Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits

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Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
Three Dog Night - Joy to the World.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 1974
ProducerJimmy Ienner, Gabriel Mekler, Richard Podolor
Three Dog Night chronology
Hard Labor
Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
Coming Down Your Way

Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits is the twelfth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1974.


Joy to the World is the follow-up compilation to Golden Bisquits, consisting of eleven (out of twelve) charted hits from the group's previous four studio albums (the top 20 hit "Pieces of April" was left off for reasons unknown), two charted hits that already appeared on their first greatest hits compilation ("One" and "One Man Band"), and non-charting B-side "I'd Be So Happy". In 1981 the album was reissued on MCA Records with issue number MCA-37120.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Things seem to be winding up for the Kings of Oversing, but this fourteen-song compilation demonstrates that the singles, unlike the albums, didn't diminish much. It also suggests that though they're praised when at all for translating weirdos like Nilsson and Newman into AM, they also deserve credit for preserving the odd goody (two apiece) by the likes of Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton. Only Lighthouse keeper Skip Prokop proves beyond help."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Joy to the World" (Hoyt Axton) – 3:50
  2. "One" (Harry Nilsson) - 3:04
  3. "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" (John Hiatt) - 3:06
  4. "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (Paul Williams) - 3:21
  5. "Let Me Serenade You" (John Finley) - 3:04
  6. "Shambala" (Daniel Moore) - 3:22
  7. "Black and White" (David I. Arkin, Earl Robinson) - 3:47

Side two[edit]

  1. "Never Been to Spain" (Axton) - 3:43
  2. "One Man Band" (Billy Fox, January Tyme, Tommy Kaye) - 2:49
  3. "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" (Allen Toussaint) - 3:34
  4. "I'd Be So Happy" (Skip Prokop) - 3:44
  5. "Liar" (Russ Ballard) - 3:04
  6. "The Family of Man" (Jack Conrad, Williams) - 3:10
  7. "The Show Must Go On" (David Courtney, Leo Sayer) - 3:37




Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 15[3]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Cash Box Numerical Albums and Tapes October 10, 1981
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Three Dog Night, Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Three Dog Night – Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 14, 2019.