While they were more of a necessity in the pre-MP3 era, Greatest Hits collections will be around as long as music needs marketing. The best selling album of 2009 so far is a hits comp (you know who), the Beatles’ 1 is the best selling album of the decade. Those are some fun facts. My point is that everybody likes Greatest Hits albums, especially your aunt at Christmas. Lots Of Love. Today it was announced Foo Fighters will get their long rumored Best Of on 11/2. It’s called Greatest Hits and includes two new songs (the Obama-approved “Wheels” and “Word Forward”) in addition to the tracks in constant rotation on SiriusXM Lithium. Good for Foo Fighters, it’s not unwelcome. But it got me wondering what other acts are due for an essentials package? Beck? Coldplay? Weezer? Death Cab For Cutie? Comment party!

Comments (138)
  1. Animal Collective

  2. Tool is definitely ready for a greatest hits.

    Regarding Weezer, an accurate greatest-hits collection would be a re-release the blue album and Pinkerton as a double CD.

  3. I don’t know if a Greatest Hits would be applicable, but shouldn’t Husker Du at least have a Best Of disc? While every album was really strong as an overall product, there are enough gems that stand up by themselves to warrant one, I think.

    How about Durutti Column? While we’re on that subject, has anybody spent any time like I have obsessing over the two Martin Hannett tracks that were included in the original release as a bonus flexidisk, and have since been included on CD rereleases (“The First Aspect of the Same Thing” and “The Second Aspect of the Same Thing”)? Both are super-minimal examples of Hannett fucking around on frigid sounding synths that have made me hungry to hear more of what he did not as a producer, but as a musician in his own right. Can somebody please make a compilation of rarities/obscurities/outtakes/archives of this man’s private musical output? Thanks.

    • F.Leghorn  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

      I think, as far as Husker Du goes, it’s pretty unlikely; it would entail Hart and Mould having to, in some form, pretend the other existed. That ain’t happening. I can’t think of another band who deserves to have their catalog re-mastered and re-appreciated more ( well, the Smiths, but I’ve always assumed that was coming some day ) than Husker Du, but for all sorts of bullshit reasons, it seems as though they will just be left to rot in SST’s dingy vaults. I kind of wonder how much difference it would make, anyway, as those albums were produced so poorly ( so tinny and shrill ), that silk purses and sow’s ears come to mind.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody in Europe has put together a Durutti collection, but I can’t say this for sure. I certainly would never expect to see a US release for one. No market, and Rhino never even did a domestic release for the Nico re-masters. They don’t care.

      • the problem over husker best of/reissues isn’t bob and grant hating each other – they played together like 5 years ago

        the problem is sst won’t give up the masters

    • There definitely needs to be a remasted box set of Husker Du. Sadly, it’ll never happen.

  4. Shredmaster Steve  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    How about some metal bands? Behemoth, Mastodon, Neurosis, or even the Melvins?

  5. Robert  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0


  6. Angel  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Ryan Adams

  7. Mike  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Greatest Hits take songs out of their right place. Let’s keep everything in it’s right place.

  8. woozefa  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    soulja boy.

  9. I wish more bands did rarities collections instead of greatest hits.

  10. Beck?

    Need better singles than the one or two everyone can name.

    Blue Album is already available.

    Death Cab For Cutie?
    Who are these dudes?

  11. faas  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    uh oh. stereogum is falling off! comment party?


  12. douchebag  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0


  13. blur. o wait they already have two.

  14. Drew  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Weezer’s already had a few hits comp EPs. (Prime Cuts and Six Hits), and their contract expires after Raditude, so I’m sure there’ll be a full Best Of after that.

    Really though, I’m shocked there hasn’t been a Husker Du comp. Have there been any SST greatest hits comps?

    • F. Leghorn  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

      I believe SST did a compilation for the Minutemen, and, sort of, the Descendants—I think the Husker thing just is so poisoned on so many levels that it may take the Numero Group to put it all together in 2018 or something. It is too bad, as they are a band that a lot of people should appreciate more.

  15. F. Leghorn  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    My comment above was for MK’s benefit, by the way. The rest of you can drop dead.
    Anyway….Tool and Weezer seem the most obvious, undoubtedly Coldplay will have one in another year ( particularly for the British Christmas market ), and……what bands have been all that successful over the last decade? I suppose White Stripes. None of these seem in the least bit necessary, by the way. A Foo Fighter’s ‘Best of’ kind of makes sense, in that they seem the most beholden to 70′s rock arcana.

  16. dirtysweeet  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0


  17. Archers of Loaf

  18. Modest Mouse

  19. Marko  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Flaming Lips

  20. Sam  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    The Smiths

  21. Jason  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    I actually think a well-assembled greatest hits is an art form. Hearing a ton of great singles back to back can be really exciting, and for some bands it’s the best portrait of just how awesome they are.

    Here’s a few I think we could see, that haven’t already been mentioned:

    Ben Folds
    The Cardigans
    Fountains of Wayne
    Pernice Brothers
    REM (A better one than exists now, a comprehensive career-spanning double disc kind of thing)
    Spoon (sequence all their singles back to back-amazing!)
    The Streets
    The Three O’Clock (Paisley Underground band from the 80s who deserved this treatment)
    The Wannadies (Unfairly forgotten 90s Swedish pop band)
    XTC (a comprehensive domestic one, all the passable ones are import-only)

  22. White Stripes

  23. Robert  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Ween – The Brown Album (Their Greatest Drug Hits)

  24. Barry  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    The Smiths!

    • Tina's Burritos  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

      Theres like a billion Smiths best of’s out there and one produced by Morrissey and Johnny Marr just came out last year…

  25. Modest Mouse and Death Cab need more of a best of, like somebody mentioned above for another band. Don’t know that they have “greatest hits”, but they both have a massive back catalogue that would be well served by one or two disc sets collecting band and fan favorites.

