The Best... Album in the World...Ever!

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The Best... Album in the World...Ever!
Compilation album series by Various artists
Label Circa Records, Virgin Records, EMI
Compiler Ashley Abram (compiled most editions)

The Best... Album in the World...Ever! is a compilation album brand from Circa Records (trading under the 'strategic marketing' brand name of EMI/Virgin Records). Usually the album's title is made of the main title, genre and maybe issue number (so albums would include The Best Ibiza Album in the World...Ever!, The Best Rock Album in the World...Ever! etc.), however on a number of indie music collections the genre aspect was replaced by a full list of artist names. Due to this, these were just normally listed as The Best Album in the World...Ever!.

Although most albums use the Album in the World...Ever! suffix, some towards the late 1990s change the suffix to Anthems...Ever!, with a plural on the theme (example the album The Best Celtic Anthems...Ever!). Some even just use ...Ever! as a suffix (such as The Best TV Ads...Ever!)

Many of the albums in the series were compiled by Ashley Abram.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The series started with The Best...Dance Album in the World...Ever! (1993) which was a success. The Dance strand lead to a fourteen volume subseries. Other more successful subseries were Air Guitar, Sixties, Club Anthems and the aforementioned alternative rock Best...Album in the World Evers.

The Best Club Anthems...Ever!, featuring house, big beat, techno and electronica was released in 1997, and there have been 16 sequels. One difference from The Best Dance Album in the World..Ever! and The Best Club Anthems...Ever series is that Club Anthems originally had its tracks mixed, although this stopped beginning with 2003's Very Best Club Anthems release.

The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever!, referred to in retrospect as Air Guitar I, released 5 November 2001, was compiled by Brian May. A sequel was released in November 2002 and another in November 2003, the latter proclaiming itself to be the last Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever!. Both sequels were again compiled by Brian May. In 2005, a 3CD The Best of the Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! was released. Whilst Air Guitar III proclaimed to be the final volume, the liner notes written by May in The Best of the Best start with "OK, we lied."

The series was immensely popular, and all of the volumes performed well in the album charts. The series started to become subject to popular culture parodies, as spoof band Shirehorses titled their first album from 1997 The worst...album in the world...ever...EVER!. Blur, who appeared on some of the albums in the series, were originally going to title their 2000 compilation Blur: The Best of as Best Blur Album in the World Ever.

The series originally featured a globe on each album cover, to represent the world, as referred to in the album titles. When the Anthems...Ever! and the simply ...Ever! titles started to appear in 1997, the globe didn't usually appear on the cover. The globe continued to be featured on in the World...Ever! covers nonetheless, although in 2001–02, it started to become absent from the album covers of in the World...Ever! albums too, as it is absent from the Air Guitar covers and one of the Dance covers.

List of compilations in the series[edit]

1993 The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Part 1
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Part 2
1994 The Best Country Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Rock 'n' Roll Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 3
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 4
The Best Reggae Album in the World... Ever!
1995 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Punk Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Party Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! Vol. II
The Best Dance Album in the World... 95!
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 5
The Best Funk Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best 80s Album in the World... Ever!
1996 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 3
The Best Opera Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Sixties Album in the World... Ever! Vol. II
The Best Rap Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Irish Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Swing Album in the World... Ever! Vol. I
The Best Swing Album in the World... Ever! Vol. II
The Best Punk Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 6
The Best Jazz Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Footie Anthems in the World... Ever!
1997 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 5
The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 6
The Best... Anthems... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best... Anthems... Ever! Vol. 2
The Best Disco Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Sixties Album in the World... Ever! Vol. III
The Best Sixties Album in the World... Ever! Vol. IV
The Best Seventies Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 7
The Best Scottish Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Summer Album in the World... Ever!
Spice Girls Present The Best Girl Power Album ..Ever!
The Best Funk Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
1998 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 7
The Best... Anthems... Ever! Vol. 3
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 8
The Best Disco Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
The Best Seventies Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
The Best Glam Rock Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Ska Album in the World... Ever!
The Best 90's Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Party Megamix Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Workout Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Girl Power Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Chart Hits Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Country Ballads in the World... Ever!
1999
The Best... Anthems... Ever! Vol. 4
The Best Choral Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Blue Note Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Belly Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 9
The Best Classical Album of the Millennium... Ever!
The Best Sixties Love Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Pepsi Chart Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Latin Party Album in the World... Ever!
The Best ...and Friends Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Club Anthems 99... Ever!
The Best Christmas Album in the World...Ever!
The Best House Anthems... Ever!
The Best Love Songs... Ever!
The Best Celtic Anthems... Ever!
The Best Hip Hop Anthems... Ever!
The Most Relaxing Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Kid's Party in the World... Ever!
2000 The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 10
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! 2000
The Best Ibiza Anthems... Ever! 2k
The Best Latino Carnival Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Pepsi Chart Album in the World... Ever! 2000
The Best Proms Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Comedy Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Cuban Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Summer Holiday Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Arabic Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Arabic Love Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Easy Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Jukebox Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Pub Jukebox in the World... Ever!
The Best Blues Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Trance Anthems... Ever!
The Best Club Anthems... Ever! 2k
The Best Mix... Ever!
The Best Millennium Party... Ever!
The Best TV Ads... Ever!
2001 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! Vol. I
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 11
2002 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! Vol. II
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! 2002
The Best Arabian Nights Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 1
The Best Italian Album in the World... Ever!
2003 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! Vol. III
The Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Panpipes Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Arabian Nights Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 3
The Best Dance Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 13
The Best Tango Album in the World... Ever!
2004 The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World... Ever!
The Best Classical Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Line Dancing Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Folk Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Heavy Metal Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Latin Jazz Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Khaleeji Album in the World... Ever!
2005 The Best Military Bands Album In The World... Ever!
The Best Gospel Album In The World... Ever!
The Best of the Best Air Guitar Albums in the World... Ever!
The Best Arabian Nights Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 4
The Best Arabian Nights Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 5
2006 The Best Disney Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Arabian Nights Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 6
The Best Baroque Album in the World... Ever!
The Best ...and Friends Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 2
2007 The Best Kids Xmas Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Karaoke Album in the World... Ever!
The Best Unofficial Footie Anthems... Ever!
2008 The Best Arabian Nights Album in the World... Ever! Vol. 7

