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Queen - Greatest Hits

Queen - Greatest Hits

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    Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen, released worldwide on 26 October 1981. The album consisted of Queen's biggest hits since their first chart appearance in 1974 with "Seven Seas of Rhye", up to their 1980 hit "Flash" (though in some countries "Under Pressure", the band's 1981 chart-topper with David Bowie, was included). There was no universal track listing or cover art for the album, and each territory's tracks were dependent on what singles had been released there and which were successful. In 1992, the US version of the album Classic Queen was released following the band's rekindled popularity in the nation.

    There was no universal track listing or cover art for the Greatest Hits album, and each territory's tracks were dependent on what singles were released there and what tracks charted. In some cases, despite the band's popularity, not enough songs were issued as singles to fill a compilation album, and a few album tracks were used as filler. Some examples of these were "Sweet Lady" and "Love of My Life", neither of which was released as a single in any country, but appear on some regions' 1981 Hits release. In the UK, the album was limited to the Queen singles that had reached the top 20 in the UK singles chart up to that point, plus "We Will Rock You", which had been the B-side of "We Are the Champions".

    The US ended up with its original edit of Queen's first single release, "Keep Yourself Alive", which had been re-released in the US in 1975 (original release was 1973) after the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody". The US version also added "Under Pressure", Queen's collaboration with David Bowie, which was released the same week as Greatest Hits and subsequently topped the UK Singles Chart and reached the top ten in many charts around the world. However, the song was not included on the European versions of Greatest Hits – according to Queen's business manager Jim Beach, this was because the longer manufacturing time required to press records in Europe meant that several hundred thousand copies of the album had already been pressed up before the song had been recorded. 

    Tracklist

    1 We Will Rock You 2:01
    2 We Are The Champions 3:00
    3 Another One Bites The Dust 3:32
    4 Killer Queen 2:59
    5 Somebody To Love 4:53
    6 Fat Bottomed Girls 4:16
    7 Bicycle Race 2:59
    8 You're My Best Friend 2:50
    9 Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:41
    10 Now I'm Here 4:12
    11 Play The Game 3:31
    12 Seven Seas Of Rhye 2:47
    13 Body Language 4:29
    14 Save Me 3:48
    15 Don't Stop Me Now 3:29
    16 Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy 2:53
    17 I Want To Break Free