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Published on February 11th, 2014 | by Alan Cross


Queen Now Has the Biggest-Selling Album in the History of the UK

The people who keep track of record sales in the UK say that Queen’s 1981 greatest hits record has sold more copies than any other release in the history of Britain.  At six million copies, it’s about 900,000 ahead of ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits (#2) and the Beatles Sgt. Pepper (907,000 behind).

Here’s the full top 20:

1.Greatest Hits – Queen
2.Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA
3.Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles
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.The Immaculate Collection – Madonna
12.Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
13.Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
14.Stars – Simply Red
15.Come On Over – Shania Twain
16.Back to Bedlam – James Blunt
17.Urban Hymns – Verve
18.Legend – Bob Marley and the Wailers
19.Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
20.Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon and Garfunkel


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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