Top Five Albums Whose Biggest Hit Was the Last Track

1. The Kinks, Something Else (“Waterloo Sunset”)
2. Madonna, I’m Breathless (“Vogue”)
3. The Clash, London Calling (“Train in Vain”)
4. The Who, Who’s Next (“Won’t Get Fooled Again”)
5. The Eagles, On the Border (“Best of My Love”)

For obvious reasons, I avoided compilations and discs that got reissued with a bonus track. What other albums qualify?

posted 25 January 2011 in Tasty Bits. 4 comments

4 Comments on Top Five Albums Whose Biggest Hit Was the Last Track

  1. Chris M. Says:

    The last track on Paul Simon’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon is “Loves Me Like a Rock,” which wound up equally as big a hit as the album’s leadoff single, “Kodachrome” (both peaked at No. 2). In fact, “Rock” was arguably the bigger hit, because it spent a couple weeks longer on the Hot 100 than “Kodachrome” did. And I think we can agree that “Rock” has proved the more enduring radio-gold/easy-listening hit.

  2. Tom Nawrocki Says:

    “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is the last song on Let It Bleed. It didn’t reach the Top Forty, peaking at No. 42, but it’s undoubtedly a hit in every other sense of the word.

  3. Becca Says:

    Just Can’t Get Enough is the last track on Depeche Mode’s Speak & Spell.

  4. Chris M. Says:

    Becca’s note about a famous synth-pop album reminded me of an even more famous one with a much bigger hit: “Don’t You Want Me” is the last track on the Human League’s Dare! (probably because Phil Oakey didn’t think much of it; “DYWM” was released as a single over his objections).

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