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Greatest Hits (Westlife album)

Compilation album by Westlife
GenrePop, pop rock, teen pop
LabelRCA, Sony
ProducerJohn Shanks, Steve Mac, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, David Foster, Pete Waterman, Steve Robson, TTW, Rami Yacoub, Quiz & Larossi, Carl Falk, Arnthor Birgisson
Released18 November 2011

Greatest Hits is the twelfth major album released by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released on 18 November 2011 by RCA Records and Sony Music. Greatest Hits is the group's second Greatest Hits album following Unbreakable: Greatest Hits Volume 1 and their last before their split months later and reformation six years later. The album is the group's first album not under Syco Music and not under the tutelage of Simon Cowell, having left Syco and Cowell in March 2011. It was also the band's seventh album released as a four-piece. Greatest Hits album contains numerous singles that span throughout the band's career, as well as six live tracks, two from BBC Proms in Park and four from Live at O2 Arena. Another four new songs produced by John Shanks, which include the lead single Lighthouse, which was released on 14 November 2011. The compilation was released in two different formats, standard edition containing the album's eighteen tracks, and a deluxe edition featuring numerous other singles from the band's discography, as well as a DVD containing almost all of the band's music videos on the past fourteen years of their music career. Upon the album's release, Greatest Hits received mixed reviews from music critics, with some reviewers praising the compilation's structure, while others disliked the group's musical style implement in songs. The Compilation reached 4 in the UK Albums Chart; it is the lowest peaking position for a Westlife album. Despite the peak history of albums in the United Kingdom, it sold more than 600 000 units and is certified 2x Platinum by British Phonographic Industry as of November 2018, making it one of their best-selling albums of all time in the UK. Officially, this is the ninety-seventh best-selling album, thirty-fourth best-selling album from a band, fortieth best-selling album from a non-British act, twenty-sixth non-British album act, fifteenth best-selling Greatest Hits album of the 2010 decade in the United Kingdom. In other countries, album debuts at 1 position on the Irish Albums Chart, while it peaks within the top forty of New Zealand and Norway. It Chart at number-seventy at South Korean Year-end Albums Chart with recorded 2 449 number of sales. The album has been reissued with the title Greatest Hits: Gold Series on limited Gold tint CD in Australia on 27 October 2017.

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Japanese Bonus Track

19."Over and Out"Ben Earle, Craigie Dodds, John Shanks, Ruth-Anne CunninghamGreatest Hits3:24

Greatest Hits receive mixed reviews from music critics. Critics that positively receive album praise the album's track listing and new songs, particularly Beautiful World. Reviewers that criticize the album also note the group's repetitive formula in their songs. Shaun Kitchener of Trash Lounge give compilation perfect five stars, calling it the perfect way for a band to bid farewell. Robert Copsey Of Digital Spy gives the album four stars out of five, praising the inclusion of numerous hits in the track listing, as well as new songs of compilation. However, he was disappointed that the new songs point to what could have been an interesting new direction for the band. Alistair McGeorge Of Female First call album is a fine retrospective of one of the best boy-bands in history, as well as assuring listeners that they will be take on a journey from bands beginnings through to their last recordings, constantly reminded of the talent they show. Fraser McAlpine of BBC Music gave a mixed review of the album, noting the repetitive structure of the group's previous hits, and that listening to the album felt strange. Despite this, he praises the album's last three tracks. Simon Gage of Daily Express says that compilation need no introduction with big key-change numbers like Flying Without Wings and you Raise Me Up telling their own story. Star Magazine UK call group's formula annoyingly, irresistibly effective and that it's ballads theyll remember for. Jon o'brien Of Rovi Music give album borderline two and half out of five stars, saying, while this collection contains few pop gems, it's samey and uninspiring listen that suggests their split has been well overdue. He also noted that numerous uptempo songs and four 1 hits were excluded from the album's standard Edition. Pip Ellwood of Entertainment Focus gave the album a negative review, saying that listening to the album was like listening to one song for just over an hour. While allmusic only gives 2. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Professional ratings

BBC Music(mixed)
Female First(positive)


