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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."
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.
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.
|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
- Issued exclusively with the vinyl edition of the album
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||45|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||86|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||49|
|Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)||24|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||41|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||8|
|New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)||9|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||10|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||13|
|UK Albums (OCC)||45|
|US Billboard 200||27|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||25|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||24|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||2× Platinum||30,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|