Enya's Greatest Hits Coming Soon... Wait, Enya Had Hits?

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Enya is well known as a punchline for any joke about New Agey music for which John Tesh would somehow be an inappropriate substitute. But did you know that she also (apparently) had several songs worthy of selection for a Best Of compilation? I did not. Warner Brothers believes otherwise, and will press am Enya record called The Very Best Of for release on December 1.

Burbank, CA - Best-selling Irish vocalist Enya will release The Very Best Of on Warner Bros. Records on December 1st in the U.S. The album will be released internationally, minus the bonus track "Oiche Chiuin (Chorale)," on November 23rd.

Capturing Enya's beguiling mix of classical choral sounds, Celtic atmosphere, and pop sensibility, The Very Best Of brings together, for the first time, all the highlights of her entire 22-year solo career, from "Boadicea" (off her 1987 self-titled debut) to her international breakthrough hit "Orinoco Flow" (from 1988's Watermark) to the sad serenity of "Only Time," which was adopted as a comforting anthem of hope after 9/11. Along the way, the album visits a remarkable collection of enduring favorites, such as "Anywhere Is," "Caribbean Blue," "Book of Days" and "Amarantine." It also provides something new in the shape of a stripped-down, previously unreleased version of "Aniron" which was featured in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings.

So here was my question: Were any of these songs "hits" in the traditional sense? You may remember hearing a snippet in a commercial or a movie, but does anyone really listen to Enya? Sure, "Orinoco Flow" has embedded itself in our collective consciousness as a musical byword for shitty montage scene, but is it something that should be repackaged as part of a Greatest Hits CD? It did peak at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is more than you can say for anything else here.

Well, as it turns out, Enya has also sold a hell of a lot of records. More than any other Irish artist besides U2. Weird, I know. In 1991 (when, admittedly, I was 11) she released a record called Shepard Moons which sold 13 million records and peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. Yes, she had a hit album with a hit single.

Wanna hear something even crazier? This is actually Enya's second Greatest Hits record -- she also put one out in 1997.

Like I said, Enya may mostly exist as a punchline in the minds of those of us born after 1980ish, but it turns out she she did have hits. Weird, right?

Enya is well known as a punchline for any joke about New Agey music for which John Tesh would somehow be an inappropriate substitute. But did you know that she also (apparently) had several songs worthy of selection for a Best Of compilation? I did not. Warner Brothers (apparently) thinks otherwise, and will press am Enya record called The Very Best Of for release on December 1.

Burbank, CA - Best-selling Irish vocalist Enya will release The Very Best Of on Warner Bros. Records on December 1st in the U.S. The album will be released internationally, minus the bonus track "Oiche Chiuin (Chorale)," on November 23rd.

Capturing Enya's beguiling mix of classical choral sounds, Celtic atmosphere, and pop sensibility, The Very Best Of brings together, for the first time, all the highlights of her entire 22-year solo career, from "Boadicea" (off her 1987 self-titled debut) to her international breakthrough hit "Orinoco Flow" (from 1988's Watermark) to the sad serenity of "Only Time," which was adopted as a comforting anthem of hope after 9/11. Along the way, the album visits a remarkable collection of enduring favorites, such as "Anywhere Is," "Caribbean Blue," "Book of Days" and "Amarantine." It also provides something new in the shape of a stripped-down, previously unreleased version of "Aniron" which was featured in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings.

So here was my question? Were any of these songs "hits" in the traditional sense? You may remember hearing a snippet in a commercial or a movie, but does anyone really listen to Enya? Yes, "Orinoco Flow" has embedded itself in our collective consciousness as a musical byword for shitty montage scene, but is it something that should be repackaged as part of a Greatest Hits CD? It did peak at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is more than you can say for anything else here.


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GrantT
GrantT

Shame on you sir. Go Enya!

Jijones11
Jijones11

Hey Martin, listen closely. You're a moron.

josh
josh

u must really NOT know much about music sales. Enya has 4 GRAMMY AWARDS, WAS VOTED BEST SELLING FEMALE SINGER IN THE WORLD IN 2002 did some of the music for lord of the rings, has sold 80 MILLION COPIES, was best selling irish singer of 2007 and has touched the lives of millions.

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