I was looking at a Greatest Hits CD listing in Musicbrainz https://musicbrainz.org/release/8c0cb3ad-4d2c-4a85-8ea3-80f6227a90f6 and surprised to notice that it has Compilation as a release type. I have always believed a compilation to be a combination of recordings from different artists. This CD is from one. So, I looked at the definition in the style guide Compilations
Right at the front is
A compilation, for the purposes of the MusicBrainz database, covers the following types of releases:
- a collection of recordings from various old sources (not necessarily released) combined together. For example a “best of”, retrospective or rarities type release.
- a various artists song collection, usually based on a general theme (“Songs for Lovers”), a particular time period (“Hits of 1998”), or some other kind of grouping (“Songs From the Movies”, the “Café del Mar” series, etc).
So, the style guide considers a ‘Best of’ or ‘Greatest Hits’ to be a compilation! and the listing of the CD above is consistent with the style guides. But personally, I think this is incorrect. A best of is not a compilation. What is the reasoning for this?