The Singles 86–98

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The correct title of this article is The Singles 86>98. The substitution or omission of any brackets is because of technical restrictions.
The Singles 86>98
The Singles 86-98 - Depeche Mode.jpg
Compilation album by Depeche Mode
Released 28 September 1998
Recorded 1985–1998
Genre Alternative dance, synthpop, new wave, darkwave, industrial rock, electronic rock, alternative rock
Length 97:12
Label Mute
Reprise (US/Canada)
Producer Depeche Mode, Gareth Jones, Daniel Miller, Dave Bascombe, Flood, Tim Simenon
Depeche Mode compilations chronology
Depeche Mode Greatest Hits
The Singles 86–98
Remixes 81–04
Singles from The Singles 86>98
  1. "Only When I Lose Myself"
    Released: 7 September 1998

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 band decided to release the album as a close follow-up to Ultra, Depeche Mode's first album after Alan Wilder's departure and Dave Gahan's drug addiction and resulting health problems, to maintain interest in the band. The four-month Singles Tour that followed marked the first time Depeche Mode had toured since the 1993–94 Devotional/Exotic Tour, since 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.[1] This album was also listed in Blender magazine's 500 CDs You Must Own.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly C− [4]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Album Length
1. "Stripped" (7" Version) Black Celebration (1986) 3:51
2. "A Question of Lust" (7" Version) Black Celebration 4:31
3. "A Question of Time" (7" Version) Black Celebration 4:00
4. "Strangelove" (7" Version) Music for the Masses (1987) 3:47
5. "Never Let Me Down Again" (7" Version) Music for the Masses 4:22
6. "Behind the Wheel" (7" Version) Music for the Masses 4:00
7. "Personal Jesus" (7" Version) Violator (1990) 3:46
8. "Enjoy the Silence" (7" Version) Violator 4:16
9. "Policy of Truth" (7" Version) Violator 5:14
10. "World in My Eyes" (7" Version) Violator 3:57
Disc Two
No. Title Album Length
1. "I Feel You"   Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) 4:35
2. "Walking in My Shoes" (single version) Songs of Faith and Devotion 5:02
3. "Condemnation" (Paris mix) Songs of Faith and Devotion 3:23
4. "In Your Room" (Zephyr mix) Songs of Faith and Devotion 4:50
5. "Barrel of a Gun"   Ultra (1997) 5:26
6. "It's No Good"   Ultra 5:59
7. "Home"   Ultra 5:46
8. "Useless" (remix) Ultra 4:53
9. "Only When I Lose Myself"   Previously unreleased 4:41
10. "Little 15"   Music for the Masses 4:14
11. "Everything Counts" (live) 101 (1989) 6:38
Disc Three [Limited Edition]
No. Title Length
1. "Rush" (Wild Planet mix) 6:23
2. "Enjoy the Silence" (The Quad:Final mix) 15:25
3. "World In My Eyes" (Safar mix) 8:30
4. "Dangerous" (Hazchemix edit) 3:02


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[6] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[7] Platinum 500,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[8] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[1] Platinum 500,000^
Europe (IFPI)[10] Platinum 1,000,000*

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


Depeche Mode is:

  • David Gahan – lead vocals
  • Martin Gore – guitar, keyboards, melodica on "Everything Counts", backing vocals, lead vocals on "A Question Of Lust" and "Home"
  • Andrew Fletcher – keyboards
  • 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.

The Videos 86>98[edit]

Main article: The Videos 86>98

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.


  1. ^ a b "American album certifications – Depeche Mode – The Singles 86". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ Alternative Rock: 500 CDs You Must Own Archived 30 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Depeche Mode: The Singles 86–98 >Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  4. ^ Lanham, Tom (11 December 1998). "The Singles 86–98 Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Hansen, Skaht. "Depeche Mode: The Singles 86–98 Record review". Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Depeche Mode – The Singles 86" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; 'The Singles 86')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  8. ^ "Polish album certifications" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Depeche Mode – The Singles 86". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Singles 86 in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  10. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1998". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.