Your personal Best Of... albums

Those Best Of… albums. Even if you don’t end up buying them thanks to already owning all the records, you can’t help noticing that there are always some of your particular favorites the band’s left off and some, well, still-great-but-not-THAT-great-compared-to-rest-of-band’s-production songs that they’ve chosen to include. So, if you got to make your own Best Of… album(s) for your favorite band(s), what would it include? I’m limiting my Best Of… albums to twelve tracks to ensure that they really are the Best Of.

Kantalooppi’s Best Of Pixies

  1. Velouria
  2. River Euphrates
  3. Debaser
  4. Gigantic
  5. Wave of Mutilation
  6. Caribou
  7. Monkey Gone To Heaven
  8. Here Comes Your Man
  9. Alec Eiffel
  10. Where Is My Mind?
  11. Mr. Grieves
  12. Is She Weird?

Kantalooppi’s Best of Dead Kennedys

  1. Holiday in Cambodia
  2. Moon Over Marin
  3. Chemical Warfare
  4. Kill The Poor
  5. Straight A’s
  6. California Über Alles
  7. Halloween
  8. Jock-O-Rama
  9. Pull My Strings
  10. MTV Get Off The Air
  11. Soup is Good Food
  12. Trust Your Mechanic


I don’t listen to “bands”, per se, but I am trying to think of some favorite tracks from my favorite film composer, Jerry Goldsmith…



  1. “Carnival Happening” from Justine
  2. “Bajo Fuego” from Under Fire
  3. “You’re Renewed” from Logan’s Run
  4. “End Titles” from Russia House
  5. “The Trees” from Medicine Man
  6. “The Hotel” from The Shadow
  7. “Frontal Lobotomy” from The Shadow
  8. “Wild Rovers” from Wild Rovers
  9. “Winter March” from Patton
  10. “Rafael” froom Under Fire
  11. “Noah Cross” from Chinatown
  12. “Short Hair” from Mulan
  13. “Caravan” from The Mummy
  14. “Spock Walk” from Star Trek: TMP

There are many more, from films like “Planet of the Apes” and “L.A. Confidential”, “Star Trek: First Contact” and many more, but I can’t think of the track names.

This is going to be controversial, but anyway -

The Best of Metallica

  1. Master of Puppets
  2. Seek and Destroy
  3. Welcome Home (Sanotarium)
  4. Enter Sandman
  5. Nothing Else Matters
  6. Bleeding Me
  7. Turn the Page
  8. Sad but True
  9. The Memory Remains
  10. Astronomy
  11. One
  12. The Call of Ktulu

No. 7 and 10 are both remakes but they’re quite different from the original songs anyway and I think they are pretty good.

Herzeleid by Rammstein

  1. Wollt ihr Das Bett in Flammen Sehen (one of the best songs ever)
  2. Der Meister
  3. Weisses Fleisch
  4. Asche zu Asche
  5. Seeman (slow, but another great song)
  6. Du Riechst so Gut
  7. Das Alte Leid
  8. Heirate Mich
  9. Herzeleid (best song of the album)
  10. Laichzeit
  11. Rammstein

Though I said 1, 5, & 9 were great, I just meant they were the best of the album. Every song on here is great, 'cept laichzeit. If you know what the lyrics mean, you can get a little disgusted.

Oh, I do this all the time! :smiley:

Best of Belle and Sebastian

  1. The State I Am In
  2. Dog on Wheels
  3. Seeing Other People
  4. My Wandering Days Are Over
  5. La Pastie de la Bourgeosie
  6. Sleep the Clock Around
  7. Legal Man
  8. Like Dylan in the Movies
  9. Simple Things
  10. Don’t Leave the Light On, Baby
  11. The Boy With the Arab Strap
  12. Waiting for the Moon to Rise

I’ll have to dig up mine for the Pixies. I also have one for Talking Heads someplace…

The Best of R.E.M.

  1. Fall on Me
  2. It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  3. The One I Love
  4. Losing My Religion
  5. Stand
  6. Drive
  7. Try Not to Breathe
  8. Nightswimming
  9. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
  10. How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
  11. Leave
  12. Daysleeper
  13. The Great Beyond
  14. I’ve Been High

Damn, that’s hard. R.E.M. really deserves a box set.

Best of Joni Mitchell

  1. I Had a King
  2. Chelsea Morning
  3. Michael from Mountains
  4. Rainy Night House
  5. Morning Morgantown
  6. Little Green
  7. Carey
  8. Urge for Going
  9. Court & Spark
  10. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
  11. Coyote
  12. Song for Sharon
  13. Wild Things Run Fast
  14. Night Ride Home

Could have made the list about twice this size.

No kidding. Here’s my Best of R.E.M. (painstakingly pared down to fit on one standard length CD.)
Note: my list includes at least one song from each major studio album, and is arranged for playability. Try it, you’ll like it :D.
[li] Lotus[/li][li] Sitting Still[/li][li] The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite[/li][li] Gardening at Night[/li][li] New Test Leper[/li][li] Pop Song 89[/li][li] It’s The End Of The World As We Know It[/li][li] Talk About The Passion[/li][li] Can’t Get There From Here[/li][li] What’s The Frequency Kenneth?[/li][li] The Flowers of Guatemala[/li][li] Man On The Moon[/li][li] Fall On Me[/li][li] Losing My Religion[/li][li] Star 69[/li][li] Texarkana[/li][li] Imitation of Life[/li][li] So. Central Rain[/li][li] Nightswimming[/li][li] (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville[/li][/ol]

My Best of B&S album:

  1. Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying
  2. If You’re Feeling Sinister
  3. Judy and the Dream of Horses
  4. Like Dylan in the Movies
  5. Put the Book Back on the Shelf
  6. Seeing Other People
  7. Simple Things
  8. Sleep the Clock Around
  9. The Boy With the Arab Strap
  10. The Wrong Girl
  11. This is Just a Modern Rock Song
  12. Woman’s Realm
  13. I Love My Car
  14. Waking Up to Us
  15. Me and the Major
  16. Expectations

Fits nicely on a 74 minute disc. :slight_smile:

spooje’s Best of Deep Puple!

