Greatest Hits (Eurythmics album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Eurythmics
Released 18 March 1991
Recorded 1982–1989
Genre New wave, synthpop, pop rock
Length 63:16
Label RCA, Arista (US)
Producer David A. Stewart, Jimmy Iovine, Adam Williams
Eurythmics chronology
We Too Are One
(1989)
Greatest Hits
(1991)
Live 1983–1989
(1993)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Love Is a Stranger"
    Released: 1991 (Re-release)
  2. "Sweet Dreams '91"
    Released: 1991 (Remix)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Greatest Hits is a 1991 retrospective compilation album by Eurythmics, containing their successful singles spanning the years 1982 through 1990. It was enormously successful, topping the charts in the UK for a total of 10 weeks and in Australia for 7 weeks. It remains the duo's best-selling album worldwide and has been certified 6× Platinum in the UK and 3× Platinum in the US

The original European version of the album contained 18 tracks while the version released in the United States contained only 14. There were five songs omitted from the US edition which were "Right By Your Side", "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)", "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)", "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart" and "The Miracle of Love" whilst "The King and Queen of America" was added. The track order also differed. Neither the European nor the US version of Greatest Hits contained their top 30 hits "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)" or "Revival".

This greatest hits collection was largely superseded by Ultimate Collection released in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except "When Tomorrow Comes" co-written by Patrick Seymour. 

No. Title Album Length
1. "Love Is a Stranger"   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 3:40
2. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 4:50
3. "Who's That Girl?"   Touch 3:44
4. "Right by Your Side"   Touch 3:49
5. "Here Comes the Rain Again"   Touch 4:54
6. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"   Be Yourself Tonight 4:41
7. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Aretha Franklin) Be Yourself Tonight 4:53
8. "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"   Be Yourself Tonight 3:43
9. "When Tomorrow Comes"   Revenge 4:15
10. "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"   Savage 3:46
11. "The Miracle of Love"   Revenge 4:35
12. "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)"   1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) 3:52
13. "Thorn in My Side"   Revenge 4:11
14. "Don't Ask Me Why"   We Too Are One 4:13
15. "Angel"   We Too Are One 4:47
16. "Would I Lie to You?"   Be Yourself Tonight 4:22
17. "Missionary Man"   Revenge 3:45
18. "I Need a Man"   Savage 4:21

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[3] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 11
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 1
European Albums Chart[citation needed] 1
French Albums Chart[7] 1
German Albums Chart[8] 1
Italian Albums Chart[9] 8
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 8
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 2
UK Albums Chart[14] 1
US Billboard 200[15] 72

1999 reissue[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[16] 56
UK Albums Chart[14] 11

2005 reissue[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[14] 68

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[17] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[18] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[19] Gold 32,801[19]
France (SNEP)[20] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[21] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[23] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[25] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[27] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Video version[edit]

A version of the compilation with 21 music videos was also released, on VHS in 1991, and on DVD in 2000. Although it includes three more songs than the European audio version, and seven more than the US audio version, it still omits the videos for the singles "Never Gonna Cry Again", "The Walk", "Shame" and "Revival". In contrast to the audio versions of the compilation, the music videos are presented in chronological order, with short collages (made from snippets from the videos) between the songs.

No. Title Film director Length
1. "Sweet Dreams"   Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart  
2. "Love Is a Stranger"   Mike Brady  
3. "Who's That Girl?"   Duncan Gibbons  
4. "Right by Your Side"   Chris Ashbrook, Jon Roseman  
5. "Here Comes the Rain Again"   Dave Stewart, John Gerschfield, John Roseman  
6. "Sex Crime (1984)"   Chris Ashbrook  
7. "Julia"   Chris Ashbrook  
8. "Would I Lie to You?"   Mary Lambert  
9. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"   Eddie Arno, Mark Innocenti  
10. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"   Eddie Arno, Mark Innocenti  
11. "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"   Willy Smax  
12. "When Tomorrow Comes"   Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart  
13. "Thorn in My Side"   Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart  
14. "Miracle of Love"   Dave Stewart  
15. "Missionary Man"   Willy Smax  
16. "Beethoven (I Love to Listen to)"   Sophie Muller  
17. "I Need a Man"   Sophie Muller  
18. "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"   Sophie Muller  
19. "Don't Ask Me Why"   Sophie Muller  
20. "The King & Queen of America"   Willy Smax  
21. "Angel"   Sophie Muller  

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
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  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
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  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 28 February 1991. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
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  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
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  14. ^ a b c "Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". Chart Stats. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/301929/eurythmics/chart?f=305
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  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  20. ^ "French album certifications – Eurythmics – Greatest Hits" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select EURYTHMICS and click OK
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  22. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > July 1996 > Certified Awards (May 1996)". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
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  24. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  25. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Eurythmics – Greatest Hits" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  26. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959-2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1991-1995". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392. 
  27. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
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  29. ^ "British album certifications – Eurythmics – 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
  30. ^ "American album certifications – Eurythmics – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Out of Time by R.E.M.
Seal by Seal
UK number one album
30 March 1991 – 31 May 1991
22 June 1991 – 28 June 1991
Succeeded by
Seal by Seal
Love Hurts by Cher
Preceded by
Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
14 April – 1 June 1991
Succeeded by
Blind Love by Ratcat