Main titles[edit]

Below is a list of some of the titles in the series.

The Best... Album in the World... Ever![edit]

These albums have the genre of indie music.

These albums finished in 1998, although the series was picked up again in 2001 under a new name, The Album:.

The brand new The Album: series spawned six more volumes (although a hiatus was present in two of its five active years)

Volume 1 (1995)[edit]

VTDCD 58

  • There are 28 credited artists in the full title of the album.

Volume 2 (1996)[edit]

VTDCD 76

  • "Blue Monday" has been shortened slightly from its original 12" version, while the following track "How Soon is Now?" has been extended slightly. Both songs come to approx. 6:40 in length.
  • There are 28 credited artists in the full title of the album.

Volume 3 (1996)[edit]

VTDCD 084

  • The Prodigy are credited as simply 'Prodigy'. The Chemical Brothers are credited as simply 'Chemical Brothers'.
  • Although the Dave Clarke remix of "Chemical Beats" is featured, this is only mentioned in the booklet, and the back cover just simply lists "Chemical Beats" without mention of the remix.
  • There are 28 credited artists in the full title of the album.

Volume 4 (1996)[edit]

VTDCD 096

  • The Chemical Brothers are credited as simply Chemical Brothers
  • "Born Slippy .NUXX" is credited as simply "Born Slippy", although it is not "Born Slippy", as this is a completely different song by Underworld. It can be found on the previous volume of the series.
  • There are 26 artists credited in the full title of the album.

Volume 5 (1997)[edit]

  1. Pulp – "Sorted for Es and Wizz"
  2. Kula Shaker – "Tattva"
  3. Oasis – "Live Forever"
  4. Manic Street Preachers – "Everything Must Go"
  5. Blur – "Beetlebum"
  6. Placebo – "Nancy Boy"
  7. Apollo 440 – "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Dub"
  8. The Prodigy – "Breathe"
  9. Fun Lovin' Criminals – "Scooby Snacks"
  10. Mansun – "Wide Open Space"
  11. Depeche Mode – "Barrel of a Gun"
  12. Garbage – "Milk"
  13. Skunk Anansie – "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)"
  14. Suede – "Beautiful Ones"
  15. The Supernaturals – "The Day Before Yesterday's Man"
  16. Bennet – "Mum's Gone to Iceland"
  17. Sleeper – "Nice Guy Eddie"
  18. Shed Seven – "Getting Better"
  19. Presidents of the USA – "Lump"
  20. Geneva – "Into the Blue"
  21. Underworld – "Pearl's Girl"
  22. Paul Weller – "Out of the Sinking"
  23. Oasis – "Roll with It"
  24. Ocean Colour Scene – "The Riverboat Song"
  25. R.E.M. – "What's the Frequency Kenneth"
  26. Deep Purple – "Hush"
  27. Cast – "Flying"
  28. Space – "Dark Clouds"
  29. The Lightning Seeds – "Lucky You"
  30. The La's – "There She Goes"
  31. Dodgy – "Good Enough"
  32. White Town – "Your Woman"
  33. Babybird – "Candy Girl"
  34. 808 State and James Dean Bradfield – "Lopez"
  35. The Aloof – "One Night Stand"
  36. Radiohead – "Fake Plastic Trees"
  37. Longpigs – "Lost Myself"
  38. Terrorvision – "Easy"
  39. The Stone Roses – "I Am the Resurrection"
  • There are 22 credited artists in the full title of the album.

