Over the last 27 years, the Mercury Prize has thrust plenty of gems of albums into the spotlight that may otherwise have gone unnoticed forever.
For acts such as The xx, Dizzee Rascal and Alt-J, the prize was a springboard to further success, often on a global scale, while others never quite managed to escape its shadow.
With this year's recipient announced on Thursday September 20, Official Charts has crunched the numbers to reveal which Mercury Prize-winning records have sold the most, based on a combined figure of physical, digital, and streaming equivalent sales.
Finishing top of the pile are Arctic Monkeys, winners in 2006 with their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. The record was hugely popular before its Mercury nod - shifting 360,000 copies in its opening week alone - but its win no doubt spurred on sales, which currently stand at just shy of 1.78 million. Look at Arctic Monkey's Official UK Chart history in full here.
Three more prize winning albums have passed the million sales mark; Pulp's Different Class, which won in 1996, has sold 1.3m, and Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut - released in 2004 at the height of the early '00s indie-pop wave - has shifted 1.29m. Meanwhile, Mercury shortlist regulars Elbow have sold 1.1m of The Seldom Seen Kid, which won the gong in 2008.
M People, the often-forgotten winners of the Mercury Prize in 1994, have the sixth best-selling winners album with their second album Elegant Slumming (757,000), while Londoners The xx - an act who shot to worldwide fame thanks to their win - place eighth with healthy sales of 597,000 for their self-titled debut. Originally entering the Official Albums Chart at 36 in 2009, the record shot to Number 3 after their win the following year.
First winners Primal Scream, who are still together, come in seventh with Screamadelica, on 707,000.
PJ Harvey – the only artist to claim the Mercury twice – sees her 2001 winner Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea (296,000) place just two spots higher than 2011's Let England Shake (175,000), just ahead of last year's winner, Konnichiwa by Skepta (173,000).
This year's Mercury Prize winner will be announced at an awards show held at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday, September 20. The event will feature live performances from the majority of the twelve shortlisted artists, broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.
The Official best-selling Mercury Prize-winning albums
|POS||TITLE||ARTIST||PEAK||YEAR OF WIN|
|1||WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT||ARCTIC MONKEYS||1||2006|
|3||FRANZ FERDINAND||FRANZ FERDINAND||3||2004|
|4||THE SELDOM SEEN KID||ELBOW||5||2008|
|6||ELEGANT SLUMMING||M PEOPLE||4||1994|
|9||A LITTLE DEEPER||MS DYNAMITE||10||2002|
|10||BRING IT ON||GOMEZ||11||1998|
|11||THE HOUR OF BEWILDERBEAST||BADLY DRAWN BOY||13||2000|
|12||AN AWESOME WAVE||ALT-J||13||2012|
|13||MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE||KLAXONS||2||2007|
|14||NEW FORMS||RONI SIZE/REPRAZENT||8||1997|
|16||BOY IN DA CORNER||DIZZEE RASCAL||23||2003|
|18||STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA||PJ HARVEY||23||2001|
|19||I AM A BIRD NOW||ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS||16||2005|
|20||LET ENGLAND SHAKE||PJ HARVEY||8||2011|
|25||AT LEAST FOR NOW||BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE||37||2015|
|27||SPEECH THERAPY||SPEECH DEBELLE||65||2009|
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