"Just Can't Enough" is representatitive of Depeche Mode's early, very melodic new wave pop sound. This was the last song written by founding member Vince Clarke, later of Yaz and Erasure, and is the only video including him. The song was the group's first top 10 single in the UK and a breakthrough dance hit in the US. It was covered in early 2009 by the Saturdays.
"Everything Counts" has been referred to as the first industrial pop hit. Depeche Mode began using clanking, clanging sounds that evoke industry. This style was reportedly influenced by group member Martin Gore attending a Einsturzende Neubauten concert. The subject matter of the lyrics in "Everything Counts" also took a turn away from love songs to commentary on greed and poverty. It was a top 10 pop single in the UK and a top 20 dance hit in the US.
This was Depeche Mode's breakthrough pop single in the US rising to #13 on the pop singles chart. It utilized the industrial pop approach, but the melody was significantly more mainstream pop than most of the Depeche Mode music of the time. Martin Gore believes it is one of his least favorite Depeche Mode songs due to its lack of subtlety.
"Strangelove" was released as a single in a version the band later believed was possibly a bit too poppy and not dark enough for the album Music for the Masses, so they commissioned a darker mix that became known as "Strangelove '88." This became the group's first #1 dance hit in the US. The video was director by Anton Corbijn toward the beginning of his long association with the band.
"Personal Jesus" was inspired by the Priscilla Presley book Elvis and Me and her descriptions of the relationship between herself and Elvis Presley. The 12" single of "Personal Jesus" became the biggest selling 12" single on Warner Brothers up to that point. It was the first single from the group's biggest hit album Violator.
"I Feel You" is the first single from Depeche Mode's album Songs of Faith and Devotion. It brought out an intense rock side of the band. The result was a #1 modern rock hit in the US and another top 10 pop hit in the UK. The song has a quite memorable screeching synthesizer introduction.
"Barrel Of a Gun" was the first single for Depeche Mode after a series of difficult events including Alan Wilder leaving the band and Dave Gahan's near death from complications of heroin addiction. The song hit #4 in the UK. Three singles have reached that peak, but none have gone higher.