The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock

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The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock
Greatest hits album by Poison
Released April 3, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length 71:19
Label EMI
Producer Don Was
Poison chronology
Best of Ballads & Blues
The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock is a compilation album from the American rock band Poison, released to celebrate the band's 20 year anniversary. It has sold more than 1 million copies to date in the U.S as of September 2009.

The album was released on April 3, 2006 on EMI. It features many songs from the band's 20-year career. Most notable is the song "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", which was the band's biggest hit, a power ballad. A rare cover of the KISS classic "Rock and Roll All Nite" appears, previously only available on the soundtrack to the movie "Less Than Zero". The compilation also includes a new single, the Grand Funk Railroad roadie classic "We're an American Band", which also features a music video.

The cover art is taken from the book Pornography: Opposing Viewpoints.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The album was produced by Don Was and marked Poison's return to the Billboard 200 top 20 charts for the first time since 1993. The compilation debuted at No. 17,[3] quite an impressive showing for a hair metal band in 2006, and perhaps showing the beneficial effect of many Behind the Music-type shows on VH1, where Poison's hair metal antics were relived. The album also charted at No. 5 on the Top Rock Albums, No. 4 on the Top Catalog Albums and No. 10 on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart.[4]

"The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock" was certified Gold in 2006 by the RIAA.[5]

Track listing[edit]


No. Title Length
1. "Talk Dirty to Me" 3:44
2. "I Want Action" (Single Version) 3:05
3. "I Won't Forget You" (Single Version) 3:34
4. "Cry Tough" 3:38
5. "Look What the Cat Dragged In" 3:10
6. "Nothin' But a Good Time" 3:43
7. "Fallen Angel" 3:56
8. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" 4:20
9. "Your Mama Don't Dance" (originally performed by Loggins and Messina) 3:00
10. "Unskinny Bop" 3:49
11. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (originally performed by KISS) 3:35
12. "Ride the Wind" 3:53
13. "Something to Believe In" 5:30
14. "Life Goes On" 4:49
15. "Stand" 5:14
16. "The Last Song" 4:22
17. "Shooting Star" 4:37
18. "We're an American Band" (originally performed by Grand Funk Railroad) 3:10


A special edition of The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock was released which included a bonus greatest hits DVD compilation. The DVD includes the new video "We're an American Band" plus some of the band's biggest hits.

  1. I Want Action
  2. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  3. Your Mama Don't Dance
  4. Nothin' But a Good Time
  5. Something To Believe In
  6. Unskinny Bop
  7. Talk Dirty to Me - Live on MTV Unplugged
  8. We're an American Band


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