FEATURE: The Very Best of The Superlatives: Eleven Incredible Greatest Hits Collections




The Very Best of The Superlatives


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Eleven Incredible Greatest Hits Collections


IT is around this time of year...


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we are flooded with adverts that promise us particular products are the ‘perfect Christmas gifts’. It can be applied to anything from toiletries to music through to books. It is quite random and vague marketing and, alongside that, we have various albums that are billed as ideal Christmas stocking fillers – despite their being nothing Christmas-related about them. More often than not, these promoted albums are a bit cheesy and most people would not otherwise bother too much with them! It is inevitable that the greatest hits collections are dusted off, shone and put back onto screens as that must-have Christmas collection. One of my happiest Christmas memories was receiving The Beatles’ greatest hits collection, 1. It is all their number-one hits and, as a youngster who grew up around the band, it was/is a C.D. I have played to death! I actually think that the ‘best ofs’ and greatest hits collections are great gifts as it can introduce someone to an artist and is a good, accessible start. As there are a couple more weeks to get your get your Christmas shopping sorted; here are eleven must-own greatest hits collections that would make for superb listening. Maybe you might not be able to afford all – and this is quite a subjective list – but there is so much in the rundown that will delight and stay in the mind. Have a listen to the fantastic albums and, if you are short of a gift idea or two...


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I have some suggestions!



MadonnaThe Immaculate Collection


Release Date: 9th November, 1990

Period Covered: 1983-1990

Number of Songs: 17 (Standard Edition)

Label: Sire

Length: 73:32

Download/Stream: Material Girl; Papa Don’t Preach; Express Yourself

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/5MzwGwnO9gkh0z6Nl4FF8h?si=V0yw9ZZRTYK4IGt8MVEYQA

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Immaculate-Collection-VINYL-Madonna/dp/B07CF6X8QT/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1543826263&sr=8-2&keywords=the+immaculate+collection

Alternative Madonna Greatest Hits: Celebration (two-disc version)

The Best of the Best: Vogue

The Beatles1


Release Date: 13th November, 2000

Period Covered: 1962-1970

Number of Songs: 27 (Original Release)

Labels: Apple/Parlophone; Capitol

Length: 78:39

Download/Stream: She Loves You; Day Tripper; Penny Lane

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/7vEJAtP3KgKSpOHVgwm3Eh?si=m-49akTESAKw3iBlQ4ZCZw

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/1-VINYL-Beatles/dp/B015P76FM4/ref=tmm_vnl_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543826827&sr=8-2

Alternative Beatles Greatest Hits: The Beatles/1962-1966 (The Red Album)

The Best of the Best: Hey Jude


ABBAGold: Greatest Hits

Release Date: 21st September, 1992 (Original Release Date)

Period Covered: 1973-1981

Number of Songs: 19 (Worldwide Edition)

Labels: Polygram; Universal

Length: 77:10

Download/Stream: Dancing Queen; Take a Chance on Me; Waterloo

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2cKZfaz7GiGtZEeQNj1RyR?si=JKO-IbPmSsa6pOlrUlvaow

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Abba-Gold-Greatest-Hits-ABBA/dp/B001KEB1NU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543827029&sr=8-1&keywords=abba+gold

Alternative ABBA Greatest Hits: More ABBA Gold

The Best of the Best: Super Trouper


Michael JacksonThe Essential Michael Jackson


Release Date: 19th July, 2005

Period Covered: 1969-2001

Number of Songs: 38 (European and International Version)

Labels: Epic; Legacy; Sony BMG

Length: 145:06

Download/Stream: Rock with You; Off the Wall; Smooth Criminal

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/77dNyQA0z8dV33M4so4eRY?si=DklCG6H5T4673nz96oPPJQ

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Michael-Jackson/dp/B006I5O3M2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543827602&sr=8-1&keywords=the+essential+michael+jackson

