Greatest (The Go-Go's album)

Greatest hits album by The Go-Go's
Released October 5, 1990
Recorded 1981-84, 1990
Genre Pop rock, new wave, post-punk
Label I.R.S. Records
The Go-Go's chronology
Talk Show
Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's
Singles from Greatest
  1. "Cool Jerk" b/w "We Got the Beat"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauA[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]

Greatest is a 1990 compilation album by the rock group The Go-Go's from California, United States. The record, which represents the first best-of album by the Go-Go's, includes most of the hits and stand-out tracks from the band's first three studio albums, 1981 Beauty and the Beat, 1982 Vacation, and 1984 Talk Show, only omitting two minor hit singles, "He's So Strange" and "Yes or No".

The collection does not include any new songs, except for a re-recording of the 1960s cover version of "Cool Jerk" (the 'original' version of the cover was already on the Go-Go's second album, Vacation), which was also released as the one single from the compilation, reaching #60 in the UK Singles Chart, in 1991, this way becoming the second Go-Go's song to ever enter the British charts (the third and highest UK hit from the band would eventually be "The Whole World Lost Its Head", peaking at #29, from their second Greatest Hits album, 1994 Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's).

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Album Length
1. "Our Lips Are Sealed"  J. Wiedlin, T. HallBeauty and the Beat 2:44
2. "Cool Jerk"  Donald StorballPreviously unreleased 3:07
3. "We Got the Beat"  C. CaffeyBeauty and the Beat 2:30
4. "Head Over Heels"  Caffey, ValentineTalk Show 3:36
5. "Get Up and Go"  C. Caffey, J. WiedlinVacation 3:17
6. "Vacation"  Caffey, Wiedlin, ValentineVacation 3:00
7. "Beatnik Beach"  Carlisle, CaffeyVacation 2:50
8. "You Thought"  Schock, ValentineTalk Show 4:18
9. "I'm the Only One"  Carter, Harvey, ValentineTalk Show 3:33
10. "This Town"  C. Caffey, J. WiedlinBeauty and the Beat 3:18
11. "Lust to Love"  C. Caffey, J. WiedlinBeauty and the Beat 4:03
12. "Mercenary"  Caffey, Wiedlin, ValentineTalk Show 3:35
13. "How Much More"  C. Caffey, J. WiedlinBeauty and the Beat 3:04
14. "Turn to You"  Caffey, WiedlinTalk Show 3:50

Chart positions


Chart (1990) Peak
Certification Sales
U.S. Billboard 200 127 402,000+[4]


Year Song U.S. Hot 100 UK Singles Chart
1991 "Cool Jerk" - 60


  1. Allmusic review
  2. Robert Christgau review
  3. Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 335. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. Archived April 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

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