The Very Best of The Velvet Underground

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There are Velvet Underground compilation albums with similar titles: The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed (1989) and The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection (2000).
The Very Best of The Velvet Underground
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 2003 (2003-03-31)
Recorded1966–1970, New York City and Hollywood, United States
GenreRock, art rock, experimental rock, folk rock
ProducerAndy Warhol, Tom Wilson, The Velvet Underground, Geoff Haslam, Shel Kagan
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The Very Best of The Velvet Underground
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]

The Very Best of The Velvet Underground is a compilation album by The Velvet Underground. It was released in Europe on March 31, 2003, by Polydor, the record label that oversees the band's Universal Music Group back catalog.

The album was released following a Hyundai television commercial, which featured the band's 1970 recording "I'm Sticking with You" from the "Fully Loaded" edition of Loaded. The version included in this compilation is from the VU album (1969), despite a sticker's claim to the contrary on the front cover.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks performed by The Velvet Underground except † The Velvet Underground & Nico. All titles written by Lou Reed except as noted.

  1. "Sweet Jane"
  2. "I'm Sticking with You" (1969 version)
  3. "I'm Waiting for the Man"
  4. "What Goes On"
  5. "White Light/White Heat"
  6. "All Tomorrow's Parties"†
  7. "Pale Blue Eyes"
  8. "Femme Fatale"†
  9. "Heroin"
  10. "Here She Comes Now" (Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison)
  11. "Stephanie Says"
  12. "Venus in Furs"
  13. "Beginning to See the Light"
  14. "I Heard Her Call My Name"
  15. "Some Kinda Love" (alternate take)
  16. "I Can't Stand It"
  17. "Sunday Morning" (Reed, Cale)†
  18. "Rock & Roll"

Tracks 3, 6, 8–9, 12, & 17 taken from The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967); Tracks 5, 10, 14 taken from White Light/White Heat (1968); Tracks 4, 7, 13, & 15 taken from The Velvet Underground (1969); Tracks 1 & 18 taken from Loaded (1970); Tracks 2, 11, & 16 taken from VU (1985).


The Velvet Underground
Additional musicians
  • Nico – lead vocals on "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Femme Fatale", backing vocals on "Sunday Morning"
Technical staff
  • Andy Warholproducer
  • Tom Wilson – producer
  • The Velvet Underground – producers
  • Geoff Haslam, Shel Kagan and The Velvet Underground – producers


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. The Very Best of The Velvet Underground at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.