The band celebrates a milestone with a best-of album
Queen released their ‘Greatest Hits’ album over 40 years ago – and they’re still breaking records today.
No group has ever done this before: Queen has crossed the seven million mark of albums sold in Great Britain. This makes the band’s greatest hits album the most successful album of all time in the UK. Who has the official charts website “Official Charts” recently approved.
The album was released in 1981 and contains legendary songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now”. The seven million copies sold are based on physical and digital purchases of the album, as well as streams.
The Queen feels “humbled and honoured”
The band is happy with the record. In a YouTube video Guitarist Brian May (75) and drummer Roger Taylor (72) talk about a milestone in the history of the band and the music. “We’re here to tell you the great news that Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album has sold over seven million copies, which has never been done before,” May said proudly. “Thank you, we appreciate it! »
Taylor jokes: “The British people and their infinitely good taste have [das Album] made it the best-selling album in history. Thank you, we are honored and honoured.”
Not the first disc of the Queen album: as early as 2014, it became the most commercially successful album in Great Britain with six million sales at the time. Only digital and physical purchases of the album have been included, but no streaming numbers. To date, “Greatest Hits” has been streamed 1.26 billion times.
It wasn’t until early June that the band set another record in their home country with the album. “Greatest Hits” officially lingered at this point 1,000 weeks in the UK Top 100 Albums Chart. This makes Queen the first UK band to take this step. They are in the general classification according to the “official maps” so behind ABBA and Bob Marley and The Wailers. ABBA’s best-of album “Gold – Greatest Hits” had ranked 1,048 weeks at the time, “Legend” by Bob Marley and The Wailers 1,032 weeks.