The World’s Greatest Hits: Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey  – Mariah Carey – 1990 Claimed Sales: 15m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Mariah Carey is a popular singer. She has lots of fans. She has had lots and lots of huge hits over in the US and so her consistent appearance in The World’s Greatest Hits is no huge surprise. After suffering through her Music … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Greatest Hits – Journey
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Greatest Hits – Journey

Greatest Hits  – Journey – 1988 Claimed Sales: 15m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Much has been said of the impact of radio friendly stadium rock in this blg series and surely no act represents the mass appeal of it on music fans as Journey. Big chords, big hooks, big guitar solos and even bigger hair, … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Rattle and Hum – U2
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Rattle and Hum – U2

Rattle and Hum  – U2 – 1988 Claimed Sales: 14m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Rattle and Hum was bound to sell extremely well. Released a year after the end of their Joshua Tree world tour alongside a documentary film of the same name expectations would have been incredibly high for any new music from the … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Guilty – Barbra Streisand
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Guilty – Barbra Streisand

Guilty  – Barbra Streisand -1980 Claimed Sales: 15m First listen?: No Format Listened?: Apple Music It’s no understatement to say that Barbra Streisand has one of the world’s most iconic voices. Just about every single person will have been moved by at least one Streisand performance, there are s many highlights from her 6 decade long career … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Greatest Hits 1974-1978 – Steve Miller Band
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Greatest Hits 1974-1978 – Steve Miller Band

Greatest HIts 1974-1978  – Steve Miller Band – 1978 Claimed Sales: 13m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music It’s very rare to find a hugely popular Greatest Hits collection, one that ended up becoming a band’s biggest selling album and brought their music to a whole new set of fans where I genuinely found it hard … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here  – Pink Floyd – 1975 Claimed Sales: 13m First listen?: No Format Listened?: Apple Music It’s near impossible to fully understand the weight of expectation that lay on Pink Floyd’s shoulders as they attempted to follow up one of the most critically acclaimed and successful albums of all time, The Dark Side of the … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin

Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin – 1975 Claimed Sales: 16m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music The Double Albums from the 70s era I’ve covered in this series so far seem to follow the same mould, expansive records that attempt to tell two sides of the same story (The Wall), or two different takes on … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Greatest Hits – Elton John
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Greatest Hits – Elton John

Greatest Hits  – Elton John – 1974 Claimed Sales: 17m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Vinyl Elton John is finally part of the World’s Greatest Hits and it’s appropriate that it’s his very first compilation that became his biggest seller of all time. There’s something to admire about hits collections like this – just 10 tracks long, there’s … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: 1962-1966 (The Red Album) – The Beatles
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The World’s Greatest Hits: 1962-1966 (The Red Album) – The Beatles

1962-1966 (The Red Album) – The Beatles – 1973 Claimed Sales: 15m First listen?: Yes (this collection at least) Format Listened?: Apple Music Beatles compilations are a funny thing. During the heyday of Beatlemania there were countless official, unofficial and seemingly random compilations for various territories across the world. Of course this kept the focus purely on … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits – Simon & Garfunkel
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits – Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits – Simon & Garfunkel – 1972 Claimed Sales: 13m First listen?: No Format Listened?: Vinyl/Apple Music Sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to understand why an artist is massively successful. Taking elements of folk music and making it relevant for an audience experiencing the swinging 60s made Paul Simon one of the era’s defining … Continue reading