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
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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
AllMusic 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 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Joy To The World"Hoyt AxtonNaturally, November 19703:50
2."One"Harry NilssonThree Dog Night, October 19683:04
3."Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" (Edited single version)John HiattHard Labor, March 19743:06
4."An Old Fashioned Love Song" (Single version)Paul WilliamsHarmony, September 19713:21
5."Let Me Serenade You"John FinleyCyan, October 19733:04
6."Shambala"Daniel MooreCyan3:22
7."Black and White"David I. Arkin, Earl RobinsonSeven Separate Fools, March 19723:47
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Never Been to Spain"Hoyt AxtonHarmony3:43
2."One Man Band"Billy Fox, January Tyme, Tommy KayeNaturally2:49
3."Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" (Edited single version)Allen ToussaintHard Labor3:34
4."I'd Be So Happy" (Edited single version)Skip ProkopHard Labor3:44
5."Liar" (Newly edited version of stereo album mix)Russ BallardNaturally3:04
6."The Family of Man"Paul WIlliams, Jack ConradHarmony3:10
7."The Show Must Go On" (Single version)David Courtney, Leo SayerHard Labor3:37




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.