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Queen. Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen, released worldwide on 26 October 1981.[1] 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.[2]

Queen. Greatest Hits

They may not have started out that way, but by 1981 Queen was definitely perceived as a singles act. This record gathers their biggest U.S./U.K. hits, 1973-1981, including the collaboration with David Bowie, "Under Pressure," which was not on the reissue from EMI. Not to be confused with the 1992 Hollywood Records (61625) release also called Greatest Hits.

Martin Talbot, chief executive, Official Charts Company, comments: "It really is a fantastic achievement by QUEEN to become the first act to notch up seven million sales of one album, with their legendary 'Greatest Hits'. When it was released for the first time in 1981, career-spanning packages such as 'Greatest Hits' were relatively rare, the preserve of only the very biggest acts. QUEEN's 'Greatest Hits' can claim to be in more than one-in-four U.K. households' record collections today, and there is no doubt that its massive success has done as much as any other release to turn hits packages into the omnipresent album concept that they are today."

Songs with infectious pomp, ear-catching lyrics and operatic harmonies proved there was more to them that your average rock band. Over the course of 14 albums (until Freddie Mercury's death in 1991) Queen delivered a near-impeccable run of hits on the Official Chart: 53 Top 40 singles, six of which went to Number 1. Look at Queen's complete Official Chart history here.

The only song to have made it to Christmas Number 1 twice. It first topped the Christmas charts in 1975 and pulled it off again 16 years later, after Freddie's death. As a result, it is one of the longest-reigning Number 1 hits of all-time. As well as being Queen's best seller, it's also one of the UK's biggest singles of all time, with 2.6 million pure sales. For comparison, We Are The Champions - their second best-seller - is on 962,000 sales.

For one night only, YOSA will rock the Tobin Center with Queen Greatest Hits on March 12. Queen Greatest Hits is in more than one-in-four U.K. households' record collections.YOSA's Classic Album Live Series will celebrate the famous British rock band with top hits like "Somebody to Love," "We Will Rock You," and "Bohemian Rhapsody"San Antonio's own Q: the Music of Queen will perform Queen's 1981 Classic, best-selling album of all time, backed up by the YOSA Philharmonic (a full symphony orchestra), Texas' premier Queen tribute band will reinvent familiar hits from Queen's best-selling album of all timeQueen Greatest Hits is the band's best-selling album to date, with total sales of over 25 million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, spending four weeks at the top and sold consistently well throughout the 1980s, becoming the fourth-biggest selling album of the decade.

Showcasing Queen hits from the 70s through to the 90s, Thomas and Bohemian Rhapsody bring back to life the visual excitement, theatrics, sound and stage energy as witnessed at a Queen concert. From fabulous renditions of Queen's greatest hits right through to Freddie's trademark cheeky banter and singing contests with his audience, this show takes everything that made a Queen show unique and brings it back to life before your eyes and ears.

Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody will perform all the great hits like We Will Rock You, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, A Kind of Magic, I Want To Break Free, Another One Bites the Dust, and of course - Bohemian Rhapsody. 041b061a72


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