The Best Yet

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The Best Yet
Greatest hits album by Switchfoot
Released United States November 4, 2008
Recorded 1996-2008
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 75:51
Label Columbia (Legacy)/Sony Music Entertainment
Credential Recordings
Switchfoot chronology
Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1
(2008)
The Best Yet
(2008)
Hello Hurricane
(2009)
Alternative Covers
Deluxe Edition Cover
Tour Edition Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[2]
Christian Music Today 4/5 stars[3]
Studio Subversion 7/10 stars[4]

The Best Yet is the first "greatest hits" album from alternative rock band Switchfoot, released on November 4, 2008.[5]

Columbia Records, the band's former record label, was the mastermind behind releasing the record, with heavy input concerning the tracklist coming directly from the band itself. "We want to make sure if it's got our name on it (that) it's a product we like," lead singer Jon Foreman explained. "So we're trying to steer (Columbia) in the right direction."[6] A tentative tracklisting was announced August 20, 2008,[7] but the official tracklisting was later announced on the band's official message boards by Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman.[5]

In its first week, The Best Yet sold 4,500 copies, marking it #123 on the Billboard 200 overall chart.

A live DVD titled "The Best Yet: Live in Nashville" was released later.

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Dare You To Move"   Jon Foreman The Beautiful Letdown 4:07
2. "Meant To Live"   Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman The Beautiful Letdown 3:21
3. "Stars"   Jon Foreman Nothing Is Sound 4:21
4. "Oh! Gravity."   Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman Oh! Gravity. 2:32
5. "This is Home" (The Radio Mix) Jon Foreman, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts previously unreleased 3:54
6. "Learning to Breathe"   Jon Foreman Learning to Breathe 4:37
7. "Awakening"   Jon Foreman Oh! Gravity. 4:11
8. "This Is Your Life"   Jon Foreman The Beautiful Letdown 4:20
9. "On Fire"   Jon Foreman, Daniel Victor The Beautiful Letdown 4:41
10. "Only Hope"   Jon Foreman New Way to Be Human 4:15
11. "Dirty Second Hands"   Jon Foreman, Todd Cooper Oh! Gravity. 3:18
12. "Love Is the Movement"   Jon Foreman Learning to Breathe 5:13
13. "Company Car"   Jon Foreman New Way to Be Human 3:14
14. "Lonely Nation"   Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman Nothing Is Sound 3:47
15. "The Shadow Proves the Sunshine"   Jon Foreman Nothing Is Sound 5:07
16. "Concrete Girl"   Jon Foreman The Legend of Chin 5:05
17. "Twenty-Four"   Jon Foreman The Beautiful Letdown 4:53
18. "The Beautiful Letdown"   Jon Foreman The Beautiful Letdown 5:20

Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD Videos[edit]

There is also a Deluxe Edition of "The Best Yet" that was released simultaneously and features music videos from throughout the band's career. It also features audio commentaries spaced throughout, with the band members talking about the songs chosen and the music videos chosen.

Track Listing[edit]

  1. "Dare You to Move"
  2. "Meant to Live"
  3. "Stars"
  4. "Oh! Gravity"
  5. "Awakening"
  6. "We Are One Tonight"
  7. "The Blues"
  8. "Chem 6A"
  9. "Company Car"
  10. "New Way to be Human"
  11. "You Already Take Me There"
  12. "Happy is a Yuppie Word"
  13. "Meant to Live" (Original)
  14. "Dare You to Move" (Alternate)

Tour Edition[edit]

This version is currently available during the band shows. It features less tracks than the normal edition, but is significantly cheaper. Also, it comes in a Discbox Slider instead of a jewel case.

  1. "Dare You to Move"
  2. "Meant to Live"
  3. "This is Your Life"
  4. "Oh! Gravity"
  5. "This is Home"
  6. "Learning to Breathe"
  7. "Stars"
  8. "On Fire"
  9. "Only Hope"
  10. "Awakening"
  11. "The Beautiful Letdown"

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2008 US Billboard 200 #123
2008 Billboard Comprehensive Albums #141

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  3. ^ Christian Music Today review
  4. ^ Studio Subversion review
  5. ^ a b Official News: Tim Foreman Speaks on the Switchfoot "Best Yet" Compilation - Published August 29, 2008 (retrieved August 29, 2008)
  6. ^ Switchfoot Eyeing Spring 2009 For New Album - Published August 1, 2008 (retrieved August 3, 2008)
  7. ^ "The Best Yet" and "Limbs and Branches" news, tracklistings, etc. - Published August 21, 2008 (retrieved August 22, 2008)