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3rd Jan '17 10:27:51 AM Xtifr
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* The {{Eagles}}' ''Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)'' is the best-selling album in U.S. history (tied with Music/MichaelJackson's ''Thriller''), and third world-wide selling more than 42 million copies.

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* The {{Eagles}}' Film/{{Eagles}}' ''Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)'' is the best-selling album in U.S. history (tied with Music/MichaelJackson's ''Thriller''), and third world-wide selling more than 42 million copies.
2nd Jan '17 12:17:19 PM Camassia
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To increase the possible appeal of the album, especially to people who already ''own'' the bulk of the artist's work (and thus likely to both be the biggest fans and already own all the hits), it is common to include remixes, alternate takes, live versions of popular songs, stand-alone singles that had previously not appeared on an album before, and/or even a completely new song or two (which will, inevitably, be released as a single in order to promote the collection). Of course, this is likely to piss off the completists as they might be forced to pay full album price for a single song. The rise of digital music distribution has mollified this problem to a certain extent. Greatest Hits are good purchases for casual fans of artists that they otherwise have no urge to buy complete albums of.

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To increase the possible appeal of the album, especially to people who already ''own'' the bulk of the artist's work (and thus likely to both be the biggest fans and already own all the hits), it is common to include remixes, alternate takes, live versions of popular songs, stand-alone singles that had previously not appeared on an album before, and/or even a completely new song or two (which will, inevitably, be released as a single in order to promote the collection). Of course, this is likely to piss off the completists as they might be forced to pay full album price for a single song. The rise of digital music distribution has mollified this problem to a certain extent. Greatest Hits are good purchases for casual fans of artists that they otherwise have no urge to buy complete albums of.



As suggested by The Brunching Shuttlecocks, an easy way to determine the actual neccesity of a Greatest Hits Album is to divide the number of songs on the album that actually charted, by the number of songs included on the album. Artists like Music/TheBeatles, Music/BillyJoel, Music/{{Madonna}} and Music/TheBeachBoys will bat nearly 1.000, whereas groups who have released Greatest Hits albums unneccesarily (i.e., {{One Hit Wonder}}s) will score far lower (e.g,: Kajagoogoo has hit ratio on its greatest hits album of 0.059, Timbuk 3 has 0.071, ''The Best of Tiffany'' scores 0.083, ''The Best of Martika'' 0.067 and so on.) The most egregious example may be ''The Best of Shaquille O'Neal'', which has 12 songs, none of which could legitimately be considered a hit, for a ratio of zero.

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As suggested by The Brunching Shuttlecocks, an easy way to determine the actual neccesity necessity of a Greatest Hits Album is to divide the number of songs on the album that actually charted, by the number of songs included on the album. Artists like Music/TheBeatles, Music/BillyJoel, Music/{{Madonna}} and Music/TheBeachBoys will bat nearly 1.000, whereas groups who have released Greatest Hits albums unneccesarily (i.e., {{One Hit Wonder}}s) will score far lower (e.g,: Kajagoogoo has hit ratio on its greatest hits album of 0.059, Timbuk 3 has 0.071, ''The Best of Tiffany'' scores 0.083, ''The Best of Martika'' 0.067 and so on.) The most egregious example may be ''The Best of Shaquille O'Neal'', which has 12 songs, none of which could legitimately be considered a hit, for a ratio of zero.



* Music/ThePolice's first greatest hits album, ''Every Breath You Take: The Classics'', got a little bit of a mixed reception for having a few of their hits absent and including a new, drastically different version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" instead of the original. It got deleted and replaced with the similarly titled ''Every Breath You Take: The Singles'', which was almost identical but included the original "Don't Stand So Close To Me", relegating "Don't Stand So Close To Me 86" to the end of the album alongside TheNotRemix of "Message In A Bottle". There's been a few more greatest hits albums since, including a two cd collection called ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Police]]'', and ''The Very Best Of Sting And The Police'', which of course mixed Sting solo hits in with his Police material. The original version of that last one featured a remix of "Roxanne" by Puff Daddy (probably to capitalize on Puff Daddy [[SampledUp sampling up]] "Every Breath You Take" the previous year), while a later reissue ditched the remix and added more previously released songs - three by Sting and one by The Police.

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* Music/ThePolice's first greatest hits album, ''Every Breath You Take: The Classics'', got a little bit of a mixed reception for having a few of their hits absent and including a new, drastically different version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" instead of the original. It got deleted and replaced with the similarly titled ''Every Breath You Take: The Singles'', which was almost identical but included the original "Don't Stand So Close To Me", relegating "Don't Stand So Close To Me 86" to the end of the album alongside TheNotRemix of "Message In A Bottle". There's been a few more greatest hits albums since, including a two cd collection called ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Police]]'', and ''The Very Best Of Sting And The Police'', which of course mixed Sting Music/{{Sting}} solo hits in with his Police material. The original version of that last one featured a remix of "Roxanne" by Puff Daddy (probably to capitalize on Puff Daddy [[SampledUp sampling up]] "Every Breath You Take" the previous year), while a later reissue ditched the remix and added more previously released songs - three by Sting and one by The Police.
13th Nov '16 7:14:26 PM Ekat_Clan
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* FallOutBoy has two. '' Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits'' is their more "official" one being considered part of their discography, and includes most (if not all) of their singles and popular songs pre-Save Rock And Roll, their fifth studio album, along with their cover of [[{{Music/MichaelJackson}} Michael Jackson's]] Beat It. The second is one of the many ICON series CD's [[note: A series of compilation/greatest hits releases each one focused on a different artist. More examples above.]] featuring some songs from their second, third and fourth studio albums, and is often easier to find than their "official" greatest hits release, or even their second and fourth albums, due to the large quantity the ICON CD'S are released in.