Volume 6 (1997)[edit]

  1. Radiohead – "Paranoid Android"
  2. Blur – "Song 2"
  3. Supergrass – "Richard III"
  4. Foo Fighters – "This Is a Call"
  5. eels – "Novocaine for the Soul"
  6. The Charlatans – "North Country Boy"
  7. Cast – "Free Me"
  8. Manic Street Preachers – "Australia"
  9. Kula Shaker – "Hey Dude"
  10. Pulp – "Disco 2000"
  11. Monaco – "What Do You Want from Me"
  12. The Supernaturals – "Smile"
  13. John Lydon – "Sun"
  14. 3 Colours Red – "Copper Girl"
  15. Fun Lovin' Criminals – "King of New York"
  16. Sneaker Pimps – "6 Underground"
  17. Depeche Mode – "Home"
  18. Primal Scream – "Star"
  19. Skunk Anansie – "Brazen (Weep)"
  20. The Chemical Brothers – "Setting Sun"
  21. Republica – "Ready to Go"
  22. Reef – "Place Your Hands"
  23. Bush – "Swallowed"
  24. Teenage Fanclub – "Ain't That Enough"
  25. The Stone Roses – "Made of Stone"
  26. Suede – "Lazy"
  27. Ether – "If You Really Want to Know"
  28. Geneva – "Tranquilizer"
  29. Mansun – "She Makes My Nose Bleed"
  30. Embrace – "The Last Gas"
  31. Ben Folds Five – "Battle of Who Could Care Less"
  32. My Life Story – "Strumpet"
  33. Hurricane#1 – "Just Another Illusion"
  34. Placebo – "Bruise Pristine"
  35. Kenickie – "Punka"
  36. The Future Sound of London – "We Have Explosive"
  37. Fluke – "Absurd"
  38. Super Furry Animals – "Hermann Loves Pauline"
  39. The Verve – "On Your Own"
  40. Dodgy – "Staying out for the Summer"
  • There are 25 credited artists in the title.
  • Having given Oasis two songs on every album in the series, this is the first volume not to feature any of the bands' music; it does however feature The Chemical Brothers' "Setting Sun" which is co-written by Noel Gallagher and features him on lead vocals. The following Volume 7 also featured no Oasis songs.

Volume 7 (1998)[edit]

  • Unusual for compilation albums, the "Brimful of Asha" featured on disc two is the original version, not the Norman Cook remix which reached #1 in the UK charts.
  • The band Air are credited as Air French Band.
  • There are 16 credited artists in the full title of the album.
  • This volume features repeats of songs featured in previous volumes from the series; The Stone Roses' "What The World Is Waiting For" featured on Volume 3, and Mansun's "Wide Open Space" featured on Volume 5.

The Best Funk Album in the World...Ever![edit]

This is a double tape or CD compilation of 70s funk and blaxploitation soundtrack music. The album is a de facto follow up to the EMI/Virgin release Superfunk (compilation album) though it was decided to list the album under the stronger Best..Ever brand name.

The concept of the album is similar to the Harmless collections and to BMG Global TV's Blaxplotation album series.

The Best Christmas Album in the World... Ever![edit]

This is a Double CD Christmas album of various Christmas music Originally Released in 1996. A new edition has been released, The Best Christmas Album in the World... Ever! (new edition).

The Best...Anthems...Ever![edit]

A 2-CD compilation released in 1997.

  • "Born Slippy .NUXX" is credited as "Born Slippy".

The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever![edit]

These were a series of albums compiled by Brian May from Queen that ran from 2001 to 2005. Despite the first volume only entering at #5, it achieved at least Gold status, whilst the second volume received Platinum status.

