Greatest Hits (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Linda Ronstadt
Released December, 1976
Recorded 1967, 1970, 1973-1976
Genre Rock, country rock, folk rock
Length 37:33
Label Asylum
Producer various
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Hasten Down the Wind
(1976)Hasten Down the Wind1976
Greatest Hits
Simple Dreams
(1977)Simple Dreams1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Greatest Hits was Linda Ronstadt's first major compilation album, released at the end of 1976 for the holiday shopping season. It included material from both her Capitol Records and Asylum Records output, and went back to 1967 for The Stone Poneys' hit "Different Drum".

It remains the biggest-selling album of Ronstadt's career, being certified seven times Platinum (over 7 million US copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America[4] in America alone. As of 2016 - 40 years after its initial release - it has never been out of print and has reportedly sold nearly 20 million worldwide. It peaked at #6 on the main Billboard album chart and also reached #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, where it remained for over three years.

The album was criticized by the Rolling Stone Record Guide for being "premature", as Ronstadt continued to have record-breaking mainstream successes for many years following this release, however by the time this collection came out Ronstadt had already been recording hit records (as a solo artist and with the Stone Poneys) for a decade and there were many examples of other artists releasing greatest hits albums much sooner, such as Elvis Presley.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You're No Good" Clint Ballard Jr. 3:44
2. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds 2:20
3. "Desperado" Don Henley, Glenn Frey 3:30
4. "Love Is a Rose" Neil Young 2:46
5. "That'll Be the Day" Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 2:32
6. "Long, Long Time" Gary White 4:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Different Drum" (with The Stone Poneys) Mike Nesmith 2:45
2. "When Will I Be Loved" Phil Everly 2:05
3. "Love Has No Pride" Eric Kaz, Libby Titus 4:10
4. "Heat Wave" Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:46
5. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" Paul Anka 3:26
6. "Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Warren Moore 3:12

CD reissue[edit]

The CD reissue of the album was compiled with Ronstadt's second greatest hits collection and released by Rhino records in 2007 as Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2.[5]

No. Title Length
1. "You're No Good" 3:40
2. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" 2:20
3. "Desperado" 3:30
4. "Love is a Rose" 2:46
5. "That'll Be the Day" 2:32
6. "Long, Long Time" 4:21
7. "Different Drum" 2:45
8. "When Will I Be Loved" 2:05
9. "Love Has No Pride" 4:10
10. "Heat Wave" 2:46
11. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" 3:26
12. "Tracks of My Tears" 3:12
No. Title Length
13. "It's So Easy" 2:26
14. "I Can't Let Go" 2:43
15. "Hurt So Bad" 3:12
16. "Blue Bayou" 3:54
17. "How Do I Make You" 2:21
18. "Back in the U.S.A." 3:02
19. "Ooo Baby Baby" 3:18
20. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" 3:41
21. "Tumbling Dice" 3:05
22. "Just One Look" 3:15
23. "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me" 3:58


From the Liner Notes on the Original Vinyl Album.

  • Peter Asher: Cabasa, Cowbell, Trombone and Shaker, Hand Claps, Wood Block, and Percussion.
  • Ed Black: Guitar, Steel Guitar
  • Michael Botts: Drums
  • Mike Bowden: Bass
  • Richard Bowden: Electric Guitar
  • John Boylan: Keyboards
  • Richard Burden: Guitar
  • John Connor: Harmonica
  • Dan Dugmore: Steel Guitar
  • Kenny Edwards: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocal
  • Chris Ethridge: Bass
  • Jim Fadden: Harmonica
  • Don Francisco: Backing Vocals
  • Andrew Gold: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambourine, Piano, Arp, Congas, Hand Claps
  • Jim Gordon: Saxophone
  • Gib Guilbeau: Fiddle
  • Ginger Holliday: Backing Vocal
  • Mary Holliday: Backing Vocal
  • Andy Johnson: Electric Guitar
  • Mac Johnson: Trumpet
  • David Kemper: Drums
  • Clyde King: Backing Vocals
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow: Steel Guitar
  • Danny Kortchmar: Electric Guitar
  • Russ Kunkel: Drums
  • Bernie Leadon: Acoustic Guitar
  • Daryl Leonard: Trumpet
  • David Lindley: Fiddle
  • Gail Martin: Trombone
  • Shirley Matthews: Backing Vocals
  • Marty McCall: Backing Vocals
  • Mickey McGee: Drums
  • Weldon Myrick: Steel Guitar
  • Spooner Oldham: Piano
  • Herb Pedersen: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal, Banjo
  • Norbert Putnam: Bass, Harpsichord
  • Don Randi: Harpsichord
  • Lyle Ritz: Concertmaster
  • Linda Ronstadt: Vocals, Tambourine, Hand Claps, Backing Vocals
  • John David Souther: Guitar
  • Buddy Spicher: Fiddle
  • Dennis St. John: Drums
  • Nino Tempo: Saxophone
  • Al Viola: Acoustic Guitar
  • Waddy: Electric Guitar
  • Pete Wade: Guitar
  • Bob Warford: Acoustic Guitar


  • Peter Asher: 1, 4, 5, 8,10,11,12
  • John Boylan: 9
  • John David Souther: 2,3
  • Elliot F. Mazer: 6
  • Nikolas Venet: 7


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "Searchable Database - Search: Linda Ronstadt". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  5. ^ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 at AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2015.

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