The single has the particular distinction of reaching the UK Top 50 on four different occasions. The song originally peaked at #40, then when "Going Underground
" became the group's first #1 single three years later, Polydor decided to re-issue all nine of the group's prior singles and "City" was the only one to make the Top 40 again, peaking at #40 for a second time. After the group's breakup at the end of 1982, the record company re-issued every single of the band's career in early 1983 and this time "City" peaked at #47. Finally, in May 2002, Polydor decided to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Jam by re-releasing their debut single in its original packaging, in its original 7" vinyl record format, and at its original price of 75 pence. The limited pressing sold out immediately, this time peaking at #36, higher than it ever did in its original release and two subsequent reissues.