Volume 1 (2001)[edit]

The first volume was released 5 November 2001, and entered the compilations charts at #5. It featured twenty tracks on CD1 and twenty one on CD2. It opens with an exclusive version of the Queen song "Tie Your Mother Down" subtitled "(Air Guitar Edit)", which features a different intro (a snippet of the song "We Will Rock You") than the original version (which was sometimes credited separately from the song). Also on the album was another Queen song, "Bohemian Rhapsody", the four-minute edit of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Freebird", and many other songs, including a rare appearance from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Volume 2 (2002)[edit]

After the success of volume 1, the second volume was released November 2002. Like volume 1, there was an exclusive on the album: Brian May's cover of "God Save the Queen" recorded on top of Buckingham Palace in 2002. Also featured was Queen's "One Vision" and many pop punk and nu-metal songs which were fairly recent at the time of release. Brian May had help in compiling the album from several other musicians, alongside Ashley Abram (who normally compiles all The Best...Ever! series).

Volume 3 (2003)[edit]

Volume 3 was released November 2003. Intended to be "the last Air guitar album in the world... ever!" according to the liner notes, there was later a "best of the best" album. Volume 3 featured a rare recording of the Pink Floyd song "Have a Cigar" by the Foo Fighters with Brian May. Queen's "Now I'm Here" also featured. The liner notes feature small quotes about each song/artist by May. Volumes 1 & 2 also did this, but focused mainly on the guitarist, rather than the song.

US repackage of Volume 1 (2003)[edit]

In 2003, the success of Volume 1 meant the album was released in the US by Hollywood Records. It was given the new name World's Greatest Air Guitar Album. The album cover featured the same image, but was moved, alongside the new album text.

Volumes I & II (2003)[edit]

Following the success of Volume 2, Volumes 1 and 2 were compiled into a box set, released in the same original CD boxes, but a slipcase had been placed over them displaying new artwork. The cover subtitles the set 4 CD Deluxe Limited Edition.

Best of the Best (2005)[edit]

In 2005, the series returned with a 3-CD album titled The Best of the Best Air Guitar Albums in the World Ever. Due to the fact volume 3 claimed to be the last volume, The liner notes (written by Brian May) note "OK, we lied". Most of the songs had already appeared on volumes 1, 2 & 3, but there were some which didn't, such as The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" and an exclusive Queen + Paul Rodgers live performance of "Fat Bottomed Girls".

Other[edit]

  • The first two volumes were re-released in 2006.
  • The first volume was re-released in Portugal in 2002 with new artwork.
  • In 2004, a 1-disc edited version of the first volume was released to unknown ventures with different artwork.

The Best Scottish Album in the World...Ever![edit]

This album was released 9 June 1997. It is notable for being perhaps the only widely available compilation album that features Wolfstone, who feature with their song "Battle", credited as "The Battle". At the end of the second disc is the Dunblane cover of the song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". All royalties from the recording of this song were sent to charities. The previous compilation Hits 97 also sent royalties from the song to charity.

The Best Driving Anthems in the World...Ever![edit]

This is a CD compilation of power ballads. Several editions have been released since the first album, Power Ballads – The Greatest Driving Anthems in the World... Ever!, was released in 2004.

The Best Club Anthems in the World ...Ever![edit]

This is a sub-series in the seies which ran from 1997 to 2006.

Here is a list of albums in the series:

  1. The Best Club Anthems in the World ...Ever! (1997)
  2. The Best Club Anthems in the World ...Ever! 2 (1997)
  3. The Best Club Anthems in the World ...Ever! III (1998)
  4. The Best Club Anthems 99 ...Ever! (1999)
  5. The Best Club Anthems 2000 (1999)
  6. The Best Club Anthems 2K ...Ever! (2000)
  7. The Best Club Anthems 2001 (2000)
  8. The Best Club Anthems 2002 (2002)
  9. The Best Club Anthems Summer 2002 (2002)
  10. The Best Club Anthems 2003 (2002)
  11. The Very Best Club Anthems ...Ever! (2003)
  12. The Best Club Anthems 2004 (2004)
  13. The Best Club Anthems 2005 (2005)
  14. The Best Club Anthems 05 (2005)
  15. The Best Club Anthems Classics (2005)
  16. The Best Club Anthems 2006 (2006)
  17. The Best Club Anthems 80s Anthems (2006)
  • Every album from the first volume to The Best Club Anthems 2003 was digitally mixed. Starting with The Very Best Club Anthems ...Ever!, The songs were unmixed.
  • The same album also started another tradition which was slightly different packaging. Previous volumes featured a border on the cover with small circles in each corner, although this new tradition was short, and the border re-appeared for the last three albums in the series, starting with The Best Club Anthems Classics.
  • The series was very successful. It offered a third alternative to the Now Dance series, with the other alternative being The Best Dance Album series.

See also[edit]