The Best of Carly Simon is singer-songwriterCarly Simon's sixth album, and her first greatest-hits compilation of previously released songs. Covering the first five years of her career, 1971 to 1975, the compilation includes six top ten hit singles, two minor hits ("Legend In Your Own Time", "Attitude Dancing") and two album cuts that were never released as singles ("Night Owl", "We Have No Secrets").
For many years, this was Simon's only greatest hits collection, and, as a result, it became her bestselling album. In the late 1990s, sales in the United States alone stood at over three million copies. However, in later years the collection could not be considered a complete or definitive representation of Simon's best or most popular work because it did not include her major hits from the mid-1970s onward, such as "Nobody Does It Better", "You Belong to Me", "Jesse", "Coming Around Again" and "Let the River Run". The fact that Simon had changed record labels several times (moving from Elektra to Warner Brothers to Epic to Arista) made a more wide-ranging collection a difficult proposition. A live album, Greatest Hits Live (1988), went some way to rectifying this issue, but the original recorded versions were eventually collected on the three-disc boxed-set Clouds in My Coffee (1995), the two-disc set Anthology (2003), and the single-disc compilation Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits (2004). Reflections went on to become a great success, and was certified gold by the RIAA in 2007.