Top 10 biggest selling albums in UK history

By February 12, 2014Music

The Official Charts Company have revealed the top selling albums of all time and legendary band Queen have made Chart history. Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album has sold more than 6 million copies – which means that one in four British households own a copy! Queen’s original ‘best of’ collection features the classic tracks – Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust & We Will Rock You.

Queen’s guitarist Brian May said “Great news, AMAZING news from the Official Charts Company! …I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years, we hope to continue to serve you.”

Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer also commented “Wonderful. Who would have thought it! And all due to the Great British public. Thank you. A great honour!”

I guess it proves that this album is the definitive Greatest Hits album. 33 years after it’s original release the British public are still buying it – several thousand copies per week during holiday seasons like Christmas. Digital downloads of the album are also raking up – with 124,000 downloads to date.

Queen also take the Nº10 spot with their Greatest Hits II, released in October 1991, just a month before Freddie Mercury’s tragic and untimely death.

In second place – though almost a million copies behind Queen is Gold – Abba’s Greatest Hits. In fact, it was The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that was in second place but Abba pushed them to third place last year – probably due to the incredible success of the film and theatre productions of Mamma Mia.

The Official Top 10 selling albums of all time

1 Greatest Hits Queen 1981
2 Gold – Greatest Hits ABBA 1992
3 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles 1967
4 21 Adele 2011
5 (What’s the Story) Morning Glory Oasis 1995
6 Thriller Michael Jackson 1982
7 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973
8 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985
9 Bad Michael Jackson 1987
10 Greatest Hits II Queen 1991

1. Queen – Greatest Hits (Another One Bites the Dust)

2. ABBA – Gold: Greatest Hits (Take a Chance on Me)

3. Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

4. Adele – 21 (Rolling in the Deep)

5. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Morning Glory)

6. Michael Jackson – Thriller (Beat It)

7. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (Money)

8. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms (Walk of Life)

9. Michael Jackson – Bad (Bad)

10. Queen – Greatest Hits II (Kind of Magic)

To see the Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of all time, visit the Official Charts website:

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