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Greatest Hits (Robbie Williams album)

Greatest Hits is a hits compilation released by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams on 18 October 2004. The album includes two new songs, these being "Radio" and "Misunderstood", which were both released as singles. The album is his seventh overall released in the United Kingdom.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits album cover - Robbie Williams.png
Greatest hits album by
Released18 October 2004
Recorded1997–2004
Length78:43
LabelEMI
ProducerGuy Chambers
Robbie Williams chronology
Live at Knebworth
(2003)
Greatest Hits
(2004)
Intensive Care
(2005)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Radio"
    Released: 4 October 2004
  2. "Misunderstood"
    Released: 6 December 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits was one of the fastest selling albums upon release in the UK, where it debuted at the number-one spot with first week sales of over 320,000 copies. Certain versions of the album feature a picture of Williams in a pose exposing his pubic hair on the cover, and in the booklet is the Latin phase "...si quid habet mammas vel rotas, res habebis difficiles aliquando", translating into "if it has tits or wheels, it makes life difficult." A special edition box set, containing all of Williams' singles, was released on the same day.[2]

SinglesEdit

Although Williams admitted on his website to being "perplexed at the prospect" of a greatest hits album, saying, "I rarely, if at all, look back over my career", he took the opportunity to also reveal two new songs he had been working on with his new collaborator, Stephen Duffy.[3] Both were released as singles. "Radio", the compilation's first single, was released in October 2004, debuting at number-one of the UK Singles Chart, becoming Williams' sixth number-one hit selling 41,732 copies.[4] The song was also a number-one hit in Denmark and Portugal, and it hit the top ten around the world. The album's second single, the ballad "Misunderstood", was included on the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and hit the top ten around the world in December of that year.

Commercial performanceEdit

Debuting at number one, the album sold 320,000 copies in its first week, becoming the fastest selling greatest hits album ever released in the United Kingdom.[3] The album hit the top spot in 18 countries: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the aforementioned United Kingdom, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland among others.[3] The album became the best selling album of the year in the United Kingdom, becoming the 61st best selling album in UK music history, with sales of 2 million copies, being certified 8× Platinum by the BPI.[5]

Greatest Hits also became the best selling album of the year in Europe being certified 5× Platinum for over 5 million copies sold[6] worldwide. The album ended up selling slightly under 8.5 million copies becoming one of Williams' best selling albums ever. In Germany, the album debuted at number one and reached this position in total nine times non-consecutively, Williams' second album to do so, the other one being Swing When You're Winning. With 102 weeks on the German Albums Chart it's his second longest chart one, just behind Sing When You're Winning, with 106 weeks. By selling 900,000 copies and reaching 9× Gold, Greatest Hits is the 20th best-selling album of the decade 2000–2009 in Germany and his 5th album to reach a position in the top twenty of the best-selling album of the decade, the others being Swing When You're Winning (4th best-selling), Escapology (5th best-selling), Intensive Care (8th best-selling) and Live at Knebworth (19th best-selling).[7][8]

Track listingEdit

UK edition
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Old Before I Die"Life thru a Lens, 19973:53
2."Lazy Days"Life thru a Lens3:54
3."Angels"Life thru a Lens4:25
4."Let Me Entertain You"Life thru a Lens4:22
5."Millennium" (Radio Edit)I've Been Expecting You, 19983:46
6."No Regrets" (Radio Edit)I've Been Expecting You4:43
7."Strong" (Radio Edit)I've Been Expecting You4:19
8."She's the One"I've Been Expecting You4:18
9."Rock DJ"Sing When You're Winning, 20004:16
10."Kids" (with Kylie Minogue)Sing When You're Winning and Light Years, both 20004:19
11."Supreme"Sing When You're Winning4:18
12."Let Love Be Your Energy" (Radio Edit)Sing When You're Winning4:06
13."Eternity"Non-album single, 20015:00
14."The Road to Mandalay" (Radio Edit)Sing When You're Winning3:18
15."Feel" (Radio Edit)Escapology, 20023:43
16."Come Undone" (Radio Edit)Escapology3:54
17."Sexed Up" (Radio Edit)Escapology4:10
18."Radio"Previously unreleased, 20043:52
19."Misunderstood"Previously unreleased4:01

The Best So FarEdit

The Best So Far
 
Greatest hits album by
Released2 September 2006
Recorded1997–2004
Length61:46
LabelSom Livre
Robbie Williams chronology
Intensive Care
(2005)
The Best So Far
(2006)
Rudebox
(2006)

The Best So Far is an updated version of Greatest Hits, released exclusively in Brazil to celebrate Robbie's Close Encounters tour. Even with Greatest Hits being released in Brazil, The Best So Far updates the track listing slightly, adding "Sin Sin Sin", "Advertising Space" and "Tripping", but removing earlier hits such as "Old Before I Die", "Lazy Days" and "She's the One".

Track listing
  1. "Sin Sin Sin" – 4:09
  2. "Advertising Space" – 4:37
  3. "Feel" – 4:22
  4. "Angels" – 4:25
  5. "Sexed Up" – 4:20
  6. "Millennium" – 4:08
  7. "Come Undone" – 4:38
  8. "Rock DJ" – 4:18
  9. "Supreme" – 4:19
  10. "Tripping" – 4:07
  11. "No Regrets" – 5:11
  12. "Radio" – 3:51
  13. "Misunderstood" – 4:02
  14. "Let Me Entertain You" – 4:21

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina 7× Platinum[15] 280,000+
Australia 8× Platinum[16] 560,000+
Austria 4× Platinum[17] 120,000+
Belgium Platinum[18] 40,000+
Denmark 2× Platinum[19] 60,000+
European Top 100 Albums[10] 6× Platinum[20] 6,000,000
Finland Platinum[21] 40,367+
France Platinum[22] 300,000+
Germany 9× Gold[8] 900,000+
Hungary Gold[23] 5,000+
Italy 8× Platinum 610,000+
Mexico 2× Platinum[24] 300,000+
Netherlands Platinum[25] 80,000+
New Zealand 2× Platinum[26] 30,000+
Polish Albums Chart[12] Gold[27] 10,000+
Portugal Platinum[27] 20,000+
Spain 2× Platinum[28] 160,000+
Sweden Gold[29] 30,000+
Switzerland 3× Platinum[30] 120,000+
United Kingdom 8× Platinum[31] 2,400,000


*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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  30. ^ IFPI Switzerland
  31. ^ BPI Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine