Greatest Hits (Billy Idol album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Billy Idol
Released 27 March 2001 (2001-03-27)
Recorded 1981–1993
Genre New wave, punk, hard rock, post-punk
Length 71:50
Label Capitol
Billy Idol chronology
Cyberpunk
(1993)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
VH1 Storytellers
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is a compilation of Billy Idol's most popular singles, released by Capitol Records in 2001. The album includes two previously-unreleased tracks: a live recording of one of his most popular songs, "Rebel Yell", plus a new version of Idol's longtime producer Keith Forsey's "Don't You (Forget About Me)". Although Forsey originally wrote the song with Idol in mind,[citation needed] Idol turned it down and eventually the song was given to Simple Minds who would go on to make it a worldwide hit in 1985. Greatest Hits was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2005.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Dancing With Myself"   4:50
2. "Mony Mony"   5:01
3. "Hot in the City"   3:33
4. "White Wedding"   4:12
5. "Rebel Yell"   4:46
6. "Eyes Without a Face"   4:57
7. "Flesh for Fantasy"   4:37
8. "Catch My Fall"   3:41
9. "To Be a Lover"   3:52
10. "Don't Need a Gun" (Single Edit) 5:23
11. "Sweet Sixteen"   4:14
12. "Cradle of Love"   4:38
13. "L.A. Woman" (Single Edit) 4:03
14. "Shock to the System"   3:36
15. "Rebel Yell" (Live and acoustic) 5:35
16. "Don't You (Forget About Me)"   4:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 43
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[4] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 12
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 30
US Billboard 200[11] 74

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[12] Gold 18,526[12]
Germany (BVMI)[13] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[14] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[15] Gold 25,000*
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RIAA database
  3. ^ "Billy Idol – Greatest Hits" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 19 / 2001 - Hitlisten". Hitlisten.nu. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Billy Idol: Greatest Hits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Billy Idol Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Billy Idol. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  12. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Billy Idol; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "IFPI Norsk Platebransje" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 8 April 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH