5 More Musical Acts Who Deserve A Greatest Hits Release

Five years ago in this space, I wrote about high profile musicians who had earned the privilege of issuing a collection of their hits.  Bands like AC/DC, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica who have accumulated dozens of successful singles over several decades but have never celebrated their ongoing triumphs by gathering them all in proper compilations.

In the half-decade after those two pieces were written, several of the acts I singled out have since put out greatest hits albums.  The Best Of Radiohead, Absolute Garbage, Closer:  The Best Of Sarah McLachlan and Iron Man 2 (which features 15 AC/DC hits), to name just a smattering of examples.

Well, it’s time once again to make the case for more hits packages.  Here are five more musical acts ready to join a long list of legends.


Back in 2000, you couldn’t escape Yellow.  It was all over the radio and TV.  Who knew there’d be more where that came from?

Led by the self-deprecating Chris Martin, this sterling British quartet has since gone on to become one of the most successful bands in the last decade.  Yellow, their third A-Side, was the first to connect.  Then came Trouble.  Both tracks were taken from their multi-platinum debut full-length, Parachutes.

Two years later, In My Place, The Scientist and Clocks all hit the Top 10 in their native land.  All were big reasons why A Rush Of Blood To The Head became such an acclaimed record.

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, Coldplay issued X & Y which spawned Speed Of Sound, Fix You, Talk, The Hardest Part and the criminally overlooked White Shadow.

As the music industry continued to struggle thanks to the proliferation of digital downloading and diminishing CD sales, Coldplay continued to thrive.  Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, like all their previous albums, became a multi-platinum international sensation due in no small part to a succession of great singles like Viva La Vida (their only American number one), Violet Hill, Lost! and Lovers In Japan. 

Even the follow-up EP, Prospekt’s March, found a decent-sized audience after the release of Life In Technicolour II, a lyricized version of the instrumental that appears on Vida, and Lost+, which features a cool rap by Jay-Z.

With a new album coming later this year, the band are on the singles charts again with Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall which has already reached the Top 10 in the UK and Top 20 in America.  Place all of these hit songs on one CD (plus any others I’ve forgotten) and you’ve got one hell of a compilation.

Kelly Clarkson

Despite being on the air for a decade and inspiring countless imitators, American Idol really hasn’t produced many longterm success stories.  I can count on one hand the number of performers who broke through on the show and continue to have a career today.

This Texas cutie is one of them.  The winner of the first season when it was a moderately successful summer replacement in 2002 has managed to have hit after hit after hit long after her big victory.

You could easily fill one CD with all her big singles.  Start with A Moment Like This, her first chart topper, and work your way through all the hits from her four studio albums.  You’ve got Miss Independent, Low and The Trouble With Love Is (from Thankful); Breakaway, Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Because Of You and Walk Away (from Breakaway); Never Again and Sober (from My December); and My Life Would Suck Without You (her second number one), I Do Not Hook Up and Already Gone (from All I Ever Wanted).

Throw in a couple of hit duets (a cover of Shania Twain’s Because Of You with Reba McEntire and Don’t You Wanna Stay with Jason Aldean) and you’ve got a hits package Clarkson fans will spin for years and years to come.  In the meantime, look for her next studio album later this year.


When this Bootylicious singer made her first solo album at the height of Destiny Child’s fame, it spelled the beginning of the end for the trio.  (They split up for good in 2006.)  Meanwhile, the Diana Ross of the group has rarely flopped on her own.

Crazy In Love (which features her husband Jay-Z), Baby Boy (with Sean Paul), Check On It (with Slim Thug), Irreplaceable and Single Ladies all hit number one.  Add to those five chart toppers Me Myself And I, Naughty Girl, Deja Vu (another hit with Jay-Z), Ring The Alarm, Beautiful Liar (with Shakira), If I Were A Boy, Diva, Halo, Ego, Sweet Dreams, Run The World (Girls) and Best Thing I Never Had, and that’s quite a list of popular songs.  The last two are from her current release, 4, which may spin off even more hits in the near future.

And that list doesn’t even include her guest appearances on other people’s songs like Jay-Z’s 03 Bonnie & Clyde and Telephone (with Lady Gaga).  Put it all together and Beyonce might need two discs to store all her hit singles.  Not bad for someone who turns 30 in September.

Linkin Park

At the start of the last decade, it was still possible to have a Diamond album.  This nu metal outfit from California proved it with Hybrid Theory which has sold at least 10 million copies since the fall of 2000, half of which happened in 2001.  (It was the biggest seller that year.  The Beatles’ 1 was number two.) Ever since, the band has seen their next four albums receive either Gold or Platinum certifications.

None of that would’ve happened without big radio hits.  All of them should be thrown onto a singles compilation.  You’ve got One Step Closer, Crawling, Paper Cut and In The End (a number two smash, their biggest hit on the Hot 100) from Hybrid Theory; Pts. Of .Athrty from Reanimation; Somewhere I Belong, Faint, Numb, Lying From You, and Breaking The Habit (all number one Alt-Rock chart toppers) from Meteora; Numb/Encore (with Jay-Z) from Collision Course; What I’ve Done, Bleed It Out, Shadow Of The Day, Given Up and Leave Out All The Rest from Minutes To Midnight; and The Catalyst, Waiting For The End and Iridescent from last year’s A Thousand Suns.

Throw in their Top 10 hit, New Divide, from the second Transformers soundtrack and there’s your compilation.

Alicia Keys

Coldplay and Linkin Park weren’t the only new acts of 2000 to have a great decade.  This Manhattanite did even better.  Her very first single, Fallin’, topped the Hot 100 that year, as did No One in 2007.  Her brilliant collaboration with Jay-Z (the busiest man in music) on Empire State Of Mind and her duet with Usher on the track My Boo were also number one blockbusters.

Ten other singles cracked the Top 40:  Gangsta Lovin’ (with Eve, it peaked at number two), A Woman’s Worth, You Don’t Know My Name, If I Ain’t Got You, Diary (with Tony! Toni! Tone!), Karma, Unbreakable, Like You’ll Never See Me Again, Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart, and Un-Thinkable. 

If there’s room, add these four R&B radio hits to the list:  How Come You Don’t Call Me, Teenage Love Affair, Superwoman and Doesn’t Mean Anything.

Put it all together and you’ve got a collection that will disappoint none of her fans.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
1:30 a.m.

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