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Encyclopedia > Greatest hits

A greatest hits album (sometimes referred to as a "best of" album) is a compilation album of successful, previously released songs by a particular music artist or band. To increase the appeal of the album – especially to people who already own the previously released material – it is common to include remixes or alternate takes of popular songs or new material, with new songs often being released as singles (and themselves sometimes becoming successful). Greatest Hits is a common name for a compilation album of an artists most popular songs. ... The Singles Collection may refer to: The Singles Collection, an album by David Bowie The Singles Collection, an album by The Specials The Singles Collection, Volume 1 and Singles Collection, Volume 2, albums by Dropkick Murphys The Single Collection, an album by HIM Category: ... This article contains a trivia section. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...


Greatest hits albums are typically produced after an artist has had enough successful songs to fill out an album release. Some artists, such as Queen and Billy Joel, have released multiple greatest hits albums through their career. Some greatest hits albums are released only at the end of the artist or group's career, as was the Stone Temple Pilots' Thank You. They are aimed at fans who liked a few of their songs or singles, but not enough to buy an artist's entire catalog as well as potential new fans who want to sample the most famous work of an artist or group with just one purchase. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Stone Temple Pilots (abbreviated STP) was a popular Grammy Award-winning American rock band in the 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of Scott Weiland (vocals), brothers Robert (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion). ... Thank You is a greatest hits collection released by Stone Temple Pilots on November 11, 2003, by Atlantic Records. ...


In British pop music, when a band releases a Greatest Hits album, in most cases after three or four studio albums, it is usually taken as a sign that the band are about to split up. Examples include Greatest Hits albums by Atomic Kitten, Steps, S Club 7, Blue and Take That, although the latter band would reform nine years later. Recent exceptions to this "rule" include Westlife, Girls Aloud and Sugababes, who have either released or are committed to releasing new material after their greatest hits collections. Atomic Kitten is an English girl group from Liverpool composed of Liz Lil McClarnon, Natasha Tash Hamilton, and Jenny Frost - who replaced original member Kerry Katona in January 2001. ... Steps was a pop group that achieved a series of charted singles between 1997 and 2001. ... S Club, formerly known as S Club 7, were a BRIT Award-winning British pop group created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Blue (boy band) Blue were a successful English pop boy band consisting of four members: Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Antony Costa, and Simon Webbe. ... Take That are a British pop boy band formed by Nigel Martin Smith in Manchester in 1990. ... Westlife is a pop group that formed on July 3, 1998. ... Girls Aloud are a British girl group created by ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. ... Sugababes are a BRIT Award-winning British pop group trio from London. ...


Some bands refuse to release a greatest hits album, notably Radiohead, AC/DC and Metallica. Manic Street Preachers initially refused to do a greatest hits, but in the end Forever Delayed was released. Also, the country music star Garth Brooks long opposed the release of a greatest hits collection, but agreed to it in 1994[1] but only for a limited time (his release, The Hits was quickly deleted, but not until selling well over ten million copies). Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... This article is about the band. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Manic Street Preachers (often known colloquially as The Manics) are a Welsh rock band often associated with the Britpop scene, who gained mainstream popularity in the UK in the late 1990s. ... Forever Delayed is an album by the Manic Street Preachers, released in 2002. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... The Hits was the second compilation album and first and only greatest hits album from American Country Music artist Garth Brooks. ...


Greatest hits collections can also boost a falling music career. The Beautiful South's first Greatest Hits album, Carry on up the Charts, was originally strongly opposed by the band. However, upon release it became one of the fastest selling albums in chart history. [2] The Beautiful South were an English pop group formed at the end of the 1980s by former members of Hull group The Housemartins - Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway. ... Carry On Up The Charts: The Best Of The Beautiful South Is The Beautiful Souths 5th album and first greatest hits collection. ...

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Variations

Similar to a "Greatest Hits" album is a "Best of". Though there is no requirement for songs included on a greatest hits record to be high-charting singles, the term "best of" is generally used when the songs were not literally "hits". An example of this is John Prine's Prime Prine: The Best of John Prine. Occasionally, artists have both a "best of" and a greatest hits album with the greatest hits album limited to songs that made the singles chart while a Best of album is more oriented towards fan favorites and album tracks. For example, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 mostly compile their best A-side singles, disregarding their chart position, whereas The Beatles' 1 is a greatest hits album based exclusively on their #1 hits. Dolly Parton released two Best of albums (1970 and 1975), which comprised her earlier country material (including both chart singles and album tracks), and a Greatest Hits collection in 1983, which included her higher profile crossover and pop material. Other terms for "best of" albums include "Classic" (Classic Queen) "Gold" (Glenn Miller: Pure Gold, ABBA Gold, the Universal "Gold" series), "Essential" (The Essential Johnny Cash, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Clash), and "Ultimate" (Ultimate Kylie). John Prine (born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois) is an American country/folk singer-songwriter who has achieved widespread critical (and some commercial) success since the early 1970s. ... 1962-1966 (or the Red Album) is a compilation of The Beatles greatest hits from 1962 to 1966. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see 1 (album) (disambiguation). ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... The Best of Dolly Parton was a 1970 compilation by Dolly Parton, featuring much of her early RCA material, including the biggest hit shed had to tht point, her cover of Jimmy Rodgers Mule Skinner Blues, which peaked at #3 on the U.S. country charts in early 1970... The Best of Dolly Parton (Vol. ... Dolly Partons Greatest Hits compilation was released in October 1982. ... Classic Queen is a 1992 compilation of songs by the British rock band Queen. ... This article is about the jazz musician. ... The Essential Johnny Cash is a double-compact disc compilation by Johnny Cash, part of Sony Musics Essential CD anthology series. ... The Essential Bruce Springsteen is an album by Bruce Springsteen, released on 11 November 2003. ... The Essential Clash is a career-spanning greatest hits album by The Clash first released in 2003. ... Ultimate Kylie is the title of Australian-born dance-pop singer-songwriter Kylie Minogues greatest hits album released in November, 2004. ...


