Greatest Hits

The studio albums, live releases, compilations and box sets
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Greatest Hits I is the biggest selling album in UK history, we all know that, and this week it makes a welcome return to the UK top 10 , up from last weeks 12, total of 888 weeks on chart. Several TV stations have been showing Queen concerts and documentaries just lately, so that's probably a factor of resurgence again. Also doing well is The Platinum Collection (No 26).

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I think more than anything we're still seeing the effects of the movie.

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Frank wrote: Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:50 pm I think more than anything we're still seeing the effects of the movie.
It isn't just Queen though. The UK albums charts has a lot of Greatest Hits albums in it on a regular basis.

This week there's...

#07 - Greatest Hits - Queen (214 weeks in the last 5 years)
#09 - Diamonds - Elton John (126 weeks in the last 5 years - released Nov 17)
#10 - The Ultimate Collection - Bill Withers (3 weeks in the last 5 years - released Aug 17)
#12 - 50 Years: Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac (73 weeks in the last 5 years - released Nov 18)
#18 - Time Flies: 1994-2009 - Oasis (249 weeks in the last 5 years)
#22 - Legend - Bob Marley & The Wailers (261 weeks in the last 5 years)
#26 - The Platinum Collection - Queen (80 weeks in the last 5 years)
#27 - Gold: Greatest Hits - Abba (235 weeks in the last 5 years)
#31 - 1 - The Beatles (153 weeks in the last 5 years)
#33 - Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (258 weeks in the last 5 years)
#37 - Number Ones - Michael Jackson (224 weeks in the last 5 years)
#42 - Twenty Five - George Michael (129 weeks in the last 5 years)
#48 - Legacy - David Bowie (177 weeks in the last 5 years - released Nov 16)
#50 - The Ultimate Collection - Whitney Houston (194 weeks in the last 5 years)
#53 - The Definitive Collection - Stevie Wonder (71 weeks in the last 5 years)
#55 - The 50 Greatest Hits - Elvis Presley (28 weeks in the last 5 years)
#61 - Direct Hits - The Killers (129 weeks in the last 5 years)
#68 - Singles - Maroon 5 (136 weeks in the last 5 years - released Dec 15)
#69 - Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chilli Peppers (135 weeks in the last 5 years)
#70 - Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters (178 weeks in the last 5 years)
#78 - God's Favourite Band - Green Day (68 weeks in the last 5 years - released Nov 17)
#79 - Private Investigations - Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler - (36 weeks in the last 5 years)
#81 - The Singles - Phil Collins (61 weeks in the last 5 years - released Oct 16)
#84 - The Very Best Of - Stone Roses (28 weeks in the last 5 years)
#85 - Hot Rocks: 1964-1971 - The Rolling Stones (23 weeks in the last 5 years)
#86 - Platinum Hits - Jason Derulo (8 weeks in the last 5 years - released Aug 16)
#88 - 1967-1970 - The Beatles (14 weeks in the last 5 years)
#96 - Piano Man: The Very Best Of - Billy Joel (14 weeks in the last 5 years)
#100 - Best Of: Decade in the Sun - Stereophonics (29 weeks in the last 5 years)

Plus mainstays like What's The Story Morning Glory by Oasis, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, AM by Arctic Monkeys, Back to Black by Amy Winehouse etc.

I think a huge part of this is down to streaming services. Collectively across each week, the Greatest Hits albums are the main source of tracks used in curated playlists... if Spotify want to feature Bohemian Rhapsody in 300 different playlists to advertise at people, they'll pull it from Greatest Hits instead of A Night At The Opera. And that has a knock on effect on "sales figures".

Plus, you've got supermarkets stocking the hardy perennials at all times. HMV and Amazon pushing them as vinyl essentials. YouTube searches pulling them up above the alternatives. It's all algorithms these days, leading to people somehow, after all this time, still buying the bloody things.

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Queen, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Abba, Michael Jackson and The Beatles always seem to do the best in the albums chart in terms of classic bands/artists. But, I don't think I'm being biased in saying that Queen have done the best of all of these acts within the last eighteen months.

