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Editors’ Notes

As one of the 21st century's most successful bands to date, Snow Patrol has seen two greatest-hits albums released within just a few years of one another. But where Up to Now was an extensive look at Snow Patrol that also included new tracks, b-sides, and rarities, Greatest Hits is exactly that. The only "new" track here is the in-demand single "The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)," a newly edited version of a 16-minute song from the album A Hundred Million Suns that was used in the film trailers for Act of Valor and Epic. The remaining songs are all ones that casual fans will want to own. "Chasing Cars," "Run," "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" with Martha Wainwright, and "Make This Go on Forever" are among the best pop songs of the past decade. If one needed a single album to make the case for this Northern Irish group, which made its alternative sound part of the mainstream, this is the quickest way to understand Snow Patrol's appeal.

Customer Reviews

Huge fan but...

They already did "up to now" which was a greatest hits type of record and now this? How about focus on making some great songs instead of getting all self-indulgent and putting out a greatest hits. You guys only had a few big hits. I'm still a pretty huge fan but this is quite a turn off for me personally.

A Good Compilation

After following this band for so many years, I have to agree with every song they chose for this. Not only will well-known tracks be shown, but lesser followed songs that are equally beautiful can be enjoyed. The only question that remains...will they continue?


A little early for the greatest hits. Keep making new stuff


Formed: 1994 in Dundee, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After failing to secure an international audience for nearly ten years, Snow Patrol broke into the mainstream with 2003's Final Straw, a mega-selling album that showcased the band's fondness for epic, melancholic rock. The group had originally stuck closer to the pop realm, releasing quirky albums that took more cues from Belle & Sebastian than Coldplay (to whom the band would later draw many comparisons). Final Straw proved to be a turning point, however, paving the way for the success of 2006's...
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