Greatest Hits (Eurythmics album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Eurythmics
Released 18 March 1991
Recorded 1982–1989
Genre New wave, synthpop, pop rock
Length 63:16
Label RCA Records (UK)
Arista (US)
Producer David A. Stewart, Jimmy Iovine, Adam Williams
Eurythmics chronology
We Too Are One
(1989)We Too Are One1989
Greatest Hits
Live 1983–1989
(1993)Live 1983–19891993
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Love Is a Stranger"
    Released: 1991 (Re-release)
  2. "Sweet Dreams '91"
    Released: 1991 (Remix)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]

Greatest Hits is a 1991 retrospective compilation album by Eurythmics, containing their successful singles spanning the years 1982 through 1990. It was enormously successful, topping the charts in the UK for a total of 10 weeks and in Australia for 7 weeks. It remains the duo's best-selling album worldwide and has been certified 6× platinum in the UK and 3× platinum in the US

The original European version of the album contained 18 tracks while the version released in the United States contained only 14. There were five songs omitted from the US edition which were "Right By Your Side", "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)", "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)", "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart" and "The Miracle of Love" whilst "The King and Queen of America" was added. The track order also differed. Neither the European nor the US version of Greatest Hits contained their top 30 hits "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)" or "Revival".

This greatest hits collection was largely superseded by Ultimate Collection released in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except "When Tomorrow Comes" co-written by Patrick Seymour.

1."Love Is a Stranger"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)3:40
2."Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)4:53
3."Who's That Girl?"Touch (1983)3:44
4."Right by Your Side"Touch (1983)3:49
5."Here Comes the Rain Again"Touch (1983)4:54
6."There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"Be Yourself Tonight (1985)4:41
7."Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Aretha Franklin)Be Yourself Tonight (1985)4:53
8."It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"Be Yourself Tonight (1985)3:43
9."When Tomorrow Comes"Revenge (1986)4:15
10."You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"Savage (1987)3:46
11."The Miracle of Love"Revenge (1986)4:35
12."Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)"1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)3:52
13."Thorn in My Side"Revenge (1986)4:11
14."Don't Ask Me Why"We Too Are One (1989)4:13
15."Angel"We Too Are One (1989)4:47
16."Would I Lie to You?"Be Yourself Tonight (1985)4:22
17."Missionary Man"Revenge (1986)3:45
18."I Need a Man"Savage (1987)4:21

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[3] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 11
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 1
European Albums Chart[citation needed] 1
French Albums Chart[7] 1
German Albums Chart[8] 1
Italian Albums Chart[9] 8
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 8
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 2
UK Albums Chart[14] 1
US Billboard 200[15] 72

1999 reissue[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
German Albums Chart[16] 56
UK Albums Chart[14] 11

2005 reissue[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Albums Chart[14] 68


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[17] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[18] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[19] Gold 32,801[19]
France (SNEP)[20] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[21] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[23] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[25] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[27] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Video version[edit]

A version of the compilation with 21 music videos was also released, on VHS in 1991, and on DVD in 2000. Although it includes three more songs than the European audio version, and seven more than the US audio version, it still omits the videos for the singles "Never Gonna Cry Again", "The Walk", "Shame" and "Revival". In contrast to the audio versions of the compilation, the music videos are presented in chronological order, with short collages (made from snippets from the videos) between the songs.

No.TitleFilm directorLength
1."Sweet Dreams"Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart 
2."Love Is a Stranger"Mike Brady 
3."Who's That Girl?"Duncan Gibbons 
4."Right by Your Side"Chris Ashbrook, Jon Roseman 
5."Here Comes the Rain Again"Dave Stewart, John Gerschfield, John Roseman 
6."Sex Crime (1984)"Chris Ashbrook 
7."Julia"Chris Ashbrook 
8."Would I Lie to You?"Mary Lambert 
9."There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"Eddie Arno, Mark Innocenti 
10."Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"Eddie Arno, Mark Innocenti 
11."It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"Willy Smax 
12."When Tomorrow Comes"Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart 
13."Thorn in My Side"Chris Ashbrook, Dave Stewart 
14."Miracle of Love"Dave Stewart 
15."Missionary Man"Willy Smax 
16."Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)"Sophie Muller 
17."I Need a Man"Sophie Muller 
18."You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"Sophie Muller 
19."Don't Ask Me Why"Sophie Muller 
20."The King & Queen of America"Willy Smax 
21."Angel"Sophie Muller 


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  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
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