  1. Hush
  2. Speed King
  3. Black Night
  4. Burn
  5. Lazy
  6. Highway Star
  7. Woman from Tokyo
  8. No one came
  9. Sombody Stole my Guitar
  10. Hey Cisco!
  11. I’m Not Your Lover
  12. '69
  13. Almost Human

Best of R.E.M.

  1. Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)
  2. Country Feedback
  3. Nightswimming
  4. Feeling Gravitys Pull
  5. E-Bow The Letter
  6. Near Wild Heaven
  7. Let Me In
  8. Flowers of Guatemala
  9. Fall On Me
  10. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  11. 9-9
  12. Little America.
    At least I’ll have about 10 years to shave that down to 6 before the 6@6 gets up to it (should it ever come back - shame, I miss those threads).

Best of Styx

 1) Too Much Time on My Hands
 2) Renegade
 3) Crystal Ball
 4) Miss America
 5) Lady
 6) Suite Madame Blue
 7) Come Sail Away
 8) Blue Collar Man
 9) Babe
10) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
11) The Best of Times
12) Light Up
13) Rockin' the Paradise
14) Don't Let it End

Well since there was only one real album ever released by him, they are all greatest hits, and is my favourite ALBUM (all songs) of all time. I am of course talking about:

Jeff Buckley: Grace

Best of Tori Amos:

Silent All These Years
Space Dog
Cornflake Girl
Blood Roses
Donut Song
Upside Down

Spooje, how could you not include Smoke on the Water?

Top 5, All-time Pink Floyd songs: (goal here is to maximize the breadth of exposure across the 4 eras, and leave out “goodness” due to cross-track compatibility, such as DSOTM or the first 3 tracks of MLOR)

1 Hey You
2 ABITW, Part II
3 Comfortably Numb
4 Welcome to the Machine
5 Dogs
6 The Nile Song
7 Apples and Oranges
8 See Emily Play
9 Bike
10 Learning to Fly
11 Childhood’s End
12 Time

Best of the Velvet Underground (and with a much better selection than on the awful Best of the Velvet Underground album that’s already been made)

  1. I’m Waiting for the Man
  2. What Goes On
  3. I Heard Call My Name
  4. All Tomorrow’s Parties
  5. Train Round the Bend
  6. Sunday Morning
  7. Foggy Notion
  8. Heroin
  9. Pale Blue Eyes
  10. I’m Sticking with You
  11. White Light/White Heat
  12. European Son
  13. Ride Into the Sun
  14. Sister Ray

And it fits perfectly on an 80-minute CD-R, too!

(here comes the part where I express sadness at having to leave out “The Murder Mystery”, “Beginning to See the Light” and “Oh! Sweet Nuthin”)

That’s supposed to be “I Heard Her Call My Name”, obviously.

How anyone can include a Metallica GH w/o Fade to Black is beyond me.

That goes for not including Wich You Were Here for Pink Floyd too! Blastphamy!! Why are there 12 on a Top 5? Did I miss something? [Lord Helmet voice] What are you thinking man?[Lord Helmet voice]

I don’t have a GH list but I felt the need to add my 2 cents anyway.:smiley:

Best of King Crimson

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  2. Epitaph
  3. In the Court of the Crimson King
  4. In The Wake of Poseidon
  5. A Sailor’s Tale
  6. The Great Deceiver
  7. Lament
  8. Starless
  9. Elephant Talk
  10. The Sheltering Sky
  11. Discipline
  12. Waiting Man

The Best of Blue Oyster Cult

  1. I’m On the Lamb, But I Ain’t No Sheep

  2. Then Came the Last Days of May

  3. Stairway to the Stars

  4. Before the Kiss, a Redcap

  5. Dominance and Submission

  6. ETI

  7. (Don’t Fear) the Reaper

  8. Godzilla

  9. Hot Rails to Hell

  10. Fire of Unknown Origin

  11. Joan Crawford

  12. Veteran of Psychic Wars
    Best of Led Zeppelin

  13. Dazed and Confused

  14. How Many More Times

  15. Heartbreaker

  16. Out on the Tiles

  17. Celebration Day

  18. Bron-yr-aur Stomp

  19. The Battle of Evermore

  20. When the Levee Breaks

  21. No Quarter

  22. Custard Pie

  23. Kashmir

  24. Ten Years Gone

Best of Bob Dylan

  1. Gates of Eden
  2. It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
  3. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  4. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  5. Just Like a Woman
  6. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  7. Shelter From the Storm
  8. Tangled Up in Blue
  9. Isis
  10. Black Diamond Bay
  11. Sara
  12. Silvio

Best of Aerosmith

  1. Dream On
  2. Walk This Way
  3. Sweet Emotion
  4. No More, No More
  5. Uncle Salty
  6. Back in the Saddle
  7. Sick as a Dog
  8. Lick and a Promise
  9. Get the Lead Out
  10. Draw the Line
  11. Jig Is Up
  12. Lightning Strikes

Best of Van Halen

  1. Ain’t Talking 'Bout Love
  2. I’m the One
  3. On Fire
  4. Ice Cream Man
  5. Everybody Wants Some
  6. Bottoms Up
  7. D.O.A.
  8. Beautiful Girls
  9. And the Cradle Will Rock
  10. Panama
  11. Dreams
  12. Pound Cake