Similar to a "best of" album is a definitive collection, which attempts to include every song by the artist or band that fans and music critics consider as worthy examples of their work. An anthology collection is similar to a definitive collection but usually applies to box sets of artist's or bands with a large body of work compiled over many years.


Johnny Mathis's Johnny's Greatest Hits (1958) was one of the first to include the words "greatest hits" in the title. It sold well, remaining on the Billboard Top Albums Chart for a then record-breaking 490 continuous weeks.[citation needed] John Royce Mathis (b. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Criticism

In 2005, some greatest hits albums became ridiculed because many young "pre-mature" artists were releasing them. The likes of Hilary Duff, 'N Sync and Mandy Moore released greatest hits albums though they might have had only a handful of hit singles in their short careers [3]. This is not, however, a new phenomenon: Ayumi Hamasaki, a Japanese pop star, released her first best album, A Best only 3 years after her debut, although she already had nine number 1 singles; Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, for example, issued Greatest Hits in 1971, three years after their first top 40 pop hit. Ol' Dirty Bastard released The Dirty Story: The Best of ODB after two albums and three singles. Ringo Starr issued his greatest hits album, Blast From Your Past, after a mere three solo albums in the 1970s, while Jason Donovan had a hits album out in 1991, only two years after he debuted, and despite only having 3 albums and 7 singles, Christina Milian released Best of Christina Milian in 2006. Underground hip-hop artist Apathy's first official release on CD was It's The Bootleg, Muthaf*ckas! Vol. 1, a 2-disc compilation of many of the rappers singles previously only available on vinyl. Cockney Rejects,Mrs. Miller, Alien Ant Farm and The Boomtang Boys satirised this by having Greatest Hits as the title of their respective debut albums. Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain also did this, however this was only a half-joke as they had already released a number of albums locally, the songs of their first album on general release being taken from these previous albums. Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, and spokesperson. ... For the self-titled album, see *NSYNC (album) N Sync (also stylized *NSYNC) was an American boy band, widely regarded as one of the most successful pop acts of the late 90s and early 2000s, selling over 56 million records worldwide. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Ayumi Hamasaki , originally , born October 2, 1978) is an award-winning J-pop singer-songwriter. ... A Best is a greatest hits album released by Ayumi Hamasaki on March 28, 2001. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... For the bibliographical term, see First edition. ... ODB redirects here. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ... Blast From Your Past is Ringo Starrs first official compilation album, released in 1975. ... Jason Sean Donovan (born 1 June 1968, Malvern, Melbourne) is an Australian actor and singer. ... Christina Milian (born Christine Flores on September 26, 1981) is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, and former MTV VJ. She has released three studio albums and one compilation album. ... Best of Christina Milian is the first compilation album from R&B singer Christina Milian. ... Apathy (born March 8th, 1979) the self-proclaimed “King of Connecticut” (and formerly the Alien Tongue), is an underground rapper currently signed to Atlantic Records. ... The Cockney Rejects are an Oi! punk band which formed in the East End of London in 1979. ... Elva Ruby Connes (October 5, 1907–June 28, 1997), who recorded under the name Mrs. ... Alien Ant Farm are an alternative rock group that formed in the southern California city of Riverside in 1996. ... The Boomtang Boys are a Canadian dance/remix trio. ... Goldie Lookin Chain are a hip hop group based in Newport, South Wales. ...


Gaming and television

A recent trend is for television shows to release greatest hits DVDs as a way to get new viewers interested in the show. Two examples of this are the Family Guy's Freakin' Sweet Collection and South Park: The Hits. Games for Sony's PlayStation that have sold over a certain number, are re-released under its "Greatest Hits" banner. Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... PlayStation redirects here. ... These are PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable games that have been made Greatest Hits games in the US by Sony. ...


References

  1. ^ Google Music. Garth Brooks: The Hits. Accessed 31 December 2007.
  2. ^ The Beautiful South : Full Biography Retrieved on 2007-06-17
  3. ^ MSNBC: Greatest-hits albums, now minus the hits. AP. Aug 26, 2005. Retrieved 27 Oct 2007.
For the news website, see msnbc. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...

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