Hollywood & Entertainment
Hard rock band Guns N’ Roses makes history on this week’s Billboard 200 chart with their beloved compilation Greatest Hits, which simply will not quit in the United States. The 14-track set returns to the all-genre tally this time around, appearing out of nowhere at No. 98. By finding space on the list once again, the collection of the outfit’s most successful tunes has joined a very small group of some of the longest-charting releases of all time in U.S. history.
Greatest Hits has now spent an incredible 500 frames on the Billboard 200, the ranking of the most-consumed albums in the U.S. every week. The set is just the fifth title to hit that mark.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon continues to hold the record as the longest-charting album in history, even though it hasn’t been present on the Billboard 200 in some time. That release has now racked up 950 turns somewhere on the roster, which is difficult to believe, as it is still hundreds of frames ahead of any other title.
In second place on the ranking of the longest-charting albums in Billboard 200 history is Bob Marley and the Wailers’s Legend with 636 weeks, followed by Journey’s Journey's Greatest Hits, which is just 10 frames behind the most successful reggae collection ever. Until this frame, the most recent addition to the club was Metallica’s self-titled blockbuster, which hit 500 turns on the tally last year. That title has now reached 579 weeks on the list.
Greatest Hits was released in 2004, by which point the group hadn’t released an album of new material in over a decade. Fans were hungry for more from the band, and they rushed to purchase the set, which features smash hits like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine” and "Paradise City,” though many have noted throughout the years that some fan favorites are missing from the tracklist.
Next to join the 500-week club will probably be Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits, which now only needs a handful of frames spent on the Billboard 200 to become the sixth title to be inducted.