Canadian Singer Neil Young's Greatest Hits

Neil Young Greatest Hits
November 12, 2020 - 11:14 / Rachel Johnson

Neil Young’s greatest hits range from “Old Man” to “Heart of Gold”! The Canadian musician got his start in the 1960s and is now one of the most well-known and respected singer-songwriters in his line of work! Join us in looking back at some of Neil Young’s greatest hits.

Neil Young’s greatest hits would start with early songs like “Sugar Mountain” and “Mr. Soul”. Born November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Neil Young grew up inspired by artists like Link Wray, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

When he was still in high school Neil Young would form his first band, the Jades, eventually leaving school to pursue a career in music full time. It was during this time that Neil would first meet Joni Mitchell and write some of his first popular folk songs like “Sugar Mountain”.

Neil Young Greatest Hits

Neil Young performs at a Farm Aid concert in 1999

Neil Young's greatest hits would only continue from there, and by 1965 Young was touring Canada as a soul artist, before forming the band Buffalo Springfield. It was during his time with the band that he penned the hit “Mr. Soul” as well as “Expecting to Fly” and “I am a Child”.

The band was so popular that in 1997, Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—Young’s second time being inducted! Neil Young would only stay with Buffalo Springfield until 1968 when he left to pursue a solo career. The release of his first solo record, Neil Young which included the hit “The Loner”, would follow.

Young wouldn’t stay solo for long and soon formed another band called Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse would release a number of hits including:

  • “Cinnamon Girl”
  • “Cowgirl in the Sand”
  • and “Down by the River”.

More Of Neil Young's Greatest Hits

Neil Young performs at the Harvest Moon Benefit in 2019

Since the 1960s Neil Young has continued to pen out hit song after hit song no matter what band he was playing with. Some of his most popular greatest hits include:

  • “Ohio”, written after the Kent State massacre in 1970
  • “Tell Me Why”
  • “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”
  • “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”
  • “When You Dance I Can Really Love”
  • “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” and “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
  • “Harvest Moon”
  • “Old Man”

Most recently Neil Young released his album Homegrown which was actually recorded in the 1970s! While he has had his ups and downs along the way, at 75 years old Neil Young sure does have an impressive list of greatest hits and has received a number of Grammy and Juno Awards.

In 2000, Neil Young was named the 34th greatest rock ‘n roll artist by Rolling Stone, and his distinctive guitar work and moving lyrics will live on forever! Which one of Neil Young’s greatest hits is your favorite?