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Young Music Fan wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:05 pm Queen, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Abba, Michael Jackson and The Beatles always seem to do the best in the albums chart in terms of classic bands/artists. But, I don't think I'm being biased in saying that Queen have done the best of all of these acts within the last eighteen months.
Overall, perhaps, thanks to the Bo Rhap soundtrack. It's worth pointing out though that Greatest Hits was absent from the top 100 for most of 2019.

According to the Official UK Chart Company, Greatest Hits spent 114 consecutive weeks in the chart between 1st December 2016 and 31st January 2019. After that, it's a bit more sketchy...

Greatest Hits in 2019

03.01.19 - #46
10.01.19 - #69
17.01.19 - #87
24.01.19 - #84
31.01.19 - #90

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28.02.19 - #57
07.03.19 - #74
14.03.19 - #67
21.03.19 - #61
28.03.19 - #78

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27.06.19 - #31

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03.10.19 - #87

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05.12.19 - #24
12.12.19 - #34
19.12.19 - #37
26.12.19 - #35

Now, it's been in the charts ever since, going into the Top 20 on 9th January and staying there right up until last week when it returned to the Top 10, for the first time since February 1992.

However, The Platinum Collection has obviously been doing very well for itself too... though currently only at #26, it returned to the Official UK Albums Chart on 18th October 2018, was in the Top Ten in November 2018 (for the first time since August 2002), got pushed out into the Top 20 for the Christmas period, but returned to the Top 10 from January-March 2019. It finally left the Top 20 in May and the Top 50 in August, but has been hovering around between #26-#69 throughout the rest of 2019 and up to the present day.

It's full chart run since returning to the Album Charts in October 2018, three years after it's previous entry is:

89 | 90 | 34 | 7 | 7 | 5 | 12 | 19 | 20 | 19 | 20 | 15 | 14 | 10 | 12 | 10 | 9 | 11 | 9 | 8 | 8 | 9 | 13 | 11 | 11 | 13 | 14 | 19 | 24 | 22 | 20 | 20 | 24 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 28 | 37 | 49 | 45 | 40 | 42 | 41 | 43 | 49 | 62 | 54 | 64 | 69 | 62 | 25 | 23 | 30 | 26 | 35 | 47 | 52 | 47 | 51 | 37 | 43 | 46 | 44 | 24 | 24 | 34 | 40 | 41 | 47 | 40 | 42 | 46 | 46 | 46 | 53 | 55 | 52 | 33 | 26

By comparison, Bohemian Rhapsody spent 58 weeks on the chart between November 2018 and November 2019, returning for one week back in February at #100.

It's chart run was interesting:

5 | 3 | 3 | 11 | 5 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 12 | 9 | 6 | 4 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 6 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 5 | 7 | 5 | 6 | 5 | 6 | 6 | 5 | 7 | 7 | 4 | 10 | 7 | 9 | 10 | 9 | 12 | 13 | 7 | 10 | 9 | 9 | 10 | 9 | 10 | 8 | 14 | 15 | 17 | 9 | 10 | 12 | 7 | 10 | 12 | 13 | 15 | 19

For no apparent reason, the album then dropped out of the chart completely - from #19 to nothing, in the space of a week, back in November 2019. Did the band delete it? Did stores suddenly stop stocking it? Something weird happened, it seems!

Anyhew... the long story short is that there are other big hitters that have performed equally well, or even better than the Queen albums have... but to have THREE compilations jostling for chart placings for most of the last few years is quite an achievement!

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Well still technically Greatest Hits was still in the charts as The Platinum Collection was in the charts every week when GH was absent.

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Young Music Fan wrote: Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:20 am Well still technically Greatest Hits was still in the charts as The Platinum Collection was in the charts every week when GH was absent.
True. I guess my point was that other artists core Hits collections of classic albums have ALSO been hanging around the top 100 for YEARS now. It isn't something that Queen have a monopoly on. They have that advantage of having multiple collections thanks to the film, but overall, others have performed just as well.

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I think it's a case of the main box stores/shops have the same 20 titles in them [Abbey Road, Dark Side Of The Moon, Queen's Greatest Hits etc] and that for your average Joe/Josephine music is background ambiance. so of course they are going to be perennial best sellers.

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First time ever in the Billboard top 10 at #8. Best position before was #11 in 1992. How did that suddenly happen?

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Target and walmart have just put out exclusive editions on vinyl, so that might have something to do with it.

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