The Best Ever
Compilation Album by James Harrison
Released 24 September 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Pop, Blues, R&B, Hip Hop
Length 69:43
Label JAT Records
Producer James Harrison
James Harrison chronology
My Eurovision Favourites (2012) The Best Ever


My History Part I(2013)

Singles from The Best Ever
  1. "Earth Song"

Released: 17 June 2012

  1. "You Are Not Alone"

Released: 22 October 2012

  1. "Thriller"

Released: 31 October 2012

  1. "Just My Imagination"

Released: 11 December 2012

  1. "White Christmas"

Released: 17 December 2012

  1. "Eye of the Tiger"

Released: 5 January 2013

  1. "Beat It"

Released: 6 February 2013

The Best Ever is the second compilation album by English recording artist James Harrison. It was released on September 24, 2012. It is a collection of songs Harrison regards as the best ever not by JAT. He includes one song that he did right, "My Heart Will Go On". The second song on the album is credited by BPI and RIAA as JAT & Girls Aloud, the song has the lyrics from the 2010 version with an original rap towards the end written by Harrison himself and performed by JAT. As of February 10, 2013 the album has sold 24.5 Million copies worldwide.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Michael Erelwine of Allmusic gave it a rating of 10/10 and in his review said "This is in my opinion the greatest cover album of all-time." Quincy Jones who worked with Michael Jackson on the four songs of Jackson's that Harrison covered said "Harrison would have done Michael proud with this album."

Professional ratings
Retrospective reviews
Review scores
Source Rating
All Music 10/10
Entertainment Weekly 10/10
Q 10/10
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 10/10
Slant Magazine 10/10
Stylus Magazine 10/10
Yahoo! Music 10/10

Track ListingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Original Artist Length
1. "Earth Song" Michael Jackson Michael Jackson 5:02
2. "We Are The World" (with Girls Aloud & JAT) (2010 Version with original rap) Jackson, Lionel Richie & James Harrison USA for Africa 7:10
3. "You Are Not Alone" Robert Kelly Michael Jackson 4:57
4. "Thriller" Rod Temperton Michael Jackson 4:39
5. "Candle in the Wind" Elton John, Bernie Taupin Elton John 3:52
6. "Just My Imagination" Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong The Temptations 3:56
7. "All I Want for Christmas is You" Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff Mariah Carey 4:02
8. "White Christmas" Irving Berlin Bing Crosby 3:04
9. "Eye of the Tiger" Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik Survivor 3:57
10. "My Heart Will Go On" James Harrison Celine Dion 4:42
11. "Time After Time" Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman Cyndi Lauper 4:04
12. "Iris" (ft. Andrew Collins & Ryan Wilson) John Rzeznik The Goo Goo Dolls 3:52
13. "Beat It" Jackson Michael Jackson 4:20
14. "The Real Slim Shady" (ft. Thomas Atcherley) Andre Young, Marshall Mathers III, T. Coster, Mike Elizondo Eminem 4:49
15. "Ghetto Gospel" (ft. Olly Murs) Tupac Shakur, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Marshall Mathers III 2Pac ft. Elton John 4:01
16. "It's Now or Never" Wally Gold, Aaron Schroeder, Edoardo Di Capua Elvis Presley 3:16