- This article is about the sing-along group. For other uses, see Alvin and the Chipmunks (disambiguation).
Alvin and the Chipmunks is a 6-time Grammy award-winning animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated chipmunks:
- Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, who quickly became the star of the group;
- Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual;
- Theodore, the chubby, impressionable sweetheart.
The trio is managed by their human father and confidant, David Seville. In reality, David Seville was Bagdasarian's stage name, and The Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label, Liberty Records:
- Alvin Bennett (the president),
- Simon Waronker (the founder and owner), and
- Theodore Keep (the chief engineer).
The Chipmunks act began with recordings first brought to life in Bagdasarian's 1950s novelty recordings under the name David Seville and the Chipmunks. For stage purposes, such as during an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Bagdasarian lip-synced the words of "David Seville" in front of a small puppet theater, with puppets of the three Chipmunks also lip-syncing. The puppets looked similar to the chipmunk illustrations on the covers of some of the group's 45 RPM records. The characters were an unprecedented success, and the singing chipmunks and their manager were given life in several animated cartoon series, using redrawn, anthropomorphic chipmunks, and eventually motion picture.
The voices of the group were all performed by Bagdasarian, who sped up the playback to create higher pitched, comical, squeaky voices. This often-used process was also not entirely new to Bagdasarian, who had also used it for two previous novelty song projects, including "Witch Doctor," but it was so unusual and well executed it earned the trio two Grammy Awards for engineering. Although the characters were fictional, they did release a long line of actual albums and singles, with "The Chipmunk Song" becoming a number-one hit single in the United States.
Since Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.'s passing on January 16, 1972, their voices were performed by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman in all subsequent incarnations except for the four CGI/live-action films, when they were voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney.
- 1 History
- 1.1 "Witch Doctor" (1958)
- 1.2 "The Chipmunk Song" (1958)
- 1.3 The Alvin Show (1961)
- 1.4 Dell Comics and Harvey Classics (1959-1994)
- 1.5 A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)
- 1.6 Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1990)
- 1.7 Direct-to-Video Chipmunks Movies (1999-2000)
- 1.8 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks (2003)
- 1.9 Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
- 1.10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
- 1.11 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
- 1.12 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
- 1.13 ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (2015-)
- 1.14 In Other Media
- 2 Characters
- 3 Recording Technique
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and Nominations
- 6 References
"Witch Doctor" (1958)
- Main article: Witch Doctor
In early 1958, Bagdasarian released a novelty song, as David Seville, about being unlucky at love until he found a Witch Doctor who told him "What To Do" to woo his woman. The entire song was done by Bagdasarian in his normal voice, except for the "magic" words, done first in Bagdasarian's pitched-up, pre-Chipmunk voice, and then in a duet between his pitched-up voice and his normal voice. The words, of course, are nonsense: "Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang." The "Walla Walla" part of the song was just thrown in as a reference to Ross Bagdasarian's uncle who lived in Walla Walla, Washington.
The song was a major hit, sitting at #1 in the Billboard Top 100, a predecessor to the Billboard Hot 100 chart which would be introduced that August, for three weeks during the spring, and the Witch Doctor's "magic words" were being sung by kids in many countries. Nothing in the song makes any reference to The Chipmunks, but the song is now sometimes included on compilations, as if the boys themselves had provided the voice of the Witch Doctor (Bagdasarian did record a Chipmunks version of "Witch Doctor," which appeared on the second Chipmunks album, Sing Again with The Chipmunks, in 1960).
"The Chipmunk Song" (1958)
- Main article: The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
The Chipmunks first officially appeared on the scene in a novelty record released in late fall 1958 by Bagdasarian. The song, originally listed on the record label (Liberty F-55168) as "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," featured the singing skills of the chipmunk trio. One phrase in the chorus has Alvin wishing for a hula hoop, which was that year's hot new toy. The novelty record was highly successful, selling more than four million copies in seven weeks, and it launched the careers of its chipmunk stars. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from December 22, 1958 to January 12, 1959 (the only Christmas song ever to do so), also earning three Grammy Awards and a nomination for Record of the Year. At the height of its popularity, Bagdasarian and three chipmunk hand-puppets appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, lip-syncing the song. "The Chipmunk Song" appeared on the Chipmunks' debut album, Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks, in 1959, and was repeated on Christmas with The Chipmunks, released in 1962. The song also has been included on several compilation albums.
