List of best-selling albums by year in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of the best-selling albums in the United Kingdom each year. The sales figures given are only within that year, but each album has sold more copies overall.

Year Album Artist Number sold
1956 Carousel Original Soundtrack
1957 The King and I
1958 My Fair Lady Broadway Cast recording
1959 South Pacific Original Soundtrack
1960
1961 G.I. Blues Elvis Presley
1962 West Side Story Original Soundtrack
1963 With the Beatles The Beatles
1964 Beatles for Sale
1965 The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack
1966
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 751,000
1968 The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack
1969 Abbey Road The Beatles
1970 Bridge over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel
1971
1972 20 Dynamic Hits Various Artists
1973 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Elton John
1974 The Singles: 1969–1973 The Carpenters
1975 The Best of the Stylistics The Stylistics
1976 Greatest Hits ABBA
1977 Arrival
1978 Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack
1979 Parallel Lines Blondie
1980 Super Trouper ABBA
1981 Kings of the Wild Frontier Adam and the Ants
1982 Love Songs Barbra Streisand
1983 Thriller Michael Jackson
1984 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1986 True Blue Madonna
1987 Bad Michael Jackson
1988 Kylie Kylie Minogue
1989 Ten Good Reasons Jason Donovan
1990 ...But Seriously Phil Collins
1991 Stars Simply Red
1992
1993 Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell Meat Loaf
1994 Cross Road Bon Jovi
1995 Robson & Jerome Robson & Jerome 2,040,000[1]
1996 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 1,627,000[2]
1997 Be Here Now Oasis 1,740,000[1]
1998 Talk on Corners The Corrs 1,676,439[3]
1999 Come On Over Shania Twain 2,201,842[3]
2000 1 The Beatles 1,850,101[3]
2001 No Angel Dido 1,920,167[3]
2002 Escapology Robbie Williams 1,410,931[3]
2003 Life for Rent Dido 2,168,302[4]
2004 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 1,594,259[3]
2005 Back to Bedlam James Blunt 2,367,758[5]
2006 Eyes Open Snow Patrol 1,514,554[3]
2007 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 1,883,897[3]
2008 Rockferry Duffy 1,685,000[6]
2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 1,632,732[7]
2010 Progress Take That 1,841,148[8]
2011 21 Adele 3,772,346[9]
2012 Our Version of Events Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé 1,393,000[10]
2013 Midnight Memories One Direction 685,000[11]
2014 x Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran 1,689,000[12]
2015 25 Adele 2,496,000[13]
2016 753,000[14]

Best-selling by decade[edit]

Decade Album Artist Number sold
1960s Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
1970s Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
1980s Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1990s (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis 4,160,000
2000s Back to Bedlam James Blunt 3,200,000
2010s 21 Adele 5,000,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The biggest selling album of every year since 1956 (see relevant year)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/alanis-morissettes-jagged-little-pill-hit-number-1-20-years-ago-this-week__14770/
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sales: Music Week (Best selling albums 1998–2008), pub. 17 January 2009
  4. ^ Jones, Alan (12 December 2005). "Eminem and Now! 62 lead albums sales". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Jones, Alan (15 September 2011). "From 21 to 3 million - Adele crunches the numbers". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 24 October 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Sexton, Paul (December 29, 2008). "Take That, Alexandra Burke Rule UK charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2009: being Boyled". Music Week. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Official Charts Company. "Eminem/Rihanna & Take That scoop 2010 crowns". Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  9. ^ Jones, Alan (25 December 2011). "Christmas Album Chart analysis: Buble dominates with 317k weekly sales". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 25 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Lane, Dan (2 January 2012). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums of 2012 revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Lane, Dan (1 January 2014). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2013!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Moss, Liv (1 January 2015). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2014". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Copsey, Rob (6 January 2016). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2015 revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Copsey. "The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2016 revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 December 2016.