Greatest Hits (The Supremes album)

Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits (also released as The Supremes: Greatest Hits) is a two-LP collection of singles and b-sides recorded by The Supremes, released by Motown in August 1967 (see 1967 in music). The collection was the first LP to credit the group under the new billing Diana Ross & the Supremes. Although founding member Florence Ballard is pictured on all album artwork and sings on all the tracks, by the time the set was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

Greatest Hits
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ReleasedAugust 29, 1967
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Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "*"The Happening" b/w "All I Know About You" (non-album)"
    Released: March 20, 1967
Professional ratings
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It would rank as their second #1 album holding a distinction that it would take decades for another female group to achieve. The 2-LP set topped the Billboard Album Chart for 5 consecutive weeks, spending 20 weeks in the top 5 and 24 weeks total in the top 10. It remained on the Billboard Album Chart for 89 weeks. By December 28, 1968, the album had raised more than $3 million in sales.[3] Greatest Hits spent three weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[4] In 2018, the Official Charts Company published that The Supremes' Greatest Hits (1967) has a total of 60 weeks in the UK top 40; making it the 4th "longest-reigning Top 40 girl group album ever".[5]


Greatest Hits includes fifteen Supremes singles, 10 of which went to number-one, among them were "Where Did Our Love Go", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", and the most recent Supremes number-one, "The Happening" (a non-album track from the 1967 film of the same name). Also included are five popular Supremes B-sides: "Standing at the Crossroads of Love", "Ask Any Girl", "There's No Stopping Us Now", "Everything is Good About You", and "Whisper You Love Me Boy".

The packaging for the set includes liner notes by actress Carol Channing (which were originally written for an unreleased album "The Supremes and The Motown Sound: From Broadway To Hollywood") and paintings by Robert Taylor, including collectable 12 inch by 12 inch pin-up portraits of Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson. Greatest Hits was their second number-one album on the Billboard 200 and their fifth on the Billboard R&B Albums charts in the United States. It also reached the top of the pop album chart in the United Kingdom. The album sold over six million copies, world-wide as of 1988. However, it was never accorded Platinum Status as Motown did not submit to RIAA Certification until years later. Although not nominally credited because of their increasingly estranged relationship with Motown, all of the songs included were produced by the songwriting/production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland.


  • Greatest Hits was released overseas in some markets shortened to one LP. The track listing for this version includes only the major singles, omitting "Ask Any Girl", "Standing at the Crossroads of Love", "Everything is Good About You", "There's No Stopping Us Now", "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", and "Run, Run, Run".
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits is regularly referred to as Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2, as its 1969 single-disc follow-up is titled Greatest Hits Vol. 3. Volume 3 was also a million seller. The double-LP was issued by Motown as two separate halves in 1986.
  • Greatest Hits Vol. 1, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Greatest Hits Vol. 3, and the American variant of The Supremes: At Their Best (a greatest hits collection for the post-Ross 1970s Supremes) were compiled and issued as The Supremes: Gold in 2005.
Cover artwork of The Supremes by Robert Taylor which is featured on the "Greatest Hits" American release.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. All songs written by Holland–Dozier–Holland unless otherwise noted. Superscripts denote original album sources, referenced below.

LP OneEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" a – 2:38
  2. "Where Did Our Love Go" a – 2:30
  3. "Ask Any Girl" a, b – 2:44
  4. "Baby Love" a – 2:37
  5. "Run, Run, Run" a – 2:30

Side 2Edit

  1. "Stop! In the Name of Love" b – 2:53
  2. "Back in My Arms Again" b – 2:52
  3. "Come See About Me" a – 2:42
  4. "Nothing but Heartaches" b – 2:57
  5. "Everything is Good About You" (James Dean, Edward Holland Jr.) c – 2:57

LP TwoEdit

Side 3Edit

  1. "I Hear a Symphony" c – 2:38
  2. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" e – 2:46
  3. "My World Is Empty Without You" c – 2:33
  4. "Whisper You Love Me Boy" b – 2:40
  5. "The Happening" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank De Vol) – 2:49

Side 4Edit

  1. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" e – 2:40
  2. "You Can't Hurry Love" d – 2:45
  3. "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" a – 2:27
  4. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" d – 2:55
  5. "There's No Stopping Us Now" e – 2:55





Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States 1,000,000[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. The Supremes: Greatest Hits (Vol. 1&2) Allmusic review at Allmusic
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside Books. p. 797. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ "Motown Rocks Out Triple Play With Triple Header" (PDF). Billboard. December 28, 1968. p. 3. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  4. ^ "All The Official Albums Chart Number 1s". Official Charts Company. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  5. ^ Myers, Justin (March 27, 2018). "Little Mix's Glory Days sets UK chart record as the longest-reigning Top 40 girl group album ever". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  6. ^ " – The Supremes – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  7. ^ "The Supremes | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  8. ^ "BRITAIN'S TOP R&B ALBUMS" (PDF). Record Mirror. February 17, 1968. p. 11. Retrieved January 17, 2022 – via
  9. ^ "The Supremes Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  10. ^ "The Supremes Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  11. ^ "100 Top LP's: Week of December 2, 1967" (PDF). Record World. December 2, 1967. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  12. ^ a b "TOP RECORDS OF 1967 (Based on Billboard Charts)". Billboard. December 30, 1967. p. 42. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  13. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1967 (TOP 100 POP ALBUMS)". Cashbox. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  14. ^ "1960s Albums Chart Archive -". Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  15. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1968 (TOP 100 POP ALBUMS)". Cashbox. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  16. ^ Joseph Murrells (1984). "THE SUPREMES". Million Selling Records from the 1900s to the 1980s: An Illustrated Directory. London: B.T. Batsford. p. 252. ISBN 0-7134-3843-6.