A few months ago I blogged about Queen’s album “Greatest Hits” becoming the first album in the Disunited Kingdom to rack up 6 million in domestic sales. Here is the list of the top selling albums in the DUK, from one to fourteen.
I will blog about each of the top five separately, but just to summarise
Number 1 – “Greatest Hits” by Queen
This album has now sold over 6 million copies in the Disunited Kingdom, as I blogged about here. It is far and away the best selling album in the DUK, having sold nearly one million more copies than the number two in this list. It was released in 1981, and is a compilation of the band’s first decade or so of hits.
Number 2 – “Greatest Hits” by Abba
This album has sold some 5.1 million copies, and was released in 1992. Abba were the most successful group of the late 1970s and 1980s, and this is a great compilation of their singles, showing just how good the band were at creating catchy pop songs.
Number 3 – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles
The album generally considered to be the greatest album of all time is the top non-compilation album in this list, and the oldest, being released in 1967. I will be blogging more about this album in the future, as it is, not surprisingly, the number one album on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums. It has sold nearly the same number as Abba’s “Gold” (Greatest Hits), some 5.1 million copies, so it may well surpass it in the future as it has outsold “Gold” by a large margin over the last decade, testament to the longevity of the Beatles’ music.
Number 4 – “21” by Adele
This album was only released in January 2011, just over 3 years ago of my writing this. It is one of the fastest selling albums in UK history, and has already sold some 4.7 million copies. If it maintains anything like its current rates of sales it will surely become the best selling album in the DUK. Time will tell….
Number 5 – “(What’s the Story?) Morning Glory” by Oasis
Released in 1995, this heavily Beatles and Rolling Stones influenced collection of songs is Oasis’ best selling album and a seminal album of the 1990s. I blogged about it here.
Which is your favourite album of these five? Or in the top fourteen?