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Release date
28 Mar 2001
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 A Song for ×× 4:43 3,335
2 Trust 4:48 17,933
3 Depend on you 4:18 22,245
4 LOVE~Destiny~ 4:54 2,296
5 TO BE 5:20 20,229
6 Boys&Girls 3:54 417
7 Trauma 4:18 21,187
8 End roll 4:42 15,002
9 appears 5:39 19,484
10 Fly high 4:07 24,869
11 vogue 4:28 17,892
12 Far away 5:36 16,947
13 SEASONS 4:26 26,302
14 SURREAL 4:42 22,113
15 M 4:29 28,107
16 Who... 5:05 271

About this album

“A BEST” is the first “best of” album released by Hamasaki Ayumi. There is some controversy surrounding this album as it has the same release date of Utada Hikaru’s Distance album, thus staggering the sales of both albums. Whether avex intentionally pushed the release of this album to be at the same time as Distance remains a controversial topic. It is also rumored that the cover image, depicting Ayumi with a tear rolling down her cheek, was chosen by her as a protest to the false media reports that she and Utada are personal rivals.

The songs “A Song for ××”, “Trust” and “Depend on you” were re-recorded for this album along with “End roll,” which wasn’t anounced to be re-recorded, and “Boys & Girls,” which had a new instrumental part but the voice still being the same as the older version.

Though this was her best selling album, Hamasaki Ayumi opposed of it publicly, stating “it was too early for release”. This album sold more than 4,300,000 copies to date. The album reached #1 on the Oricon Album Charts and charted for 48 weeks. A BEST was re-released the same day as for A BEST 2 -BLACK- and A BEST 2 -WHITE-.

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  • MarkPrinceGohan

    This album makes me sad just because of how she didn't want this released at all and the cover art. The re-recorded A Song for xx, Trust and Depend on you are fantastic. I'd recommend A COMPLETE and A SUMMER BEST over this one though.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TarantulaEyes

    In regards to what blackeri said all those years ago, that's not totally true. The A BEST 2 only includes "bests" from a certain set of years. This A BEST is the best of her early years. Both sets of years are valid. Technically, if you truly wanted the best of Ayu, you'd need to go after A BEST 2 and A BEST. Until she makes a proper A BEST 3.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • Taishaku

    Probably her most meaningful cover art ever

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Crikosegan

    Review: Ayumi Hamasaki - A Complete ~All Singles~ (3CD + DVD) ->

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • pablo774

    v because they had to choose 1 song from each "single" that were actually EPs

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RBMaia05

    I love this album, its record as the 2nd best debuting album ever, its versions of Depend on you, Trust and A Song for XX, and the pv of Dearest. So, THANKS for forcing ayu to release this against her will, avex! ;)

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • amenise

    This album is just like an autobiography of Ayu. Classic!

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • f3ri

    mmmm some great songs.

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • diordoll

    i love the album artwork.

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Finaltwilightos

    For most of the songs on this album, I find it much better than A BEST 2 Black and white. I consider this best album to have better songs on it than A Best 2 (both versions).

    25 Apr 2008 Reply
  • blackeri

    I love this album and yes, it is a brilliant collection...but if you honestly want ”The Best Of Ayumi Hamasaki” should look into A BEST 2 -white- and A BEST 2 -black-...they are truly the collection to chose! However, this album is so wonderful to own if you’re a diehard Ayu fan like me and must collect everything! =P She’s brilliant.

    17 Aug 2007 Reply
  • utadarulez

    the best album ever released

    2 Apr 2007 Reply
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