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Best Selling Albums in Britain

Popular music paper NME (New Musical Express) has published a list of the Top Twenty Five albums of all time in Britain, based on actual sales.

As you might expect, the Beatles have the number one spot, but perhaps surprisingly have only two entries in the list, one of which is a compilation album.

Also with two entries are Dido; Michael Jackson; Simon and Garfunkel; and Robbie Williams.

It is very noticeable that a large proportion of the list, about half, is by performers who have come to the fore within the last ten to fifteen years. This is probably due to more albums being bought today than in previous decades, when more singles were bought.

The full list is

1.“Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, The Beatles

2.“(What’s the Story) Morning Glory”?, Oasis

3.“Brothers in Arms”, Dire Straits

4.“Bad”, Michael Jackson

5.“The Immaculate Collection”, Madonna

6.“Abba Gold – The Greatest Hits”, Abba

7.“Stars”, Simply Red

8.“Thriller”, Michael Jackson

9.“Greatest Hits 1”, Queen

10. “Jagged Little Pill”, Alanis Morissette

11. “Come On Over”, Shania Twain

12. “Rumours”, Fleetwood Mac

13. “Spice”, Spice Girls

14. “No Angel”, Dido

15. “White Ladder”, David Gray

16. “Life for Rent”, Dido

17. “I’ve Been Expecting You”, Robbie Williams

18. “Talk on Corners”, The Corrs

19. “The Very Best of Elton John”, Elton John

20. “1”, The Beatles

21. “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Simon and Garfunkel

22. “Greatest Hits”, Simon and Garfunkel

23. “Back to Bedlam”, James Blunt

24. “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, Coldplay

25. “Sing When You’re Winning”, Robbie Williams