November 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).

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.

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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The album crashed the top 10 in America.
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