The Singles (Pretenders album)

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The Singles
Compilation album by The Pretenders
Released 17 November 1987
Recorded 1979–1986
Genre Rock
Length 57:18
Label WEA
Sire Records
Producer Bob Clearmountain
Ray Falconer
Jimmy Iovine
Nick Lowe
Chris Thomas
UB40
The Pretenders chronology
Get Close
(1986)
The Singles
(1987)
Packed!
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[4]

The Singles is The Pretenders' 1987 compilation album and features all the band's UK single hits to that date, as well as including "I Got You Babe" which Chrissie Hynde had performed with UB40 in 1985. The album reached #69 in the US album chart and #6 in the UK. [5]

Track listing & Chart positions[6][edit]

1. "Stop Your Sobbing" – 2:37 (Ray Davies) UK #34, US #65

2. "Kid" – 3:05 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #33

  • From 1979 album Pretenders

3. "Brass in Pocket" – 3:04 (Chrissie Hynde/James Honeyman-Scott) UK #1, US #14

  • From 1979 album Pretenders

4. "Talk of the Town" – 3:12 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #8

5. "I Go to Sleep" – 2:55 (Ray Davies) UK #7

  • From 1981 album Pretenders II

6. "Day After Day" – 4:01 (Chrissie Hynde/James Honeyman-Scott) UK #45

  • From 1981 album Pretenders II

7. "Message of Love" – 3:24 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #11

  • From 1981 EP Extended Play and album Pretenders II

8. "Back on the Chain Gang" – 3:50 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #17, US #5

9. "Middle of the Road" – 4:12 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #81, US #19

  • From 1983 album Learning to Crawl

10. "2000 Miles" – 3:38 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #15

  • From 1983 album Learning to Crawl

11. "Show Me" – 4:07 (Chrissie Hynde) US #28

  • From 1983 album Learning to Crawl

12. "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" – 3:39 (Richard Poindexter/Robert Poindexter/Jackie Members) UK #49, US #83

  • From 1983 album Learning to Crawl

13. "Don't Get Me Wrong" – 3:48 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #10, US #10

14. "Hymn to Her" – 4:28 (Meg Keene) UK #8

  • From 1986 album Get Close

15. "My Baby" – 4:07 (Chrissie Hynde) UK #84, US #65

  • From 1986 album Get Close

16. "I Got You Babe" (performed by UB40 with Chrissie Hynde) – 3:11 (Sonny Bono)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 US Billboard Album Chart 69
1987 UK Album Chart 6


Sources and external links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 653. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ <"BPI Certifications". BPI. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  6. ^ http://www.musicvf.com/The+Pretenders.art