Greatest Hit's Albums That Are Missing Significant Hits

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  1. Remington Steele

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    Not including albums that came out before the band had more hits, you will notice some Hits albums with obvious hit single omissions.
    Take 1977's The Greatest Of The Guess Who, which is missing No Sugar Tonight and Share The Land, two staples of their hit cannon.
    Or Bob Seger's Greatest Hits album from 1994, missing some huge hits like Shame On The Moon, Fire Lake and Shakedown, which was a #1 on billboard.
    And Billy Joel's Greatest Hits 1 & 2, a double album on cd and still it doesn't have Honesty or Don't Ask Me Why (depending on the cd version), either of which were big hits.
    And Don't Forget Pat Benetar's Best Shots, missing Sex As A Weapon and her cover of John Mellemcamp's I Need A Lover that would become an AOR hit.
    In each case they could have either found space on the album for inclusion (like on The Guess Who's Greatest) or omitted lesser known and/or newly recorded songs (live the live track on Best Shots or the new tracks on the Seger Greatest) to make space.
    Any other good examples?
     
  2. Ron Stone

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    Note that many of the examples you listed were authored by someone other than the artist. When an artist released a greatest hits album, it often cannibalized the sales of all albums previous to the comp. Therefore artists (or their management) were reluctant to include covers and outside material, as it would cut into the publishing royalties of what would likely be the biggest selling album of their career.
     
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  3. JPagan

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    REO Speedwagon's The Hits is missing Keep The Fire Burnin'.
     
  4. scobb

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    The laughing gnome, understandably, doesn’t appear on any bowie greatest hits (no 3 in the uk)!
     
  5. TheLazenby

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    The 90's CD of Queen's Greatest Hits drops "Bohemian Rhapsody."
     
  6. Remington Steele

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    That would definitely make it more fascinating than just the songs that the rock radio stations play.
     
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  7. Hershiser

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    Duran Duran’s Decade not including “New Moon on Monday”.
     
  8. andy749

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    Who - Meaty Beaty... "Call Me Lightning" . Top 40 hit in US.
     
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  9. TwinChargers

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    The Foo Fighters Greatest Hits does not include "I'll Stick Around"
     
  10. MusicNBeer

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    Bad Company 10 from 6, missing "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and "Rock Steady".
     
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  11. johnHS

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    Should be called 10 from 5. Nothing from Burning Sky.
     
  12. johnHS

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    Every Breath You Take-The Singles is missing Synchronicity II and the original don’t stand so close to me
     
  13. MusicNBeer

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    Journey greatest hits missing "Feeling That Way" and "Stone in Love". That's all I know. I hate greatest hits.
     
  14. JPagan

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    Huey Lewis And The News Time Flies... skips Jacob's Ladder (US #1) and several other hits in favor of 5 (admittedly quite decent) new compositions.
     
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  15. JamesRR

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    Elton John's original greatest hits album on vinyl in the UK didn't include Bennie and the Jets.
     
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  16. Mike Reynolds

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    Why the title track from that album isn't on 10 From 6 exscapes (<-- sic, I know :D) me. That was certainly a significant hit song.
     
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  17. TwinChargers

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits omits "Jammin' Me"
     
  18. Mike Reynolds

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    Yeah, but the UK version had "Candle In The Wind" instead. That's a win in my book. I never understood the popularity of "Bennie And The Jets" or "Border Song". And 45 years later I still don't.

    Had "The Bitch Is Back" and either "Levon" or "Tiny Dancer" been used instead of "Bennie And The Jets" and "Border Song", that would have been a Helluva Greatest Hits album.
     
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  20. ZiltoidtheOmniscient

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    It's been mentioned before but not having Listen to what the Man Said on Wings Greatest was odd.
     
  21. dmiller458

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    Neither one of those songs made the Hot 100.

    Journey
     
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  22. ZiltoidtheOmniscient

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    Bennie is one of the most annoying songs ever
     
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  23. Monosterio

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    Madonna’s Immaculate Collection excludes “Angel,” “Dress You Up” and “True Blue”—all top 5 U.S. hits.
     
  24. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    While Stone In Love was released as a single, it only charted as a single in the UK.
     
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  25. dmiller458

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    It wasn't a big hit in the UK. It only peaked at number 37, and that was two and a half years after it hit number one in the US.
     
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