The Alvin Show (1961)
- Main article: The Alvin Show
The first television series was produced by Format Films for Bagdasarian Film Corporation. Although the series was broadcast in black and white, it was produced and later re-run in color. Twenty-six episodes each were produced for the Alvin and the Chipmunks and Clyde Crashcup segments, along with 52 musical segments. Their first solo album, The Alvin Show, consisted of songs from the series. Three full episodes of the series were released as part of The Alvin Show DVD in 2015.
Dell Comics and Harvey Classics (1959-1994)
- Main article: List of Alvin and the Chipmunks Comics
The first comic released by Dell Comics was The Three Chipmunks in 1959, with designs closely resembling those of pre-The Alvin Show. Three years later Dell premiered the comic series Alvin, followed by Clyde Crashcup in 1963. Each consisted of 28 and five releases respectively, the last eight Alvin comics comprised of material previously released. Alvin primarily featured The Chipmunks and David with most releases containing stories from Little Angela, a particularly loud and spoiled girl. Clyde Crashcup featured Clyde, the inventor, and Leonardo, his assistant. Harvey Classics released the Alvin and the Chipmunks series consisting of five books in 1992.
A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)
- Main article: A Chipmunk Christmas
The final Chipmunks album in their original incarnation, The Chipmunks Go to the Movies, was released in 1969. After the death of Ross Bagdasarian in 1972 from a heart attack, The Chipmunks' careers stalled until NBC showed interest in the original show (the network carried Saturday morning reruns of The Alvin Show as a mid-season replacement in 1979) and the following year, Excelsior Records released a new album of contemporary songs performed by the brothers. The new album — Chipmunk Punk — featured Bagdasarian's son, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., doing the voices of the characters. That album and the continued reruns of the series proved to be popular enough to warrant further new records as well as a new television production, and in 1981, The Chipmunks and Seville returned to television in the Christmas special A Chipmunk Christmas.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1990)
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks (TV series)
- Main article: The Chipmunks (TV series)
- Main article: The Chipmunks Go to the Movies
In 1983, the second animated television series, produced by Ruby-Spears Productions, was released. Titled simply Alvin and the Chipmunks, the outline of the show closely followed the original Alvin Show. A more sustained success than the original, the series lasted until 1990 with eight seasons. In the first, the show introduced The Chipettes, three female chipmunks — Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor, who each paralleled the original chipmunks in personality (with distinct differences), with their own human guardian, the myopic Miss Beatrice Miller (who arrived in the fourth season).
In 1987, during the fifth season, The Chipmunks had their first animated feature film, The Chipmunk Adventure, directed by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., released to theaters by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. The film featured The Chipmunks and The Chipettes in a contest traveling around the world.
After 1988, the show was renamed just The Chipmunks to indicate that there were now two groups of them. The show reflected current trends and historical events in pop culture; The Chipmunks sang recent hits and wore contemporary clothing.
In the 1988–89 season, the show switched production companies to DIC Entertainment, by which time The Chipmunks had truly become anthropomorphized. In 1990, the show switched titles again to The Chipmunks Go to the Movies. Each episode in this season was a spoof of a Hollywood film, such as Back to the Future and King Kong. In addition, several television specials featuring the characters were also released. At the conclusion of the eighth season, the show was cancelled again.
Direct-to-Video Chipmunks Movies (1999-2000)
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
In 1996, the rights to the characters were purchased by Universal Studios. This resulted in The Chipmunks' 1999 reappearance, in the form of the direct-to-video movie Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein. The movie was successful enough to spark interest in a sequel, and in 2000, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman appeared. Both movies featured the original cast of the second series reprising their roles, accordingly the tone of the movies is very similar to the series. In 2002, Universal lost the right to use the characters as a result of a breach of contract with Bagdasarian Productions.
Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks (2003)
- Main article: Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks
A live-action movie called Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks was released on November 15, 2003. It features puppetry used for The Chipmunks and The Chipettes. In this movie, when Dave (Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.) goes out of town, he leaves the young Chipmunks and Chipettes in the care of Lalu (Janice Karman), a friend who is happy to have six preschoolers stay with her. The direct to video feature was directed and co-written by Jerry Rees, who also animated all the CGI effects and voiced two characters. The budget for the project was unusually low, at $600,000. It was also the only live-action appearances of Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman, respectively.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks (Film)
In 2004, 20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Productions announced a CGI/live-action film adaptation of the popular musical group and animated series. The new film, starring Jason Lee as Dave Seville, was released on December 14, 2007. With Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon, and Jesse McCartney as Theodore, The Chipmunks stumble upon Dave who starts their music careers. The motion picture marks the first film in which nobody related to Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. has performed as David or The Chipmunks. Though critics gave the film harsh reviews, audiences flocked to the theaters and marked a revival for The Chipmunks by reaching out to a new, younger generation of viewers.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
A CGI/live-action sequel to the first film was released on December 23, 2009. The voice actors for The Chipmunks retain their roles, but with the addition of The Chipettes, with Christina Applegate as Brittany, Anna Faris as Jeanette, and Amy Poehler as Eleanor, who leave the forest to try and start their music careers just as The Chipmunks did. This film marks the first motion picture in which Janice Karman does not voice The Chipettes. Despite harsher reviews from critics than the first film, worldwide box office totals increased by nearly $80 million.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
A third CGI/live-action film was released on December 16, 2011. The voice actors for both The Chipmunks and The Chipettes retained their roles. In the film, The Chipmunks and The Chipettes go on a cruise with Dave but end up stranded on a deserted island instead. The film was shot aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship, in Hawaii, and in a studio forest in Canada. The motion picture was planned to be the first Chipmunk movie in 3-D but was announced at the last minute by the producers that the film would be in 2-D.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
- Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
A fourth CGI/live-action film was released on December 18, 2015. The voice actors for The Chipmunks and The Chipettes reprise their roles, excluding Eleanor, who is now voiced by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting instead of Amy Poehler. The filming was carried out in locations including Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida. With the close of the film, the four film series reached a gross total of nearly $1.4 billion worldwide.
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (2015-)
- Main article: ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
A CGI-animated television series, produced by Technicolor Animation Productions, featuring The Chipmunks and The Chipettes premiered on Nickelodeon (US) on August 3, 2015, after originally premiering in March of the same year in France. Two seasons (each one consisting of 52 11-minute episodes) were originally ordered for the series before an additional three were later approved. In the series Dave does his best to raise the six chipmunks, often finding himself yelling "ALVINNN!!!"
In 2019, the Bagdasarian family accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the franchise.
In Other Media
- Main article: In Other Media
The Chipmunks have had an influence on various music groups, TV shows, and films since their creation.
Alvin is the leader of The Chipmunks. He is a roller coaster and can be sometimes considered as an anti-hero. His enthusiasm is boundless and his despair bottomless. The term "look before you leap" definitely doesn't apply to Alvin, who is impulsive, charming, musical, and full of animal magnetism. He always seems to make up hare-brained schemes to get what he wants: whether it be trying to help his brothers, keeping Dave from figuring something out, or getting out of a sticky situation. However, Alvin seems to refer to his often illogical or crazy plans as "challenging the ordinary." Alvin's signature color is red, and he has blue eyes (although in the CGI/live action film series, he has brown eyes). Alvin and Brittany share a love-hate relationship.
Simon possesses a very dry sense of humor as well as a keen wit and an IQ just north of Einstein. Alvin exploits Simon's master mind for his crazy schemes because he is smart enough to carry them out. In the end, Simon loves Alvin, although he secretly worries that they share the same gene pool. His signature color is blue, and he has blue eyes and black glasses; although his glasses are blue after the 1983 television series' second season up until the show's final season, in The Chipmunk Adventure, and ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks. He also has brown fur in the film. He plays the bass, bass clarinet, saxophone, bagpipes, tuba, and drums, among others. He is shown playing the keyboard in the original open for the 1980s series. He was also shown playing guitar in a 1980s Hardee's commercial. Simon and Jeanette are very shy about their romantic relationship, but it's obvious he cares for her.
Theodore is the child of innocence and is the youngest of the group. He is shy, loving, sensitive, gullible, trusting, naive and cute. In short, he is an easy target for Alvin's manipulations. In fact, Theodore often holds the swing vote between his two brothers' choices of action. Simon appeals to Theodore's better nature while Alvin goes straight to bribery. He is constantly craving snacks and in one episode, tried to eat Alvin's hand because of his hunger. Theodore's signature color is green, and has the same color eyes (except in the 2015 series, in which he has brown eyes). He also has blonde/tan fur in the film. He plays the drums, the guitar, and others. Theodore and Eleanor are the most open about their romantic relationship.
Click here for a full list of characters, including The Chipettes.
