The Monkees Greatest Hits was released by Arista Records in 1976. As Monkees albums were hard to come by in the mid-1970s, and possibly due to other factors like the return of the group's TV show in syndication repeats and the activities of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart, Greatest Hits sold well and peaked at #58 on the Billboard chart that year. It remained in print through the 1980s, when it was treated to cassette and compact disc editions.
In 1982, Arista finally released a follow-up, More Greatest Hits of The Monkees. This collection, while containing chart hits like "Valleri," "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," and "Words," concentrated more on songs often heard on the television series, which was still in syndication at the time.