21 Singles


21 Singles is a compilation album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain, released in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2002 by Warner Strategic Marketing, and in the United States on 2 July 2002 by Rhino Records. As the title proclaims, it contains 21 of the band's singles in chronological order from their 15-year career.[2][3]

21 Singles
Compilation album by
Released27 May 2002
GenreAlternative rock
LabelWarner Strategic Marketing
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
The Complete John Peel Sessions
21 Singles
Live in Concert
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The single versions of many of these songs differ from their album versions. "April Skies" is missing the final verse from the LP version; "Happy When It Rains" is missing the final chorus; "Rollercoaster" is the original EP version, which features a drum machine and echo on the vocals; and "Come On" is an extended version.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Jim Reid and William Reid, except where noted.

CD (0927 46141-2)
1."Upside Down"3:01
2."Never Understand"2:58
3."You Trip Me Up"2:27
4."Just Like Honey"3:02
5."Some Candy Talking"3:18
6."April Skies"3:11
7."Happy When It Rains"3:05
10."Blues from a Gun"4:43
11."Head On"4:12
14."Far Gone and Out"2:52
15."Almost Gold"3:20
17."Sometimes Always" (W. Reid)2:33
18."Come On" (J. Reid)3:17
19."I Hate Rock 'n' Roll" (W. Reid)3:43
20."Cracking Up" (W. Reid)4:43
21."I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (J. Reid)2:37

Original releasesEdit

Some tracks differ from the versions on the albums listed.


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 60,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "21 Singles - The Jesus and Mary Chain". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. ^ Zoe Howe (11 November 2014). The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses. St. Martin's Press. pp. 263–. ISBN 978-1-250-03023-8.
  3. ^ Peter Buckley (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. pp. 1949–. ISBN 978-1-85828-457-6. With Hart spending more of his time working on video production, The Jesus & Mary Chain became essentially the Reid ... The 21 SINGLES compilation of 2002 suggested a full stop to the Mary Chain's story, but it remains unclear whether the ...
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Jesus & Mary Chain – 21 Singles - 1984-1998". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 October 2021.