The Best of Sam Cooke

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The Best of Sam Cooke
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Greatest hits album by Sam Cooke
Released 1962
Genre Rhythm and blues, dance, soul
Length 31:50
Label RCA Victor
Producer Hugo & Luigi
Sam Cooke chronology
My Kind of Blues
(1962)My Kind of Blues1962
The Best of Sam Cooke (1962) Mr. Soul
(1963)Mr. Soul1963
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 1/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

The Best of Sam Cooke is the second greatest hits album by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. Produced by Hugo & Luigi, the album was released in 1962 in the United States by RCA Victor. The compilation contains most of Sam Cooke's most well-known hits from 1957 to 1962.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic critic Ron Wynn gave The Best of Sam Cooke three-and-a-half out of five stars and called it "an above-average greatest hits collection, although no sampler could fully convey Sam Cooke's genius."[4] In Blender magazine, Robert Christgau was more critical, giving it one star and recommending listeners overlook the album in favor of the 30-song compilation Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "You Send Me"  – 2:45
  2. "Only Sixteen"  – 2:02
  3. "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha"  – 2:42
  4. "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"  – 2:38
  5. "Wonderful World"  – 2:06
  6. "Summertime"  – 2:21

Side two[edit]

  1. "Chain Gang"  – 2:35
  2. "Cupid"  – 2:37
  3. "Twistin' the Night Away"  – 2:43
  4. "Sad Mood"  – 2:38
  5. "Having a Party"  – 2:36
  6. "Bring It on Home to Me"  – 2:44



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  2. ^ Blender, Oct. 2005
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 84, 598.
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron. "The Best of Sam Cooke [RCA] - Sam Cooke". AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 2005). "Two key Sam Cooke albums, and one redundant one, remember a puzzling soul singer". Blender. Retrieved August 15, 2015.