Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Queen tops UK’s all time best selling albums list

Queen’s 1981 “Greatest Hits” package has been named the best selling UK album of all time, according to The Official Charts Company.

Topping a new list of the Top 60 biggest UK records in sync with this month’s 60th anniversary of the Official Albums Chart, the project stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK, with 6.1 million sales to date.

"What a great bit of news to wake up to!", says guitarist Brian May. “The most popular album? Well, I always thought the band showed promise, but this is beyond our boyhood dreams! Thanks folks!"

Drummer Roger Taylor added: "Incredible... marvellous... humbling... thank you... I feel good!"

With almost 4 million copies sold, Queen’s 1991 set, “Greatest Hits II”, also landed at No.10.

ABBA’s 1992 compilation, “Gold: Greatest Hits”, placed No. 2 on the list, with The Beatles delivering the country's best-selling studio album at No. 3 with 1967’s landmark “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Albums by Adele, Oasis, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits round out the all-time Top 10 - check out the full Top 60 chart at officialcharts.com

Queen and Adam Lambert recently completed an extensive 6-week trek of Europe following the tour’s May 20 launch at Rock In Rio in Lisboa, Spain.

Best Selling UK albums of all time
Official Charts Company – July 2016

01 – Queen – “Greatest Hits”
02 – ABBA – “Gold: Greatest Hits”
03 – The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
04 – Adele – “21”
05 – Oasis – “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?”
06 – Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
07 – Pink Floyd – “Dark Side Of The Moon”
08 – Dire Straits – “Brothers In Arms”
09 – Michael Jackson – “Bad”
10 – Queen – “Greatest Hits II”

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