List of best-selling albums by year in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of the best selling albums in the UK each year. The sales figures given are only within that year, but each album has sold more copies overall.

Year Album Artist Number sold
1956 Carousel Original Soundtrack
1957 The King and I Original Soundtrack
1958 My Fair Lady Broadway Cast recording
1959 South Pacific Original Soundtrack
1960 South Pacific Original Soundtrack
1961 G.I. Blues Elvis Presley
1962 West Side Story Original Soundtrack
1963 With The Beatles The Beatles
1964 Beatles for Sale The Beatles
1965 The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack
1966 The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 751,000
1968 The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack
1969 Abbey Road The Beatles
1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel
1971 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel
1972 20 Dynamic Hits Various Artists
1973 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Elton John
1974 The Singles: 1969–1973 The Carpenters
1975 The Best of the Stylistics The Stylistics
1976 Greatest Hits ABBA
1977 Arrival ABBA
1978 Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack
1979 Parallel Lines Blondie
1980 Super Trouper ABBA
1981 Kings of the Wild Frontier Adam and the Ants
1982 Love Songs Barbra Streisand
1983 Thriller Michael Jackson
1984 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1986 True Blue Madonna
1987 Bad Michael Jackson
1988 Kylie Kylie Minogue
1989 Ten Good Reasons Jason Donovan
1990 ...But Seriously Phil Collins
1991 Stars Simply Red
1992 Stars Simply Red
1993 Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell Meat Loaf
1994 Cross Road Bon Jovi
1995 Robson and Jerome Robson and Jerome 2,040,000
1996 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 2,080,000
1997 Be Here Now Oasis 1,740,000
1998 Talk on Corners The Corrs 1,676,439 1
1999 Come on Over Shania Twain 2,201,842 1
2000 1 The Beatles 1,850,101 1
2001 No Angel Dido 1,920,167 1
2002 Escapology Robbie Williams 1,410,931 1
2003 Life for Rent Dido 2,168,302 1
2004 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 1,594,259 1
2005 Back to Bedlam James Blunt 2,367,758 1
2006 Eyes Open Snow Patrol 1,514,554 1
2007 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 1,883,897 1
2008 Rockferry Duffy 1,684,944 1
2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 1,632,7322
2010 Progress Take That 1,841,1483
2011 21 Adele 3,772,3464
2012 Our Version of Events Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé 1,393,0005
2013 Midnight Memories One Direction 685,0006

Best-selling by decade

Decade Album Artist
1960s Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
1970s Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
1980s Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1990s (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis
2000s Back to Bedlam James Blunt
2010s 21 Adele

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Sales: Music Week (Best selling albums 1998–2008), pub. 17 January 2009
  2. ^ "2009: being Boyled". Music Week. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ The Official Charts Company. "Eminem/Rihanna & Take That scoop 2010 crowns". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ Jones, Alan (25 December 2011). "Christmas Album Chart analysis: Buble dominates with 317k weekly sales". Music Week. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Lane, Dan (2 January 2012). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of 2012 revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Lane, Dan (1 January 2014). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums Of 2013!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 







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