 
Warrior King4:27Magic and Loss
1992
 
Waves of Fear4:10The Blue Mask
1982
 
We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together
w/ The Velvet Underground
3:181969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed, Vol.1
1988
 
What Becomes a Legend Most3:39New Sensations
1984
 
What Goes On
w/ The Velvet Underground
8:581969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed, Vol.1
1988
 
What I Like About You
w/ The Romantics
2:58Easyriders
1999
 
What a Wonderful World
w/ Dan Zanes, RubĂ­ Theater Company, Lou Reed & The Rubi Theater Company
3:37Night Time
2002
 
What's Good Billboard Top Modern Rock Tracks 1992
1992
 
White Light White Heat
w/ The Velvet Underground
8:351969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed, Vol. 2
1988
 
White Light/White Heat I Can't Stand It
1982
 
White Light/White Heat [Live] [Live]4:56Retro
1989
 
White Prism4:00Ecstasy
2000
 
Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)4:31The Raven
2003
 
Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song) [#]5:33NYC Man: The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection
2003
 
Why Do You Talk2:38Perfect Night: Live in London
1998
 
Wild Child The Best of Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground
1995
 
With You2:22The Bells
1979
 
Women4:55The Blue Mask
1982
 
Work Songs for Drella [Video]
1990
 
Xmas in February2:55New York
1989
 
You Wear It So Well4:47Rock and Roll Heart [Germany]
1976
 

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