ABBA Has Biggest Selling CD Ever in Britain But Adele is Close Behind

On Monday, the Official Charts Company in Britain issued a special report on the biggest selling albums of the CD era (October 1982 to today) to celebrate its thirtieth birthday.

ABBA is the big winner over the last three decades as their Gold: Greatest Hits has sold four-million copies in the U.K. but whether it will keep that crown much longer is in question. Adele's 21 is now the second biggest selling CD, just 400,000 copies behind. Both continue to chart in the weekly top 100 so a horse race could soon be coming.

Coldplay is the biggest selling artist of the era, scoring three albums in the top 30 (A Rush of Blood to the Head (#13), X&Y (#19), Parachutes (#21)). Robbie Williams is the second biggest artist of the CD era, also with three albums (I've Been Expecting You (#25), Greatest Hits (#26), Swing When You're Winning (#27)). Dido is the only other artist to have multiple albums on the list (No Angel (#6), Life For Rent (#11)).

The CD era in Britain has been that kind to veteran artists. Beyond ABBA, the only other ones to make it are the Beatles (1 (#12)) and George Michael (Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of (#30)).

The top thirty
  1. Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA
  2. 21 - Adele
  3. What's the Story Morning Glory? - Oasis
  4. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  5. Back to Bedlam - James Blunt
  6. No Angel - Dido
  7. Come On Over - Shania Twain
  8. Spirit - Leona Lewis
  9. Urban Hymns - Verve
  10. White Ladder - David Gray
  11. Life For Rent - Dido
  12. 1 - Beatles
  13. A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
  14. Beautiful World - Take That
  15. Hopes and Fears - Keane
  16. Crazy Love - Michael Buble
  17. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
  18. Talk on Corners - Coors
  19. X&Y - Coldplay
  20. The Man Who - Travis
  21. Parachutes - Coldplay
  22. The Fame - Lady Gaga
  23. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
  24. Only By the Night - Kings of Leon
  25. I've Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams
  26. Greatest Hits - Robbie Williams
  27. Swing While You're Winning - Robbie Williams
  28. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
  29. Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
  30. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of - George Michael

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