40: THE BEST OF 1979 – 2019 – Album Out Now!

Out Now! On 1st November 2019, Simple Minds released 40: THE BEST OF – 1979-2019, a new compilation album that covers all 40 years of the band’s now legendary recording career. It captures their early experimentation, cross over chart successes, right up to their new imperial phase represented by songs from 2015’s Big Music and last year’s Walk Between Worlds, which was their highest chart success in over 20 years, charting at number 4 in the UK.

Compiled in conjunction with the band, 40: THE BEST OF presents the very best of Simple Minds extensive catalogue. It is a comprehensive overview of 40 years of one of Britain’s most successful bands, taking in the innovative sheen of Promised You A Miracle and Glittering Prize, the anthemic sweep of Waterfront and Sanctify Yourself, the firebrand strand of Belfast Child and Mandela Day, the colossus that is Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, and bringing things right up to date with the inclusion of a new track: a cover of King Creosote’s 2014 Song, For One Night Only.

To further celebrate their 40th anniversary, Simple Minds embark on an 11-month 40 YEARS OF HITS WORLD TOUR starting early in 2020.


For One Night Only captures Simple Minds unique talent of taking an already fantastic song - as they did with their cover of The Call’s Let The Day Begin on 2015’s Big Music album - and injecting its sentiment with added urgency. The result is a clarion call to their fans the world over, which is sure to become a momentous live moment on their 2020 world tour.

40: THE BEST OF 1979-2019 is available on a 3CD deluxe edition, single CD, 2LP coloured vinyl and a 40-track digital format. It was remastered at the world-famous Abbey Road studios and has spectacular new art designed by long-time collaborator Stuart Crouch, featuring iconic symbols by Malcolm Garrett which represent the 40 years.



Love Song
I Travel
Glittering Prize
Sense of Discovery
The American
Up on The Catwalk
She’s A River
Someone Somewhere in Summertime
See the Lights
Jeweller to the Stars
War Babies
Belfast Child


Promised You A Miracle
This Is Your Land
Honest Town
Glittering Prize (Acoustic)
Waterfront (Acoustic)
See the Lights (Acoustic)
Let There Be Love
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
All the Things She Said
Once Upon A Time
Don’t You (Forget About Me)


Chelsea Girl
Stars Will Lead the Way
For One Night Only – New Track
Theme for Great Cities
Life in A Day
Sanctify Yourself
Mandela Day
Speed Your Love to Me
Alive and Kicking


Love Song
I Travel
Glittering Prize
Sense of Discovery
Someone Somewhere in Summertime
See the Lights
Belfast Child
Promised You A Miracle
Honest Town
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Chelsea Girl
Stars Will Lead the Way
For One Night Only – New Track
Sanctify Yourself
Mandela Day
Alive and Kicking



Chelsea Girl
I Travel
Love Song
Promised You A Miracle
Glittering Prize


Someone Somewhere in Summertime
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself


Belfast Child
Mandela Day
See the Lights


Stars Will Lead the Way
Honest Town
Sense of Discovery
For One Night Only – New track

Release Date: November 1st 2019

View '40 YEARS OF HITS TOUR 2020' Tour Dates


Date 2020: Location, Venue: Tickets:
Jun 19 Nocturne Live, Blenheim Palace, UK Tickets
Jun 22 Porto, Coliseum, Portugal Tickets
Jun 23 Lisbon, Campo Pequeno Bullring, Portugal Tickets
Jun 25 Madrid, Spain, WiZink Center Tickets
Jun 28 Tilloloy, France, Rétro C Trop Tickets
Jun 29 Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Rockhal Tickets
Jun 30 Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland Tickets
Jul 03 Cognac, France, Blues Passions Fest Tickets
Jul 04 Belfort, France, Les Eurockeennes Tickets
Jul 09 Argelès-sur-Mer, France, Fest Les Deferlantes Tickets
Jul 11 Pistoia, Italy, Pistoia Blues Tickets
Jul 13 Zagreb, Croatia, SRC Salata Tickets
Jul 15 Rome, Italy, Auditorium Parco della Musica Tickets
Jul 16 Teatro D’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy Tickets
Jul 18 Taormina, Italy, Teatro Antico di Taormina Tickets
Jul 22 San Sebastian, Spain, Heineken Jazzaldia Tickets – Free!
Jul 24 Jardines del Real, Valencia, ES Tickets
Jul 25 Festival De Porta Ferrada, Sant Feliu De Guixols, Spain Tickets
Jul 31 Marbella, Starlite Marbella, Spain Tickets
Aug 01 Jerez, Tio Pepe Festival, Spain Tickets
Aug 04 Verona, Italy, Arena di Verona Tickets
Aug 07 Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Fest, MC Tickets
Aug 08 Orange, France, Théatre Antique d’Orange Tickets
Aug 13 Aberdeen, UK, P&J Live Tickets
Aug 14 Hull, UK, Bonus Arena Tickets
Aug 15 Newcastle, UK, Utilita Arena Tickets
Aug 18 Edinburgh Summer Sessions, UK Tickets
Aug 21 Nottingham, UK, Motorpoint Arena Tickets
Aug 22 Liverpool, UK, M&S Bank Arena Tickets
Aug 23 Custom House Square, Belfast, UK Tickets
Nov 26 Perth, Australia, Kings Park & Botanic Garden Tickets
Nov 28 Yarra Valley, Australia, Rochford Wines Tickets
Dec 01 Melbourne, Australia, Margaret Court Arena Tickets
Dec 03 Sydney, Australia, First State Super Theatre Tickets
Dec 05 Hunter Valley, Australia, Bimbadgen Tickets
Dec 06 Brisbane, Australia, Sirromet Wines Tickets
Dec 09 Christchurch, New Zealand, Horncastle Arena Tickets
Dec 11 Wellington, New Zealand, TSB Bank Arena Tickets
Dec 12 Auckland, New Zealand, Villa Maria Tickets

