Released - 1998
Chart peak - UK #3, US #7

Essential is a limited-edition CD—part of EMI's "Collector's Series"—that was formally released only in the United States and Japan. It consists entirely of previously released material, songs from the period of Please through Behaviour, although some are remixes previously unavailable on compact disc. Now out of print but still available from various retail outlets, it's becoming increasingly hard to find. Whether it is indeed "essential" could, however, be a matter of debate. At least for completists, it undoubtedly is.

Note: Most of the following links will take you to the sections for the albums on which each song originally appeared. The links for "Paninaro" and "In the Night" will take you to the section for Alternative. Please keep this in mind for "navigational" purposes.