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Tracklist

Bohemian Rhapsody5:50
Another One Bites The Dust2:32
Killer Queen2:58
Fat Bottomed Girls3:16
Bicycle Race2:57
You're My Best Friend2:48
Don't Stop Me Now3:25
Save Me3:44
Crazy Little Thing Called Love2:40
Somebody To Love4:51
Now I'm Here4:10
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy2:52
Play The Game3:21
Flash2:45
Seven Seas Of Rhye2:45
We Will Rock You2:00
We Are The Champions2:57

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Notes

This grouping gathers the widely divergent array of variations and formats of Queen's phenomenally-successful first "Greatest Hits" album, originally released in the UK on 26 October 1981. It is available on LP, cassette, 8-track, Reel-to-Reel, and of course, it was later re-issued on CD (1984 onwards) and MiniDisc (1998), some in typical remastered fashion (eg. the 2011 remaster).

'Greatest Hits' was an instant success, peaking at number one on the UK Album Chart for four weeks. It has spent over 700 weeks in the UK Charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK, selling over 6 million copies there. It is certified 8 x Platinum in the United States, and is Queen's most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Taking a strict "all killer, no filler" approach to song selection from the 1973 to 1980 period, the original UK version included 17 hits -- as do many other international editions (although some of these feature a bewilderingly different gallery of sleeve art). Later editions, however, begun to include the 1981 hit "Under Pressure" as an 18th track while some international flavours also modified the song selection and sequence in favour of hits particular to those territories.

Simultaneous to the album release were the "Greatest Flix" video assemblage (grouped separately) as well as the "Greatest Pix" book.

Needless to say, there are countless re-issues and bootleg/pirate/copycat versions of each.
Some could be grouped here but BEWARE of totally unrelated items bearing no more than a similar title -- the North American versions from 1992, for instance, share nothing but the title, cover a different career period and belong in their own grouping.