4 November 2011, Friday, 9:35 pmRTEThe Late Late Show
6 November 2011, Sunday, 7:45 pmBBC 1Strictly Come Dancing
6 November 2011, Sunday, 10:00 pmChannel 4Alan Carr : The Chattyman
8 November 2011, Tuesday, 8:00 pmTV3Strictly Come Dancing
11 November 2011, Friday, 7:45 pm; 12 November 2011, Saturday, 11:00 am; 13 November 2011, 1:00 and 7:00 pmBliss TVBliss Meets Westlife
14 November 2011, Monday 6:00-9:15 amBBC1BBC Breakfast
14 November 2011, Monday, 12:30-1:30 pmITV1Loose Women
14 November 2011, Monday, 3:00 pm; 16 November 2011, Wednesday, 4:00 pmBliss TVMerry Christmas from Westlife
14 November 2011; Monday, 7:00 pmQVCQVC
18 November 2011; Friday, 7:00 pmBBC1Children In Need
19 November 2011; Saturday, 6:00 pmTV3Childline
20 November 2011; Sunday, 12:00 pmChannel 4T4
23 November 2011; Wednesday, 6:00-9:25 amITV1Daybreak
23 November 2011; Wednesday, 6:00-9:25 pmITV1Lorraine
25 November 2011; FridayBBC1The Lottery
1 December 2011; Thursday, 10:30 am - 12:30 pmITV1This Morning
17 December 2011; SaturdayITV1Westlife: For the Last Time


1." Swear It Again " (Radio Edit)Wayne Hector , Steve MacWestlife4:08
2." If I Let You Go " (Radio Edit)Jorgen Elofsson , David Kreuger , Per MagnussonWestlife3:41
3." Flying Without Wings "Hector, MacWestlife3:35
4." I Have a Dream "Benny Andersson , Bjorn UlvaeusCoast To Coast4:13
5." Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) " (with Phil Collins ) (2011 Version)Phil CollinsCoast to Coast3:19
6." My Love " (Radio Edit)Elofsson, Kreuger, Magnusson, Pelle NylenCoast to Coast3:51
7." Uptown Girl " (Radio Edit)Billy JoelWorld of Our Own3:05
8." Queen of My Heart " (Radio Edit)Hector, Mac, John McLaughlin , Steve RobsonWorld of Our Own4:18
9." World of Our Own " (Single Remix)Hector, Mac, Dennis Morgan , Simon ClimieWorld of Our Own3:28
10." Mandy "Scott English , Richard KerrTurnaround3:17
11." You Raise Me Up "Brendan Graham , Rolf LvlandFace to Face4:00
12." Home "Michael Buble , Alan Chang , Amy Foster-GilliesBack Home3:24
13." What About Now " (2011 Remix)Ben Moody , David Hodges , Josh HartzlerWhere We Are3:59
14." Safe " (Single Remix)James Grundler, John ShanksGravity3:52
15." Lighthouse "Gary Barlow , ShanksGreatest Hits4:23
16." Beautiful World "Ruth-Anne Cunningham , Mark Feehily , ShanksGreatest Hits4:02
17."Wide Open"Grundler, ShanksGreatest Hits3:41
18."Last Mile of the Way "Nicky Byrne , Shane Filan , Dimitri Ehrlich, Coyle GirelliGreatest Hits3:49


1." Seasons in the Sun "Jacques Brel , Rod McKuenWestlife4:06
2." Fool Again "Jorgen Elofsson , David Kreuger , Per MagnussonWestlife3:53
3." What Makes a Man "Wayne Hector , Steve MacCoast to Coast3:51
4." When You're Looking Like That " (Single Remix)Max Martin , Andreas Carlsson , Rami YacoubWorld of Our Own3:52
5." Bop Bop Baby " (Single Remix)Shane Filan , Brian McFadden , Chris O'Brien, Graham MurphyWorld of Our Own4:27
6." Unbreakable " (Single Remix)Elofsson, John ReidUnbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 14:32
7." Hey Whatever "Hector, Mac, Ken Papenfus, Carl PapenfusTurnaround3:26
8." Obvious "Carlsson, Pilot , Savan KotechaTurnaround3:29
9." When You Tell Me That You Love Me " (with Diana Ross )John Bettis, Albert HammondFace to Face3:55
10." Amazing "Kotecha, Kristian Lundin , Pilot, Jake SchulzeFace to Face2:49
11." The Rose "Amanda McBroomThe Love Album3:38
12." Us Against the World "Arnthor Birgisson , Kotecha, YacoubBack Home3:59
13." What About Now " (Live from The O2 )Ben Moody , David Hodges , Josh HartzlerWhere We Are Tour: Live from The O24:15
14." Uptown Girl " (Live from The O2)Billy JoelWhere We Are Tour: Live from The O23:59
15." Mandy " (Live from The O2)Scott English , Richard KerrWhere We Are Tour: Live from The O23:50
16." Home " (Live from The O2)Michael Buble , Alan Chang , Amy Foster-GilliesWhere We Are Tour: Live from The O23:41
17." Flying Without Wings " (Recorded Live At BBC Proms In the Park 2011)Hector, MacPreviously unreleased4:29
18." You Raise Me Up " (Recorded Live At BBC Proms In the Park 2011 with Fionnuala Sherry )Brendan Graham , Rolf LvlandPreviously unreleased4:51


RegionCertificationCertified units /sales
Ireland ( IRMA )3 Platinum45,000 ^
United Kingdom ( BPI )2 Platinum600,000
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