Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits

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Chicago IX:
Chicago's Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Chicago
Released November 10, 1975
Recorded January 1969 - December 1973
Genre Rock
Length 47:18
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago VIII
Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits
Chicago X
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album, and ninth album overall, by the American band Chicago and was released in 1975 by Columbia Records in both stereo (PC 33900) and SQ quadraphonic (PCQ 33900) versions.

Including all of Chicago's biggest hits thus far, this set stretches from their 1969 debut, The Chicago Transit Authority, to 1974's Chicago VII. Chicago VIII and its hits, having only come out just months earlier, were considered too recent to anthologize, while Chicago III's material was overlooked for inclusion because of its lack of truly big hit singles.

Chicago IX proved to be an enormous seller. It reached #1 in the US during a chart stay of 72 weeks.[2] Even though 2002's The Very Best of: Only the Beginning superseded it, Chicago IX was also reissued by Rhino Records, Chicago's current distributor. The album did not chart in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "25 or 6 to 4" (Robert Lamm) – 4:51
  2. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Robert Lamm) – 3:20 CD 2:53 LP/Cassette
    • On the original LP (and cassette) version of IX, most of the intro was cut off.
  3. "Colour My World" (James Pankow) – 2:59
  4. "Just You 'N' Me" (James Pankow) – 3:42
  5. "Saturday in the Park" (Robert Lamm) – 3:54
  6. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Peter Cetera/James Pankow) – 4:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "Make Me Smile" (James Pankow) – 2:59
    • This is the single edit that also includes parts of "Now More Than Ever".
  2. "Wishing You Were Here" (Peter Cetera) – 4:34
  3. "Call on Me" (Lee Loughnane) – 4:02
  4. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (James Pankow) – 4:29
  5. "Beginnings" (Robert Lamm) – 7:51 CD 6:28 LP/Cassette
    • On the original LP version of IX this song was faded out about 1:20 early.


  • John Berg – design
  • Peter Cetera – bass, guitar, lead & background vocals
  • Laudir DeOliveira – percussion
  • Nick Fasciano – logo
  • James William Guercio – producer
  • Terry Kath – guitars, lead & background vocals
  • Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead & background vocals
  • Lee Loughnane – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, background vocals
  • Reid Miles – photography
  • James Pankow – trombone, percussion, background vocals
  • Walter Parazaider – woodwinds, percussion, background vocals
  • Daniel Seraphine – drums, percussion


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 1
Preceded by
Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 13, 1975 - January 16, 1976
Succeeded by
Gratitude by Earth, Wind & Fire


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 71.