The Chipmunks' voices were recorded onto audiotape by voice talent talking or singing at half the normal speed. When the tape was played back at double speed, they would sound a full octave higher in pitch, at normal tempo. The technique was by no means new to the Chipmunks. For example, the high and low pitched characters in The Wizard of Oz were achieved by speeding up and slowing down vocal recordings. Also, Mel Blanc's voice characterization for Daffy Duck was sped up to some extent. Now the same effect can be created digitally and in real time.
However, the extensive use of this technique with the Chipmunks, coupled with their popularity, linked this technique to them. The term "chipmunk-voiced" has entered the American vernacular to describe any artificially high-pitched voice. A similar effect could be obtained in playback by merely taking an LP recorded at 33 1/3 RPM and playing it back at 45 or 78 RPM, a trick sometimes tried out by ordinary record listeners. The instrumental portions of the song are sped up as well, however, making it obvious that the music is being played at the wrong speed (Bagdasarian recorded vocals and music at different speeds to combine properly on his recording). Also, doing so might damage the record being played. This technique was frequently imitated in comedy records.
This is the complete discography of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- For a list of original songs by The Chipmunks & The Chipettes, click here.
- For a list of songs by another artist covered by The Chipmunks & The Chipettes, click here.
|1959||Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks||(Liberty LRP-3132 mono/LST-7132 stereo) (Released on compact disc by Capitol Records in 2008)|
|1960||Sing Again with The Chipmunks||(Liberty LRP-3159 mono/LST-7159 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990 and again by Capitol Records in 2008)|
|Around the World with The Chipmunks||(Liberty LRP-3170 mono/LST-7170 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990 and again by Capitol Records in 2008)|
|1961||The Alvin Show||(Liberty LRP-3209 mono/LST-7209 electronic stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990)|
|1962||Christmas with The Chipmunks||(Liberty LRP-3256 mono/LST-7256 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-Manhattan in 1987)|
|The Chipmunk Songbook||(Liberty LRP-3229 mono/LST-7229 stereo) (Released on compact disc by Capitol Records in 2008)|
|1963||Christmas with The Chipmunks, Vol. 2||(Liberty LRP-3334 mono/LST-7334 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-Manhattan in 1988)|
|1964||The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits||(Liberty LRP-3388 mono/LST-7388 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-Manhattan in 1987, by CEMA Special Products in 1995, and by Capitol Records in 2008)|
|1965||The Chipmunks Sing With Children||(Liberty LRP-3405 mono/LST-7405 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990)|
|Chipmunks à Go-Go||(Liberty LRP-3424 mono/LST-7424 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990)|
|1968||The Chipmunks See Doctor Dolittle||(Sunset M-1300 mono/S-5300 stereo)|
|1969||The Chipmunks Go to the Movies||(Sunset S-5312 stereo) (Released on compact disc by Capitol Records in 2008)|
|1975||The Very Best of The Chipmunks||(United Artists UA-LA570)|
|1980||The Twelve Days of Christmas With The Chipmunks|
|Chipmunk Punk||(Excelsior XLP-6008)|
|A Chipmunk Christmas|
|The Chipmunks Go Hollywood|
|The Chipmunks 20 All Time Golden Greats|
|1984||Songs from Our TV Shows|
|1987||The Chipmunk Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1988||The Chipmunks and The Chipettes: Born to Rock||(Label: Quality Special Products, RSP 164)|
|Solid Gold Chipmunks: 30th Anniversary Collection||(Label: Buena Vista Records)|
|1990||Rockin' Through the Decades|
|1991||The Chipmunks Rock the House||(Label: Quality Special Products, RSP 213)|
|1992||Chipmunks in Low Places||(Label: Sony Wonder, ASIN B0000028T3)|
|The Chipmunks: Greatest Hits|
|1993||The Chipmunks 35th Birthday Party|
|The Chipmunks Sing Alongs|
|1994||Here's Looking at Me!|
|A Very Merry Chipmunk|
|1995||When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk|
|1996||Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes|
|1998||The A-Files: Alien Songs|
|1999||Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years||(original release)|
|The Chipmunks Greatest Christmas Hits|
|2003||Merry Christmas from The Chipmunks|
|2004||Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Soundtrack|
|2006||Christmas with The Chipmunks||(remastered songs)|
|2007||Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years||(re-mastered and re-issued with additional songs)|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|2008||Christmas with The Chipmunks||(re-released songs)|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|2010||Christmas with The Chipmunks||(re-released songs)|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture|
