Greatest (The Go-Go's album)

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Greatest hits album by The Go-Go's
Released October 5, 1990
Recorded 1981-84, 1990
Genre Pop rock, new wave, post-punk
Label I.R.S. Records
The Go-Go's chronology
Talk Show
Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's
Singles from Greatest
  1. "Cool Jerk" b/w "We Got the Beat"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Greatest is a 1990 compilation album by the rock group The Go-Go's from California, United States. The record, which represents the first best-of album by the Go-Go's, includes most of the hits and stand-out tracks from the band's first three studio albums, 1981 Beauty and the Beat, 1982 Vacation, and 1984 Talk Show, only omitting two minor hit singles, "He's So Strange" and "Yes or No".

The collection does not include any new songs, except for a re-recording of the 1960s cover version of "Cool Jerk" (the 'original' version of the cover was already on the Go-Go's second album, Vacation), which was also released as the one single from the compilation, reaching #60 in the UK Singles Chart, in 1991, this way becoming the second Go-Go's song to ever enter the British charts (the third and highest UK hit from the band would eventually be "The Whole World Lost Its Head", peaking at #29, from their second Greatest Hits album, 1994 Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Our Lips Are Sealed" J. Wiedlin, T. Hall Beauty and the Beat 2:44
2. "Cool Jerk" Donald Storball Previously unreleased 3:07
3. "We Got the Beat" C. Caffey Beauty and the Beat 2:30
4. "Head Over Heels" Caffey, Valentine Talk Show 3:36
5. "Get Up and Go" C. Caffey, J. Wiedlin Vacation 3:17
6. "Vacation" Caffey, Wiedlin, Valentine Vacation 3:00
7. "Beatnik Beach" Carlisle, Caffey Vacation 2:50
8. "You Thought" Schock, Valentine Talk Show 4:18
9. "I'm the Only One" Carter, Harvey, Valentine Talk Show 3:33
10. "This Town" C. Caffey, J. Wiedlin Beauty and the Beat 3:18
11. "Lust to Love" C. Caffey, J. Wiedlin Beauty and the Beat 4:03
12. "Mercenary" Caffey, Wiedlin, Valentine Talk Show 3:35
13. "How Much More" C. Caffey, J. Wiedlin Beauty and the Beat 3:04
14. "Turn to You" Caffey, Wiedlin Talk Show 3:50

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1990) Peak
Certification Sales
U.S. Billboard 200 127 402,000+[4]


Year Song U.S. Hot 100 UK Singles Chart
1991 "Cool Jerk" - 60


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 335. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived April 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.