Alternative Michael Jackson Greatest Hits: King of Pop

The Best of the Best: Billie Jean


Kate BushThe Whole Story


Release Date: 10th November, 1986

Period Covered: 1975-1986

Number of Songs: 12

Label: EMI

Length: 48:53

Download/Stream: Wuthering Heights (New Vocal); Cloudbusting; Babooshka

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/0o7IgUEAoOGzsolQgLpnTK?si=DyXF80IkRm2IWAZuSk1Iew

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kate+bush+the+whole+story+cd&sprefix=kate+bush+the+wh%2Caps%2C-1&crid=15VK9JMES3HGN

The Best of the Best: Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)

RadioheadThe Best Of


Release Date: 2nd June, 2008

Period Covered: 1993-2005

Number of Songs: 17

Labels: Parlophone; Capitol

Length: 75:30

Download/Stream: Paranoid Android; Creep; Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Radiohead/dp/B00172MANK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543828224&sr=8-1&keywords=radiohead+best+of

Alternative Radiohead Greatest Hits: The Best Of (two C.D.)

The Best of the Best: Just

Elton John1970-2002


Release Date: 11th November, 2002

Period Covered: 1970-2002

Number of Songs: 34 (European Release)

Label: UTV

Length: 156:46

Download/Stream: Your Song; Crocodile Rock; I’m Still Standing

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Greatest-Hits-1970-2002-Elton-John/dp/B000071WET/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543828474&sr=8-1&keywords=elton+john+Greatest+Hits+1970%E2%80%932002

Alternative Elton John Greatest Hits: Diamonds

The Best of the Best: Tiny Dancer


EaglesTheir Greatest Hits (1971-1975)


Release Date: 17th February, 1976

Period Covered: 1971-1975

Number of Songs: 10

Label: Asylum

Length: 43:08

Download/Stream: Take It Easy; Desperado; One of These Nights

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2Lgsa7jbu86SK5zJVFCh3S?si=EUxcnIvTRoWjhenyrHiVXQ

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Their-Greatest-Hits-1971-1975-Remastered/dp/B00DAP2D2A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1543828791&sr=8-2&keywords=eagles+their+greatest+hits

Alternative Eagles Greatest Hits: The Complete Greatest Hits

The Best of the Best: Lyin’ Eyes


BlurThe Best Of


Release Date: 30th October, 2000

Period Covered: 1990-2000

Number of Songs: 18

Labels: Food; Virgin; Parlophone

Length: 77:08 (Original Release)

Download/Stream: Beetlebum; Coffee & TV; Charmless Man

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1bgkxe4t0HNeLn9rhrx79x?si=DDqRDeQzSaeJKROLIDDZQA

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blur-Best/dp/B001J5H4NG/ref=ice_ac_b_dpb?ie=UTF8&qid=1543829104&sr=8-1&keywords=blur+best+of

The Best of the Best: Parklife


PrinceThe Hits/B-Sides


Release Date: 10th September, 1993

Period Covered: 1976-1993

Number of Songs: 56

Labels: Paisley Park; Warner Bros.

Length: 225:53

Download/Stream: When Doves Cry; 1999; 7

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/3o0o5WPnqfGOeyx3UMJgvO?si=vNpW9rPIQKWCP-s7SxsfgQ

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hits-B-Sides-Explicit-Prince/dp/B002CAEYU8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543829370&sr=8-1&keywords=prince+the+hits

Alternative Prince Greatest Hits: The Very Best of Prince

The Best of the Best: Purple Rain


David BowieBest of Bowie


Release Date: 22nd October, 2002

Period Covered: 1969-2002

Number of Songs: 39

Labels: EMI; Virgin.

Length: 156:20 (U.K. Version)

Download/Stream: Changes; Starman; Rebel Rebel

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2PEAajl89bIS4eWMk7zlbV?si=_Q4lvn2zT7uph0lUFx-tOw

Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Bowie-David/dp/B00006J3KT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543829672&sr=8-1&keywords=david+bowie+greatest+hits+cd

Alternative David Bowie Greatest Hits: Legacy (The Very Best of David Bowie)

The Best of the Best: Heroes