On Every Street

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On Every Street
Dire Straits - On Every Street.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 September 1991 (1991-09-10)
RecordedNovember 1990 – May 1991
StudioAIR Studios, London
GenreRoots rock
Warner Bros. (USA)
ProducerMark Knopfler
Alan Clark
Dire Straits chronology
Money for Nothing
On Every Street
On the Night
Singles from On Every Street
  1. "Calling Elvis"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Heavy Fuel"
    Released: 1991
  3. "On Every Street"
    Released: 1992
  4. "The Bug"
    Released: 1992
  5. "You and Your Friend"
    Released: 1992
  6. "Ticket to Heaven"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [2]

On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 9 September 1991 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The follow-up to the band's massively successful album Brothers in Arms, On Every Street reached the top of the UK albums chart and was also certified platinum by the RIAA.


On Every Street was released more than six years after the band's previous album, Brothers in Arms, and was Dire Straits' final studio album. It was released to mixed reviews and was neither as popular nor as successful as its predecessor, though it had sold more than 15 million copies worldwide by 2008.[3] It reached number 12 in the United States and number one in the United Kingdom and numerous European countries; it was particularly successful in France, selling nearly two million copies. The album was produced by Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits.

By this time, the band comprised Knopfler, John Illsley, Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher and Chris White, and the album features session musicians including Paul Franklin, Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings and American drummer Jeff Porcaro from Toto.

Dire Straits promoted the album with a world tour which lasted until the end of 1992. The group disbanded in 1995, after which Mark Knopfler pursued a solo career. He released his debut album Golden Heart in 1996 and has released many solo albums since.

This album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world, except for the United States, where it was issued on 19 September 2000.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Knopfler.

Side one
1."Calling Elvis"6:26
2."On Every Street"5:04
3."When It Comes to You"5:02
4."Fade to Black"3:49
5."The Bug"4:18
6."You and Your Friend"5:59
Side two
7."Heavy Fuel"4:57
8."Iron Hand"3:09
9."Ticket to Heaven"4:26
10."My Parties"5:32
11."Planet of New Orleans"7:47
12."How Long"3:53
Total length:60:16


Dire Straits[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Chuck Ainlay – engineer
  • Mark Knopfler and Alan Clark – producers
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing (7)
  • Sutton Cooper – design
  • Paul Cummins – design
  • Neil Dorfsman – mixing
  • Jo Motta – project coordinator
  • Steve Orchard – assistant engineer
  • Jack Joseph Puig – assistant engineer
  • Bill Schnee – engineer
  • Andy Strange – assistant engineer
  • Paul Williams – photography


On Every Street produced six singles:

  1. "Calling Elvis"
  2. "Heavy Fuel"
  3. "On Every Street"
  4. "The Bug"
  5. "You and Your Friend" (released in France and Germany)
  6. "Ticket to Heaven" (released in The Netherlands)

Charts, sales and certifications[edit]

On Every Street remained on the UK Albums Chart for 36 weeks.

Albums charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 1
French Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 12

Singles charts[edit]

Year Song Hot Alt Australia Austria Dutch France Italy Norway Sweden Swiss UK
1991 "Calling Elvis" 3 25 8 8 7 3 2 6 2 21
1991 "Heavy Fuel" 1 22 26 32 22 55
1992 "On Every Street" 23 42
1992 "The Bug" 8 44 67
1992 "You and Your Friend" 49
1994 "Ticket to Heaven" 43

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[6] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[7] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[8] Platinum 90,664[8]
France (SNEP)[9] Diamond 1,000,000*
Germany (BVMI)[10] Platinum 500,000^
Italy 520,000[11]
Latvia (LaMPA)[12][unreliable source?] 2× Platinum 16,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[13] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[14] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] 4× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
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  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Dire Straits; 'On Every Street')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
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  12. ^ "International Latvian Certification Awards from 1998 to 2001". Latvian Music Producers Association. 1999. Retrieved 10 July 2019 – via Directupload.
  13. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 10 July 2019. Enter On Every Street in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  14. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959-2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979-1990". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano.
  16. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Dire Straits; 'On Every Street')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type On Every Street in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 July 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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