The Years 1979–1997 is a greatest hits compilation released by Australianrock band INXS on 10 December 2002. It is roughly the Australian equivalent of the American double-disc retrospective, Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997), although it substitutes out several tracks that appeared on the American compilation (including additional tracks from the 1982 INXSIVE compilation and tracks from the America-only release, Dekadance (consisting of remixed songs from the Shabooh Shoobah album), as well as the band's duet with Jimmy Barnes, "Good Times") in favor of later tracks like "By My Side" and "Salvation Jane" and full-length versions of many songs that only appeared in their single versions on the American release.
Track 1 from INXS (1980)
Track 3 from Underneath the Colours (1981)
Tracks 4–6 from Shabooh Shoobah (1982)
Tracks 7–10 The Swing (1984)
Tracks 11–15 from Listen Like Thieves (1985)
Tracks 16–21 from Kick (1987)
Tracks 1–5 from X (1990) +
Track 6 from Live Baby Live (1991)
Tracks 7–11 from Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992)
Tracks 12–14 from Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993)
Track 15 from Greatest Hits (1994)
Tracks 16–18 from Elegantly Wasted (1997)
+ NOTE: The version of "The Stairs" that featured on this compilation was taken off the Live Baby Live album, recorded in 1991. It was originally off the X album.
Track 2: "The Loved One" – Released as a single only, in 1981. (later appeared on the 1982 INXSIVE compilation)
Track 18: "Searching" – Off the Elegantly Wasted album, was to be released as a single in late 1997, but these plans were cancelled following the death of Michael Hutchence.
Track 19: "Salvation Jane" – This track was recorded in December 1989 for the X album, but was never included in the album.
Track 20: "Tight" – This track was recorded in 1992 for the Welcome to Wherever You Are album, but was dropped. It was mixed by Randy Nicklaus for release.