Queen's Greatest Hits is getting a re-release to mark the band's 50th anniversary

The best-selling album of all time in the UK turns 40 this year, and will be re-released in new formats.

Queen's Greatest Hits, the best-selling album in the UK of all time, is getting a special new re-release to mark both its own 40th anniversary and 50 years of the band. 

The band's first retrospective release, it includes some of their best-known hits from the period of 1974-1980, like Number 1 single Bohemian Rhapsody and Top 10 hits including Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen, You're My Best Friend and We Will Rock You.

Now, to celebrate the album's original release in 1981, 40 years ago this year, the collection will be re-released in a number of new formats.

These include a Collector's Edition of the LP CD with an exclusive slipcase cover and a limited edition Cassette format, both of which will be released globally on July 2. 

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Fans will also be able to purchase four limited editions coloured cassette covers, each with a different colour for Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. These will also include a CD-sized print personally signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor, though they will be limited to 1000 copies only. 

Queen's Greatest Hits has shifted more copies than any other LP in the country - currently going 22x platinum - and just last year passed a massive milestone, becoming the third longest-charting album in UK chart history.

It's logged a mammoth 946 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100 at the time of writing, only ABBA's career-defining greatest hits ABBA Gold has charted for longer, currently for a staggering 994 weeks. 

Originally debuting at Number 2 at the time of its first release, before rising to Number 1 the following week, the collection reigned at the summit for four weeks in total.

Its longevity is thanks to its regular appearances in the Top 100 since its release, as well as the release of Freddie Mercury's Oscar-winning 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which re-introduced Queen to a new generation of fans. 

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