|Greatest hits album by|
|Released||15 November 1988|
66:45 (Europe, Australia)
|Fleetwood Mac compilations chronology|
|Singles from Greatest Hits|
Greatest Hits is a compilation album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It covers the period of the band's greatest commercial success, from the mid-1970s to the late-1980s. The album was released on 15 November 1988, by Warner Bros. Records.
It is different from the similarly titled 1971 release by the Peter Green incarnation of the band, and contains an entirely different track listing. The 1988 album in fact omits anything before 1975 including "Albatross", one of the band's biggest hits.
The album has proven to be a major success since the time of its release. It peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard 200, and sold steadily over the years since its release, and has to date been certified 8x platinum for shipping eight million copies there. In the United Kingdom it reached number three upon release and has returned several times to the UK album chart and has been certified triple platinum for shipping 900,000 copies there. In both the US and the UK, the album has returned to the album charts as recently as 2017.
The album contains two new tracks, "As Long as You Follow" (which was released as a single to promote the album), and "No Questions Asked". The track listing for the US release differs slightly from that of other territories. It includes the 1975 track "Over My Head" but omits the 1987 track "Seven Wonders" (despite it being a top 20 hit in the US) as well as the 1982 track "Oh Diane" (which failed to chart there in 1983, but was a top-ten hit in the UK).
A number of sources state that this album was the last to be commercially released as an 8-track tape by a major label. The 8-track tape was released only as a Record Club version, as regular retail 8-track tapes had long since ceased by 1988. There is also a possibility that Journey's Greatest Hits album may have been the last commercially released 8-track, as there is debate on whether it was released on 15 November or 22 November 1988.
One US reissue by WB as #R1 25801, does not include tracks 7, 14 or 15, and the order of the tracks on the back side is completely different.
|Australia (ARIA)||9× Platinum||680,000|
|France (SNEP)||2× Gold||200,000|
|Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)||Gold||10,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||11× Platinum||165,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||25,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||3× Platinum||900,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||8× Platinum||8,000,000^|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.