Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish

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Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish
Greatest hits album by Nightwish
Released September 27, 2005
Recorded 1997–2005
Genre Symphonic metal, power metal
Length 78:33 min
Label Spinefarm
Producer Tero Kinnunen
Tuomas Holopainen
Nightwish chronology
Highest Hopes
The Sound of Nightwish Reborn
Singles from Highest Hopes
  1. "Sleeping Sun"
    Released: October 19, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish is the third compilation album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.[2] Their first, Tales from the Elvenpath, was considered incomplete by many fans as it contains only tracks from Oceanborn, Over the Hills and Far Away, Wishmaster and Century Child, leaving out Angels Fall First. This compilation, though, contains songs from all previously released Nightwish albums, plus a cover of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" (live version on the limited edition).[3]

Highest Hopes was released in three different formats: Standard, Special Edition and Extended 2 CD. In addition to the normal version, a special edition was released, omitting the song "Deep Silent Complete" and replacing it with the popular cover version of The Phantom of the Opera theme, it also contains a bonus DVD containing three full songs filmed live at the Mera Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany in 2003.[4]

The Extended Version is a 2-CD compilation with CD1 the same as the Standard Version plus a 2nd CD of eight audio tracks from the Tarja Turunen period and includes a bonus DVD containing ten video tracks; Three full songs ( Tracks 1-3 ) filmed live at the M'era Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany in 2003 ( Identical to the Special Edition Bonus DVD but in an altered running order), three studio videos ( Tracks 4-6 ) and a further four full live songs (Tracks 7-10 ) filmed live at the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany in 2002 . All versions feature a new (2005) recording of the song "Sleeping Sun" and a live version of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" from which this compilation takes its name.[4]

The album was certified platinum in Finland – for sales exceeding 40,000 copies – the same day it was released,[5] and also was gold in Norway with more than 20,000 sold copies.[6] It was also Finland's best-selling album of 2005, having sold more than 65,000 copies, certified with double platinum. Today, it has sold more than 103,000 copies.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wish I Had an Angel" - 4:04
  2. "Stargazers" - 4:26
  3. "The Kinslayer" - 4:02
  4. "Ever Dream" - 4:44
  5. "Elvenpath" - 4:38
  6. "Bless the Child" - 6:12
  7. "Nemo" - 4:35
  8. "Sleeping Sun" (2005 version) - 4:24[8]
  9. "Dead to the World" - 4:19
  10. "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Gary Moore cover) - 5:00
  11. "Sacrament of Wilderness" - 4:11
  12. "Walking in the Air" - 5:27
  13. "Wishmaster" - 4:23
  14. "Dead Boy's Poem" - 6:48
  15. "The Phantom of the Opera" - 4:09
  16. "High Hopes (live Pink Floyd cover) - 7:20

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland 5x Platinum[9]


Chart Peak
Austrian Albums Chart 13[10]
Belgian Ultratop 51[11]
Brazilian Hot 100 25[12]
Czech Albums Chart 20[12]
Danish Albums Chart 56[12]
Dutch MegaCharts 41[13]
Finnish Albums Chart 1[14]
German Albums Chart 17[15]
Greek Albums Chart 1[12]
Mexican Albums Chart 1[12]
Norwegian Albums Chart 5[16]
Polish Music Charts 32[17]
Swedish Albums Chart 14[18]
Swiss Top 100 Albums 10[19]



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