Singles (The Smiths album)

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ReleasedFebruary 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)
GenreAlternative rock, indie pop
LabelWarner Music Group
ProducerJohn Porter, The Smiths, Roger Pusey, Dale "Buffin" Griffin and Stephen Street
The Smiths chronology
...Best II
The Very Best of The Smiths

Singles is the seventh compilation album by English rock band The Smiths, pitched as a compilation of previously issued singles. It was released in February 1995 by the new owner of their back catalogue, WEA (Sire Records in the United States). Its highest British chart position was #5; it did not chart in the United States. Blender magazine lists the album among the "500 CDs You Must Own" on their website.[1]

About the album[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

WEA (now the Warner Music Group) acquired the entire Smiths back catalogue in early 1992. After re-releasing all of The Smiths' original albums and compilations and issuing a two-volume best of compilation (Best...I and ...Best II) in 1992, in 1995 they decided to celebrate The Smiths' reputation as a "singles band" by issuing a collection of the band's singles. Only the singles released in the UK were included.

Hand In Glove, The Boy With The Thorn in His Side and Ask, in this compilation, did not use the single versions, the first two are released as singles in alternative versions, and Ask had an early fade out.


The cover features a design made earlier by Morrissey but previously unused, featuring singer and actress Diana Dors in a still from the 1956 film Yield to the Night.

Spin-off singles[edit]

WEA decided to promote the album in the UK by re-releasing the "Ask" single with its two original B-sides, "Cemetry Gates" and "Golden Lights". The single charted at #62. In the United States, Sire decided to release "Sweet and Tender Hooligan", a single of rarities, to promote the album, with a newly-designed sleeve by Morrissey. It failed to chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Morrissey/Marr.

  1. "Hand in Glove" (album version) – 3:25
  2. "This Charming Man" – 2:41
  3. "What Difference Does It Make?" (album version) – 3:51
  4. "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" – 3:35
  5. "William, It Was Really Nothing" – 2:09
  6. "How Soon Is Now?" (album version) – 6:46
  7. "Shakespeare's Sister" – 2:09
  8. "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" (album version) – 4:59
  9. "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" (album version) – 3:18
  10. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" – 3:14
  11. "Panic" – 2:20
  12. "Ask" (album version) – 3:14
  13. "Shoplifters of the World Unite" – 2:58
  14. "Sheila Take a Bow" – 2:41
  15. "Girlfriend in a Coma" – 2:02
  16. "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" – 3:46
  17. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (album version) – 5:02
  18. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" – 4:02


The Smiths[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] none 395,150[4]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Alternative Rock: 500 CDs You Must Own
  2. ^ "Allmusic review".
  3. ^ "American certifications – The Smiths – Singles". Recording Industry Association of America.
  4. ^