The Best of Carly Simon

The Best of Carly Simon is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's sixth album, and first greatest-hits album, released in 1975. Covering the first five years of her career, 1971 to 1975, the compilation includes eight top twenty hit singles, and two album cuts from No Secrets ("Night Owl" and "We Have No Secrets", the latter of which was released as the B-side to The Right Thing to Do single).

The Best of Carly Simon
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 24, 1975
ProducerEddie Kramer, Richard Perry, Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon chronology
Playing Possum
The Best of Carly Simon
Another Passenger
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

For many years, this was Simon's only greatest hits collection, and, as a result, it became her bestselling album. In the late 1990s, sales in the United States alone stood at over three million copies.[3] However, in later years the collection could not be considered a complete or definitive representation of Simon's best or most popular work because it did not include her major hits from the mid-1970s onward, such as "Nobody Does It Better", "You Belong to Me", "Jesse", "Coming Around Again" and "Let the River Run". The fact that Simon had changed record labels several times (moving from Elektra to Warner Bros. to Epic to Arista) made a more wide-ranging collection a difficult proposition. A live album, Greatest Hits Live (1988), went some way to rectifying this issue, but the original recorded versions were eventually collected on the three-disc boxed-set Clouds in My Coffee (1995), the two-disc set Anthology (2003), and the single-disc compilation Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits (2004), which went on to become a great commercial success, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2007.

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes[4]

The Best of Carly Simon
1."That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (from Carly Simon, 1971)Eddie Kramer4:15
2."The Right Thing to Do" (from No Secrets, 1972)SimonRichard Perry2:57
3."Mockingbird" (from Hotcakes, 1974)Perry4:11
4."Legend in Your Own Time" (from Anticipation, 1971)SimonPaul Samwell-Smith3:45
5."Haven't Got Time for the Pain" (from Hotcakes)
  • Simon
  • Brackman
6."You're So Vain" (from No Secrets)SimonPerry4:17
7."(We Have) No Secrets" (from No Secrets)SimonPerry3:57
8."Night Owl" (from No Secrets)TaylorPerry3:47
9."Anticipation" (from Anticipation)SimonSamwell-Smith3:19
10."Attitude Dancing" (from Playing Possum, 1975)
  • Simon
  • Brackman
Total length:38:18


Credits adapted from the album's liner notes[4]

  • WCI Record Group – CDD pre-mastering
  • Arlyne Rothberg, Inc. – management
  • Glenn Christensen – art direction
  • Albert Mackenzie Watson – photo


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1976 Pop Albums 17[5]

Album – International

Year Country Position
1975 Australia 42[6]
1975 Canada 40[7]


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Carly Simon". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0-89919-025-1. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  4. ^ a b The Best of Carly Simon (booklet). Carly Simon. Elektra. 1975.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  6. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-04.

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