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"The Greatest View" is a song by the Australian rock band Silverchair. It was released in 2002 as the first single from their fourth album, Diorama. A video was made in which the band plays in hotel room representing Daniel Johns' inner space which spies try to investigate and listen in on. At the end of the video, the whole hotel lifts up into the air playing on the words 'greatest view'. This is one of three songs which made it onto the album (the other two being "World Upon Your Shoulders" and "Too Much of Not Enough") which Johns recorded using his Rickenbacker 12 string.

"The Greatest View"
Single by Silverchair
from the album Diorama
Released28 January 2002
FormatCD single, 7" vinyl
RecordedStudios 301 and Mangrove Studios, Australia
GenreAlternative rock
LabelEleven/Virgin (Australia and South-East Asia), Atlantic (Europe)
Songwriter(s)Daniel Johns
Producer(s)David Bottrill, Daniel Johns
Silverchair singles chronology
"Paint Pastel Princess"
"The Greatest View"
"Without You"

Before 2007, the song never charted in America. It then peaked at #36 on the Modern Rock Tracks, due to an EP being released by Warner Bros. Records (possibly to cash in on the success of "Straight Lines" on alternative radio or because of the experimental nature of "If You Keep Losing Sleep"). Music Choice lists this song as being a part of Silverchair's 2007 album Young Modern.

It was later used in the Sci Fi Channel promos of The Sarah Jane Adventures. This song is also featured in the video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003.

Track listingsEdit

Australian CD single (ELEVENCD6)
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Pins in My Needles"
  3. "Too Much of Not Enough"
EU 7" (7587-85339-7)
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Pins in My Needles"
  3. "Too Much of Not Enough"
German CD single (7567853392)
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Asylum"
  3. "Pins in My Needles"
US digital EP 2007
  1. "The Greatest View"
  2. "Straight Lines" (The Presets Remix)
  3. "We're Not Lonely...BUT We Miss You" (B-side)
  4. "Barbarella" (B-side)
  5. "If You Keep Losing Sleep" (video)
  6. "The Greatest View" - Live from Carriageworks, Sydney (video)


Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 3
New Zealand Singles Chart[2] 4
UK Singles Chart[3] 85
Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[4] 36

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2002) Position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 79


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Gold 35,000^


  1. ^ "Silverchair singles". Retrieved 2001-06-14.
  2. ^ "Silverchair singles". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  3. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). HIT Entertainment. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Silverchair - Billboard singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2002". Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.