Greatest Hits (Red Hot Chili Peppers album)

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Greatest Hits
GreatestHitsRHCP.jpg
Greatest hits album by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded 1989–2003
Genre Funk rock, alternative rock
Length 66:46
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn (Greatest Hits CD)
Bart Lipton, David May (Greatest Videos DVD)
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
By the Way
(2002)By the Way2002
Greatest Hits
(2003)
Live in Hyde Park
(2004)Live in Hyde Park2004
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Fortune Faded"
    Released: November 3, 2003[1]
  2. "Save the Population (Promo single - Japan and Spain)"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

Greatest Hits is the second "best-of" compilation album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released on November 18, 2003 by Warner Bros. Records. Aside from their cover of "Higher Ground", all songs on the compilation are from their tenure on Warner Bros. Records from 1991 to 2002, in addition to two newly recorded songs.

Greatest Hits was released along with a separately sold DVD containing most of their music videos from the same time period.

The album was released with Copy Control protection system in some European markets, but not in the United States.

Overview[edit]

While their first hits compilation album What Hits!? encompasses material from their 1984 debut to 1989's Mother's Milk, this collection of songs takes off from that point, including material from their 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik up through their 2002 album By the Way. It was during this period of their career that the band became a major commercial force in the music industry. Therefore, this compilation includes the majority of hit singles released since their breakthrough cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground".

"My Friends" is the only track included from the 1995 album, One Hot Minute. However, the music video for "Aeroplane" is featured on the DVD version of the compilation.

Also absent was the top ten hit "Around the World" from 1999's Californication although the DVD contained the music video.

Of their eight U.S. number one singles on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart up to that point, only one of them, "Can't Stop", from their 2002 album By the Way, was excluded, though again the music video was featured on the DVD.

To date, worldwide sales show that Greatest Hits has outsold six of the band's eleven studio albums including Mother's Milk and I'm With You, making it the band's fifth-highest-selling release.

Unreleased studio album[edit]

In 2011, Smith discussed the recording sessions for Greatest Hits, saying they recorded sixteen songs and wanted to release a new album of that material after a brief tour; however, by that time John was against doing that because the style he was playing had changed and evolved as had his musical influences. Smith said there is an entire Red Hot Chili Peppers album out there that nobody will likely ever hear.[5]

Aside from "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population", the names of the other fourteen songs are either unknown or unconfirmed except for "Bicycle Song" and "Runaway", which were included as a bonus tracks on the iTunes release of By the Way.

In a February 7, 2014 interview with fans on reddit, Chad said that the band hopes to one day release a box set which will include the unreleased material from these recording sessions.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kiedis, Frusciante, Flea, Smith except where noted.

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Under the Bridge"Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 19914:33
2."Give It Away"Blood Sugar Sex Magik4:44
3."Californication"Californication, 19995:29
4."Scar Tissue"Californication3:35
5."Soul to Squeeze"Coneheads, 19934:50
6."Otherside"Californication4:15
7."Suck My Kiss"Blood Sugar Sex Magik3:35
8."By the Way"By the Way, 20023:35
9."Parallel Universe"Californication4:29
10."Breaking the Girl"Blood Sugar Sex Magik4:54
11."My Friends" (Kiedis/Flea/Navarro/Smith)One Hot Minute, 19954:09
12."Higher Ground" (Wonder)Mother's Milk, 19893:22
13."Universally Speaking"By the Way4:16
14."Road Trippin'"Californication3:25
15."Fortune Faded"Previously unreleased, 20033:21
16."Save the Population"Previously unreleased4:05

DVD[edit]

Greatest Hits and Videos
Video by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded 1989-2003
Genre Alternative rock, funk rock
Label Warner Bros.
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
Off the Map
(2001)Off the Map2001
Greatest Hits and Videos
(2003)
iTunes Originals – Red Hot Chili Peppers
(2006)iTunes Originals – Red Hot Chili Peppers2006

Greatest Hits and Videos is a package that was also released with the tracks above plus a DVD (which is available as Greatest Videos) containing the following music videos:

No.TitleOriginal AlbumLength
1."Higher Ground"Mother's Milk3:22
2."Suck My Kiss"Blood Sugar Sex Magik3:38
3."Give It Away"Blood Sugar Sex Magik4:32
4."Under the Bridge"Blood Sugar Sex Magik4:26
5."Soul to Squeeze"Coneheads soundtrack4:51
6."Aeroplane"One Hot Minute4:09
7."My Friends" (studio version)One Hot Minute4:06
8."Around the World"Californication4:01
9."Scar Tissue"Californication3:04
10."Otherside"Californication4:18
11."Californication"Californication5:20
12."Road Trippin'"Californication3:23
13."By the Way"By the Way3:37
14."The Zephyr Song"By the Way3:50
15."Can't Stop"By the Way4:34
16."Universally Speaking"By the Way4:14
Total length:66:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 4
Irish Albums (IRMA)[11] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[12] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[13] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 7
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[16] 12
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[17] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 4
US Billboard 200[20] 18
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 9
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 2
Chart (2011) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 39
Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 38
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[28] 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[29] Platinum 40,000^
Australia (ARIA)[30] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[32] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[33] Gold 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[34] Platinum 40,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[35] Gold 17,920[35]
France (SNEP)[36] Gold 227,900[37]
Germany (BVMI)[38] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[39] Gold 10,000^
Italy (FIMI)[40] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Sweden (GLF)[42] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[46] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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

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