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Recorded: 1969-1972

Released: Nov. 15, 1973

Rating: 4.083 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: country/ folk singer/ songwriter

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  2. Follow Me
  3. Starwood in Aspen
  4. For Baby (For Bobbie)
  5. Rhymes & Reasons
  6. Leaving on a Jet Plane
  7. The Eagle and the Hawk
  8. Sunshine on My Shoulders
  9. Goodbye Again
  10. Poems, Prayers and Promises
  11. Rocky Mountain High


sales in U.S. only 9 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 7

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • Take Me Home, Country Roads (4/3/71) #2 US, #50 CW, #3 AC. Sales: ½ million
  • Goodbye Again (7/22/72) #88 US, #23 AC
  • Sunshine on My Shoulders (1/26/74) #1 US, #42 CW, #1 AC. Sales: ½ million
  • Rocky Mountain High (11/25/72) #9 US, #3 AC

Notes: A 2005 reissue added songs “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado,” “Daydream,” and “Friends with You.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Greatest Hits
John Denver
“Released in 1973, Greatest Hits only sums up a handful of years of hitmaking for John Denver, but what years those were. Between 1971 and 1973, Denver actually didn't have that many hits, but they were songs that defined him – Take Me Home, Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High, and Sunshine on My Shoulders. Those three songs, along with Leaving on a Jet Plane – which he wrote but Peter, Paul & Mary made into a standard – are all here, along with seven other early songs recorded between 1969 and 1973 that may not be familiar to the average casual fan, but all capture Denver’s warm folk-pop at its best. There may be more hits on Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, but this collection is every bit as engaging as that record” (Erlewine).

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Last updated April 6, 2008.