The first Survivor Greatest Hits album was released in 1989, the year the band went on indefinite hiatus after their 1988 album Too Hot to Sleep was a commercial failure. The album covers 10 of the band's singles from 1981 to 1988
Greatest Hits was reissued in 1993, featuring two new songs recorded with original lead vocalist Dave Bickler, who left the band in 1983 due to vocal issues. In the booklet that came with the release, 1984-1988 vocalist Jimi Jamison is only briefly mentioned in the liner notes, and Bickler is credited as being the lone vocalist in the personnel section. Half of the songs contained on this release features Jamison on lead vocals.