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* FallOutBoy has two. '' Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits'' is their more "official" one being considered part of their discography, and includes most (if not all) of their singles and popular songs pre-Save Rock And Roll, their fifth studio album, along with their cover of [[{{Music/MichaelJackson}} Michael Jackson's]] Beat It. The second is one of the many ICON series CD's [[note: A (A series of compilation/greatest hits releases each one focused on a different artist. More examples above.]] above) featuring some songs from their second, third and fourth studio albums, and is often easier to find than their "official" greatest hits release, or even their second and fourth albums, due to the large quantity the ICON CD'S are released in.
13th Nov '16 7:14:26 PM Ekat_Clan
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13th Nov '16 7:08:53 PM Ekat_Clan
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* FallOutBoy has two. '' Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits'' is their more "official" one being considered part of their discography, and includes most (if not all) of their singles and popular songs pre-Save Rock And Roll, their fifth studio album, along with their cover of [[{{Music/MichelJackson}} Michel Jackson's]] Beat It. The second is one of the many ICON series CD's[[note: A series of compilation/greatest hits releases each one focused on a different artist. More examples above.]] featuring some songs from their second, third and fourth studio albums, and is often easier to find than their "official" greatest hits release, or even their second and fourth albums, due to the large quantity the ICON CD'S are released in.

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* FallOutBoy has two. '' Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits'' is their more "official" one being considered part of their discography, and includes most (if not all) of their singles and popular songs pre-Save Rock And Roll, their fifth studio album, along with their cover of [[{{Music/MichelJackson}} Michel [[{{Music/MichaelJackson}} Michael Jackson's]] Beat It. The second is one of the many ICON series CD's[[note: CD's [[note: A series of compilation/greatest hits releases each one focused on a different artist. More examples above.]] featuring some songs from their second, third and fourth studio albums, and is often easier to find than their "official" greatest hits release, or even their second and fourth albums, due to the large quantity the ICON CD'S are released in.
13th Nov '16 7:01:16 PM Ekat_Clan
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* FallOutBoy has two. '' Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits'' is their more "official" one being considered part of their discography, and includes most (if not all) of their singles and popular songs pre-Save Rock And Roll, their fifth studio album, along with their cover of [[{{Music/MichelJackson}} Michel Jackson's]] Beat It. The second is one of the many ICON series CD's[[note: A series of compilation/greatest hits releases each one focused on a different artist. More examples above.]] featuring some songs from their second, third and fourth studio albums, and is often easier to find than their "official" greatest hits release, or even their second and fourth albums, due to the large quantity the ICON CD'S are released in.
29th Oct '16 4:07:34 PM thelivingtoad
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** ''Changesonebowie'' (1976) and ''Changestwobowie'' (1981) were the first compilations that brought together his career-making hits. When a rerelease program of Bowie's 1969-80 catalog was initiated in 1990, ''Changesbowie'' -- the cover of which incorporated the ''Changesonebowie'' cover photo -- arrived; it also included EMI-era songs from 1983's ''Let's Dance'' and 1984's ''Tonight'', and instead of "Fame" (his first U.S. Number One) the then-new rearrangement "Fame '90" was substituted.

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** ''Changesonebowie'' (1976) and ''Changestwobowie'' (1981) were the first compilations that brought together his career-making hits. When a rerelease program of Bowie's 1969-80 catalog was initiated in 1990, ''Changesbowie'' -- the cover of which incorporated the ''Changesonebowie'' cover photo -- arrived; it also included EMI-era songs from 1983's ''Let's Dance'' and 1984's ''Tonight'', and instead of "Fame" (his first U.S. Number One) the then-new rearrangement "Fame '90" was substituted. The remix was not well received, and it was replaced by the original when ''Changesbowie'' was reissued in 1996.
29th Oct '16 4:03:09 PM thelivingtoad
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** 2008's ''[=iSelect=], which is unique in that it features a tracklist selected by Bowie himself, and is a collection of his personal favorites of his own songs. It includes only one of his big hits, "Life on Mars?", and has a special, exclusive version of "Time Will Crawl" with a newly recorded backing track.

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** 2008's ''[=iSelect=], ''[=iSelect=]'', which is unique in that it features a tracklist selected by Bowie himself, and is a collection of his personal favorites of his own songs. It includes only one of his big hits, "Life on Mars?", and has a special, exclusive version of "Time Will Crawl" with a newly recorded backing track.
29th Oct '16 4:02:52 PM thelivingtoad
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** 2008's ''[=iSelect=], which is unique in that it features a tracklist selected by Bowie himself, and is a collection of his personal favorites of his own songs. It includes only one of his big hits, "Life on Mars?", and has a special, exclusive version of "Time Will Crawl" with a newly recorded backing track.
29th Oct '16 3:54:42 PM thelivingtoad
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** 2016's ''Bowie Legacy'', which largely repeats the tracklist of the 2-disc version of ''Nothing Has Changed'', only adding on a couple alternate single edits, a single from ''Heathen'' and two songs from his final album ''Music/{{Blackstar}}''/

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** 2016's ''Bowie Legacy'', which largely repeats the tracklist of the 2-disc version of ''Nothing Has Changed'', only adding on a couple alternate single edits, a single from ''Heathen'' and two songs from his final album ''Music/{{Blackstar}}''/''Music/{{Blackstar}}''.
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