The tracker of UK record sales has released data covering the country's entire history of album numbers, revealing that Queen, Abba and the Beatles are unsurprisingly what most people buy and listen to all the time. Adele's the youngest upcomer, with her 21 earning the fourth place in the UK's all time album sales listings.
It's cheating a bit to have Queen at #1 and Abba at #2 as they're both sales achieved by hit compilations rather than actual albums. It's the Beatles in 3rd position that take the best lifetime sales for a standalone record, with their going-all-serious epic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band selling 5.1m copies to pick up third place. Queen's Greatest Hits sold 6.1m copies, with Abba Gold on 5.2m.
Behind Adele at #5 is Oasis, with What's the Story Morning Glory selling 4.7m copies in the UK. Someone ought to ask Noel what it feels like to sell more copies of an album than Michael Jackson, as his Thriller sits at #6 in the lifetime UK chart.
Modern oddities include Leona Lewis at 23 with 2007's TV-powered Spirit, Ed Sheeran's X from 2014 at #49, and post-reformation 2010 Take That's Progress at 57. [Official Charts]