The Best of 1980–1990

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The Best of 1980 –1990
Greatest hits album by U2
Released 2 November 1998 (1998-11-02)
Recorded 1980–1989
Genre Rock, post-punk
Length 65:35
Label Island
Producer Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Jimmy Iovine, U2, St. Francis Xavier[1]
U2 chronology
Please: PopHeart Live EP
(1997)
The Best of 1980–1990
(1998)
Hasta la Vista Baby!
(2000)
Singles from The Best of 1980-1990
  1. "Sweetest Thing"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic
(Standard edition)
4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic
(The B sides)
4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

The Best of 1980–1990 is the first greatest hits compilation by Irish rock band U2, released in November 1998. It mostly contains the group's hit singles from the eighties but also mixes in some live staples as well as one new recording, Sweetest Thing. In April 1999, a companion video (featuring music videos and live footage) was released. The album was followed by another compilation, The Best of 1990–2000, in 2002.

A limited edition version containing a special B-sides disc was released a week earlier than the single-disc version. At the time of release, the official word was that the 2-disc album would be available the first week the album went on sale, then pulled from the stores. While this threat never materialized, it did result in the 2-disc version being in very high demand. Both versions charted in the Billboard 200.

The boy on the cover is Peter Rowen, brother of Bono's friend Guggi (real name Derek Rowen) of the Virgin Prunes. He also appears on the covers of the early EP Three, two of the band's first three albums (Boy and War), and Early Demos.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

All music composed by U2, with lyrics by Bono.

No. Title Album Length
1. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"   The Unforgettable Fire (1984) 3:48
2. "New Year's Day" (Special version) War (1983) 4:17
3. "With or Without You"   The Joshua Tree (1987) 4:55
4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"   The Joshua Tree (1987) 4:38
5. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"   War (1983) 4:40
6. "Bad" (Best Of edit) The Unforgettable Fire (1984) 5:50
7. "Where the Streets Have No Name" (Best Of edit) The Joshua Tree (1987) 4:35
8. "I Will Follow"   Boy (1980) 3:36
9. "The Unforgettable Fire"   The Unforgettable Fire (1984) 4:53
10. "Sweetest Thing" (The Single mix) "Sweetest Thing" single 3:00
11. "Desire"   Rattle and Hum (1988) 2:59
12. "When Love Comes to Town"   Rattle and Hum (1988) 4:17
13. "Angel of Harlem"   Rattle and Hum (1988) 3:49
14. "All I Want Is You" / "October" (hidden track) Rattle and Hum (1988)
October (1981)
6:31
2:21
Total length:
65:35
Japan bonus track
No. Title Length
15. "One Tree Hill"   5:24
16. "October" (hidden track) 2:20
17. "A Sort of Homecoming"   5:29
Total length:
69:32

Disc two (Limited Edition B-sides Disc)[edit]

All songs written and composed by U2, except where noted. 

No. Title Originally Released on Length
1. "The Three Sunrises"   "The Unforgettable Fire" single 3:52
2. "Spanish Eyes"   "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" single 3:14
3. "Sweetest Thing"   "Where the Streets Have No Name" single 3:03
4. "Love Comes Tumbling"   "The Unforgettable Fire" single 4:40
5. "Bass Trap" (Best Of edit) "The Unforgettable Fire" single 3:31
6. "Dancing Barefoot" (extended version; Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) "When Love Comes to Town" single 4:45
7. "Everlasting Love" (Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden) "All I Want Is You" single 3:20
8. "Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret) "All I Want Is You" single 4:52
9. "Walk to the Water"   "With or Without You" single 4:49
10. "Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)"   "With or Without You" single 4:35
11. "Hallelujah Here She Comes" (Best Of edit) "Desire" single 4:00
12. "Silver and Gold"   "Where the Streets Have No Name" single 4:37
13. "Endless Deep"   "Two Hearts Beat as One" single 2:57
14. "A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel" (Best Of edit) "Angel of Harlem" single 4:32
15. "Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl"   "A Celebration" single 2:33
Total length:
59:53
  • Note: The version of "Bass Trap" found on this compilation is a shortened edit from the original 5:14 version found on the "The Unforgettable Fire 12" single EP of 1985. Same goes for the version of "A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel" which is an edit from the original version on the "Angel Of Harlem" single from 1989.

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

Video[edit]

The Best of 1980–1990
Video by U2
Released April 1999
Recorded 1980–1989, 1998
Genre Rock, post-punk, roots rock
Length 138 mins
Label Island / PolyGram
Director Donald Cammell, Meiert Avis, Barry Devlin, Gavin Taylor, Phil Joanou, et al.
U2 chronology
PopMart: Live from Mexico City
(1998)
The Best of 1980–1990
(1999)
Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston
(2001)

Music and words by U2. All tracks have been remastered for this release.

  1. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
  2. "New Year's Day"
  3. "With or Without You"
  4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
  5. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (from U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky)
  6. "Bad" (from Rattle and Hum)
  7. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  8. "I Will Follow"
  9. "The Unforgettable Fire"
  10. "Sweetest Thing"
  11. "Desire"
  12. "When Love Comes to Town"
  13. "Angel of Harlem"
  14. "All I Want Is You"
  15. "One Tree Hill" (Live - from a previously unreleased cut of Rattle and Hum)

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ The Best of 1980–1990 at AllMusic
  3. ^ The Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides at AllMusic
  4. ^ Hermes, Will (1998-12-11). "The Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: U2". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  6. ^ "U2: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  7. ^ "U2 – The Best of 1980–1990 (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
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  41. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (U2; 'The Best Of 1980 - 1990')". Hung Medien. 
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  43. ^ "American album certifications – U2 – Best of 1980-1990". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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  45. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2004". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 

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Preceded by
I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams
UK number one album
14 November 1998 – 20 November 1998
Succeeded by
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael by George Michael
Preceded by
The Living End by The Living End
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
9 November – 6 December 1998
28 December 1998 – 3 January 1999
Succeeded by
Chef Aid: The South Park Album
by Various artists