Greatest Hits is Neil Young's third compilation album after Decade and Lucky Thirteen. Eleven of the first twelve tracks appear on Decade, and the disc spans his solo career from 1969 through 1992. On the rear cover of the album, Young comments that the tracks were selected "based on original record sales, airplay and known download history."


 [hide*1 Remastering


All tracks on this album were remastered using the HDCD process, which Young has been utilizing for his studio work since 1995. The album was also released as a high-resolution DVD Video disc with 24bit 96kHz audio, and in a two-disc format including the audio album plus a bonus DVD with videos for "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Harvest Moon". Extensive notes on the remastering process can be found on Young's website.[3]

On the press release, Young said:

One of the most important jobs of any musician is to provide quality sound to the people. Quality has taken a hit in recent years, but it's starting to come back thanks to DVD-stereo. There is just no comparison between DVD-stereo and a regular compact disc or even 5.1 sound. It's the difference between a true reflection of the music and a mere replica. I've always been a strong believer in analogue and this is about as close to the rewarding listening experience of vinyl as the real thing.[4]

Track listing[edit]Edit

# Title Writer(s) Performed by Length Album
1. "Down by the River" Neil Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 9:20 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
2. "Cowgirl in the Sand" Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 10:08
3. "Cinnamon Girl" Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 3:02
4. "Helpless" Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:40 Déjà Vu
5. "After the Gold Rush" Young Neil Young 3:48 After the Gold Rush
6. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Young Neil Young 3:11
7. "Southern Man" Young Neil Young 5:33
8. "Ohio" Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:02 non-album single
9. "The Needle and the Damage Done" Young Neil Young 2:13 Harvest
10. "Old Man" Young Neil Young with The Stray Gators 3:25
11. "Heart of Gold" Young Neil Young with The Stray Gators 3:09
12. "Like a Hurricane" Young Neil Young and Crazy Horse 8:23 American Stars 'n Bars
13. "Comes a Time" Young Neil Young 3:07 Comes a Time
14. "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" Young, Jeff Blackburn Neil Young and Crazy Horse 5:02 Rust Never Sleeps
15. "Rockin' in the Free World" Young Neil Young 4:44 Freedom
16. "Harvest Moon" Young Neil Young 5:03 Harvest Moon
7" single
  1. "The Loner" – 3:50
  2. "Sugar Mountain" – 5:41
Issued exclusively with the vinyl edition of the album


Chart (1975) Peak


Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 86
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 49
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 41
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 8
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 45
US Billboard 200[15] 27
Chart (2005) Peak


Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 24


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[19] Gold 25,000
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[21] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[22] Platinum 15,000x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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