What Hits!?

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What Hits!?
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1992 (1992-09-29)
GenreFunk rock, alternative rock
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
What Hits!?
Live Rare Remix Box
Singles from What Hits!?
  1. "Behind the Sun[1]"
    Released: November 9, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

What Hits!? is a greatest hits album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers released on September 29, 1992, by EMI. The album contains tracks from the band's first four albums as well as "Under the Bridge" from their fifth album, 1991's hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and the Pretty Woman soundtrack contribution/single B-side "Show Me Your Soul". "Behind the Sun" was released as a single and music video to accompany the release of this compilation. The song originally appeared on the band's 1987 album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. The compilation is the only full-length release of the band to feature "Show Me Your Soul".


This album was released on EMI/Capitol Records through a deal with Warner Bros. Records. The band had left EMI for Warner in 1991 where they would record their biggest album at the time, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. EMI, who owned the rights to the band's first four albums, decided to cash in on the band's newfound mainstream success. The two labels, however, agreed that each label would allow the usage to one song recorded during the Peppers career on each label so each company could produce a greatest hits compilation. EMI chose the band's biggest hit single at the time, "Under the Bridge," for What Hits!? and Warner Bros. chose "Higher Ground", the band's most successful single for EMI, for the band's 2003 compilation Greatest Hits.[citation needed]

The title of the compilation is a joke alluding to the relative lack of success achieved by the Red Hot Chili Peppers during their tenure with EMI, highlighting the irony that many of the tracks included on what is supposed to be a "greatest hits" compilation were generally singles that peaked notably low in the charts, arguably too low to be considered "hits" (and even in some cases, such as "The Brothers Cup," "Backwoods," and "Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky", were never released as singles at all with the latter song never even being performed live). Most of the material released on this album were songs taken from Freaky Styley, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, and Mother's Milk. In 1987, the band attempted to release "Behind the Sun" as a single, but EMI didn't deem the song worthy enough to do so, although the label eventually did when the band became popular in the early 1990s.[citation needed]

In 2013, after EMI was absorbed by the Universal Music Group, What Hits!? saw a re-release as part of UMG's Icon compilation series.[5]

Track listing[edit]

What Hits!? track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Higher Ground"WonderMother's Milk (1989)3:21
2."Fight Like a Brave"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, IronsThe Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)3:47
3."Behind the Sun"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons, BeinhornThe Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)4:45
4."Me & My Friends"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, IronsThe Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)3:05
5."Backwoods"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, IronsThe Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)3:06
6."True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, ShermanThe Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)3:36
7."Fire"HendrixThe Abbey Road E.P. (1988)2:01
8."Get Up and Jump"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, IronsThe Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)2:50
9."Knock Me Down"Kiedis, Flea, Frusciante, SmithMother's Milk (1989)3:43
10."Under the Bridge"Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)4:24
11."Show Me Your Soul"Kiedis, Flea, Frusciante, SmithPretty Woman (1990)4:22
12."If You Want Me to Stay"StoneFreaky Styley (1985)4:06
13."Hollywood (Africa)"Modeliste, Neville, Nocentelli, PorterFreaky Styley (1985)4:58
14."Jungle Man"Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, ShermanFreaky Styley (1985)4:04
15."The Brothers Cup"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, IronsFreaky Styley (1985)3:24
16."Taste the Pain"Kiedis, Flea, Frusciante, PeligroMother's Milk (1989)4:34
17."Catholic School Girls Rule"Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, ShermanFreaky Styley (1985)1:55
18."Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky"Kiedis, Flea, Frusciante, SmithMother's Milk (1989)5:10
Total length:67:28


What Hits!?
Video by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1992
GenreFunk rock
Length60 minutes
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
Funky Monks
What Hits!?
Off the Map

A VHS and later, DVD version of What Hits!? was also released. The video collection supersedes the 1990 video collection Positive Mental Octopus. A music video for the single "Behind the Sun" was created for this video collection and received airplay at the time on MTV. The video, which was made without the band's involvement, reuses footage from the band's "Higher Ground" music video along with newly added animation.

What Hits!? contains the following music videos:

  1. "Behind the Sun"
  2. "Under the Bridge"
  3. "Show Me Your Soul"
  4. "Taste the Pain"
  5. "Higher Ground"
  6. "Knock Me Down"
  7. "Fight Like a Brave"
  8. "Jungle Man"
  9. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"
  10. "Catholic School Girls Rule"
  11. "Fire (live)"
  12. "Stone Cold Bush" (live)
  13. "Special Secret Song Inside" (live)
  14. "Subway to Venus" (live)

What Promo Hits!?[edit]

Prior to the album's release, EMI released a very rare five-song CD sampler titled What Promo Hits!?. The sampler was released to radio stations and not for public sale.

  1. "Higher Ground"
  2. "If You Want Me to Stay"
  3. "Under the Bridge"
  4. "Taste the Pain"
  5. "Behind the Sun"


Red Hot Chili Peppers

Additional musicians



Chart performance for What Hits!?
Chart (1992) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 9
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 4
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[8] 80
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 42
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 23
US Billboard 200[13] 22


Certifications for What Hits!?
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Platinum 300,000
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – What Hits?". Music Canada. Retrieved December 28, 2023.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – What Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 28, 2023.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type What Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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