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Freddie Mercury’s band Queen has produced some incredible rock albums over the years from A Day at the Races to The Game. But in 1981, Queen’s Greatest Hits was released for the first time. The album includes such iconic tracks from the band’s first decade as Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and Don’t Stop Me Now.
To date, Queen’s Greatest Hits is the best-selling album of all time in the UK with 25 million units sold.
And now for the first time, almost 40 years after its original release, the Freddie Mercury-led record has hit the Billboard 200’s Top 10 in the US.
Queen’s Greatest Hits skyrocketed up from No 36 to No 8 after 412 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.
The compilation record’s previous peak was No 11, which was hit back in 1992.
Queen’s Greatest Hits, which is a 9X Platinum-selling collection, also impressively took No 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums Chart.
Just 11 albums have taken 10 years or more to break into the Billboard 200’s Top 10.
Only one album beat Queen’s Greatest Hits’ 39 years and one month after release record.
And it was Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song, which took 55 years to enter the Billboard 200’s Top 10 after its 1963 release.
According to Billboard, Queen’s Greatest Hits’ recent surge in the US chart is linked to a vinyl sale in Walmart where all records were priced at $15.
The supermarket also had an exclusive red and white coloured vinyl available, while Target was selling their very own ruby blend marble version.
In the week ending November 19, the album sold 24,000 copies across all formats, with vinyl accounting for 23,000 of that amount.
Meanwhile, as of August this year, Queen’s Greatest Hits has spent over 900 weeks on the UK Albums Chart.
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The album, therefore, holds the record for the most weeks on the UK Albums Chart with Queen’s Greatest Hits.
In the UK, the record has been certified 20x platinum, with sales of over 6 million copies.
Following the release of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody two years ago, Queen’s Greatest Hits reentered the charts worldwide.
The album’s opening track of the same name as the movie is the most-streamed song of the 20th century worldwide and the most-streamed classic rock song of all time.
In fact, Queen’s Greatest Hits is among the best-selling albums of 2020 so far in the UK.
The 1981 album sold an incredible 123,000 units from January to June this year.
According to the Official Charts Company, Queen’s Greatest Hits is No 9 just behind Elton John’s Diamonds.
While the No 1 spot was taken by Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
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