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Greatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Test Pressing, Stereo
Elektra – 5E-517US1980US1980
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – 7-94111-4UK1981UK1981
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981-10-26, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Stereo
No Barcode, Round Cornered Innersleeve
EMI – EMTV30, EMI – 0C 062-78 041UK1981UK1981
Cover of Grootste Hits, 1981, VinylGrootste Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – 1A 064-54079, EMI – TV 064-54079Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – TV 064-78041Europe1981Europe1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Stereo
Embossed Sleeve
EMI – 1C 088-78 044, EMI – 1 C 088-78 044, EMI Electrola – 1C 088-78 044, EMI Electrola – 1 C 088-78 044
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Germany1981Germany1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Elektra – 5E-564New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Grootste Hits, 1981, VinylGrootste Hits
LP, Compilation, Reissue
EMI – 1A 064-54107Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
AR
Elektra – 5E-564US1981US1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Elektra – X5E-564Canada1981Canada1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – 1C 264-78 071, EMI Electrola – 1C 264-78 071Europe1981Europe1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Jugoton – LSEMI 78031, EMI – EMTV30Yugoslavia1981Yugoslavia1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Grootste Hits, 1981, VinylGrootste Hits
LP, Compilation, Reissue
EMI – 1A 058-15 4107 1Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Elektra – 5E 564, Elektra – 5E-564Australia1981Australia1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Red lablels
EMI – EMTV 30Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong1981Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Club Edition, Reissue
EMI – 32 186-9, EMI Electrola – 32 186-9Germany1981Germany1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Grootste Hits, 1981, CassetteGrootste Hits
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – TV 264-54079Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Stereo
EMI – 11C 076-78041Portugal1981Portugal1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation, Club Edition
EMI – 36539 5, EMI – 1C 264-78 071Europe1981Europe1981
New Submission
Cover of Grootste Hits, 1981, VinylGrootste Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – 1A 064-54079, EMI – TV 064-54079Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Elektra – X5E-564Canada1981Canada1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – EMCJ (D) 5258, EMI – EMCJ(D) 5258, EMI – 82C 062-78 041
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South Africa1981South Africa1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – 14C 062-78041Greece1981Greece1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Reissue, Repress
EMI – EMTV30, EMI – OC 062-78 041, EMI – 17 8041 1
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UK1981UK1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Grootste Hits, 1981, CassetteGrootste Hits
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – 258 15 4107 4Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Stereo
EMI – 11865Colombia1981Colombia1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Elektra – P-6480EJapan1981Japan1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Queen Grandes Exitos, 1981, CassetteQueen Grandes Exitos
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – CLEM-1040, EMI – 33C 262-78041Mexico1981Mexico1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation
Elektra – 5C5 564US1981US1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – 10C 068 078041Spain1981Spain1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – EMTX30Israel1981Israel1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation, Stereo
Embossed Cover
EMI – 1C 088-78 044, EMI – 1 C 088-78 044, EMI Electrola – 1C 088-78 044, EMI Electrola – 1 C 088-78 044
+2 more labels...
Germany1981Germany1981
Cover of Greatest Hits = Queen Grandes Exitos, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits = Queen Grandes Exitos
LP, Compilation
EMI – SLEM-1040, EMI – 33C 062-78041Mexico1981Mexico1981
Recently Edited
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
French Pressing
EMI – EMTV30, EMI – OC 062-78-041UK1981UK1981
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
EMI – EMTV30India1981India1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – 7 8071Europe1981Europe1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation
EMI – 14C 262 78041Greece1981Greece1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, CassetteGreatest Hits
Cassette, Compilation
Elektra – XTC5-564, Elektra – XTC5 564 QCanada1981Canada1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Edited 17 Tracks
Emi – OLE-411South Korea1981South Korea1981
New Submission
Cover of Greatest Hits, 1981, VinylGreatest Hits
LP, Compilation
Gatefold
EMI – EMI-7706Venezuela1981Venezuela1981
New Submission
macmark14's avatar
macmark14
Mine is flat and quiet but punchy. I do miss under pressure but other than that it rocks!
Chaotic_Dawn's avatar
Chaotic_Dawn
Does anybody know why this release is so damn expensive??
Devolutionator's avatar
This is a very solid pressing with good dynamics and a very decent mix and soundstage. Some of the songs are quieter than others, which is a little strange, and I think Fat Bottom Girls has a fade out instead of how the song is supposed to end, but this still a great presentation of the songs. Nice heavy vinyl, but the sleeves are like suction cups on the records, so be careful when taking them out. I replaced them with rice paper sleeves.
standupandspit's avatar
Anyone know if this has the standard inner, like the standard release? I picked up a copy with a plain white inner. Cheers
botelhda's avatar
botelhda
I have this copy at home. It's quite flat and doesn't really stand up to the OG canadian pressing. Quite surprising, but columbia house isn't always the best pressings. :(
KintaroSol's avatar
KintaroSol
Fantastic pressing, i was a bit skeptical about getting a copy of The Greatest Hits of any band since i used to love many songs from different Queen albums, but if you are looking for a cheaper solution with tons of legendary songs, this one is definitely for you.
Sergey177's avatar
Sergey177
I have an LP in stock that has a label of white color but with a blue outline, I understand this is a misprint. Since all the output data is on the cover and the matrix numbers are from the LP with the red label. Red color missed
Sergey177's avatar
Sergey177
I have an LP with the inscription Balkanton in white on a black background with a green label
insanejeff's avatar
insanejeff
Edited 2 months ago
Kinda sad that it doesn't follow the precise mastering of the vinyl version, which has tracks really close together and the stereo album version of track 13 (although the vinyl lists the edited version running time). So I miss the nostalgic feeling of playing my childhood version, but this is a great sounding CD and for Queen completists, a place to find the mono single fade-out version of track 13.
RedshirtRecords's avatar
Just picked this up at my local Target and disc 1 is insanely warped. When I pulled disc 2 out, I was pleased to find that it is pretty flat but then flipped it over to side D and it’s COVERED in scratches. QC just doesn’t exist these days.