By Dan Lane
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 Beatles’ Sgt. 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 Straits’ Brothers 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|
|40||X&Y (2005) – COLDPLAY|
© 2012 the Official Charts Company. The Top 40 biggest selling albums of all-time was compiled from sales of albums in the UK up to midnight on Saturday, March 31.Back