List of best-selling albums of the 2000s in the United Kingdom

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James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the United Kingdom, shipping 3.04 million copies.
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The UK Albums Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company that calculates the best-selling albums of the week in the United Kingdom.[1] Since 2005, the chart has been based on the sales of both physical and digital albums, on the condition that the album was available in both formats. In 2007, the rules were changed so that legal downloads of all albums, irrespective of whether a physical copy was available, were eligible to chart.[2]

Between 2000 and 2009, a number of albums sold more than 1 million copies in the United Kingdom. At the end of the decade, a retrospective chart was compiled by the Official Charts Company to determine the best-selling album of this ten-year period. The title was won by James Blunt, with his debut album Back to Bedlam, released in 2004.[3] The album sold 3.04 million copies, finishing ahead of Dido's album No Angel, which sold 3.03 million copies.[4] Dido featured twice in the top 10 best-sellers, with Life for Rent being the seventh best-seller of the decade. Amy Winehouse (3), Leona Lewis (4) and David Gray (5) were the other solo-artists to feature.[5] The Beatles compilation album 1 was the highest entry by a group in the chart at number 6; Coldplay (8), Scissor Sisters (9) and Take That (10) made up the rest of the top ten.[6][7] Robbie Williams had the most albums on the list with five entries.

BBC Radio 1 announced the chart in a programme, presented by DJ Nihal, on 28 December 2009.[8] The list of the best-selling albums of the decade in the United Kingdom was also announced in a series of three shows between 29 and 31 December 2009.[8]

While Back to Bedlam was the best-selling album of the 2000s (2000–2009) in the UK, in August 2011, updated sales figures revealed that in the weeks after her untimely death, Amy Winehouse's Back to Black had overtaken Blunt's album to become the UK's biggest-selling album of the 21st century.[9] This was a result of both new sales and a decision by the Official Charts Company to combine figures for the original and deluxe editions of the album.[9] Later the same year, Back to Black was itself overtaken by Adele's 21, which, with 4.56 million copies sold as of the end of 2012, now holds the title of the UK's biggest-selling album of the 21st century and the fourth biggest of all-time.[10][11]

Best-selling albums[edit]

Amy Winehouse had the third best-selling album of the decade with Back to Black which has since become the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century.
Robbie Williams had the most entries in the top 100 best-selling albums chart with five. Swing When You're Winning charted at number 17, followed by Greatest Hits (19), Sing When You're Winning (20), Escapology (23) and Intensive Care (53).
Coldplay had four entries in the chart: Parachutes (8), A Rush of Blood to the Head (12), X&Y (13) and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (91).
Eminem had three albums on the list. The Marshall Mathers LP was the 16th best-selling album, while The Eminem Show (61) and Curtain Call: The Hits (90) also appeared.
Position Artist Album Year Peak Copies sold
1 James Blunt Back to Bedlam 2004 1 3,040,000
2 Dido No Angel 2000 1 3,030,000
3 Amy Winehouse Back to Black 2006 1 2,980,000
4 Leona Lewis Spirit 2007 1 2,810,000
5 David Gray White Ladder 1998 1
6 The Beatles 1 2000 1 2,800,000
7 Dido Life for Rent 2003 1
8 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head 2002 1
9 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 2004 1
10 Take That Beautiful World 2006 1
11 Keane Hopes and Fears 2004 1
12 Coldplay X&Y 2005 1
13 Coldplay Parachutes 2000 1
14 Norah Jones Come Away with Me 2002 1
15 Snow Patrol Eyes Open 2006 1
16 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2000 1
17 Robbie Williams Swing When You're Winning 2001 1
18 Kings of Leon Only by the Night 2008 1
19 Robbie Williams Greatest Hits 2004 1
20 Robbie Williams Sing When You're Winning 2000 1
21 Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream 2009 1
22 Duffy Rockferry 2008 1
23 Robbie Williams Escapology 2002 1
24 Take That The Circus 2008 1
25 ABBA ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits 1992 1
26 Green Day American Idiot 2004 1
27 The Killers Hot Fuss 2004 1 2,100,000
28 Kaiser Chiefs Employment 2005 2
29 Christina Aguilera Stripped 2002 2
30 Maroon 5 Songs About Jane 2002 1
31 Justin Timberlake Justified 2002 1
32 Texas The Greatest Hits 2001 1
33 Take That Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection 2005 2
34 Katie Melua Call Off the Search 2003 1
35 Craig David Born to Do It 2004 1
36 Michael Jackson Number Ones 2003 1
37 Pink Missundaztood 2002 2
38 Moby Play 2000 1
39 Stereophonics Just Enough Education to Perform 2001 1
40 Avril Lavigne Let Go 2002 1
41 Eva Cassidy Songbird 1998 1
42 Gorillaz Demon Days 2005 1
43 Kylie Minogue Fever 2001 1
44 Queen Greatest Hits III 1999 5
45 Snow Patrol Final Straw 2003 3
46 Westlife Coast to Coast 2000 1
47 Will Young Friday's Child 2003 1
48 Whitney Houston Whitney: The Greatest Hits 2000 1
49 R.E.M. In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 2003 1
50 KT Tunstall Eye to the Telescope 2004 3
51 Daniel Bedingfield Gotta Get Thru This 2002 2
52 Madonna Music 2000 1
53 Robbie Williams Intensive Care 2005 1
54 Mika Life in Cartoon Motion 2007 1
55 Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad 2007 1
56 Lady Gaga The Fame 2008 1
57 Elvis Presley ELV1S 2002 1
58 The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk 2003 3 1,600,000
59 Kelly Clarkson Breakaway 2005 3
60 Westlife Unbreakable - The Greatest Hits Vol. 1 2002 1
61 Eminem The Eminem Show 2002 1
62 Il Divo Il Divo 2004 1
63 Enrique Iglesias Escape 2001 1
64 Razorlight Razorlight 2006 1
65 Jack Johnson In Between Dreams 2005 1
66 James Morrison Undiscovered 2006 1
67 Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits 2004 1
68 Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002 2002 3
69 Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah 2006 1
70 The Killers Sam's Town 2006 1 1,500,000
71 Usher Confessions 2004 1
72 Rod Stewart The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart 2001 7
73 The Darkness Permission to Land 2003 1
74 Blue One Love 2002 1
75 The Kooks Inside In/Inside Out 2006 2
76 Gabrielle Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 2001 2
77 Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 2000 4
78 Oasis Stop the Clocks 2006 2
79 Frank Sinatra My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra 1997 22
80 Ronan Keating Ronan 2000 1
81 Michael Bublé Crazy Love (Michael Bublé album) 2009 1
82 Madonna Confessions on a Dance Floor 2005 1
83 Westlife Face to Face 2005 1
84 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not 2006 1
85 Katie Melua Piece by Piece 2005 1
86 Evanescence Fallen 2003 1
87 Pink I'm Not Dead 2006 3
88 Blue All Rise 2001 1
89 Faithless Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits 2005 1
90 Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits 2005 1
91 Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends 2008 1
92 Travis The Man Who 1999 1
93 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand 2004 3
94 Pussycat Dolls PCD 2005 7
95 Gabrielle Rise 1999 1
96 U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb 2004 1
97 Travis The Invisible Band 2001 1
98 Ronan Keating 10 Years of Hits 2004 1
99 Anastacia Anastacia 2004 1 1.600.000
100 David Gray A New Day at Midnight 2002 1

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