    I was just thinking it seemed odd that no Foo greatest hits had yet been released and here comes the news that it’s happening. Weird when that happens. It’s a good time for it for two reasons. One, they do deserve the contractual obligation release as much as anybody else. Who has released so many albums filled with good to great songs that actually sound like they’re supposed to? A Foos greatest hits is going to sound like all the Foo songs you’ve heard on the radio but have never bothered hunting down the albums they come from. It’ll sell huge, and cover up the fact that Dave is in another massively huge band (the second reason now is a good time).


  27. 'cobra  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    AC/DC. Their lack is astounding.

    Fugazi, but folk should just buy that whole catalog.


  28. Wilco

    My Morning Jacket

    The Decemberists

    Rilo Kiley


    The Thrills (not that they have a lot of GREAT songs, but it would certainly be enjoyable to drink to with friends)

    Sufjan Stevens (but think that would be a bit pretentious)

    and does Radiohead have a best of? It might not flow very well though…

  29. ktimmy  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Nine Inch Nails
    Sigur Ros
    (something more than just live versions like on Hvarf-Heim)

  30. jairwear  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    There’s plenty of Smiths collections and such. Rarities maybe? Especially from Death Cab and Rilo Kiley.

  31. Matthew Perpetua has already created a couple of these “best-of” comps and posted them on his Fluxtumblr. Three nice ones to start with:

    Archers of Loaf: http://perpetua.tumblr.com/post/93463227/archers-of-loaf-the-underground-is-overcrowded

    Fugazi: http://perpetua.tumblr.com/post/78793361/fugazi-moral-abcs

    Sleater Kinney: http://perpetua.tumblr.com/post/139093280/sleater-kinney-turn-it-on

  32. Marko  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0


  33. JF  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0


  34. Lil Wayne. Such a vast unorganized discography. You could fish out his 15-20 best tracks and get a hell of a compilation. “A Milli” to start it off.

  35. ikidikid  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    The Radioheads

  36. lol  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    smiths have a best of im pretty sure

  37. Cory  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    I agree that a Lil Wayne compilation might be his most well organized album. I also think Wilco will have a greatest hits album, but not for a while. But does anyone else think that a Greatest hits album is a sign of retirement?

  38. Jonathan  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    Re-issue! re-package! re-package!
    Re-evaluate the songs
    Double-pack with a photograph
    Extra track (and a tacky badge)

  39. Weezer and AC/DC need greatest hits, because their full albums aren’t that great, but their singles are the best.

    Husker Du and the Minutemen because there’s a whole, new generation of people who would love them, but don’t know them.

    The Who because, after Beaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, no one has ever been able to convincingly represent their output in a convincing compilation.

    The Smiths? That was a joke, right?

  40. Set the Ray to Perfume-V  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    …a Pavement Kronikles or Decade without all the speedbumps and trap doors would do wonders for those casual listener older sister types…

  41. Stefan  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    An Elliott Smith “Best Of”, with some Heatmiser tracks included, would probably cement his reputation as a modern day Nick Drake. Especially important, since the Oscar-nominated version of Miss Misery is currently unavailable digitally.

    • Best of Chest Fever  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

      Two albums that influenced Nick Drake were Steve Miller Bands “Sailer” and Byrds”Notorious Byrd Brothers”…I always knew this…nobody has made a movie on a Gabriel Garcia book yet…

  42. megaindiedouche  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    The Beach Boys

  43. Robert  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    Oasis, probably.

  44. Greatest hits are more or less useless. Most bands who deserve one wouldn’t work in that setting. I’d like to see more reissues than greatest hits collections. Though I think it would work great for Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx. These collections do work better with dance than the other genres.

    • Jeff  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

      Daft Punk has Musique vol 1, and Basement Jaxx released The Singles in 2005 with a bonus disc of b-sides, alt takes, and live stuff… you are right, both are pretty awesome. Underworld and Chemical Brothers also have really great collections as well.

    • Stefan  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

      Al Green, Elvis, and the Beatles would like to have a word with you…

      • Nevadacadabra  |   Posted on Sep 4th, 2009 0

        …and don’t forget about a little album called “Legend” by some dude named Bob Marley…

    • I think Alive 2007 by Daft Punk is basically a greatest hits.

  45. The term “Best of” is in the eye of the beholder. Every music fan knows that the best songs are usually not singles. Why not call it “The Singles” compilation?

    Fans hate these money grabbing schemes (I know I do) but a well put-together compilation could be a great initiation piece for new fans. I recently got Kitchens of Distinction’s Capsule and it’s pretty solid.

  46. TVOTR
    I agree, Modest Mouse would be good.

  47. Modest Mark  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0

    Ehh, Modest Mouse? DCFC? Too soon first of all, and you also gotta realize that if a “best of” for those bands are released, it will only feature the work made on their major label albums, which isn’t much at this point. That’s all thanks to all the legalities and rights to songs related to which label they were released on.

  48. Dinosaur Jr. ? Built to Spill ?

  49. duh  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2009 0


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