Rescheduled Shows


Date 2021: Location, Venue: Tickets:
Feb 05 Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome Tickets
Feb 06 Antwerp, BE, Sportpaleis Tickets
Feb 09 Cardiff, UK, Motorpoint Arena Tickets
Feb 12 Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena Tickets
Feb 15 Bournemouth, UK, International Centre Tickets
Feb 16 Brighton Centre, UK Tickets
Feb 18 Glasgow, UK, SSE Hydro Tickets
Feb 19 Birmingham, UK, Resorts World Arena Tickets
Feb 20 London, UK, SSE Arena, Wembley Tickets
Feb 22 Dublin, IE, 3 Arena Tickets
Feb 28 Ravensburg, DE, Oberschwabenhalle Tickets
Mar 01 Saarbrücken, DE, Saarlandhalle Tickets
Mar 02 Ludwigsburg, DE, MHP Arena Tickets
Mar 03 Zurich, CH, Hallenstadion Tickets
Mar 05 Erfurt, DE, Thuringenhalle Tickets
Mar 06 Hamburg, DE, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle Tickets
Mar 07 Bielefeld, DE, Lokschuppen Tickets
Mar 09 Bremen, DE, Pier 2 Tickets
Mar 10 Erlangen, DE, Heinrich Lades Halle Tickets
Mar 12 Cologne, DE, Palladium Tickets
Mar 14 Hannover, DE, Swiss Life Hall Tickets
Mar 15 Berlin, DE, Columbiahalle Tickets
Mar 17 Offenbach, DE, Stadthalle Tickets
Mar 18 Freiburg, DE, Sick-Arena Tickets
Mar 19 Aurich, DE, Sparkassen Halle Tickets
Mar 20 Münster, DE, Halle Münsterland Tickets
Mar 22 Lille, FR, Zenith Arena Tickets
Mar 23 Paris, FR, La Seine Musicale Tickets
Mar 24 Bordeaux, FR, Arkea Arena Tickets
Mar 26 Lyon, FR, Halle Tony Garnier Tickets

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Formed in the seventies, and named after a lyric – ‘so simple minded’ – from David Bowie’s seminal 1975 single The Jean Genie, Simple Minds have become one of the most successful bands ever to come from the UK, selling over 60 million records worldwide, having number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and number one albums the world over, including five UK number one albums: Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92.

The collection is a reminder of one of the most musically diverse and adventurous careers ever in British music, which saw Simple Minds record some of the most beguiling and inventive music of the post-punk period. On songs such as 1979’s Chelsea Girl (from the band’s debut album, Life In A Day), and I Travel, Celebrate (1980’s Empires and Dance), Love Song, The American (Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call), Simple Minds set the standard for the British alternative scene.
From 1982 onwards the band produced some of their most inspiring and wide appealing work. Beginning with their 1982 classic album New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), with several songs from the album included here, follow up album Sparkle In The Rain (Up On The Catwalk and Speed Your Love to Me), and culminating in two UK number one albums and a number one single: 1985’s Once Upon a Time (represented here by the aforementioned Alive & Kicking and Sanctify Yourself) and 1989’s Street Fighting Years, and the single Belfast Child.

Into the nineties Simple Minds continued to release albums and create gems, many of which have grown in stature amongst fans and become staples of their live set. Included here from the period are Let There Be Love, See The Lights, She’s a River and War Babies.

Over the past 10 years Simple Minds have rekindled the magic that made them a vital artistic force in their early days, found themselves referenced by younger artists and playing to countless thousands of people every year, all over the world. They have been the recipient of the Q Awards Lifetime Achievement and received universal critical acclaim for their recent albums. 2015’s Big Music was described by MOJO magazine as “their best album in 30 years”, and last year’s Walk Between Worlds was acclaimed across the board and became their most successful album in over two decades, culminating in their largest US tour to date. Two songs are included from each of those albums: Honest Town and Blindfolded (Big Music), and Sense of Discovery and Magic (Walk Between Worlds).