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Holy moly: Queen's Greatest Hits is Britain's best selling album of all time

Holy moly: Queen's Greatest Hits is Britain's best selling album of all time

Now for something to disturb your faith in our great country... Queen's Greatest Hits is the best selling UK album of all time.

60 years ago the official UK album chart was made on 22nd July 1956 with Frank Sinatra’s ‘Songs for Swingin’ Lovers’ becoming the first number one hit. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ever UK chart, the Official Charts Company made a list of the 60 biggest selling albums of all time in Britain. The top 10 entries included classic albums such as Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd and ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by The Beatles. However, it was Queen’s compilation album of their ‘Greatest Hits’ which took he number 1 entry on this list.

Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ has sold 6.1 million copies and is the only album in Britain to sell more than 6 million copies which was achieved back in 2014, three decades after its release in 1981. This particular compilation album includes songs such as ‘Bohemiam Rhapsody’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. What’s also impressive is that the follow up album Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits II’ is also in the top 10 of this list, taking 10th place with almost 4 million copies sold.

Guitarist of the band, Brain May commented on this news by saying “What a great bit of news to wake up to. The most popular album? Well, I always thought the band showed promise, but this is beyond our boyhood dreams. Thanks, folks.”

Written by Tom Lafferty.


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