The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of all-time

Last night (Monday, April 9) Tony Blackburn counted down the Official Charts Company’s Top 40 biggest selling albums of all-time on BBC Radio 2.

The legendary DJ revealed that the UK’s most popular album is Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits collection, which has more than 5.8 million sales to its name. The British rockers’ 1991 follow-up, Greatest Hits II, which was released in October 1991 – a month before lead singer Freddie Mercury’s death – also made it into the Top 10 (Number 10) with sales of over 3.8 million copies.

The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, which celebrates its 45th birthday in June, is at Number 2 in the chart with sales of just over 5 million. Abba’s Gold is narrowly behind Sgt. Pepper’s… with sales of 4.9 million, putting it at Number 3, while Oasis’ 1995 sophomore release, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, is at Number 4 with sales of over 4.5 million.

The Top 5 is completed by Michael Jackson’s 1982 epic, Thriller, which has sold more than 4.2 million copies in the UK. Like Queen, The King of Pop has two albums in the Top 10; 1987’s Bad is at Number 9 with sales of 3.9 million.

Adele’s 2011 mega-selling second album, 21, is still sitting pretty at Number 6 with sales of 4.18 million copies. As previously reported, despite only being on sale for just over a year, 21 has already overtaken classics such as Michael Jackson’s Bad, Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms (Number 7, with sales of 4.15 million sales) and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (Number 8, 4.11 million sales). Now with just 89,000 copies separating 21 and the Number 5 album, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the London-born singer could move up another place in the biggest selling albums of all-time chart very soon.

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Here is the Official Charts Company’s Top 40 biggest selling albums of all-time in full: 

01 GREATEST HITS (1981) – QUEEN
02 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEART’S CLUB BAND (1967) – THE BEATLES
03 GOLD – GREATEST HITS (1992) – ABBA
04 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY (1995) – OASIS
05 THRILLER (1982) – MICHAEL JACKSON
06 21 (2011) – ADELE
07 BROTHERS IN ARMS (1985) – DIRE STRAITS
08 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (1973) – PINK FLOYD
09 BAD (1987) – MICHAEL JACKSON
10 GREATEST HITS II (1991) – QUEEN
11 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION (1990) – MADONNA
12 BACK TO BLACK (2006) – AMY WINEHOUSE
13 STARS (1991) – SIMPLY RED
14 RUMOURS (1977) – FLEETWOOD MAC
15 COME ON OVER (1997) – SHANIA TWAIN
16 BACK TO BEDLAM (2005) – JAMES BLUNT
17 URBAN HYMNS (1997) – THE VERVE
18 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (1970) – SIMON & GARFUNKEL
19 NO ANGEL (2001) – DIDO
20 SPIRIT (2007) – LEONA LEWIS
21 LEGEND (1984) – BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
22 BAT OUT OF HELL (1977) – MEAT LOAF
23 DIRTY DANCING (1987) – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
24 1 (2000) – THE BEATLES
25 TALK ON CORNERS (1997) – THE CORRS
26 WHITE LADDER(1998) – DAVID GRAY
27 SPICE (1996) – SPICE GIRLS
28 CRAZY LOVE (2009) – MICHAEL BUBLÉ
29 LIFE FOR RENT (2003) – DIDO
30 BEAUTIFUL WORLD (2006) – TAKE THAT
31 THE FAME (2008) – LADY GAGA
32 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD (2002) – COLDPLAY
33 HOPES AND FEARS (2004) – KEANE
34 THE JOSHUA TREE (1987) – U2
35 BUT SERIOUSLY (1989) – PHIL COLLINS
36 SCISSOR SISTERS (2004) – SCISSOR SISTERS
37 ONLY BY THE NIGHT (2008) – THE KINGS OF LEON
38 THE WAR OF THE WORLD (1978) – JEFF WAYNE
39 THE MAN WHO (1999) – TRAVIS
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X&Y (2005) – COLDPLAY

 

The full article can be read here at Officialchartscom

1 Comment

  1. Didn’t see the point of this, considering compilations were included. Would have been more interesting to see the line up inc only proper albums

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