Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
Compilation album by Billy Idol
Released 1988
Recorded 1981 – 87
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 43:50
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Whiplash Smile
Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
Charmed Life
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Idol Songs: 11 of the Best is a compilation album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol, released in 1988. It comprises all the singles released from his first three albums, Billy Idol, Rebel Yell and Whiplash Smile, plus the live version of "Mony Mony" and re-recorded Generation X song "Dancing with Myself", both of which appeared on Idol's debut EP Don't Stop. A limited edition version also contained a further four remixes. The album reached number 2 in the UK.[2] The album has been certified by BPI platinum. It was reissued with a different title and cover artwork in 2003 as The Essential.[3]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Billy Idol except where noted.

  1. "Rebel Yell" – 4:48
  2. "Hot in the City" – 3:38
  3. "White Wedding" – 3:34
  4. "Eyes Without a Face" (Idol, Steve Stevens) – 4:10
  5. "Catch My Fall" – 3:43
  6. "Mony Mony" (live) (Bobby Bloom, Ritchie Cordell, Bo Gentry, Tommy James) – 4:09
  7. "To Be a Lover" (William Bell, Booker T. Jones) – 3:52
  8. "Sweet Sixteen" – 4:15
  9. "Flesh for Fantasy" (Idol, Stevens) – 3:49
  10. "Don't Need a Gun" – 4:28
  11. "Dancing with Myself" (single version) (Idol, Tony James) – 3:20
Limited Edition bonus track version (DBILCD1)
  1. "Don't Need a Gun" (Melt Down Mix) – 7:08
  2. "Mony Mony" (Hung Like a Pony Mix) – 7:02
  3. "Eyes Without a Face" (Extended Version) – 4:58
  4. "To Be a Lover" (Mother of Mercy Mix) – 6:49



Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Platinum 300,000


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