The List of Sade Albums in Order of Release Date

Sade Albums in Order chronicles the remarkable journey of Helen Folasade Adu CBE, professionally known as Sade Adu or simply Sade, and her band, Sade. Emerging from a background in fashion design and modeling, Sade Adu’s foray into music began as a backup singer for Pride before she and some bandmates formed Sade in 1982.

The name Sade represents the entire group, not just the iconic lead vocalist. Their debut album, Diamond Life (1984), marked the beginning of a string of multi-platinum successes, with subsequent albums such as Promise (1985), Stronger Than Pride (1988), Love Deluxe (1992), Lovers Rock (2000), and Soldier of Love (2010) cementing their legacy. The band’s unique sound and Sade’s soulful voice have earned them critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base worldwide. As one of the most successful British female artists in history, Sade’s influence on contemporary music is undeniable, and her band’s discography reflects a blend of timeless elegance and profound artistry.

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How many albums does Sade have?

English band Sade have released six studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums, two extended plays, 23 singles, six video albums, 20 music videos, and have achieved four top 20 singles on the main chart of both the US and the UK.

All Sade Albums in Order of Release Date

Here is the list of Sade Album in Order of Release Date

  1. Diamond Life — 16 July 1984
  2. Promise — 4 November 1985
  3. Stronger Than Pride — 3 May 1988
  4. Love Deluxe — 26 October 1992
  5. Lovers Rock — 13 November 2000
  6. Soldier of Love — 5 February 2010

All Sade Albums List in Order

1. Diamond Life (1984)

Diamond Life Album Image


  1. Smooth Operator
  2. Your Love Is King
  3. Hang On to Your Love
  4. Frankie’s First Affair
  5. When Am I Going to Make a Living
  6. Cherry Pie
  7. Sally
  8. I Will Be Your Friend
  9. Why Can’t We Live Together

Diamond Life is the debut studio album by English band Sade, released on 16 July 1984 in the UK by Epic Records and on 27 February 1985 in the US by Portrait Records. Sade Adu, after a brief stint in fashion and modeling, formed the band Sade with three former members of Pride. They signed with Epic Records following positive reception of their demos and performances. Recorded in just six weeks at London’s Power Plant Studios, the album blends soul, jazz, and sophisti-pop with love-themed lyrics. Acclaimed critically and commercially, Diamond Life won the 1985 Brit Award for Best British Album and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


2. Promise (1985)

Promise Album Image


  1. Is It a Crime?
  2. The Sweetest Taboo
  3. War of the Hearts
  4. You’re Not the Man
  5. Jezebel
  6. Mr Wrong
  7. Punch Drunk
  8. Never as Good as the First Time
  9. Fear
  10. Tar Baby
  11. Maureen

“Promise,” the second studio album by English band Sade, was released on 4 November 1985 in the UK and 15 November 1985 in the US. Recording took place from February to August 1985, with production by the same team behind their debut, “Diamond Life.” The album’s title, inspired by a letter from Sade Adu’s father about the “promise of hope” in his cancer recovery, underscores its emotional depth. Achieving commercial success, “Promise” topped charts in the UK, US, Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and reached the top five in several other countries. It includes hits like “The Sweetest Taboo.”


3. Stronger Than Pride (1988)

Stronger Than Pride Album Image


  1. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  2. Paradise
  3. Nothing Can Come Between Us
  4. Haunt Me
  5. Turn My Back on You
  6. Keep Looking
  7. Clean Heart
  8. Give It Up
  9. I Never Thought I’d See the Day
  10. Siempre Hay Esperanza

“Stronger Than Pride” is the third studio album by English band Sade, released by Epic Records on May 3, 1988, in the UK and May 10, 1988, in the US. Celebrated for its blend of smooth jazz and soul, the album features five singles and showcases a more intense and fiery side of Sade. Notably, Pitchfork ranked it 37th among the “200 Best Albums of the 1980s.” Critics praised its passionate themes and Sade’s deeper, more reflective lyrical style. With tracks like “Paradise” and “Haunt Me,” the album achieved multi-platinum success, reinforcing Sade’s position in the music industry.


4. Love Deluxe (1992)


  1. No Ordinary Love
  2. Feel No Pain
  3. I Couldn’t Love You More
  4. Like a Tattoo
  5. Kiss of Life
  6. Cherish the Day
  7. Pearls
  8. Bullet Proof Soul
  9. Mermaid

“Love Deluxe,” the fourth studio album by English band Sade, was released in the UK on October 26, 1992, and in the US on November 3, 1992. The album received mixed critical reviews. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice criticized some lyrics, while Dennis Hunt of the Los Angeles Times compared certain tracks to Enya’s soothing music. However, USA Today’s James T. Jones IV praised its familiar style. NME’s David Quantick appreciated its subtlety and craftsmanship. Retrospective reviews, like Pitchfork’s 2017 review, celebrated its timeless quality. Commercially, it peaked at number 10 in the UK and number three on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status.


5. Lovers Rock (2000)

Lovers Rock Album Image


  1. By Your Side
  2. Flow
  3. King of Sorrow
  4. Somebody Already Broke My Heart
  5. All About Our Love
  6. Slave Song
  7. The Sweetest Gift
  8. Every Word
  9. Immigrant
  10. Lovers Rock
  11. It’s Only Love That Gets You Through

“Lovers Rock,” the fifth studio album by English band Sade, was released on November 13, 2000, by Epic Records. Named after a style of reggae music, the album marked a departure from the band’s jazz-infused sound, embracing elements of soul, R&B, soft rock, folk, dub, reggae, and neo-soul. Frontwoman Sade Adu’s nostalgic connection to lovers rock reggae influenced the album’s romantic and introspective themes. With sparse production and simple arrangements, the album explores love’s highs and lows and touches on political issues. Acclaimed by critics, “Lovers Rock” won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2002 and achieved triple platinum status in the U.S., selling over 3 million copies by 2010. Featuring singles like “By Your Side” and “King of Sorrow,” the album reached number 18 on the UK Albums Chart and number three on the US Billboard 200, further cemented by the band’s Lovers Rock Tour.


6. Soldier of Love (2010)

Soldier of Love Album Image


  1. The Moon and the Sky
  2. Soldier of Love
  3. Morning Bird
  4. Babyfather
  5. Long Hard Road
  6. Be That Easy
  7. Bring Me Home
  8. In Another Time
  9. Skin
  10. The Safest Place

“Soldier of Love,” the sixth studio album by English band Sade, was released on 5 February 2010 by Epic Records, marking the end of a decade-long hiatus following their 2000 release, “Lovers Rock.” The band reunited in 2008, with recording primarily at Real World Studios in Box, England, and additional sessions in Spain. The album, completed in the summer of 2009, produced three singles: “Soldier of Love,” “Babyfather,” and “The Moon and the Sky.” Debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and number four on the UK Albums Chart, it garnered positive reviews and won a Grammy Award. Sade supported the album with their first tour in ten years, Sade Live.


Sade Albums in Order showcases the remarkable journey of Sade, both as a band and as its iconic lead vocalist, Helen Folasade Adu. From their debut album, Diamond Life (1984), to their Grammy-winning Soldier of Love (2010), Sade has consistently delivered multi-platinum hits that have left an indelible mark on contemporary music. Recognized with prestigious honors such as the Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Sade’s influence and success are undeniable. This chronology of Sade Albums in Order not only highlights their musical evolution but also celebrates their enduring legacy in the industry.

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