The Best of 3 Dog Night

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The Best of 3 Dog Night
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Greatest hits album by
CompilerVince Cosgrave
Three Dog Night chronology
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The Best of 3 Dog Night is the fifteenth album by the American rock band, Three Dog Night and is a double album released in 1982. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 1, 1996.[1]

Seven of these titles landed on the Billboard Adult contemporary chart[2] when originally released and all 20 hit the Hot 100.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [4]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes, "There isn't anything major missing, and while some of the non-singles material isn't particularly strong, there are enough worthwhile moments to make this a fairly consistent, enjoyable listen, in addition to being the one Three Dog Night album most fans will need."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Joy to the World"Hoyt AxtonNaturally (1970)3:32
2."Easy to Be Hard"Suitable for Framing (1969)3:09
3."The Family of Man"
Harmony (1971)3:05
4."Sure As I'm Sittin' Here"John HiattHard Labor (1974)3:05
5."An Old Fashioned Love Song"Paul WilliamsHarmony3:20
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Black and White"Seven Separate Fools (1972)3:42
2."Pieces of April"Dave LogginsSeven Separate Fools4:08
3."Liar"Russ BallardNaturally3:01
4."Out in the Country"
It Ain't Easy3:05
5."The Show Must Go On"Hard Labor3:26
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Eli's Coming"Laura NyroSuitable For Framing2:38
2."One Man Band"
3."One"Harry Nilsson 3:01
4."Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)"Allen ToussaintHard Labor4:46
Suitable For Framing3:11
Total length:67:18
  • The CD release follows the same track list.



  • Producers: Richard Podolor, Gabriel Mekler, Jimmy Ienner
  • Compilation: Vince Cosgrave
  • Art direction: Vartan
  • Design: Jay Vigon
  • Artwork: Jay Vigon


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "American album certifications – "Three Dog Night" – Best of Three Dog Night". Recording Industry Association of America.
  2. ^ "Billboard Adult Contemporary". Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Three Dog Night – Best of Three Dog Night". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 14, 2019.