From 1976 through 1988, 11 Billy Ocean singles peaked within the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The Best of Billy Ocean, a 12-track anthology, features only three of them, namely "Love Really Hurts Without You," "When the Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)," and "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)." Those happen to be the first three songs here. Beyond them, there's an OK assortment, with "Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)" the smartest selection of the bunch. Since this does not contain "Love Zone," "Lover Boy," "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)," and several other significant hits, it should be avoided.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman