Golden Greats is the second solo album released by Ian Brown, a first made famous by his role as frontman in The Stone Roses. Despite the title, the album is not a compilation, but rather, a studio album. It was described by NME as "a left-field masterpiece and Brown's best work for a decade", contains soaring sonic textures and electronic dance beats; it is less song-oriented than Unfinished Monkey Business. Golden Greats showcases a diverse usage of instruments including strings, mellotron and organs. A number of the tracks on the album were written by Brown whilst he was imprisoned for two months following a fracas with a flight attendant.
Track 10, "Babasónicos", is the name of an actual Argentine band that collaborated with Brown on the song.