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Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released Original: January 12, 1959
Re-issued: May 6, 2003
Recorded July 30, 1955 - July 17, 1958
Length 25:46
Label Sun
Johnny Cash chronology
The Fabulous Johnny Cash
(1958)The Fabulous Johnny Cash1958
Hymns by Johnny Cash
(1959)Hymns by Johnny Cash1959
Singles from Greatest!
  1. "Get Rhythm"
    Released: 1956
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]

Greatest! is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, released on Sun Records on 12 January 1959 (see 1959 in music). It was Cash's third record on the label, which he had left the previous year to join Columbia Records. By the time the album was released, Cash had already recorded The Fabulous Johnny Cash, his first album with Columbia. This overlap would continue until 1964 with Sun releasing additional albums and singles of previously unreleased material in parallel with Cash's Columbia releases.

The tracks on Greatest! were recorded between July 1955 and July 1958. Six out of the twelve songs became singles, with "Get Rhythm" topping the Country charts and becoming the most successful one. The album was rereleased on Varèse Sarabande on May 6, 2003 with four additional tracks, two of them being alternate versions of songs already on the record.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye" Gene Autry, Johnny Marvin 2:14
2. "I Just Thought You'd Like to Know" Charlie Rich, Bill Justis 2:23
3. "You Tell Me" Roy Orbison 1:48
4. "Just About Time" Johnny Cash 2:07
5. "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" Stan Kesler, Charlie Feathers 2:09
6. "Katy Too" Johnny Cash, Jack Clement 1:57
7. "Thanks a Lot" Charlie Rich 2:38
8. "Luther Played the Boogie" Johnny Cash 2:03
9. "You Win Again" Hank Williams 2:18
10. "Hey Good Lookin'" Hank Williams 1:41
11. "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You" Hank Williams 2:14
12. "Get Rhythm" Johnny Cash 2:14
Total length: 25:46


Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1958 "Just About Time" Country Singles 30
1959 "Thanks a Lot" Country Singles 12
1959 "Luther Played the Boogie" Country Singles 8
1959 "Katy Too" Country Singles 11
1959 "Cry Cry Cry" Pop Singles 66
1959 "Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye" Country Singles 22
1959 "Get Rhythm" Country Singles 1