List of best-selling albums of the 21st century in the United Kingdom
The UK Albums Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) that calculates the best-selling albums of the week in the United Kingdom. Initially based solely on the sales of albums in the vinyl and CD formats, digital albums began being included from April 2006. Since March 2015, the chart has also been based on audio streaming figures, however the OCC still compiles a 'sales' (only) chart and still quotes these traditional sales figures in its features and articles.
This is a list of the 50 best-selling albums in the UK from 1 January 2000 onwards, as compiled by the OCC (sales that occurred before 2000 are not included). Of these, only two were originally released before the year 2000: White Ladder (1998) by David Gray and Gold: Greatest Hits (1992) by ABBA.
Back to Bedlam by James Blunt, which was the best-selling album of the 2000s decade, was also the best-selling album of the 21st century until August 2011 when it was passed in sales by Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, following Winehouse's death the previous month. Less than four months later, however, Back to Black was itself overtaken by Adele's 21. As of July 2016, 21 remains the biggest-selling album in the UK since 2000 (and fourth best-selling ever), having sold over 4,940,000 copies.
Best-selling albums since 2000
Sales figures from the OCC on the date given in the reference. The OCC differentiate 'chart sales' (which include streaming) from 'sales' (which are downloads and physical purchases and are quoted below).
|No. of times|
|2||Back to Black||Amy Winehouse||1||2006||3,940,000||13×|
|6||Back to Bedlam||James Blunt||1||2004||3,360,000|
|9||Crazy Love||Michael Bublé||1||2009||3,130,000|
|11||White Ladder||David Gray||1||1998
|12||The Fame||Lady Gaga||1||2008||2,990,000||9×|
|13||Only by the Night||Kings of Leon||1||2008||2,980,000|
|14||A Rush of Blood to the Head||Coldplay||1||2002||2,960,000|
|15||Life for Rent||Dido||1||2003||2,900,000|
|16||Beautiful World||Take That||1||2006||2,880,000|
|17||Gold: Greatest Hits||ABBA||1||1992||2,569,600|
|18||Hopes and Fears||Keane||1||2004||2,860,000|
|21||Scissor Sisters||Scissor Sisters||1||2004||2,760,000|
|23||Number Ones||Michael Jackson||1||2003||2,400,000||8×|
|24||Come Away with Me||Norah Jones||1||2002||2,540,000|
|25||The Marshall Mathers LP||Eminem||1||2000||2,440,000|
|26||In the Lonely Hour||Sam Smith||1||2014||2,400,095|
|28||Greatest Hits||Robbie Williams||1||2004||2,320,000||7×|
|29||Eyes Open||Snow Patrol||1||2004||2,370,000|
|30||Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection||Take That||2||2005||2,360,000|
|32||Swing When You're Winning||Robbie Williams||1||2001||2,385,673|
|34||Our Version of Events||Emeli Sandé||1||2012||2,260,000|
|35||Hot Fuss||The Killers||1||2004||2,153,500|
|36||American Idiot||Green Day||1||2004||2,150,000|
|38||The Circus||Take That||1||2008||2,210,000|
|39||Sing When You're Winning||Robbie Williams||1||2000||2,203,321|
|40||Curtain Call: The Hits||Eminem||1||2005||2,100,000|
|41||Greatest Hits||Guns N' Roses||1||2004||1,947,000|
|44||Songs About Jane||Maroon 5||1||2004||2,081,000|
|45||The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac||Fleetwood Mac||1||2002||2,032,000|
|46||By the Way||Red Hot Chili Peppers||1||2002||2,020,000|
|50||The Greatest Hits||Texas||1||2000||1,974,890|
|51||Good Girl Gone Bad||Rihanna||1||2007||1,904,347|
|52||I Dreamed a Dream||Susan Boyle||1||2009||1,938,305|
|53||Born to Do It||Craig David||1||2000||1,860,000|
|54||The Platinum Collection||Queen||2||2000||1,831,000|
|55||ELV1S: 30 No. 1 Hits||Elvis Presley||1||2004||1,843,000|
|56||Call Off the Search||Katie Melua||1||2004||1,900,000|
|57||Legend||Bob Marley and the Wailers||1||1984||1,825,000|
|58||Sunny Side Up||Paolo Nutini||1||2009||1,824,000|
|59||Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1||Westlife||1||2002||1,860,000|
Originally released before 2000; position based on sales since 2000
- List of best-selling singles of the 2000s (century) in the United Kingdom
- List of best-selling albums of the 2000s (decade) in the United Kingdom
- List of best-selling albums of the 2010s in the United Kingdom
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