The Singles 86>98 is a singles compilation album released in 1998 by Depeche Mode. It was released as a follow-up to the band's previous compilation, The Singles 81→85, which was also re-released in the same year. The compilation covers the band's 7-inch single releases spanning five studio albums (from 1986's Black Celebration to 1997's Ultra), as well as including the band's 1998 stand-alone single "Only When I Lose Myself". Also included is "Little 15" (from Music for the Masses, released as a single in Europe), and the live version of "Everything Counts" (from the live album 101) which was released as a single in 1989. All tracks on The Singles 86>98 were newly remastered, as was the case with the re-release of The Singles 81→85.
The four-month Singles Tour that followed marked the first time Depeche Mode had toured since the 1993–94 Devotional/Exotic Tour. (They had declined to tour Ultra a year earlier, playing only a few songs at a handful of shows instead.)
The Singles 86>98 has sold 500,000 units in the U.S. (double albums count as two units), achieving Platinum certification. This album was also listed in Blender magazine's 500 CDs You Must Own.
Alan Wilder was a member from 1982–1995 – keyboards, piano on "Condemnation", bass guitar on "Walking In My Shoes", drums on "I Feel You", programming
All songs written by Martin Gore.
All lead vocals by David Gahan, except for "A Question of Lust" and "Home", sung by Martin Gore.
"Stripped", "A Question of Lust", and "A Question of Time" produced by Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Gareth Jones.
"Strangelove" and "Behind the Wheel" produced by Depeche Mode and Dave Bascombe.
"Never Let Me Down Again" and "Little 15" produced by Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Dave Bascombe.
"Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Policy of Truth", "World in My Eyes", "I Feel You", "Walking in My Shoes", "Condemnation", and "In Your Room" produced by Depeche Mode and Flood.
"Barrel of a Gun", "It's No Good", "Home", "Useless", and "Only When I Lose Myself" produced by Tim Simenon.
"Everything Counts (Live)" produced by Depeche Mode.
To coincide with the release of The Singles 86>98, the band released a VHS/DVD called The Videos 86>98 featuring the music videos for all of the songs, and more. The band re-released the DVD in 2002, called The Videos 86-98+ which included more videos and some Electronic Press Kits.