List of best-selling albums of the 1960s in the United Kingdom

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles was the best-selling album of the 1960s.
1960s in music in the UK
Number-one singles
Number-one albums
Best-selling singles
Best-selling albums
Summaries and charts
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
1959 1970
Top 10 singles
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
1959 1970

An album is defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as being a type of music release that features more than four tracks and lasts longer than 25 minutes;[1] during the 1960s, sales of albums in the United Kingdom were compiled by several different magazines, including New Musical Express (NME), Record Retailer, Melody Maker, Disc and Record Mirror. The UK Albums Chart was first officially published on February 1969 when Record Retailers and the BBC jointly commissioned the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) to record sales of albums.[2] For dates between March 1960 and February 1969, the albums chart produced by Record Retailer is regarded by the OCC as being canonical to the UK Albums Chart; for dates before March 1960, the OCC considers the albums chart created by NME to be canonical.[3] The biggest-selling album of the 1960s was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles—of the top thirteen biggest-selling albums of the decade, ten were by The Beatles, the other three being motion picture soundtracks.

Albums[edit]

Best-selling albums of the 1960s in the UK
Position Album Artist Record label[a] Year[a] Peak on the
UK Albums Chart[a]
1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1967 1
2 The Sound of Music Original soundtrack RCA Victor 1965 1
3 With the Beatles Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1963 1
4 Abbey Road Beatles, TheThe Beatles Apple 1969 1
5 South Pacific Original soundtrack RCA Victor 1962 1
6 Beatles for Sale Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1964 1
7 A Hard Day's Night Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1964 1
8 Rubber Soul Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1965 1
9 The Beatles Beatles, TheThe Beatles Apple 1968 1
10 West Side Story Original soundtrack Philips 1962 1
11 Revolver Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1966 1
12 Please Please Me Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1963 1
13 Help! Beatles, TheThe Beatles Parlophone 1965 1
14 Bookends Simon & Garfunkel CBS 1968 1
15 Best of The Beach Boys Beach Boys, TheThe Beach Boys Capitol 1966 2
16 Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel CBS 1966 13
17 The Best of The Seekers Seekers, TheThe Seekers Columbia 1968 1
18 The Rolling Stones No. 2 Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones Decca 1965 1
19 Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Simon & Garfunkel CBS 1968 13
20 The Black and White Minstrel Show George Mitchell Minstrels HMV 1960 1
  1. ^ a b c The record labels, years and chart peaks are those given by the OCC.[4]

References[edit]

General (chart positions)
Specific
  1. ^ "Rules For Chart Eligibility – Albums" (PDF). London: The Official UK Charts Company. January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh, Spencer (20 February 1998). "Music: Charting the number ones that somehow got away". The Independent (London). ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Key Dates in the History of the Official UK Charts". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011.