Greatest Hits II (Queen album)

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Greatest Hits II
Greatest hits album by Queen
Released 28 October 1991 (UK)
19 April 2011 (U.S. and Japan)
Recorded 1981–1990
1981–1995 (2011 Japan reissue edition)
Genre Rock
Length
  • 76:32 (LP version)
  • 75:57 (CD version)
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (North America)
Queen chronology
Greatest Hits
(1981)
Greatest Hits II
(1991)
Classic Queen
(1992)
Alternative covers
2011 Universal Remaster
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits II is a compilation album by the British rock group Queen, released in 1991.[2] It reached No. 1 on the UK Album Chart, and is the tenth best-selling album in UK Chart history with sales of 3.9 million copies as of 2014, and has sold 16 million copies worldwide.[3][4] It is also the best-selling album by a foreign artist in Finland.[5][6]

The compilation contains most of Queen's European hits from 1981 to 1991. It was released less than a month before the death of vocalist Freddie Mercury and was the last Queen release of any kind while he was still alive. It was later made available in the United States in two box sets: Greatest Hits I & II and The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III. On April 19, 2011, Hollywood Records released the newly remastered version of Greatest Hits II in the United States and Japan.

A companion video release entitled Greatest Flix II was released at the same time, but is currently out of print. Most of the videos are now available on the DVD Greatest Video Hits 2 with the exception of the videos from the 1991 Innuendo album.

Curiously the singles "Body Language", "Las Palabras de Amor", "Thank God It's Christmas" and "Scandal" were omitted for this release [7] also "Back Chat" was also omitted.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986) Roger Taylor 4:22
2. "Under Pressure" (from Hot Space, 1982) Queen, David Bowie 4:08
3. "Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works, 1984) Taylor 5:43
4. "I Want It All" (single version, from The Miracle, 1989) Queen (Brian May) 4:01
5. "I Want to Break Free" (single remix, from The Works, 1984) John Deacon 4:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Innuendo" (from Innuendo, 1991) Queen (Mercury/Taylor) 6:27
7. "It's a Hard Life" (from The Works, 1984) Freddie Mercury 4:09
8. "Breakthru" (from The Miracle, 1989) Queen (Mercury/Taylor) 4:09
9. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986) Brian May 5:16
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Headlong" (from Innuendo, 1991) Queen (May) 4:37
11. "The Miracle" (from The Miracle, 1989) Queen (Mercury/Deacon) 5:01
12. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (from Innuendo, 1991) Queen (Mercury) 4:22
13. "The Invisible Man" (from The Miracle, 1989) Queen (Taylor) 3:58
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Hammer to Fall" (single version, from The Works, 1984) May 3:40
15. "Friends Will Be Friends" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986) Mercury, Deacon 4:08
16. "The Show Must Go On" (from Innuendo, 1991) Queen (May) 4:37
17. "One Vision" (single version, from A Kind of Magic, 1986) Queen (Taylor) 4:02
Total length:
76:32

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[8] 4
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[9] 1
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[10] 1
Swiss Top 100 Albums[11] 1
UK Albums Chart[12] 1
Chart (1992) Peak
position
Austrian Top 75 Albums[13] 1
French Compilations[14] 1
German Albums Chart[15] 2
Hungarian Top 40 Albums[16] 1
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[17] 4
Swedish Top 60 Albums[18] 2
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Spanish Top 100 Albums[19] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] Diamond 500,000x
Austria (IFPI Austria)[21] 4× Platinum 200,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[22] 2× Platinum 500,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[23] 2× Platinum 149,622[23]
France (SNEP)[24] Diamond 1,000,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] 9× Gold 2,250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[26] Platinum 250,000[27]
Sweden (GLF)[28] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] 5× Platinum 250,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] 13× Platinum 3,900,000[31]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  2. ^ Queen; Greatest Hits, Vol. 2. Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  3. ^ BPI – UK Best Selling Albums of All Time (14 June 2009), Retrieved 13 June 2011
  4. ^ Queen Greatest Hits I and II Review BBC. Retrieved 17 June 2011
  5. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät kotimaiset albumit" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät ulkomaiset albumit" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.queenonline.com/en/the-band/discography/greatest-hits-ii/
  8. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1991". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  15. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Archivum: Top 40 Album". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Queen in the field Interpret. Enter Greatest Hits II in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  22. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  23. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  24. ^ "French album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits Vol. 2" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select QUEEN and click OK
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Queen; 'Greatest Hits II')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  26. ^ "Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  27. ^ "QUEEN Greatest Hits II Mexico Promo award disc". Eil.com. 1992-09-30. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  28. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  29. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen; 'Greatest Hits II')". Hung Medien. 
  30. ^ "British album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits (Vol II)". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits (Vol II) in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  31. ^ "Queen's Greatest Hits becomes first album to sell 6 million copies in the UK" (webpage). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 Feb 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Stars by Simply Red
Dangerous by Michael Jackson
UK number one album
9 November 1991 – 15 November 1991
7 December 1991 – 3 January 1992
Succeeded by
Shepherd Moons by Enya
Stars by Simply Red