Best new songs recorded for a compilation

Contractual obligations notwithstanding, The throwaway origin of songs recorded for greatest hits collections coaxes honesty out of performers; they don’t have time to fuss over strategies. From Saint Etienne’s total acquiescence to Europop conventions and Neil Tennant’s to his sexual impulses to Janet Jackson’s valentine to her fans set seemingly to the melodies of music boxes and 2Pac’s prophetic and bitter farewell to the world.

Their songs are essential to the artist’s catalogs. Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” is essential to life. Stevie Wonder’s two hits written expressly for Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I are a hair’s breath less amazing (and If I’d listened to quiet storm earlier in my life “Ribbon in the Sky” might elbow into this list too!).

1. Earth Wind & Fire – September
2. Stevie Wonder – Do I Do
3. Psychedelic Furs – All That Money Wants
4. New Order – True Faith
5. Kate Bush – Experiment IV
6. Bob Dylan – Watching the River Flow
7. 2Pac – Changes
8. Depeche Mode – Shake The Disease
9. ABBA – The Day Before You Came
10. Outkast – The Whole World
11. Paul Simon – Slip Slidin’ Away
12. Janet Jackson – Runaway
13. Saint Etienne – He’s on the Phone
14. Daryl Hall and John Oates – Say It Isn’t So
15. The Cars – Tonight She Comes
16. Stevie Wonder – That Girl
17. Talking Heads – Lifetime Piling Up
18. Prince – Pink Cashmere
19. Morrissey – Piccadilly Palare
20. Donna Summer – On the Radio
21. Prefab Sprout – The Sound Of Crying
22. Sly and the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
23. Pet Shop Boys – Was It Worth It
24. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
25. Echo & the Bunnymen – Bring on the Dancing Horses

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