Queen tops UK best-selling album list


Queen’s 1981 “Greatest Hits” was the best-selling album of all time in Britain.

The Official Charts Company – responsible for compiling the UK Album Chart each week – revealed the 60 best-selling LPs to mark the chart’s 60th anniversary.

The Rockers’ Compilation – which features tracks such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites The Dust” – topped the list with 6.1 million sales since its release.

In second place is another compilation with ABBA’s 1992 collection “Gold: Greatest Hits”, with total sales of 5.2 million, while “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ‘released by The Beatles in 1967 is third with 5.2 million offset copies and is the best-selling studio LP.

Adele’s second album ’21’ comes in at number four with 4.9 million sales in just five years since its release in 2011. The soul singer’s latest album ’25’ is already at number 27, although it was only released last November.

Oasis’ flagship album in 1995 ‘(What’s the story) Morning Glory?’ – considered the defining record of the Britpop era – is in fifth place with 4.7 million sales.

The late King of Pop Michael Jackson has two top 10 entries, with 1982’s “Thriller” sixth with 4.2 million copies sold and “Bad” from 1987 to nine with a total of 3.9 million. of records purchased by the British public.

Queen also has another album in the higher echelons of the list with “Greatest Hits II” completing the top 10 with 3.8 million units sold.

The top 10 is completed by Dire Straits’ 1986 album “Brothers In Arms” at number eight with 4 million sales and Pink Floyd’s 1973 psychedelic classic “Dark Side of the Moon” at number seven with 4.1 million sales.

The debut album was released on July 22, 1956 and Frank Sinatra topped the list with his LP “Songs For Swingin ‘Lovers”.

Robbie Williams has the most Top 60 appearances, with his solo albums “I’ve Been Expecting You” at number 48 and “Swing When You’re Winning” at number 56, while Take That’s “Progress” – recorded and released on his return to the group in 2010 – is ranked # 57 and the group’s largest collection of hits, “Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection” is # 59.

Coldplay has three albums in the top 60; ‘Rush of blood to the head’ (31), ‘X&Y’ (40) and ‘Parachutes’ (45).

Queen guitarist Brian May was absolutely delighted to hear that his band, led by the late Freddie Mercury, was at the top of the list.

He said: “The most popular album? Well, I always thought the band was promising, but it is beyond our childhood dreams. Thank you, folks.”

Top 20 Best Selling Albums of All Time by Official Charts Company:

1) Reine – “The greatest hits”

2) Abba – “Gold: Greatest Hits”

3) The Beatles – ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

4) Adele – ’21’

5) Oasis – ‘(What’s the story) Morning Glory’

6) Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’

7) Pink Floyd – “The dark side of the moon”

8) Dire Straits – “Brothers in arms”

9) Michael Jackson – “Bad”

10) Queen – ‘Greatest Hits II’

11) Fleetwood Mac – “Rumors”

12) Madonna – ‘The Immaculate Collection’

13) Amy Winehouse – ‘Back to Black’

14) Simply red – “Stars”

15) Shania Twain – “Come on here”

16) Bob Marley and the Wailers – ‘Legend’

17) James Blunt – ‘Return to Bedlam’

18) La Verve – ‘Urban Hymns’

19) Meatloaf – ‘Bat Out Of Hell’

20) The Beatles – ‘1’


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