Greatest Hits (Billy Idol album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by Billy Idol
Released27 March 2001 (2001-03-27)
Recorded1981–1993
Genre
Length71:50
LabelCapitol
Billy Idol chronology
Cyberpunk
(1993)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
VH1 Storytellers
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is a compilation of Billy Idol's most popular singles, released by Capitol Records in 2001. The album includes two additional tracks: a live recording of one of his most popular songs, "Rebel Yell" (this live version was recorded in 1993 and appeared as a b-side for the single "Speed" in 1994), plus a new version of Idol's longtime producer Keith Forsey's "Don't You (Forget About Me)". Although Forsey originally wrote the song with Idol in mind,[citation needed] Idol turned it down and eventually the song was given to Simple Minds who would go on to make it a worldwide hit in 1985. Greatest Hits was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2005.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dancing With Myself"Billy Idol, Tony James4:50
2."Mony Mony"Tommy James, Bo Gentry, Ritchie Cordell, Bobby Bloom5:01
3."Hot in the City"B. Idol3:33
4."White Wedding"B. Idol4:12
5."Rebel Yell"B. Idol, Steve Stevens4:46
6."Eyes Without a Face"B. Idol, S. Stevens4:57
7."Flesh for Fantasy"B. Idol, S. Stevens4:37
8."Catch My Fall"B. Idol3:41
9."To Be a Lover"William Bell, Booker T. Jones3:52
10."Don't Need a Gun" (single edit)B. Idol5:23
11."Sweet Sixteen"B. Idol4:14
12."Cradle of Love"B. Idol, David Werner4:38
13."L.A. Woman" (single edit)Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek4:03
14."Shock to the System"B. Idol, Mark Younger-Smith3:36
15."Rebel Yell" (live and acoustic)B. Idol, S. Stevens5:35
16."Don't You (Forget About Me)"Keith Forsey, Steve Schiff4:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 43
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[4] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 12
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 30
US Billboard 200[11] 74

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[12] Gold 18,526[12]
Germany (BVMI)[13] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[14] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[15] Gold 25,000*
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Billy Idol – Greatest Hits: Review at AllMusic
  2. ^ RIAA database
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 19 / 2001". Tracklisten. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Billy Idol: Greatest Hits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Billy Idol Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Billy Idol" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Billy Idol; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  14. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  15. ^ "IFPI Norsk Platebransje" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 8 April 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.