Queen at Top of Britain's All-Time Top Selling Albums, Adele Continues to Climb

As part of the celebration of the Bank Holiday in the U.K. on Monday, BBC2 brought in legendary DJ Tony Blackburn to count down the forty biggest selling albums of all-time.

The chart, compiled by Britain's Official Chart Company, is topped by Queen's Greatest Hits, which has sold 5.8 million copies since its release in 1981. Second is the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with 5 million sold.

Blackburn said of the list, "This chart is a real mixed bag and I think listeners will be quite surprised. There are artists in there you would expect to see in a countdown of this nature but not necessarily at the positions that they are. I was really surprised to see who hadn't made it in. No sign of the massively successful acts like The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Diana Ross or Marvin Gaye."

The top forty (with veteran artists in bold):
  1. Greatest Hits - Queen
  2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
  3. Gold - ABBA
  4. (What's the Story) Morning Glory - Oasis
  5. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  6. 21 - Adele
  7. Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
  8. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
  9. Bad - Michael Jackson
  10. Greatest Hits II - Queen
  11. The Immaculate Collection - Madonna
  12. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  13. Stars - Simply Red
  14. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  15. Come On Over - Shania Twain
  16. Back to Bedlam - James Blunt
  17. Urban Hymns - Verve
  18. Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel
  19. No Angel - Dido
  20. Spirit - Leona Lewis
  21. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  22. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
  23. Dirty Dancing - Soundtrack
  24. 1 - Beatles
  25. Talk on Corners - Corrs
  26. White Ladder - David Gray
  27. Spice - Spice Girls
  28. Crazy Love - Michael Buble
  29. Life For Rent - Dido
  30. Beautiful World - Take That
  31. The Fame - Lady Gaga
  32. A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
  33. Hopes and Fears - Keane
  34. The Joshua Tree - U2
  35. But Seriously - Phil Collins
  36. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
  37. Only By the Night - Kings of Leon
  38. The War of the Worlds - Jeff Wayne
  39. The Man Who - Travis
  40. x&y - Coldplay

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