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20th Oct '17 3:39:09 AM Sapphirea2
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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 not appeared on an album before, movie theme songs, 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 not appeared on an album before, before (or, in the case of movie theme songs, only on a soundtrack album), 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.
20th Oct '17 3:38:10 AM Sapphirea2
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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 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 not appeared on an album before, movie theme songs, 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.
9th Oct '17 3:14:05 PM Lawman592
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Artists are of mixed feelings about these albums as well. Many artists resist releasing one for fear that once they do, their regular albums will begin to be ignored. (Music/JoniMitchell refused to release compilation albums for many years for this very reason.) Yet they are viewed as a necessary evil, as these provide an easy starting point for fans who are curious about a particular artist's work. Musicians and bands don't always get to decide when to release a greatest-hits album. If an artist is leaving the label and does not own his own back catalog, and if he is successful at all, the label ''will'' release a greatest-hits album - sometimes explicitly against the artist's wishes.

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Artists are of mixed feelings about these albums as well. Many artists resist releasing one for fear that once they do, their regular albums will begin to be ignored. (Music/JoniMitchell refused to release compilation albums for many years for this very reason.) Yet they are viewed as a necessary evil, as these provide an easy starting point for new fans who are curious about a particular artist's work.work but can't afford to buy that artist's entire recorded output (which, in some cases, can be [[ArchivePanic extensive]]). Musicians and bands don't always get to decide when to release a greatest-hits album. If an artist is leaving the label and does not own his own back catalog, and if he is successful at all, the label ''will'' release a greatest-hits album - sometimes explicitly against the artist's wishes.
5th Oct '17 2:13:46 AM jormis29
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1st Oct '17 9:30:42 AM nombretomado
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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 (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 Music/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.Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It". The second is one of the many ICON series CD's (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.
7th Aug '17 2:36:08 PM Murgatroyd314
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* Parodied in ''Pachelbel's Greatest Hit'' ([[OneHitWonder note the lack of an "s"]]), an album containing fifteen different arrangements and adaptations of Music/PachelbelsCanon.
5th Jul '17 7:27:47 AM Piterpicher
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* PearlJam has ''rearviewmirror'', a DistinctDoubleAlbum which closed their contract with Epic\Sony.[[note]]though ironically the label they signed with for their next album, J Records, wound up bought by Sony[[/note]] It has two albums (one with rockers, other with calmer songs), each chronological except the very last song, which reflecting the band's concerts is the usual closer, "Yellow Ledbetter".

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* PearlJam Music/PearlJam has ''rearviewmirror'', a DistinctDoubleAlbum which closed their contract with Epic\Sony.[[note]]though ironically the label they signed with for their next album, J Records, wound up bought by Sony[[/note]] It has two albums (one with rockers, other with calmer songs), each chronological except the very last song, which reflecting the band's concerts is the usual closer, "Yellow Ledbetter".
26th Jun '17 10:25:30 PM bt8257
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A specific type of Compilation Album (also known as a "Best Of" Album), containing successful, previously released songs by a particular music artist or band. It's generally a great way for a band to make a bunch of money without doing any actual new work. It is also a great way for a record label to get a new album from a band who is trying to escape the label ASAP.

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A specific type of Compilation Album (also known as a "Best Of" of" Album), containing successful, previously released songs by a particular music artist or band. It's generally a great way for a band to make a bunch of money without doing any actual new work. It is also a great way for a record label to get a new album from a band who is trying to escape the label ASAP.



* ''[[Music/TheAnthology19471972 The Anthology: 1947-1972]]'' (2000), a posthumous compilation of Music/MuddyWaters songs.

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* ''[[Music/TheAnthology19471972 The Anthology: 1947-1972]]'' ''Music/TheAnthology19471972'' (2000), a posthumous compilation of Music/MuddyWaters songs.
16th May '17 10:48:54 AM MikeK
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* {{Music/Primus}}'s ''They Can't All Be Zingers'', featuring one to three songs each from their first six albums (plus one from the EP included with the ''Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People'' DVD). It can be considered more of a "best of" than a "greatest hits" due to including some album tracks and omitting a couple of official singles. The two missing singles in question are "Lacquer Head" and "Electric Uncle Sam" from ''Antipop'', omitted in favor of "Coattails Of A Dead Man", that album's Music/TomWaits collaboration. This is probably because ''Antipop'' had a mixed critical reception and the band themselves weren't entirely happy with it, but Les Claypool has mentioned liking "Coattails Of A Dead Man".
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.
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