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Reviews > Queen Music Reviews > 01-XX-2000 - Greatest Hits III - Classic Rock


Eight years on from the 'Greatest Hits II' package - the same amount of time since Freddie Mercury's death - perhaps the most remarkable thing about 'Greatest Hits III' is that 15 of its 16 tracks were, in fact, hits. Four of them - the live George Michael version of 'Somebody To Love', Freddie's 'Living On My Own', the Bowie-duet 'Under Pressure', and 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' - actually went to Number One.

That said, padded out as it is by second-division material like Freddie's embarrassingly cod versions of 'Barcelona' and 'The Great Pretender' and Brian May's Queen-in-disguise hits 'Too Much Love Will Kill You' and 'Driven By You', this is hardly the most prolific period of Queen we're talking about.

Nevertheless, there are some gems. The reworked 'Another One Bites The Dust' with Wyclef Jean of the Fugees is ace, demonstrating once again just how far the band could stretch their sound. And the live version of 'The Show Must Go On' with Elton John on vocals is even more poignant than Freddie's original. If you can imagine such a thing.