Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

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Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
Greatest hits album by Megadeth
Released June 28, 2005
Recorded 1984-2000
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal
Length 78:04
Label Capitol, EMI
Megadeth chronology
The System Has Failed
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

Greatest Hits: Back to the Start is the second greatest hits album by Megadeth. It was released on June 28, 2005 by Capitol Records.[1] The title "Back to the Start" is a reference to lyrics in "Rust in Peace...Polaris" from Megadeth's 1990 album Rust in Peace: "The day of final conflict/All pay the price/The third World War rapes peace/Takes life back to the start"

Background and release[edit]

The selection of tracks for the album was largely determined by fans, who voted on songs in polls on the band's website.[2] However, the inclusion of "Kill the King", a track originally released on Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years, was insisted upon by Mustaine.[3] To help promote the release, a new video was made for "Kill the King."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Greatest Hits: Back to the Start reached No. 65 on the U.S. Billboard 200,[4] selling 17,441 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[5] By December 16, 2005, the album had sold about 133,000 copies in the U.S.[6] The album was also certified gold in Canada (for 40,000 copies) in July 2011.[7] On July 23, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, the band was presented with gold plaques by EMI in recognition of the achievement.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blender 3/5 stars [9]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [10]

Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic critiqued the album for being more of a sampler and having a more "balanced" approach to the band's Capitol Records material, rather than focusing on Megadeth's first few records.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length
1. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"   Dave Mustaine Mustaine Rust in Peace (1990) 6:32
2. "In My Darkest Hour"   Mustaine, David Ellefson Mustaine So Far, So Good... So What! (1988) 6:26
3. "Peace Sells"   Mustaine Mustaine Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986) 4:02
4. "Sweating Bullets"   Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction (1992) 5:26
5. "Angry Again"   Mustaine Mustaine Hidden Treasures (1995) 3:47
6. "À Tout le Monde"   Mustaine Mustaine Youthanasia (1994) 4:25
7. "Trust"   Mustaine Mustaine, Marty Friedman Cryptic Writings (1997) 5:12
8. "Kill the King"   Mustaine Mustaine Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (2000) 3:42
9. "Symphony of Destruction"   Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction (1992) 4:06
10. "Mechanix" (2002 Remix) Mustaine Mustaine Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! (1985) 4:21
11. "Train of Consequences"   Mustaine Mustaine Youthanasia (1994) 3:30
12. "Wake Up Dead"   Mustaine Mustaine Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986) 3:38
13. "Hangar 18"   Mustaine Mustaine Rust in Peace (1990) 5:12
14. "Dread and the Fugitive Mind"   Mustaine Mustaine Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (2000) / The World Needs a Hero (2001) 4:23
15. "Skin o' My Teeth"   Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction (1992) 3:15
16. "She-Wolf"   Mustaine Mustaine Cryptic Writings (1997) 3:39
17. "Prince of Darkness"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman Risk (1999) 6:28
Total length:


Limited edition DVD[edit]

  • "Kill the King" - Mega-mix video
  • "Megadeth Live At The Fillmore" intro screen / Prince of Darkness - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • "In My Darkest Hour" - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • "Hangar 18" - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • "Sweating Bullets" - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • "Symphony of Destruction" - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • "Peace Sells" - Live footage, previously unreleased
  • Preview of then-upcoming Arsenal of Megadeth DVD set[citation needed]



The limited edition DVD feature the line-up as Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson and Jimmy Degrasso during the live set.[citation needed]


Year Chart Position
2005 US Billboard 200 65[5]
Finnish Album Charts 21[citation needed]
UK Album Charts 47[citation needed]
Country Certification
Canada Gold[7]


  1. ^ a b "Megadeth: New 'Kill The King' Video Posted Online - June 6, 2005". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Greatest Hits: Back to the Start liner notes. Capitol Records. 2005. pp. 6, 8–9. 
  3. ^ Begrand, Adrien (July 28, 2005). "Megadeth: Greatest Hits: Back to the Start". Popmatters. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start - Megadeth | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Soundscan Report: CKY, Megadeth, Devildriver, Darkest Hour, Throwdown". Roadrunner Records. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Megadeth: Album Sales Update". Roadrunner Records. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Gold and Platinum search results for "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start"". MusicCanada. MusicCanada. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Megadeth Presented With Canadian Gold Plaques For 'Back To The Start'". Roadrunner Records. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Blender Review[dead link]
  10. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason Allmusic Review Retrieved September 28, 2013