The Very Best of The Jam

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The Very Best of The Jam
Greatest hits album by The Jam
Released 1997
Recorded 1977 - 1982
Genre Rock, mod revival, punk rock
Label Polydor
The Jam chronology
Direction Reaction Creation
The Very Best Of The Jam
Fire and Skill - Songs Of The Jam
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of The Jam is the third greatest hits package (fourth including Compact Snap!) from The Jam and was released in 1997. It features all of The Jam's singles in chronological order.

It has the same tracks as Greatest Hits, but with two more tracks.

"The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)" was released as a single in 1997 to promote the album, it was previously a single 15 years before, and again 4 years later in 2001.

A VHS of 15 music videos to songs on the album was released. These 15 music videos previously made the Snap VHS in 1983. Therefore both VHS contain the same content.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the City" (Single version) from In the City
  2. "All Around the World" Single release only
  3. "The Modern World" from This Is the Modern World
  4. "News of the World" Single release only
  5. "David Watts" from All Mod Cons
  6. "'A' Bomb in Wardour Street" (single version) from All Mod Cons
  7. "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" (Single edit) All Mod Cons
  8. "Strange Town" Single release only
  9. "When You're Young" Single release only
  10. "The Eton Rifles" (Single edit) from Setting Sons
  11. "Going Underground" Single release only
  12. "Dreams of Children" Single release only
  13. "Start!" from Sound Affects
  14. "That's Entertainment" from Sound Affects
  15. "Funeral Pyre" (Original single version) Single release only
  16. "Absolute Beginners" Single release only
  17. "Town Called Malice" from The Gift
  18. "Precious" (7" version) from The Gift
  19. "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" from The Gift
  20. "The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)" Single release only
  21. "Beat Surrender" Single release only


  1. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. The Very Best of The Jam at AllMusic