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The Best of 1980–1990
Greatest hits by U2
Released November 10, 1998
Recorded 1980–1989
Genre Rock
Length 61:48
Label Island
Professional reviews
U2 chronology
The Best of 1980–1990
Hasta la Vista Baby!
Singles from The Best of 1980-1990
  1. "Sweetest Thing"
    Released: 1998

The Best of 1980–1990 is the first greatest hits compilation by Irish rock band U2, released in November 1998. It mostly contains the group's hit singles from the eighties but also mixes in some live staples as well as one new recording. In April 1999, a companion video (featuring music videos and live footage) was released. The album was followed by another compilation, The Best of 1990–2000, in 2002.

A limited edition version containing a special B-sides disc was released on the same date as the single-disc version. At the time of release, the official word was that the 2-disc album would be available the first week the album went on sale, then pulled from the stores. While this threat never materialized, it did result in the 2-disc version being in very high demand. Both versions charted in the Billboard 200.

The boy on the cover is Peter Rowan, brother of Bono's friend Guggi (real name Derek Rowan) of the Virgin Prunes. He also appears on the covers of the early EP Three, the band's first two albums (Boy, and War), and Early Demos.


Track listing


Disc one

All music composed by U2, with lyrics by Bono.

# Title Length
1. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"   3:48
2. "New Year's Day" (edited: the original track on War is 5:35) 4:17
3. "With or Without You"   4:55
4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"   4:38
5. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"   4:40
6. "Bad" (edited: the original track on the album is 6:06) 5:50
7. "Where the Streets Have No Name" (edited: the original track on The Joshua Tree is 5:36) 4:35
8. "I Will Follow"   3:36
9. "The Unforgettable Fire"   4:56
10. "Sweetest Thing (The Single Mix)"   3:00
11. "Desire"   2:59
12. "When Love Comes to Town"   4:17
13. "Angel of Harlem"   3:49
14. "All I Want Is You"   6:31
15. "October" (hidden track) 2:20

Additional tracks

Disc two (limited edition B-sides disc)

All songs written and composed by U2, except where noted. 

# Title Originally Released On Length
1. "The Three Sunrises"   "The Unforgettable Fire" single 3:52
2. "Spanish Eyes"   "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" single 3:14
3. "Sweetest Thing"   "Where the Streets Have No Name" single 3:03
4. "Love Comes Tumbling" (false start version) "The Unforgettable Fire" single 4:40
5. "Bass Trap" (Best Of edit) "The Unforgettable Fire" single 3:31
6. "Dancing Barefoot" (extended version; Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) "When Loves Comes to Town" single 4:45
7. "Everlasting Love" (Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden) "All I Want Is You" single 3:20
8. "Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret) "All I Want Is You" single 4:52
9. "Walk to the Water"   "With or Without You" single 4:49
10. "Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)"   "With or Without You" single 4:35
11. "Hallelujah Here She Comes" (Best Of edit) "Desire" single 4:00
12. "Silver and Gold"   "Where the Streets Have No Name" single 4:37
13. "Endless Deep"   "Two Hearts Beat as One" single 2:57
14. "A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel" (Best Of edit) "Angel of Harlem" single 4:32
15. "Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl" (known today as "Party Girl") "A Celebration" single 2:33

Chart positions and sales

Country Peak position Certification Sales
Australia 1[1] 8x Platinum[2] 480,000+
Belgium 1 6x Platinum [3] 240,000+
Austria 1 2x Platinum [4] 60,000+
Canada 1[5] 6x Platinum[6] 600,000+[6]
Denmark Platinum [7] 30,000+
Europe 7x Platinum [8] 7,000,000+
Finland 3 Gold[9] 29,000+[9]
France Platinum [10] 300,000+
Germany 1 Platinum [11] 200,000+
Hungary Gold [12] 5,000+
Netherlands Platinum [13] 80,000+
New Zealand 7 6x Platinum 90,000+
Norway Platinum 40,000+
Poland Gold [14] 20,000+
Switzerland 1 4x Platinum [15] 200,000+
United Kingdom 4[16] 5x Platinum [17] 1,500,000+
United States 2 (Best Of & B-Sides) 2x Platinum 2,000,000+
United States 45 (Best Of) 2x Platinum 2,000,000+


The Best of 1980–1990
Video by U2
Released April 1999
Recorded 1980–1989, 1998
Genre Rock
Length 138 mins
Label Island / PolyGram
Director Donald Cammell, Meiert Avis, Barry Devlin, Gavin Taylor, Phil Joanou, et al.
U2 video chronology
PopMart: Live from Mexico City
The Best of 1980–1990
Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston

Music and words by U2. All tracks have been remastered for this release.

  1. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
  2. "New Year's Day"
  3. "With or Without You"
  4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
  5. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (from Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky)
  6. "Bad" (from Rattle and Hum)
  7. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  8. "I Will Follow"
  9. "The Unforgettable Fire"
  10. "Sweetest Thing"
  11. "Desire"
  12. "When Love Comes to Town"
  13. "Angel of Harlem"
  14. "All I Want Is You"
  15. "One Tree Hill" (from a previously unreleased cut of Rattle and Hum)


See also


External links

Preceded by
I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams
UK number one album
November 14, 1998 – November 20, 1998
Succeeded by
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael by George Michael
Preceded by
The Living End by The Living End
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 9 – December 6, 1998
December 28, 1998 – January 3, 1999
Succeeded by
Chef Aid: The South Park Album
by Various artists


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