Remaining Long Format – Greatest Hits series – US releases
For many years the catalog of Queen was managed by two distinct labels. Elektra and then Hollywood Records in North America and EMI everywhere else. This situation, plus the different evolution of their career popularity-wise, concluded on fully specific best of albums released in the US and in Canada. Their Greatest Hits is often assimilated with the 1981 album of the same name while Classic Queen is mostly merged with Greatest Hits II. This is a very wrong simplification. As it can be seen with the sales distribution across the albums, the US releases aren’t era-specific. In fact, Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t on Greatest Hits but instead on Classic Queen while I Want to Break Free is a part of the former.
Sales-wise those albums are all monsters considering they are sold only in the US and Canada. If we add sales of all three together plus the original compilations seen on the previous page, we are up to 55 million units sold and that’s not all.