Official Biggest Selling Albums of the decade so far revealed

Check out the 40 best selling artist albums of the 2010s, including Take That, Adele, Rihanna, Olly Murs and Lady Gaga.

Adele’s 21 is the biggest selling album of the decade to date, the Official Charts Company can reveal. The singer-songwriter’s second studio album – which spent a massive 23 weeks at Number 1 - has sold just over 4,751,000 copies in the UK.

Take That’s Progress earns the Number 2 spot with sales of over 2,374,000 since its 2010 release. The former Official Albums Chart Number 1 shifted an impressive 519,000 copies in its opening week and spawned three Top 40 singles: The Flood, Kidz and Love Love.

In at Number 3 is Michael Buble’s festive album Christmas, which counts 2,216,000 sales this decade. The album spent three weeks at the Official Albums Chart summit and has entered the Top 10 every year since its 2011 release. To date, the LP has racked up 31 weeks in the Top 40.

The fourth best-selling album since 2010 is Emeli Sande’s debut Our Version Of Events. The record, which has sold 2,208,000 copies since its 2012 release, features six singles including Top 10 hits Heaven (Number 2), Next To Me (2), Read All About It Pt 3 (3) and Clown (4). The album also holds the title for the longest reign in the Top 10 of any debut album, surpassing The Beatles’ debut Please Please Me.

Rounding out the Top 5 is Ed Sheeran’s second album X. The chart-topping LP has now shifted 2,134,000 copies since its release last July and was the biggest selling album of 2014. His 2011 debut, +, is just behind at 6 on sales of 1,958,000.

Notable additions further down the Top 40 list include Ellie Goulding, whose album Halcyon has passed one million sales and is the 23rd best-seller of the decade so far, while One Direction and Olly Murs each claim three of the decade's 40 best sellers.

Meanwhile, Rihanna, Pink, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Michael Buble each have two albums on the list. 

The Official Biggest Selling Artist Albums of the decade so far are:

1 21 ADELE
2 PROGRESS TAKE THAT
3 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
4 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
5 X ED SHEERAN
6 + ED SHEERAN
7 LOUD RIHANNA
8 CRAZY LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE
9 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
10 DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS BRUNO MARS
11 19 ADELE
12 THE FAME LADY GAGA
13 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
14 SIGH NO MORE MUMFORD & SONS
15 THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS PLAN B
16 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
17 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J
18 TEENAGE DREAM KATY PERRY
19 LUNGS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
20 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
21 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW OLLY MURS
22 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
23 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
24 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
25 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
26 SUNNY SIDE UP PAOLO NUTINI
27 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
28 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
29 BORN THIS WAY LADY GAGA
30 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
31 GREATEST HITS BON JOVI
32 RECOVERY EMINEM
33 COME AROUND SUNDOWN KINGS OF LEON
34 THE ELEMENT OF FREEDOM ALICIA KEYS
35 GREATEST HITS - SO FAR PINK
36 MIDNIGHT MEMORIES ONE DIRECTION
37 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE PINK
38 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
39 LIONESS - HIDDEN TREASURES AMY WINEHOUSE
40 OLLY MURS OLLY MURS

© 2014 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved. NB: This chart reflects sales of artist albums between wk 1 2010 and wk 23 2015.