List of best-selling albums of the 1970s in the United Kingdom

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Simon & Garfunkel had the biggest-selling album of the 1970s with Bridge Over Troubled Water.
1970s in music in the UK
Number-one singles
Number-one albums
Best-selling singles
Best-selling albums
Summaries and charts
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1969 1980
Top 10 singles
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1969 1980

Albums are 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 1970s, sales of albums in the United Kingdom were compiled on behalf of the British music industry by the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB).[2] These sales figures would then be aggregated to form the UK Albums Chart, a weekly record chart based on physical album sales from Sunday to Saturday. Each week's number one was first revealed at 12.45 pm on Thursdays on The Radio 1 Chart Show, and then moved to 6:05 pm (later 6:30 pm) on Wednesday evenings during the Peter Powell and Bruno Brookes shows.

The biggest-selling album of the 1970s was Bridge Over Troubled Water by American duo Simon & Garfunkel. Released in January 1970, it spent a total of 33 weeks at number one.[3]

Albums[edit]

Best-selling albums of the 1970s in the UK
Position Album Artist Record label[a] Year[a] Peak on the
UK Albums Chart[a]
1 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel CBS 1970 1
2 Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel CBS 1972 2
3 Rumours Fleetwood Mac Warner Bros. 1977 1
4 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd Harvest 1973 2
5 Tubular Bells Oldfield, MikeMike Oldfield Virgin 1973 1
6 Greatest Hits ABBA Epic 1976 1
7 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf Epic 1978 9
8 Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track Original soundtrack RSO 1977 1
9 And I Love You So Como, PerryPerry Como RCA Victor 1973 1
10 The Singles: 1969–1973 Carpenters, TheThe Carpenters A&M 1974 1
11 Arrival ABBA Epic 1976 1
12 Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Original soundtrack RSO 1978 1
13 Parallel Lines Blondie Chrysalis 1978 1
14 20 Golden Greats Beach Boys, TheThe Beach Boys Capitol 1976 1
15 Elvis' 40 Greatest Presley, ElvisElvis Presley Arcade 1975 1
16 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds Wayne, JeffJeff Wayne CBS 1978 5
17 Manilow Magic Manilow, BarryBarry Manilow Arista 1979 3
18 Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings Apple 1973 1
19 The Best of The Stylistics Stylistics, TheThe Stylistics Avco 1975 1
20 Atlantic Crossing Stewart, RodRod Stewart Warner Bros. 1975 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. ^ Bronson, Fred (26 July 2011). "Adele's '21' Ties 'Saturday Night Fever' as the Longest-Running No. 1 U.K. Album in 40 Years". In Smith, Danyel. Billboard (Los Angeles). ISSN 0006-2510. OCLC 643578332. Retrieved 2 September 2011. "... Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" racked up a 33rd week at No. 1 in September 1971 ..." 
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011.