Brothers in Arms (Vertigo UK/Warner Bros. U.S., 1985)
Brothers in Arms was British rock band Dire Straits’ fifth studio album and topped several countries’ album charts — get ready for this. Brothers in Arms spent ten weeks atop the UK album chart, nine weeks atop the American album chart and an astounding 34 weeks topping the Australian album chart. It also topped the Canadian, Dutch, German, New Zealand, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss album charts. Brothers in Arms was the first album in British history to be certified 10 times Platinum and currently sits as the 8th best selling album in the UK and remains one of the world’s best selling albums by having sold over 30 million copies. Brothers in Arms won two Grammy Awards in 1986 and the Best British Album award at the 1987 Brit Awards.
The singles: So Far Away peaked at #3 in Norway, hitting #20 in the UK and #19 in the U.S. Money for Nothing topped the Canadian and American charts, peaking at #4 in the UK (as well as in Australia, Finland and New Zealand). Brothers in Arms was released in 1982 during the Falklands War and was rereleased in 2007 to commemorate the 25th anniversary and raise funds for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. It peaked at #5 in New Zealand and #16 in the UK. Walk of Life was the B-side of So Far Away and topped the Irish chart, peaking at #2 in the UK. Your Latest Trick peaked at #6 in Ireland and #26 in the UK. In 1993, it topped the French chart.