|2012||Chipmunks Christmas||(re-released songs)|
|2015||We're The Chipmunks|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|2017||Nuts 2 U||(digital release)|
Vinyl Reissue Albums
- 1974: Christmas With The Chipmunks (United Artists UA-LA352-E2) (2-LP repackage of Christmas With The Chipmunks and Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2)
- 1975: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Mistletoe MLP-1216)
- 1975: Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 (Mistletoe MLP-1217)
- 1980: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Pickwick SPC-1034) (reuses the cover artwork from the United Artists reissue, with the original front cover of Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 on the front and Christmas With The Chipmunks on the back)
- 1980: The Twelve Days Of Christmas With The Chipmunks (reissue of Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2, mono but labeled stereo, with new cover artwork by Doug Oudekirk, the artist who had drawn the Chipmunk Punk cover)
- 1980: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Liberty LM-1071) (Without "Over The River And Through The Woods" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas")
- 1981: The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits (EMI Nut NUTM-31) (Mono UK reissue sold in the US as an import)
- 1982: The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits (Liberty LN-10177) (Without "Twist And Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There") (Stereo)
- 1982: Chipmunks à Go-Go (Liberty LN-10178) (Without "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows" and "The Race Is On")
- 1986: Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 (Liberty)
|Billboard 200||Top Country Albums||CAN||CAN Country||RIAA||CRIA|
|1960||Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks||4|
|Sing Again with The Chipmunks||31|
|1962||Christmas with The Chipmunks||84||Platinum|
|1963||Christmas with The Chipmunks, Vol. 2||9|
|1964||The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits||14|
|A Chipmunk Christmas||72||Gold||Gold|
|1992||Chipmunks in Low Places||21||6||9||Platinum||Platinum|
|1994||A Very Merry Chipmunk||147|
|2007||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||5||Platinum|
|2008||Christmas with The Chipmunks||64|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||6||Gold|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture||36|
- 1958: "Witch Doctor"/"Don't Whistle at Me Baby" (Liberty F-55132) (US #1) (Credited solely to David Seville)
- 1958: "The Bird on My Head"/"Hey There Moon" (Liberty F-55140) (US #36) (Credited solely to David Seville)
- 1958: "The Chipmunk Song"/"Almost Good" (Liberty F-55168) (US #1) (The first Chipmunks record. On this first release, the artist is credited as "The Chipmunks, Alvin, Theodore & Simon, with the music of David Seville." B-side is a non-Chipmunk David Seville track.)
- 1959: "Alvin's Harmonica"/"Mediocre" (Liberty F-55179) (US #3) (A-side artist credited as "David Seville & The Chipmunks;" A-side and B-side by David Seville)
- 1959: "Ragtime Cowboy Joe"/"Flip Side" (Liberty F-55200) (US #16) (B-side by David Seville)
- 1960: "Alvin's Orchestra"/"Copyright 1960" (Liberty F-55233) (US #33) (B-side by David Seville)
- 1960: "Coming 'Round the Mountain"/"Sing a Goofy Song" (Liberty F-55246)
- 1960: "Alvin for President"/"Sack Time" (Liberty F-55277) (US #95) (B-side by David Seville)
- 1960: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"/"Spain" (Liberty F-55289)
- 1962: "The Alvin Twist"/"I Wish I Could Speak French" (Liberty 55424) (Beginning with this release, the artist was credited as "The Chipmunks - Alvin, Simon and Theodore with David Seville")
- 1962: "America the Beautiful"/"My Wild Irish Rose" (Liberty 55452)
- 1963: "Alvin's All Star Chipmunk Band"/"Old Mac Donald Cha Cha Cha" (Liberty 55544)
- 1963: "Eefin' Alvin"/"Flip Side" (Liberty 55632) (B-side by David Seville)
- 1963: "Wonderful Day"/"The Night Before Christmas" (Liberty 55635)
- 1964: "All My Loving" (Beatles cover)/"Do You Want to Know a Secret" (Liberty 55734)
- 1965: "Do-Re-Mi"/"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (Liberty 55773)
- 1965: "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" (Fred Murray and R. P. Weston cover and Herman's Hermits (singer) cover)/"What's New Pussycat?" (Tom Jones ) (Liberty 55832)
- 1967: "Sorry About That, Herb"/"Apple Picker" (Dot 16997)
- 1968: "The Chipmunk Song"/"Christmas With Canned Heat" (Liberty 56079)
- 1968: "Talk to the Animals"/"My Friend the Doctor (from Doctor Dolittle)" (Sunset 61002)
- 1968: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"/"Hushabye Mountain" (Sunset 61003)
- 1980: "You May Be Right"/"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
