The Singles 81→85 is a singles compilation album released in October 1985 by Depeche Mode. The compilation was not originally released in North America, being replaced by its counterpart Catching Up with Depeche Mode. This was their first ever release with a picture of the band on the cover (other than the album People Are People, which was released in 1984 in North America). In 1998, to coincide with the release of The Singles 86>98, the band remastered, repackaged, and re-released the compilation worldwide. Upon re-release there was a typographical change to The Singles 81>85 in order for consistency with the later release The Singles 86>98. Two bonus tracks (one of which had never appeared on an official CD to date) were included on the 1998 re-release.
The 1998 re-issue has sold 283,000 units in the U.S. as of April 2006.
Songs written by Martin Gore, except tracks 1, 2, 3, 16, and 17 written by Vince Clarke. David Gahan sings lead vocals on all songs except "Somebody" which is handled by Martin.
Track 17 originally released on 12Mute16.
Both the re-issue and the original LP has each single pictured on the leaflet and comments by certain reviewers, both positive and negative. Pre the Pet Shop Boys era, Neil Tennant's dismissive Smash Hits review from the actual release date of the double A side single Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody is featured.