Greatest Hits (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Linda Ronstadt
Released December, 1976
Recorded 1967, 1970, 1973-1976
Genre Rock, country rock, folk rock
Length 37:33
Label Asylum
Producer various
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Hasten Down the Wind
Greatest Hits
Simple Dreams
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

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 career, being certified seven times Platinum (over 7 million US copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America[4] in America alone. It has sold nearly 20 million worldwide as of 2014. It peaked at No. 6 on the main Billboard album chart and also reached No. 2 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 record-breaking mainstream successes for many years following this release.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "You're No Good" (Clint Ballard, Jr.) – 3:40
  2. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" (Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds) – 2:20
  3. "Desperado" (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 3:30
  4. "Love is a Rose" (Neil Young) – 2:46
  5. "That'll Be the Day" (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 2:32
  6. "Long, Long Time" (Gary White) – 4:21

Side two[edit]

  1. "Different Drum" (with The Stone Poneys) (Mike Nesmith) – 2:45
  2. "When Will I Be Loved" (Phil Everly) – 2:05
  3. "Love Has No Pride" (Eric Kaz, Libby Titus) – 4:10
  4. "Heat Wave" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:46
  5. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Paul Anka) – 3:26
  6. "Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Warren Moore) – 3:12



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "Searchable Database - Search: Linda Ronstadt". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 

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