- 1980: "Call Me"/"Refugee"
- 1981: "I Love a Rainy Night"
- 1983: "We're The Chipmunks"/"Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover)
- 1990: "Jingle Bells"
- 1992: "Achy Breaky Heart"/"I Ain't No Dang Cartoon" (Billy Ray Cyrus cover; 45, 1993, Epic Records 74776) (#72 Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks)
- 1994: "I Don't Want to Be Alone for Christmas (Unless I'm Alone with You)" (actually performed by James Ingram)
- 1996: "Macarena"/"Love Shack"
- 2007: "The Chipmunk Song" (2007 Version) (US #66)
- 2007: "Witch Doctor" (2007 Version) (US #62)
- 2008: "Bad Day" (cover of Daniel Powter) (US #67)
- 2008: "Funkytown" (cover of Lipps Inc) (US #86)
- 2008: "Shake Your Groove Thing" (cover of Peaches & Herb)
- 2012: "Witch Doctor 2.0"
- 2012: "Call Me Maybe"
- 2015: "Uptown Funk"
- 1984-1985: Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Magic Camera (The Chipmunks)
- 1985: Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Amazing Computer (The Chipmunks)
- 2008: Get Munk'd Tour 2008 (The Chipmunks)
- 2015: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
Awards and Nominations
|1959||Grammy||Best Recording for Children||"The Chipmunk Song"||Won|
|Grammy||Best Recording for Children||"Witch Doctor"||Nominated|
|Grammy||Best Comedy Performance||"The Chipmunk Song"||Won|
|Grammy||Best Engineered Record, Non-Classical||"The Chipmunk Song"||Won|
|Grammy||Record of the Year||"The Chipmunk Song"||Nominated|
|1960||Grammy||Best Engineering Record, Non-Classical||"Alvin's Harmonica"||Won|
|1961||Grammy||Best Album for Children||Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks||Won|
|Grammy||Best Engineered Record, Non-Classical||Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks||Nominated|
|Grammy||Best Comedy Performance - Musical||"Alvin for President"||Nominated|
|Grammy||Best Engineered Record - Novelty||"Alvin for President"||Nominated|
|1962||Grammy||Best Engineered Record - Novelty||The Alvin Show||Nominated|
|1963||Grammy||Best Album for Children||The Chipmunk Songbook||Nominated|
|Grammy||Best Engineered Record - Novelty||The Chipmunk Songbook||Nominated|
|1965||Grammy||Best Engineered Recording - Special or Novel Effects||The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits||Won|
|1966||Grammy||Best Recording for Children||"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"||Nominated|
|1981||NARM||Best Selling Children's Album||Chipmunk Punk||Won|
|1982||NARM||Best Selling Children's Album||Urban Chipmunk||Won|
|Grammy||Best Comedy Recording||Urban Chipmunk||Nominated|
|Grammy||Best Recording for Children||A Chipmunk Christmas||Nominated|
|1983||Grammy||Best Recording for Children||The Chipmunks Go Hollywood||Nominated|
|1985||Emmy||Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime)||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Nominated|
|1987||Young Artist||Exceptional Family Animation Series or Specials||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Nominated|
|Emmy||Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime)||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Nominated|
|1988||Emmy||Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime)||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Nominated|
|Young Artist||Best Motion Picture - Animation||The Chipmunk Adventure||Nominated|
|1993||Grammy||Best Album for Children||Chipmunks in Low Places||Nominated|
|2000||Golden Reel||Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video - Sound Editorial||Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein||Won|
|2008||Kids' Choice||Favorite Movie||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Won|
|American Music||Best Movie Soundtrack||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||Won|
|2010||Kids' Choice||Favorite Movie||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Won|
|2012||Kids' Choice||Favorite Movie||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Won|
|2016||Kids' Choice||Favorite Cartoon||ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice||Favorite Animated Movie||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice||Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie||Justin Long as Alvin Seville in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||Nominated|
|2017||Kids' Choice||Favorite Cartoon||ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks||Nominated|
|2018||Kids' Choice||Favorite Cartoon||ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks||Nominated|
|2019||Kids' Choice||Favorite Cartoon||ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks||Nominated|
|Star||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Awarded|
|2020||Kids' Choice||Favorite Animated Series||ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks||Nominated|
|2021||Kids' Choice||Favorite Animated Series||ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks||Nominated|