From Planet Rock.
Already the best-selling album of all time in the UK, Queen’s blockbuster 1981 compilation album ‘Greatest Hits’ has achieved another momentous chart milestone this week.
The album has now spent more than 900 weeks inside the Official Albums Chart Top 100 and is only the third album in history to do so. Currently standing at 901 weeks, that equates to over 17 years on the chart.
‘Greatest Hits’ appropriately achieved the chart milestone 50 years after Queen’s first gig (still known as Smile at the time) at the City Hall in Truro, Cornwall.
Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1984 hits album ‘Legend’ has spent 933 weeks on the chart, while ABBA’s 1992 best-of, ‘Gold: Greatest Hits’, is the currently the longest runner at 944 weeks.
Featuring songs including ‘Killer Queen’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’, Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ initially peaked at no.2 on the UK album chart before rising to no.1 where it remained for four weeks.
Since its release October 1981, Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ has sold more than 6.3 million copies in the UK and an estimated 25 million units worldwide, including 8 million in the US.
It’s the best-selling album ever in the UK ahead of ABBA’s ‘Greatest Hits’ and The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
Sales of the record have been boosted in recent years thanks to the all-conquering success of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which was released in October 2018.
Last month, the Royal Mail announced it was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Queen by launching a very special series of 13 Queen stamps in their honour.
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- Queen - At The Beeb - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $129.20, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 16:08)on April 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
QUEEN At The Beeb (Scarce original 1989 UK Band Of Joy label issue 8-track vinyl LP, featuring recordings for BBC radio made in February [prior to the band signing with EMI] & December 1973, housed in a picture sleeve featuring an early photograph of the band with notes on the sessions printed on the reverse. This was later issued by Hollywood Records in the USA on picture disc LP & CD and sounded slightly different due to remastering! The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl looks barely played BOJLP001)
- Queen - It's A Hard Life - UK - 12" picture disc - £35.00, $47.60, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 14:40)on April 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
QUEEN It's A Hard Life (Scarce 1984 UK limited edition 12" Picture Disc single, taken from 'The Works' album, also including Is This The World We Created...?, clear PVC sleeve 12QUEENP3)
- Queen - The Miracle - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.20, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 13-Apr-2021 09:45)on April 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
QUEEN The Miracle (1989 UK 10-track LP, including the singles I Want It All, Breakthru, The Invisible Man & Scandal. Comes housed in the iconic picture sleeve featuring the artwork of the familiar faces of the four band members into one morphed Gestalt image designed by Richard Gray and lyric inner. The sleeve shows some geneal wear & the vinyl is Excellent with just minor cosmetic signs of play PCSD107)
- Queen - Radio Ga Ga - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 13-Apr-2021 12:48)on April 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
QUEEN Radio Ga Ga (1984 UK 3-track 12" single, featuring the Extended Mix & Instrumental plus I Go Crazy. The picture sleeve is Excellent with a few faint creases & the vinyl appears near 'as new' 12QUEEN1)
- Queen - Breakthru - EX - UK - shaped picture disc - £35.00, $47.60, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 14:27)on April 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
QUEEN Breakthru (1989 UK limited edition 7" Shaped Picture Disc single featuring the 'heads' image from the Miracle album artwork, also including Stealin', clear PVC sleeve with back title insert. The insert displays some creases however the disc remains clean and looks barely played QUEENPD11)