Saturday, June 4, 2022

Queen reach UK chart milestone with Greatest Hits collection

Queen have reached a new milestone on the UK charts with their 1981 “Greatest Hits” collection.

The Official Charts Company notes that the package has reached the landmark of 1,000 weeks on the Official Album Chart.

Rising one spot to No. 18 this week, Queen now become the first British act – and third act overall – to achieve 1,000 weeks inside the Official Albums Chart Top 100 with an album after Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1984 greatest hits collection, “Legend” (1032 weeks), and the original record-setter, 1992’s “ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits” (1048 weeks).

Upon its original release, Queen’s “Greatest Hits” peaked at No 1 on the Official Albums Chart and would stay on the top for 4 weeks; its tracklist contains the best-known tracks from the band’s first decade, including classics such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen” and “Somebody To Love.”

“What an incredible achievement by Queen, to become the first British act to strike up 1,000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart with their Greatest Hits, a total which amounts to more than 19 years solid,” says Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company, “and how appropriate too that should reach this record-breaking landmark in the week of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Queen’s “Greatest Hits” topped the UK Vinyl Album Chart in July of 2021 with the help of a 40th anniversary reissue, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” was among 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the US Library Of Congress National Recording Registry – which annually highlights recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and are at least 10 years old – in April 2022.

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