The Best of Nelly Furtado

The Best of Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado
Released 12 November 2010 (2010-11-12)
Length 70:32
Label Geffen
Nelly Furtado chronology

Mi Plan Remixes
The Best of Nelly Furtado
The Spirit Indestructible
Singles from The Best of Nelly Furtado
  1. "Night Is Young"
    Released: 12 October 2010 (2010-10-12)

The Best of Nelly Furtado is the first greatest hits album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. The album was first released on 12 November 2010.[1] The album includes all of Furtado's biggest hits, as well as songs she's featured in and three new songs: "Night Is Young," "Stars" and "Girlfriend in the City". The album is available in Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions, with the latter including 2 CDs and 1 DVD.[2][3] The album's track listing and artwork were revealed on 14 October 2010.[4]


Talking about how she picked the new songs to be on the greatest hits Furtado said, "The way I picked the new songs for Best of Nelly Furtado was I was just coming off my Latin American tour for Mi Plan and two of my songs got leaked on the internet. Somebody in Eastern Europe or something leaked the songs on the internet. One song was "Night Is Young" and the other song was "Girlfriend In The City", but they were kind of horrible versions that weren’t even finished and not mixed. So I thought okay, a lot of my fans have heard these new songs anyway in their rough version, I might as well finish them and put them out properly on the greatest hits album. It kind of seemed like the natural choice. And then the third selection is "Stars", which is a song Lester Mendez and I wrote a couple years ago when we were doing the Loose sessions. It’s one of those songs that I think people who like Folklore will like, because it’s more intimate and slow."[5] The diss track "Give It to Me" was omitted from the album's track listing due to the negative lyrical content according to Furtado in an interview.[6]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[8]
New Zealand Herald 3/5 stars

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album a four out of five star rating, noting the variety on the album and commended that "Not one of Nelly Furtado’s albums sounds like the one that came before", calling it an "admirable trait".[7] Slant Magazine called Furtado "one of pop music's most eclectic artists" and wrote that "the set also positions Furtado as one of the absolute finest singles artists of her generation."[8]

Scott Kara from the New Zealand Herald saw the release as being for the fans.[9]

Release and promotion

On 26 August 2010 at the “Orange Warsaw Festival” in Poland, Furtado debut two previously unreleased songs, "Free" and "Girlfriend in the City"[10]

The album charted on the Austrian Albums Chart, Italian Albums Chart, German Albums Chart and UK Albums Chart for solely one week, while lasting two on the Swiss Albums Chart, debuting at 100 and peaking at 29. The album failed to chart on any of the United States charts, however sold moderately in Canada peaking at 57.[11]

Track listing

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Best of Nelly Furtado.

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm like a Bird"  Nelly Furtado 4:04
2. "Turn Off the Light"  Furtado 4:36
3. "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)"  Furtado 3:55
4. "Fotografia" (duet with Juanes)Juanes 4:00
5. "Powerless (Say What You Want)"   3:53
6. "Try"   4:38
7. "Força"   3:41
8. "Promiscuous" (featuring Timbaland) 4:02
9. "Maneater"   4:18
10. "Say It Right"   3:43
11. "All Good Things (Come to an End)"   5:09
12. "In God's Hands"   4:12
13. "Broken Strings" (featuring James Morrison)Mark Taylor 4:10
14. "Girlfriend in the City"  Remi 4:41
15. "Night Is Young"   3:32
16. "Stars"  Mendez 4:28
17. "Manos al Aire"   3:28


Chart (2010–2012) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[12] 34
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[12] 56
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[12] 81
Czech Albums Chart[13] 40
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 90
German Albums Chart[14] 20
Greek Albums Chart[15] 14
Hungarian Albums Chart[16] 23
Italian Albums Chart[17] 37
Irish Albums Chart[18] 31
Polish Albums Chart[19] 20
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 29
UK Albums Chart[20] 53


Country Provider Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Poland ZPAV Gold[21]

Release history

List of release dates, showing country, record label and edition
Region Date Label Edition
Germany[22] 12 November 2010 Geffen Standard, Deluxe
Poland[23] Universal Music
United States[24] 16 November 2010 Geffen
United Kingdom[25] 29 November 2010 Polydor


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