The Hits Collection is a compilation album by Kim Wilde. The album was released on March 6, 2006. Originally the album was intended to be a repackaged version of the 1996 compilation Best of Kim Wilde. When the album was announced, the webmaster of Wilde's fansite contacted EMI and asked if it would be a better idea to release a new compilation of Wilde's EMI "first" years 1981-1983 instead. EMI agreed, and so this compilation came to be. It included Wilde's 1982 track "Bitter Is Better", which had not been released in the UK until this CD. This compilation assembled the first eight singles of Wilde's career (tracks 1-8) as well as their respective B-sides (tracks 9 through 16) in chronological order; filling up the track order are the aforementioned unreleased track as well as the two 12" A-sides of that time-frame.