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Albums

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UK Best Sellers: by year

The UK's best–selling albums, year by year since 2010, were:

Year Artist Title Sales (est.)
2016 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 753,000
2015 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2,496,000
2014 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2,134,000
2013 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 829,000
2012 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2,208,000
2011 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 4,751,000
2010 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2,374,000

Note that the sales figures are for the year in question only.

UK Best Sellers: by decade

The UK's best–selling albums of each decade, since the 1950s, were:

Year Artist Title Year Sales (est.)
2000s Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2004 3,191,393
1990s Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1995 4,160,000
1980s Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1985  
1970s Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1970  
1960s Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1967  
1950s Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1958 

Note that where sales figures are given, they're for the decade of release only.

Album Titles

Fairport Convention album (1971): named after a popular instant pudding Click to show or hide the answer
AC/DC album, 1980: the first to feature Brian Johnson on lead vocals; became the second best–selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller, and ahead of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Click to show or hide the answer
The best–selling film soundtrack album of all time (1992 – first to outsell Saturday Night Fever) Click to show or hide the answer
Supertramp's most successful album (1979): included their biggest hit singles, The Logical Song and the title track; sold over 20 million copies Click to show or hide the answer
Dire Straits' biggest–selling album (1985): first (by any artist or group) to sell a million copies on CD and the first to sell its vinyl version Click to show or hide the answer
Oasis's first album (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
John Lennon's last album (Yoko Ono was co–credited) – released three weeks before his assassination – he signed a copy for assassin Mark Chapman, shortly before the fatal incident. Poorly received at first, it became a massive worldwide hit after the assassination and won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1981 Click to show or hide the answer
David Bowie album (1971): immediately before Ziggy Stardust, included the songs Changes, Oh You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, Andy Warhol, and Song for Bob Dylan Click to show or hide the answer
Iconic, self–titled debut album, 1969: opening words "In the days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man" Click to show or hide the answer
Nirvana's first album (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
The UK's two best–selling albums of 1978 – both soundtracks (and both featuring John Travolta); the first was the best–selling soundtrack album of all time, until 1992 (see above) Click to show or hide the answer
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Best–selling album of the 1960s, worldwide (OST) Click to show or hide the answer
Rolling Stones, 1971: cover featured a working zip Click to show or hide the answer
The biggest–selling album ever, worldwide, with 65 million sales up to 2016 (Michael Jackson) Click to show or hide the answer
First LP on the Virgin label (catalogue number V2001) Click to show or hide the answer

Artists (including groups)

Greatest hits album (title Gold, released 1992) overtook Sgt. Pepper to become the UK's second best selling album of all time, in 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
A Year of Songs (2015), Upon a Different Shore (2016) – better known as a comedian and TV quiz show presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Second album (21) was the best–selling album of both 2011 and 2012 in the USA Click to show or hide the answer
Third studio album (18 Months, 2012) produced a record eight Top Ten hits Click to show or hide the answer
Fourth album was untitled, but became known as 'Four Symbols' because of its sleeve design Click to show or hide the answer
The oldest living artist to have a UK No. 1 album (2009, aged 92, with We'll Meet Again – a Best Of compilation) Click to show or hide the answer
Irish singer: the first artist to have a different album in the UK charts in each of 25 consecutive years (1988–2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Greatest Hits album, released in 1981, is the UK's best–selling album of all time (5.9 million up to 2013) Click to show or hide the answer

Other

City where David Bowie lived for several years from 1976, and which gave its name to the 'trilogy' of albums Low (1977), Heroes (1977) and Lodger (1979) – although only Heroes was mainly recorded there Click to show or hide the answer
The cake that appears on the cover of the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed album (1969) was baked by Click to show or hide the answer

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