Greatest Hits (Eurythmics album)

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Greatest Hits
Eurythmics - Greatest Hits.png
Greatest hits album by
Released18 March 1991 (1991-03-18)
Recorded1982–1989
Genre
Length63:16
LabelRCA
Producer
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by the British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was released on 18 March 1991 by RCA Records and contains their successful singles spanning the years 1982 through 1990. It was enormously successful, topping the charts in the United Kingdom for a total of 10 weeks and in Australia for seven weeks. It remains the duo's best-selling album worldwide and has been certified six-times platinum in the United Kingdom and triple platinum in the United States.

The original European version of the album contains 18 tracks, while the version released in the US contains only 14. The five songs omitted from the US edition are "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", while "The King and Queen of America" is added. The track order also differs. Neither the European nor the US version of Greatest Hits contains their top-30 singles "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)" or "Revival".

This greatest hits collection was superseded by Ultimate Collection released in 2005, which does not contain "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" or any songs from We Too Are One (1989).

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Love Is a Stranger"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)3:40
2."Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)4:53
3."Who's That Girl?"Touch (1983)3:44
4."Right by Your Side"Touch (1983)3:49
5."Here Comes the Rain Again"Touch (1983)5:03
6."There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"Be Yourself Tonight (1985)4:41
7."Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Aretha Franklin)Be Yourself Tonight (1985)4:53
8."It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"Be Yourself Tonight (1985)3:43
9."When Tomorrow Comes"Revenge (1986)4:15
10."You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"Savage (1987)3:46
11."The Miracle of Love"Revenge (1986)4:35
12."Sex Crime (1984)"1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)3:52
13."Thorn in My Side"Revenge (1986)4:11
14."Don't Ask Me Why"We Too Are One (1989)4:13
15."Angel"We Too Are One (1989)4:47
16."Would I Lie to You?"Be Yourself Tonight (1985)4:22
17."Missionary Man"Revenge (1986)3:45
18."I Need a Man"Savage (1987)4:21
Total length:76:33

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[29] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[31] Gold 32,801[31]
France (SNEP)[32] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[33] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[34] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[35] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[37] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

Video version[edit]

Greatest Hits
Video by
Released14 May 1991 (1991-05-14)
Recorded1982–1989
Length95 minutes
LabelBMG Video
Eurythmics chronology
We Two Are One Too
(1990)
Greatest Hits
(1991)
Peacetour
(2000)

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" (1981), "The Walk" (1982), "Shame" (1987) and "Revival" (1989). 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.TitleDirectorLength
1."Sweet Dreams"Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart 
2."Love Is a Stranger"Mike Brady 
3."Who's That Girl?"Duncan Gibbins 
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 

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Swedish Music DVD (Sverigetopplistan)[43] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[44] Gold 5,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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