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Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Notches U.K. Chart Milestone

Long live Queen.

The legendary rock outfit’s Greatest Hits (Virgin) album chalks up an impressive milestone by passing 900 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100, and is just the third album to do so.

Released in 1981, the career retrospective is behind just Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ 1984 hits album Legend (933 weeks) and ABBA’s Gold compilation, the longest-running U.K. Top 100 album ever, with 949 weeks, according to the Official Charts Company.

There’s one category in which Queen’s Greatest Hits reigns supreme. It’s the best-selling album in British recorded music history with more than six million copies sold, the OCC reports.

The 900-week-plus accomplishment comes at roughly the same time the band celebrates 50 years since their first London gig, on July 18, 1970 at Imperial College, and 35-years since Freddie Mercury and Co. rocked Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, on July 13, 1985.

Queen’s Greatest Hits enjoyed four weeks at No. 1 and includes the hits “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Flash,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Under Pressure,” their collaboration with David Bowie.

The album is currently at No. 16 on the chart and should notch-up a 902 week when the weekly survey is published late Friday (July 17).

Earlier this month, Royal Mail released a collection of stamps to commemorate the group’s 50-year anniversary. The Royal Mint recently celebrated the band with an official U.K. coin.

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