Queen, Pink Floyd, The Beatles: the biggest-selling albums of all time revealed

"I always thought the band showed promise," says Brian May

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Queen’s Greatest Hits tops the list of the UK’s biggest-selling albums of all-time.

To mark 60 years of the official album chart, has unveiled the 60 biggest-selling albums in the chart’s history.

Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits collection has an unassailable lead of 6.1 million copies sold. Queen’s Greatest Hits II also makes it into the Top 10 at Number 10 with almost 4 million albums sold.


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

May’s bandmate Roger Taylor added, “Incredible… marvellous… humbling… thank you… I feel good!”

Meanwhile ABBA – Gold: Greatest Hits is the UK’s second biggest-selling album of all-time – nearly 5.2 million copies have been shifted since its release in 1992.


The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is at No 3, also is also the only other release in history to break the five million UK sales barrier (5.1 million).

The Top 10 best selling albums in the UK of all time are:

1 Queen – Greatest Hits
2 ABBA – Gold – Greatest Hits
3 The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
4 Adele – 21
5 Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
6 Michael Jackson – Thriller
7 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
8 Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
9 Michael Jackson – Bad
10 Queen – Greatest Hits II

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