Absolute Greatest

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Absolute Greatest
Greatest hits album by Queen
Released 11 November 2009 (Japan)
13 November 2009 (Germany, Austria)
16 November 2009 (Europe)
17 November 2009 (US)
Recorded 1973–1995
Genre Rock
Length 79:29
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (North America)
Producer various
Queen chronology
Singles Collection 2
(2009)
Absolute Greatest
(2009)
Singles Collection 3
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 7/10 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Absolute Greatest is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen. The album features 20 of their most famous hits throughout their career on one CD for the very first time and is available in several formats, including the single CD edition, a 2 CD special edition featuring audio commentaries by Brian May and Roger Taylor, a 52-page hardback book with the 2 CDs, digital download, and an LP edition box set. Each track has been remastered from the original tapes.[5]

A promotion running on the band's official website, Queen Online, gave fans the opportunity to guess the placings of the tracks on the album and win a prize if their answer was correct (a new track was revealed daily). The prize winner was then chosen in a random selection.[6]

Track listing[edit]

CD LP Song Writer(s) Album Length
01 A1 We Will Rock You Brian May News Of The World 2:02
02 A2 We Are The Champions Freddie Mercury News Of The World 3:01
03 A3 Radio Ga Ga Roger Taylor The Works 5:48
04 A4 Another One Bites the Dust John Deacon The Game 3:35
05 B1 I Want It All (Single Version) Queen (May) The Miracle 4:01
06 B2 Crazy Little Thing Called Love Mercury The Game 2:44
07 B3 A Kind Of Magic Taylor A Kind Of Magic 4:25
08 C1 Under Pressure Queen, David Bowie Hot Space 4:03
09 C2 One Vision (Single Version) Queen (Taylor) A Kind Of Magic 4:04
10 C3 You're My Best Friend Deacon A Night At The Opera 2:51
11 C4 Don't Stop Me Now Mercury Jazz 3:30
12 D1 Killer Queen Mercury Sheer Heart Attack 3:00
13 D2 These Are the Days of Our Lives Queen (Taylor) Innuendo 4:13
14 D3 Who Wants to Live Forever (Greatest Hits II edit) May A Kind Of Magic 4:55
15 E1 Seven Seas of Rhye Mercury Queen II 2:46
16 E2 Heaven for Everyone (Single Version) Taylor Made In Heaven 4:43
17 E3 Somebody To Love Mercury A Day At The Races 4:55
18 F1 I Want to Break Free (Single Version) Deacon The Works 4:19
19 F2 The Show Must Go On Queen (May) Innuendo 4:32
20 F3 Bohemian Rhapsody Mercury A Night At The Opera 5:56

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Absolute Greatest at AllMusic
  2. ^ Terry Staunton. "Queen – Absolute Greatest" (JPG). 
  3. ^ "The Official Queen Website". QueenOnline.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Queen: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Press Release: Absolute Greatest. Queen online, 3 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  6. ^ Tracklisting Competition. Queen online. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Danish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Archivum: Top 40 Album". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Mexican Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Portuguese Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 28th November 2009". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  24. ^ "Queen Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  25. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  27. ^ "Danish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest". IFPI Denmark. 
  28. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2010" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. 
  29. ^ "Irish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  30. ^ "Italian album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Queen in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  31. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  32. ^ "Polish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  33. ^ "Portuguese album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa.  Enter 2009 in the field Ano at the bottom of the page. Click Vêr
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Absolute Greatest in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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