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Four decades after its release, Queen’s Greatest Hits album is just as relevant as ever. The record has officially become the best-selling album of all time in the UK and has now sold over seven million copies as of this month. It was in 2014 when the album passed the six million benchmark. Worldwide, Greatest Hits has sold over 25 million copies.
Queen’s Greatest Hits was released on October 26th, 1981 and was destined to be a success with its favorable tracklist. The record extends from their first chart-topper of 1974 Seven Seas of Rhye up until their 1980 smash hit Flash. Within the six years of hits, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody To Love, and Fat Bottomed Girls are just a few of their other beloved tracks included.
Greatest Hits has not only been impactful in the UK, but also all over the world for the past 40 years. In the United States, the album has spent over 400 weeks on the Billboard charts and has been certified 9x platinum. When the blockbuster Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released in 2018, a new wave of Queen popularity sparked about and created a whole new fanbase of all ages. The movie led Greatest Hits back into the charts throughout the world.
This latest record of Queen proves their music will stand the test of time. It is certain rock and roll will last forever.
Celebrate Queen’s feat and watch the legendary band perform Bohemian Rhapsody live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on Christmas Eve, 1975 here: