Greatest Hits (1988 Fleetwood Mac album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 15 November 1988
Recorded 1975–1988
Genre Rock
Length 64:19 (US)
66:45 (Europe, Australia)
Label Warner Bros.
Fleetwood Mac compilations chronology
Vintage Years
(1975)
Greatest Hits
(1988)
25 Years – The Chain
(1992)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "As Long as You Follow"
    Released: November 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is a 1988 compilation album by British-American band Fleetwood Mac. It covers the period of the band's greatest commercial success, from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s.

It should not be confused with a 1971 release by the Peter Green incarnation of the band, also titled Greatest Hits, but containing an entirely different tracklisting. The 1988 album in fact omits anything before 1975 including "Albatross", one of the band's biggest hits.

The album has proven to be a major success since the time of its release. Although it only peaked at No. 14 in the US album chart,[2] it sold steadily and has to date been certified octuple platinum for shipping 8 million copies there.[3] In the UK it reached No. 3 upon release and has returned several times to the UK album chart—as recently as April 2013 (re-entering at #90).[4] It has been certified triple platinum for shipping 900,000 copies there.[5] The album has sold approximately 20 million copies worldwide.

The album contains two new tracks, "As Long As You Follow" (which was released as a single to promote the album), and "No Questions Asked". The track listing for the US release differs slightly from that of other territories. It includes the 1975 track "Over My Head" but omits the 1987 track "Seven Wonders" (despite it being a top 20 hit in the US) as well as the 1982 track "Oh Diane" (which failed to chart there in 1983, but was a top 10 hit in the UK).

A number of sources state that this album was the last to be commercially released as an 8-track tape by a major label.[6] (The 8-track tape was released only as a Record Club version, as regular retail 8-track tapes had long since ceased by 1988.)

Track listing[edit]

US release[edit]

  1. "Rhiannon" (Stevie Nicks) – 4:11
  2. "Don't Stop" (Christine McVie) – 3:12
  3. "Go Your Own Way" (Lindsey Buckingham) – 3:38
  4. "Hold Me" (McVie, Robbie Patton) – 3:45
  5. "Everywhere" (McVie) – 3:42
  6. "Gypsy" (Nicks) – 4:24
  7. "You Make Loving Fun" (McVie) – 3:31
  8. "As Long as You Follow" (McVie, Eddy Quintela) – 4:10*
  9. "Dreams" (Nicks) – 4:14
  10. "Say You Love Me" (McVie) – 4:10
  11. "Tusk" (Buckingham) – 3:30
  12. "Little Lies" (McVie, Quintela) – 3:38
  13. "Sara" (Nicks) – 6:22
  14. "Big Love" (Buckingham) – 3:38
  15. "Over My Head" (McVie) – 3:34
  16. "No Questions Asked" (Nicks, Kelly Johnston) – 4:40*

European and Australian releases[edit]

  1. "Rhiannon" – 4:11
  2. "Go Your Own Way" – 3:37
  3. "Don't Stop" – 3:11
  4. "Gypsy" – 4:22
  5. "Everywhere" – 3:41
  6. "You Make Loving Fun" – 3:31
  7. "Big Love" – 3:38
  8. "As Long as You Follow" – 4:11*
  9. "Say You Love Me" – 4:09
  10. "Dreams" – 4:15
  11. "Little Lies" – 3:37
  12. "Oh Diane" (Buckingham) – 2:33
  13. "Sara" – 6:25
  14. "Tusk" – 3:26
  15. "Seven Wonders" (Nicks, Sandy Stewart) – 3:33
  16. "Hold Me" – 3:44
  17. "No Questions Asked" – 4:41*
  • "As Long as You Follow" and "No Questions Asked" are non-album studio tracks. The former was released as a single to promote the album in December 1988, peaking at No. 66 in the UK and No. 43 in the US. "Hold Me" was also re-released in the UK with "No Questions Asked" as its B-side in February 1989.
  • "You Make Loving Fun", "Big Love", "Oh Diane" and "Seven Wonders" are not included on the UK vinyl version. They are only included on the cassette and CD formats. The LP contained 13 tracks.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[20] 9× Platinum 630,000^
France (SNEP)[21] 2× Gold 200,000[22]
Germany (BVMI)[23] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] 11× Platinum 165,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[26] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] 8× Platinum 8,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits (1988) chart peaks (Billboard.com)
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  4. ^ "Chart Stats – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  6. ^ Record Club Only 8-tracks from 8-Track Heaven. Accessed 11 November 2006
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  15. ^ December 1988 "31 December 1988 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Fleetwood Mac Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Fleetwood Mac. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Fleetwood Mac Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Catalog Albums for Fleetwood Mac. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Albums 1989". aria.com.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1989". RPM. 23 December 1989. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  21. ^ "French album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Best of" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select FLEETWOOD MAC and click OK
  22. ^ "Les Albums Double Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Fleetwood Mac; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  24. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  25. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados > 1995–1999". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392. 
  26. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Fleetwood Mac; 'Greatest Hits')". Hung Medien.