The Ballad Hits is part one of two "best of" albums by Roxette, released in October 2002. The other is The Pop Hits, released in March 2003.
The tracks "A Thing About You" and "Breathe" were recorded especially for this album. Only the first one was released as a single.
The limited edition of the CD included an EP featuring four tracks: "The Weight of the World" (B-side of "A Thing About You"), "It Hurts", "See Me" (B-side of "Salvation") and "Every Day". The European version is copy protected.
The album proved to be a reasonable success in Europe, reaching the top 10 in many countries and reaching #11 and achieving Silver status in the UK.