Greatest Hits (Kenny G album)

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Greatest Hits
Kenny G Greatest Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 1997
Recorded1985 – 1997
GenreSmooth jazz
ProducerKenny G
Narada Michael Walden
Phil Ramone
Dan Shea
Hank Cattaneo
Walter Afanasieff
David Foster
Preston Glass
Michael Bolton
Kenny G chronology
Six of Hearts
Greatest Hits
Classics in the Key of G
My Heart Will Go On
Kenny G - My Heart Will Go On cover.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB− [2]

Greatest Hits is the second greatest hits album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1997 and peaked at number one on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, number 15 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 19 on the Billboard 200.[1]


The album combined Kenny G's hits since the beginning of his career. Shortly after the release of the album, the blockbuster film Titanic was released, and having already produced the hit single of My Heart Will Go On performed by Celine Dion, producer Afanasieff returned to the studio with Kenny G to produce an instrumental version of the Love Theme from Titanic.

This recording was released as a single and was bundled with the Greatest Hits as a promotional item. The cover is a photograph from the Greatest Hits booklet with water superimposed over the top. The packaging for the single declared itself to be 'The first instrumental version available of this classic theme for all time'. Since this first release, it has appeared on every Kenny G greatest hits compilation.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Songbird"Kenny GDuotones (1986)4:00
2."Silhouette"Kenny GSilhouette (1988)4:32
3."Forever in Love"Kenny GBreathless (1992)4:59
4."Every Time I Close My Eyes" (lead vocal: Babyface)Kenneth Brian EdmondsThe Moment (1996)4:59
5."Sentimental"Kenny G; Walter AfanasieffBreathless4:18
6."The Moment"Kenny GThe Moment4:43
7."How Could an Angel Break My Heart" (lead vocal: Toni Braxton)Toni Braxton; Kenneth Brian EdmondsToni Braxton album, Secrets (1996)4:22
8."Loving You"Kenny G; Dan Shea; Walter AfanasieffPreviously unreleased3:19
9."You Send Me" (lead vocal: Michael Bolton)Sam CookePreviously unreleased4:03
10."Going Home"Kenny G; Walter AfanasieffKenny G Live (1989)4:15
11."Havana"Kenny G; Walter AfanasieffThe Moment7:22
12."By the Time This Night Is Over" (lead vocal: Peabo Bryson)Michael Bolton; Andy Goldmark; Diane WarrenBreathless4:21
13."Baby G"Kenny G; Dan Shea; Walter AfanasieffPreviously unreleased3:35
14."Don't Make Me Wait for Love" (lead vocal: Lenny Williams)Narada Michael Walden; Preston Glass; Walter AfanasieffDuotones4:06
15."Theme from Dying Young"James Newton HowardDying Young Soundtrack (1991)4:02
16."All the Way/One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)" (lead vocal: Frank Sinatra)Jimmy Van Heusen; Sammy Cahn/Harold Arlen; Johnny MercerFrank Sinatra album, Duets (1993)6:07
17."Innocence"Kenny G; Walter AfanasieffThe Moment4:00
Total length:77:03

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[3] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Platinum 100,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[5] Platinum 20,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[6] Platinum 200,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[7] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Asia Pacific 1,500,000[10]

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


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Greatest Hits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ Cannon, Bob (1997-12-12). "Greatest Hits Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  3. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Kenny G – Greatest Hits" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kenny G – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1997". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Kenny G – Greatest Hits" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 28 May 2019. Select 2000年1月 on the drop-down menu
  7. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 946. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Kenny G – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Kenny G – The Moment". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 28 May 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ McClure, Steve (14 September 2002). "Really Big in Japan". Billboard. p. 40. Retrieved 28 May 2019.