Classic Rock Corner

The Death Of The Greatest-Hits Album: Should We Be Sad?

There was a time when platinum albums didn't exist. An album might sell a million units, but there was no name for that accomplishment. It wasn't until 1976 that they gave that honor a label. The first album to be awarded platinum status? Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the Eagles.

That ended up being a wise choice by the RIAA. The album would go on to sell 29 times that and become, along with Thriller, one of the two highest-selling albums of all time in the United States.

But Eagles aren't the only band with a compilation album on the list. Greatest-hits and best-of collections from Elton John, Billy Joel, Journey and the Beatles (twice) all make appearances.

But in the post-iTunes era of digital music consumption, do greatest-hits collections even matter anymore?

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