Back in Black was recorded over seven weeks in the Bahamas in spring 1980. The area was hit by tropical storms at the time, making the sessions difficult at times. Johnson penned the album's lyrics and melodies, while guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young composed the music. Its musical content consists of hard rock-styled numbers with lyrics relating to sex, alcohol, partying and rock and roll. Lange demanded perfection in the band's recordings, particularly on Johnson's vocals.
It continues to be one of the most popular 'best of' packages, at times selling close to 500,000 copies globally per year. The album has been reissued several times and was digitally remastered for compact disc by Legacy Recordings, issued on August 1, 2006, with a bonus track. In Japan, the album has been reissued as Open Arms: Greatest Hits with the song "Open Arms" appearing as the first song on the album. A second Journey compilation album, Greatest Hits 2, was released in 2011.
Born in the U.S.A. was the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States, selling 15 million copies in the U.S alone, and 30 million worldwide. The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles and also a worldwide concert tour that was a success. The album was lauded by most critics and is often considered one of Springsteen's finest albums along with his 1975 breakthrough, Born to Run.
It should not be confused with a 1971 release by the Peter Green incarnation of the band, also titled Greatest Hits, but containing an entirely different tracklisting. The 1988 album in fact omits anything before 1975 including "Albatross", one of the band's biggest hits.
The album has proven to be a major success since the time of its release. Although it only peaked at No. 14 in the US album chart, it sold steadily and has to date been certified octuple platinum for shipping 8 million copies there. In the UK it reached No. 3 upon release and has returned several times to the UK album chart—as recently as April 2013. It has been certified triple platinum for shipping 900,000 copies there. The album has sold approximately 20 million copies worldwide.
The album contains two new tracks, "As Long As You Follow", and "No Questions Asked". The track listing for the US release differs slightly from that of other territories.
Purple Rain is regularly ranked among the best albums in music history. Time magazine ranked it the 15th greatest album of all time in 1993, and it placed 18th on VH1's Greatest Rock and Roll Albums of All Time countdown. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the second-best album of the 1980s and 76th on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Zounds magazine ranked it the 18th greatest album of all time. Furthermore, the album placed 4th in Plásticos y Decibelios' list of The Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2007, the editors of Vanity Fair labeled it the best soundtrack of all time and Tempo magazine named it the greatest album of the 1980s. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #2 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s" behind only Michael Jackson's Thriller. That same year, the album was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important"
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart on 9 December 2006 at number 12 with sales of 134,000 copies. It spent 45 weeks on the chart. Despite not being released until November 2006, it was the seventh-highest-selling album in the world that year.
A conspicuous absentee from the album is "Keep the Fire Burnin'," which reached #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1982. The collection is one of several released by the band's label. The album was remastered and reissued in 2002.
A version without the DVD was released as Greatest Hits with different cover artwork.
Released in 1981, the album is a follow-up to their highly successful album Back in Black. For Those About to Rock has sold over four million copies in the US. It would be AC/DC's first and only No. 1 album in the U.S. until the release of Black Ice in October 2008. In their original 1981 review, Rolling Stone magazine declared it to be their best album. In Australia, the album peaked at No. 3 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.
The album, recorded in Paris, France, was the third and final produced for the band by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC remasters series.
The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA on December 4, 2003, and it has sold 2,234,000 copies in the US as of August 2014.
Recorded between 1985–86, Graceland features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella, zydeco, isicathamiya, and mbaqanga. Simon created new compositions inspired by the recordings made in Johannesburg, collaborating with both African and American artists. Simon faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa at the time.
The album won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.