20 Greatest Hits (Kenny Rogers album)

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20 Greatest Hits
20 Greatest Hits Kenny.jpg
Greatest hits album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Country
Length 72:51
Label Liberty Records
Kenny Rogers chronology
We've Got Tonight
(1983)
20 Greatest Hits
(1983)
Eyes That See in the Dark
(1983)

20 Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Kenny Rogers released by Liberty Records in 1983.

Overview[edit]

20 Greatest Hits marks Rogers' third compilation album as a solo artist. This compilation covers the entire span of Rogers' glorious chart run through the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Among the 20 tracks on the album is Rogers' early smash hit "Lucille", which made Rogers a world-famous solo superstar. "The Gambler" – Rogers' chart-topping story song – also makes an appearance. The single that first appeared on Rogers' first solo Greatest Hits collection in 1980, "Lady" also makes it onto the album, as does "Love Lifted Me" from 1976 (his first solo single in ten years following his split with The First Edition).

Also included are popular duets with Sheena Easton ("We've Got Tonight"), Kim Carnes ("Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer"), and Dottie West ("Till I Can Make It on My Own").

Based on hit singles from the Billboard charts, this is the strongest Kenny Rogers single disc compilation album released. Another version came in 1987 (see below). It was also re-released on CD in 1994.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
1. "Lucille" Roger Bowling/Hal Bynum 1977 – Kenny Rogers 3:38
2. "Lady" Lionel Richie 1980 – Greatest Hits 3:54
3. "Love Lifted Me" Preston Ross/Howard Smith 1976 – Love Lifted Me 3:43
4. "We've Got Tonight" (with Sheena Easton) Bob Seger 1983 – We've Got Tonight 3:51
5. "Scarlet Fever" Mike Dekle 1983 – We've Got Tonight 3:57
6. "Love or Something Like It" Steve Glassmeyer/Rogers 1978 – Love or Something Like It 2:51
7. "She Believes In Me" Steve Gibb 1978 – The Gambler 4:09
8. "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town" Mel Tillis 1969 – Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town with The First Edition 2:59
9. "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (with Kim Carnes) Kim Carnes/Dave Ellingson 1980 – Gideon 4:00
10. "You Were a Good Friend" Carnes/Ellingson 1980 – Gideon 3:54
11. "The Gambler" Don Schlitz 1978 – The Gambler 3:32
12. "Through the Years" Steve Dorff/Marty Panzer 1981 – Share Your Love 4:21
13. "Daytime Friends" Ben Peters 1977 – Daytime Friends 3:08
14. "You Decorated My Life" Debbie Hupp/Bob Morrison 1979 – Kenny 3:37
15. "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" (with Dottie West) George Richey/Billy Sherrill/Tammy Wynette 1979 – Classics 3:19
16. "Reuben James" Barry Etris/Alex Harvey 1969 – Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town with The First Edition 2:45
17. "Coward of the County" Bowling/Billy Edd Wheeler 1979 – Kenny 4:17
18. "I Don't Need You" Rick Christian 1981 – Share Your Love 3:27
19. "Something's Burning" Mac Davis original version from the 1970 album Something's Burning with The First Edition 3:49
20. "Love Will Turn You Around" David Malloy/Rogers/Thom Schuyler/Even Stevens 1982 – Love Will Turn You Around 3:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 16
U.S. Billboard 200 22
Australian Albums Chart[1] 2
Canadian RPM Top Albums 29

Reissue[edit]

25 Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Country
Length 93:17
Label Liberty Records
Kenny Rogers chronology
I Prefer the Moonlight
(1987)
25 Greatest Hits
(1987)
Greatest Hits
(1988)

In 1987, Liberty issued a new disc featuring five additional tracks, covering Rogers' newest hits up to that point. The new tracks are the last five, including the title single "Love Is What We Make It" and "Sweet Music Man", the latter penned by Rogers himself.

Track listing[edit]

Track times differ from the 1983 release and all tracks are re-presented here.
  1. Lucille
  2. Lady
  3. Love Lifted Me
  4. We've Got Tonight
  5. Scarlet Fever
  6. Love or Something Like It
  7. She Believes in Me
  8. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  9. Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer
  10. You Were a Good Friend
  11. Gambler
  12. Through the Years
  13. Daytime Friends
  14. You Decorated My Life
  15. 'Til I Can Make It on My Own
  16. Reuben James
  17. Coward of the County
  18. I Don't Need You
  19. Something's Burning
  20. Love Will Turn You Around
  21. Abraham, Martin and John/Precious Memories
  22. Love Is What We Make It
  23. Green, Green Grass of Home
  24. Desperado
  25. Sweet Music Man

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.