The Greatest View

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"The Greatest View"
Single by Silverchair
from the album Diorama
Released January 2002
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded Studios 301 and Mangrove Studios, Australia
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:05
Label Eleven/Virgin (Australia and South-East Asia), Atlantic Europe
Writer(s) Daniel Johns
Producer(s) David Bottrill, Daniel Johns
Silverchair singles chronology
"Paint Pastel Princess"
"The Greatest View"
"Without You"

"The Greatest View" is the first single by rock band Silverchair released from their fourth album, Diorama, which was released in 2002, as was "The Greatest View". The song was released as a single and a video was made in which the band plays in hotel room representing Daniel John's inner space which spies try to investigate and listen in on. At the end of the video, the whole hotel lifts up into the air playing on the words 'greatest view'. This is one of three songs which made it onto the album (the other two being "World Upon Your Shoulders" and "Too Much of Not Enough") which Daniel recorded using his Rickenbacker 12 string.

Before 2007, the song never charted in America. It then peaked at #36 on the Modern Rock Tracks, due to an EP being released by Warner Bros. Records (possibly to cash in on the success of "Straight Lines" on alternative radio or because of the experimental nature of "If You Keep Losing Sleep"). Music Choice lists this song as being a part of Silverchair's 2007 album, Young Modern.

It was later used in the Sci Fi Channel promos of The Sarah Jane Adventures. This song is also featured in the video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003.

Track listings[edit]

Australian CD single (ELEVENCD6)
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Pins in My Needles"
  3. "Too Much of Not Enough"
EU 7" (7587-85339-7)
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Pins in My Needles"
  3. "Too Much of Not Enough"
German CD single (7567853392)
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Asylum"
  3. "Pins in My Needles"
US digital EP 2007
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Straight Lines" (The Presets Remix)
  3. "We're Not Lonely...BUT We Miss You" (B-side)
  4. "Barbarella" (B-side)
  5. "If You Keep Losing Sleep" (video)
  6. "The Greatest View" - Live from Carriageworks, Sydney (video)


Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 3
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 4
UK Singles Chart[4] 85
Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[5] 36


  1. ^ "Silverchair singles". Retrieved 2001-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Silverchair Top Singles positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Silverchair singles". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). HIT Entertainment. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "Silverchair - Billboard singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-14.