Fun Facts: The All-Time Top-Selling Albums in the UK

Every once in a while, Britain’s Official Charts Company updates their list of the all-time top-selling albums in the country. I find these sorts of stats fascinating in that they point out regional tastes and obsessions.

1. Greatest Hits – Queen (6 million + copies)
2. Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA (5.2 million)
3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles (5.1 million)
4. 21 – Adele
5. What’s the Story Morning Glory – Oasis
6. Thriller – Michael Jackson
7. The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
8. Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits
9. Bad – Michael Jackson
10. Greatest Hits II – Queen
11. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
12. The Immaculate Collection – Madonna
13. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
14. Stars – Simply Red
15. Come On Over – Shania Twain
16. Legend – Bob Marley & the Wailers
17. Back to Bedlam – James Blunt
18. Urban Hymn – Verve
19. Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
20. 1 – Beatles
21. Bridge Over Trouble Water – Simon & Garfunkel
22. Dirty Dancing – Original Soundtrack, Various Artists
23. Spirit – Leona Lewis
24. Crazy Love – Michael Buble
25. No Angel – Dido


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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