Greatest Hits was Linda Ronstadt's first major compilation album, released at the end of 1976 for the holiday shopping season. It included material from both her Capitol Records and Asylum Records output, and went back to 1967 for The Stone Poneys' hit "Different Drum". It remains the biggest-selling album of Ronstadt's entire career, being certified seven times Platinum (over 7 million US copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America in America alone and has sold nearly 20 million worldwide as of 2014. It peaked at number six on the main Billboard album chart and also reached number two on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, where it remained for over three years.
The album was criticized by the Rolling Stone Record Guide for being "premature", as Ronstadt continued to have great mainstream successes with her next several albums following this one.
This album has never been out of print.
- "You're No Good" (Clint Ballard, Jr.) – 3:40
- "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" (Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds) – 2:20
- "Desperado" (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 3:30
- "Love is a Rose" (Neil Young) – 2:46
- "That'll Be the Day" (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 2:32
- "Long, Long Time" (Gary White) – 4:21
- "Different Drum" (with The Stone Poneys) (Mike Nesmith) – 2:45
- "When Will I Be Loved" (Phil Everly) – 2:05
- "Love Has No Pride" (Eric Kaz, Libby Titus) – 4:10
- "Heat Wave" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:46
- "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Paul Anka) – 3:26
- "Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Warren Moore) – 3:12
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