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Greatest Hits II is a compilation album by the British rock band 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 19 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 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.

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

Contents Edit

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  • 1 Track listing
  • 2 Charts
  • 3 Certifications
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Track listing[edit] 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" (with David Bowie; 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
[show]CD Version

Some tracks were edited for CD by David Richards.

[show]2011 Japan Reissue Edition

From the bonus track for Japan, Available in iTunes.

Charts[edit] 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] 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^
Italy (FIMI)[26] Gold 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[27] Platinum 250,000[28]
Sweden (GLF)[29] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[30] 5× Platinum 250,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] 13× Platinum 3,900,000[32]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[33] 13× Platinum 13,000,000*
*sales figures based on certification alone

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

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