Greatest Hits (1988 Fleetwood Mac album)

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Greatest Hits
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits.jpg
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
Tango in the Night
(1987)
Greatest Hits
(1988)
Behind the Mask
(1990)
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 is different from the similarly titled 1971 release by the Peter Green incarnation of the band, and contains an entirely different track listing. 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. It peaked at No. 14 in the US album chart,[2] and sold steadily over the years since its release, and has to date been certified 8x platinum for shipping 8 million copies there. In the UK it reached No. 3 upon release and has returned several times to the UK album chart[3] and has been certified triple platinum for shipping 900,000 copies there. In both the US and the UK, the album has returned to the album charts as recently as 2016. 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.[4] (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 from "Fleetwood Mac"
  2. "Don't Stop" (Christine McVie) – 3:12 from "Rumours"
  3. "Go Your Own Way" (Lindsey Buckingham) – 3:38 from "Rumours"
  4. "Hold Me" (McVie, Robbie Patton) – 3:45 from "Mirage"
  5. "Everywhere" (McVie) – 3:42 from Tango in the Night
  6. "Gypsy" (Nicks) – 4:24 from "Mirage"
  7. "You Make Loving Fun" (McVie) – 3:31 from "Rumours"
  8. "As Long as You Follow" (McVie, Eddy Quintela) – 4:10* from Greatest Hits
  9. "Dreams" (Nicks) – 4:14" from "Rumours"
  10. "Say You Love Me" (McVie) – 4:10 from "Fleetwood Mac"
  11. "Tusk" (Buckingham) – 3:30 from "Tusk"
  12. "Little Lies" (McVie, Quintela) – 3:38 from Tango in the Night
  13. "Sara" (Nicks) – 6:22 from "Tusk"
  14. "Big Love" (Buckingham) – 3:38 from Tango in the Night
  15. "Over My Head" (McVie) – 3:34 from "Fleetwood Mac"
  16. "No Questions Asked" (Nicks, Kelly Johnston) – 4:40* from Greatest Hits

One US reissue by WB as #R1 25801, does not include tracks 7, 14 or 15, and the order of the tracks on the back side is completely different.

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" were new tracks at the time of the album's release. 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, but are included on the cassette and CD formats. The LP contained 13 tracks.

Personnel[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] 9× Platinum 630,000^
France (SNEP)[19] 2× Gold 200,000[20]
Germany (BVMI)[21] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] 11× Platinum 165,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[24] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 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)
  3. ^ "Chart Stats – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Record Club Only 8-tracks from 8-Track Heaven. Accessed 11 November 2006
  5. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1989" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  13. ^ December 1988 "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Fleetwood Mac. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – Chart history" Billboard Top Catalog Albums for Fleetwood Mac. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Albums 1989". aria.com.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1989". RPM. 23 December 1989. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  19. ^ "French album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Best of" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select FLEETWOOD MAC and click OK
  20. ^ "Les Albums Double Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Fleetwood Mac; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  22. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Recorded Music NZ. 
  23. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados > 1995–1999". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392. 
  24. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Fleetwood Mac; 'Greatest Hits')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
"Rattle and Hum" by U2
New Zealand Number One Albums
22 January 1989
Succeeded by
"Barnestorming" by Jimmy Barnes