Having a collection of songs from your favorite band, or an album by a great pop star, can be an invaluable addition to your music collection. But the question of who has the greatest hits album of all time is not easy to answer.
The list of greatest hits albums spans several genres, including rock, blues, pop, and country. It is updated from time to time.
The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is considered by many to be the greatest greatest hits album of all time. The album includes nine singles from the band’s previous albums. It is also the best selling greatest hits album of all time.
The Beach Boys’ 1974 album is certified three-time platinum by the RIAA. It is the longest-charting greatest hits album of all time. The album consists of 15 tracks that fans chose for the album.
Smash Hits was released in the U.S. in 1968. It features a variety of great hits, including “Purple Haze,” “All Along the Watchtower,” and “Fire.”
David Bowie released LPs as well. His albums were designed to be listened to all at once. Although he had some non-album singles, these were generally released on compilations only in the U.S. ‘Legend’ spent 465 weeks in the Billboard Hot 200.
A few artists carried on the tradition of greatest hits albums. For example, ABBA’s “Gold: Greatest Hits” sold almost as many copies in the U.S. as it did in the U.K.