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 - A Night At The Opera - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $131.10, €111.15 (New Item) (arrived 26-Jul-2021 10:17)on July 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (1975 UK first press 12-track vinyl LP, with picture labels & 'BLAIRS' scratched into the run-off area, their fourth studio album including the classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody. The original embossed gatefold picture sleeve comes with the picture inner with diagonal cut corners and shows just a little light age / storage wear and minor foxing on the inner gatefold, while the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play. A nice example EMTC103)
- Queen - Live Killers - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $48.30, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jul-2021 10:17)on July 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm
QUEEN Live Killers (1979 UK 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979. The gatefold picture sleeve has some light wear from storage & comes complete with the green & red narrative inners, whilst the vinyl is clean & grades EX/EX- with only a few faint hairlines not affecting play EMSP330)
- Queen - Live Killers - barcoded p/s - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $27.60, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 12:22)on July 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm
QUEEN Live Killers (Early 80s UK issue of the 1979 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979, housed in the second edition barcoded gatefold picture sleeve with red & green narrative inners. The sleeve shows some general wear & both vinyl discs show only light signs of play EMSP330)
- Queen - Killer Queen - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 12:59)on July 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm
QUEEN Killer Queen (Classic 1974 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Flick Of The Wrist, EMI company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is Excellent with just the odd paper scuff to show play EMI2229)
- Queen - Spread Your Wings - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $11.04, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 13:10)on July 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm
QUEEN Spread Your Wings (1977 UK 7" single with 'crest' labels and intact four prong centre, also including Sheer Heart Attack, plain die-cut paper sleeve. Aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition EMI2757)