Greatest Hits II (Queen album)

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Greatest Hits II
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Greatest hits album by Queen
Released28 October 1991 (UK)
19 April 2011 (U.S. and Japan)
1981–1995 (2011 Japan reissue edition)
  • 76:32 (LP version)
  • 75:57 (CD version)
Queen chronology
CD Single Box
Greatest Hits II
Classic Queen
Alternative covers
2011 Universal Remaster
2011 Universal Remaster
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits II is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen, released on 28 October 1991.[2] It reached No. 1 on the UK Albums 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 19 million copies worldwide. Accumulated sales (Greatest Hits II and Classic Queen for the US and Canada combined) are in excess of 23 million worldwide.[3][4] It is also the best-selling album by a foreign artist in Finland.[5][6]

Freddie Mercury designed the crest on the album cover, using the astrological signs of the four members: two Leos, one Cancer and one Virgo.[7]


The compilation contains most of Queen's hits from 1981 to 1991. It was released less than a month before the death of lead singer 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.

The singles "Body Language", "Back Chat", "Las Palabras de Amor", "Thank God It's Christmas", "Princes of the Universe" and "Scandal" were omitted for this release.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986)Roger Taylor4:22
2."Under Pressure" (with David Bowie; from Hot Space, 1982)Queen, David Bowie3:57
3."Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works, 1984)Taylor5:43
4."I Want It All" (single mix, from The Miracle, 1989)Queen (Brian May)4:01
5."I Want to Break Free" (single mix, from The Works, 1984)John Deacon4:18
Side two
6."Innuendo" (from Innuendo, 1991)Queen (Mercury/Taylor)6:27
7."It's a Hard Life" (from The Works, 1984)Freddie Mercury4:09
8."Breakthru" (from The Miracle, 1989)Queen (Mercury/Taylor)4:09
9."Who Wants to Live Forever" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986)Brian May5:16
Side three
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
14."Hammer to Fall" (single mix, from The Works, 1984)May3:40
15."Friends Will Be Friends" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986)Mercury, Deacon4:08
16."The Show Must Go On" (from Innuendo, 1991)Queen (May)4:37
17."One Vision" (single mix, from A Kind of Magic, 1986)Queen (Taylor)4:02
Total length:76:32


Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Top 50 Albums[9] 4
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[10] 1
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[11] 1
Swiss Top 100 Albums[12] 1
UK Albums Chart[13] 1
Chart (1992) Peak
Austrian Top 75 Albums[14] 1
French Compilations[15] 1
German Albums Chart[16] 2
Hungarian Top 40 Albums[17] 1
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[18] 4
Swedish Top 60 Albums[19] 2
Chart (2008) Peak
Spanish Top 100 Albums[20] 45

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
German Albums Chart[21] 72


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[22] Diamond 500,000^
Australia (ARIA)[23] 8× Platinum 560,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[24] 4× Platinum 200,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[25] 2× Platinum 500,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[26] 2× Platinum 149,622[26]
France (SNEP)[27] Diamond 1,238,700[28]
Germany (BVMI)[29] 9× Gold 2,250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[30] Gold 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[31] Platinum 250,000[32]
Sweden (GLF)[33] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[34] 5× Platinum 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 13× Platinum 3,900,000[36]
Europe (IFPI)[37] 13× Platinum 13,000,000*

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

See also[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. ^ Anderson, Sarah 50 Geeky Facts About Queen, NME. Accessed May 28, 2014.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  13. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1991". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original (PHP) on 18 February 2010. Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  16. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Archivum: Top 40 Album". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  19. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  20. ^ "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (ASP). Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  24. ^ "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. 
  25. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
  26. ^ a b "Queen" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  27. ^ "French album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits Vol. 2" (in French). InfoDisc. Select QUEEN and click OK. 
  28. ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD / Albums Tout Temps" (in French). Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Queen; 'Greatest Hits II')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  30. ^ "Italian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.
  31. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Queen in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Greatest Hits II in the box under TÍTULO
  32. ^ "QUEEN Greatest Hits II Mexico Promo award disc". 1992-09-30. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  33. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  34. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen; 'Greatest Hits II')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits (Vol II)". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits (Vol II) in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ "Queen's Greatest Hits becomes first album to sell 6 million copies in the UK" (webpage). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 Feb 2013.
  37. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1991". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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