I wasn’t going to do any greatest hits, but with this one I changed my mind. Billy has only had a handful of official greatest hits packages and although they cover the hits, none are really that great. So, I thought I would help your search and give you what I think might the best of the greatest hits albums he has released.
The one I think is the best is the 2008 release, ‘The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself’. It isn’t that much different than the 2001 release simply titled ‘Greatest Hits’. In fact, there are 14 songs that are the same and almost the exact track list order. With the “Greatest Hits’ package from 2001, you get a live version of “Rebel Yell” and the Simple Minds cover of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” which is a really good cover. Those two are great to have, no doubt. However, I do prefer the ‘Idolize Yourself’ version better.
Why do I like this version better than the prior release? There are actually 5 reasons.
First: It is the most current, so you get a song from “Devil’s Playground called “World Comin’ Down”. The song is an uptempo rocker about the troubles in the world and the pressures you feel as a result. It is a song that gets you moving and with Steve Stephen’s speedy guitar riffs and Brian Tichy’s heart-pounding drums you never catch your breath.