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The Evolution of the Greatest Hits Album

April 6th, 2010

Nathan Rabin of the A.V. Club continues his journey into country music this week by assessing the work of Toby Keith.

At the end of the piece he says, “‘She’s A Hottie’ was the sole new track on Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits.”

I laughed reading this because I remember back when greatest hits albums contained nothing but, well, past hits. It used to be that record companies didn’t tack on new songs to best of collections to get fans to buy an album full of songs they already owned just to get one or two new ones. I suppose Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was an early exception but, generally speaking, the trend of throwing new songs on such collections didn’t really gain traction until much later. Mid-80s?

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