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 'n' 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.
The album has sold 30 million copies worldwide.
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.
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 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.
A version without the DVD was released as Greatest Hits with different cover artwork.
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.
"Always", the album's first single, became Bon Jovi's highest selling single in the U.S., spending six months on the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also an international hit which helped the album peaking at number one in 13 countries. Cross Road was the best-selling album of 1994 in UK. The album is Bon Jovi's best selling record in many countries, and continues to sell well. The album has sold over 21.5 million copies worldwide, and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
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.