Hit (album)

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Released3 November 2003 (2003-11-03)
Genre Rock, pop, worldbeat
Length2:30:41 (US)
2:30:19 (UK)
Label Geffen Records (US & Canada)
Real World/Virgin
Peter Gabriel chronology
Big Blue Ball
Singles from Hit
  1. "Burn You Up, Burn You Down"
    Released: 23 December 2003
Professional ratings
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Hit, also known as Peter Gabriel: The Definitive Two CD Collection, is a 2003 compilation album of songs by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel. It reached No. 29 in the UK albums chart and No. 100 in the US. Disc one is labelled Hit and disc two Miss, reflecting the first disc which comprises Gabriel's best known chart singles and the second featuring his more obscure material.


The two-disc set is different in the UK and US because of the second disc. The second disc in the US spans fourteen songs by Gabriel, whilst the UK second disc features fifteen songs. Only some of these appeared on the US version. The UK version collects at least one track from every studio album by Gabriel, including soundtracks, except for Birdy , which is the only album not represented by a track.

The album is Gabriel's first compilation album since 1990's Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats .

Track listing

All songs written by Peter Gabriel, except "Burn You Up, Burn You Down", by Gabriel, Neil Sparkes and Karl Wallinger.

Disc one

Standard edition
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Solsbury Hill" Peter Gabriel 1 (Car) , 19774:23
2."Shock the Monkey" (single edit) Peter Gabriel 4 (Security) , 19823:59
3."Sledgehammer" (single edit) So , 19864:59
4."Don't Give Up" (edited version)So5:55
5."Games Without Frontiers" (single edit) (*) Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt) , 19803:57
6."Big Time"So4:28
7."Burn You Up, Burn You Down"Previously unreleased single version, 2003, album version released later on Big Blue Ball , 20085:26
8."Growing Up" (Tom Lord-Alge mix)Originally from Up , 20024:48
9."Digging in the Dirt" Us , 19925:15
10."Blood of Eden" (radio edit)Us5:06
11."More than This" (radio edit)Up4:33
12."Biko" (edited version)Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt)6:58
13."Steam" (**)Us6:02
14."Red Rain"So5:39
15."Here Comes the Flood" (1990 version) Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats , 1990; originally from Peter Gabriel 1 (Car)4:32

*This is the single release with a more radio-friendly repeat of the line "Whistling tunes we're kissing baboons in the jungle" from the first chorus.
**While labelled as the radio edit in the liner notes, "Steam" is actually the same length as its album version.

German edition
No.TitleOriginal title/albumLength
1."Solsbury Hill""Solsbury Hill" (Car)4:23
2."Schockiere den Affen" (single edit)"Shock the Monkey" (Security)3:59
3."Vorschlaghammer" (single edit)"Sledgehammer" (So)4:51
4."Gib nicht auf" (edited version)"Don't Give Up" (So)5:55
5."Spiele ohne Grenzen" (single edit)"Games Without Frontiers" (Melt)3:57
6."Erfolg""Big Time" (So)4:28
7."Dich niederbrennen, dich zur Weissglut treiben""Burn You Up, Burn You Down" (previously unreleased)5:26
8."Erwachsen werden" (Tom Lord-Alge mix)"Growing Up" (Up)4:48
9."Im Schmutz graben""Digging in the Dirt" (Us)5:15
10."Das Blut Edens" (radio edit)"Blood of Eden" (Us)5:06
11."Mehr als dies" (radio edit)"More than This" (Up)4:33
12."Biko" (edited version)"Biko" (Melt)6:58
13."Dampf""Steam" (Us)6:02
14."Roter Regen""Red Rain" (So)5:39
15."Jetzt kommt die Flut" (1990 version)"Here Comes the Flood" (Shaking the Tree)4:32

*The German edition is identical to the standard edition except that the song titles are translated into German on the album sleeves. [3] [4]

Disc two

UK edition
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."San Jacinto"Peter Gabriel 4 (Security)6:31
2."No Self Control"Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt)3:55
3."Cloudless" Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence , 20024:48
4."The Rhythm of the Heat"Peter Gabriel 4 (Security), 19825:18
5."I Have the Touch" (Robbie Robertson mix) Phenomenon soundtrack, 1996; originally from Peter Gabriel 4 (Security)4:19
6."I Grieve"Up7:24
7."D.I.Y." Peter Gabriel 2 (Scratch) , 19782:38
8."A Different Drum" Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ , 19894:47
9."The Drop"Up3:02
10."The Tower That Ate People" (Steve Osborne mix) Soundtrack from The Red Planet , 20004:06
11."Lovetown" Soundtrack from Philadelphia , 19935:23
12."Father, Son" OVO , 20004:58
13."Signal to Noise"Up7:35
14."Downside Up" (live)previously unreleased5:32
15."Washing of the Water"Us3:54
US edition
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."San Jacinto"Peter Gabriel 4 (Security)6:31
2."I Don't Remember"Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt)4:32
3."The Rhythm of the Heat"Peter Gabriel 4 (Security)5:19
4."Love to Be Loved"Us5:17
5."I Grieve"Up7:25
6."Family Snapshot"Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt)4:29
7."In Your Eyes"So5:29
8."The Drop"Up3:04
9."The Tower That Ate People" (Steve Osborne mix)Soundtrack from The Red Planet, 20004:04
10."Lovetown"Soundtrack from Philadelphia, 19935:21
11."Father, Son"OVO4:55
12."Signal to Noise"Up7:33
13."Downside Up" (live)previously unreleased5:33
14."Cloudless"Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence 4:48
German edition
No.TitleOriginal title/albumLength
1."San Jacinto""San Jacinto" (Security)6:31
2."Du bist nicht wie wir"German version of "Not One Of Us" (Melt) from Peter Gabriel - Ein deutsches Album (1980)3:54
3."Wolkenlos""Cloudless" (Long Walk Home)4:47
4."Der Rhythmus der Hitze""The Rhythm of the Heat" (Security)5:19
5."Kon Takt!"German version of "I Have The Touch" (Security) from Peter Gabriel - deutsches Album (1982)4:19
6."Ich bin traurig""I Grieve" (Up)7:24
7."Handauflegen"German version of "Lay Your Hands On Me" (Security) from Peter Gabriel - deutsches Album (1982)6:07
8."Absturz""The Drop" (Up)3:03
9."Der Turm, der Menschen fraß" (Steve Osborne mix)"The Tower That Ate People" (The Red Planet)4:06
10."Stadt der Liebe""Lovetown" (Philadelphia)5:23
11."Vater, Sohn""Father, Son" (OVO)4:57
12."Signal an den Lärm""Signal to Noise" (Up)7:34
13."Unterseite oben" (live)"Downside Up" (previously unreleased)5:33
14."Schnappschuß (Ein Familienfoto)"German version of "Family Snapshot" (Melt) from Peter Gabriel - Ein deutsches Album (1980)4:30

*Tracks 2, 5, 7, and 14 are taken from the German language album editions Peter Gabriel - Ein deutsches Album (1980) and Peter Gabriel - deutsches Album (1982). All other songs are sung in English. The German titles of these tracks are only for the album sleeves. [4]


Chart (2003)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [5] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [6] 27
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [7] 25
Italian Albums (FIMI) [8] 17
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [9] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [10] 16
UK Albums (OCC) [11] 29
US Billboard 200 [12] 100


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [13] Gold100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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