Released #OTD in 1988: Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits Vs. Journey's Greatest Hits

Fleetwood Mac Vs Journey Greatest Hits
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The 1988 holiday season was red-hot in record stores across America. As shoppers perused bins filled with the biggest hits of the year from the likes of Madonna, George Michael and Guns N' Roses, a pair of legacy acts joined the racks with greatest hits releases on November 15, 1988: Fleetwood Mac and Journey.

For Fleetwood Mac, it was a chance to compile the long string of monster hits the band enjoyed from the mid-1970s through the late '80s, including "Dreams" and "Big Love." It was a similar situation for Journey, with hits ranging from the end of the '70s ("Wheel in the Sky") through the mid-'80s ("Only the Young").

Both albums would land in a lot of Christmas stockings that year. Journey's greatest hits album would peak at #10 on the Billboard 200, standing as the best-selling record in the band's storied career. It still moves a smooth half-million copies every year globally. To date, the LP has sold more than 15 million copies, making it diamond certified (more than 10 million sold).

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Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits record would enjoy similar success. Peaking at #14 on the Top 200, it's flirting with diamond status at eight million copies sold. Fleetwood Mac would also share a pair of new songs to their collection: "No Questions Asked" and the Christine McVie-penned single, "As Long As You Follow." The song almost hit the Top 40, peaking at #43.

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When Journey reissued their greatest hits release in 2006, the band added a bonus track: the single "When You Love a Woman," taken from 1996 album, Trial By Fire. Reaching #12 on the Hot 100, the track is Journey's highest charting tune on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it hit #1 for four weeks straight.

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