List of best-selling albums of the 2010s in the United Kingdom

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Adele's three albums are the best-sellers of the 2010s: 19, 21 and 25.

The UK Albums Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) that calculates the best-selling artist 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 January 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] Further changes occurred in February 2015 when audio streaming was included for the first time.[3]

On 11 December 2019, the OCC announced their list of the top 100 best-selling albums between January 2010 and December 2019. The best-selling album of the decade is Adele's 21, which sold over 5.17 million following its release in January 2011. Adele is also one of two artists to achieve three million-selling albums since 2010 with 19 (released in 2008 but sold over a million copies since 2010), 21 and 25. The other is Ed Sheeran with +, x and ÷. Sheeran is also the only artist to feature in the top 10 three times.[4]

Best-selling albums since 2010[edit]

Rihanna features twice on this list, with Loud (#9) and Talk That Talk (#33)
Coldplay feature twice on this list, with Mylo Xyloto (#17) and A Head Full of Dreams (#27)
Olly Murs features twice on this list, with Right Place Right Time (#19) and In Case You Didn't Know (#32)
One Direction feature twice on the list, with Up All Night (#29), Take Me Home (#45)
No.[4] Title Artist Peak
position
Year of
release
Sales
(where available)[a]
No. of times
Platinum[b]
1 21 Adele 1 2011 5,170,000 17×
2 25 1 2015 3,580,000 11×
3 x Ed Sheeran 1 2014 3,500,000[6] 11×
4 ÷ 1 2017 3,400,000[6] 11×
5 Christmas Michael Bublé 1 2011 2,950,000
6 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 1 2014 2,590,000
7 19 Adele 1 2008dagger 2,450,000
8 + Ed Sheeran 1 2011 2,443,000
9 Our Version of Events Emeli Sandé 1 2012 2,430,000
10 Progress Take That 1 2010 2,390,000
11 The Greatest Showman Various Artists 1 2017 2,130,000
12 Loud Rihanna 1 2010 1,997,500
13 Crazy Love Michael Bublé 1 2009dagger 1,890,300
14 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 1 2010 1,713,000[7]
15 The Fame / The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 1 2009dagger 1,578,000
16 Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 2 2009dagger 1,561,800
17 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay 1 2011 1,536,700
18 Wanted on Voyage George Ezra 1 2014 1,420,200[8]
19 Teenage Dream / Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection Katy Perry 1 2010
20 The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B 1 2010 1,399,400[9]
21 Right Place Right Time Olly Murs 1 2012 1,380,000[10]
22 Who You Are Jessie J 2 2011 1,270,000[11]
23 Purpose Justin Bieber 2 2015
24 Lungs Florence and the Machine 1 2009dagger
25 1989 Taylor Swift 1 2014 1,259,100[12]
26 Halcyon / Halcyon Days Ellie Goulding 1 2012 1,200,000
27 AM Arctic Monkeys 1 2013
28 A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay 1 2015
29 I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 1 2015
30 Human Rag'n'Bone Man 1 2017
31 If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 1 2015
32 Babel Mumford & Sons 1 2012
33 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi 2 2010
34 Born to Die Lana Del Rey 1 2012 1,174,000[13]
35 Up All Night One Direction 1 2011
36 In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs 1 2011 1,105,000[10]
37 Time Flies... 1994–2009 Oasis 1 2010
38 Greatest Hits... So Far!!! Pink 5 2010 1,050,000[14]
39 Glory Days Little Mix 1 2016 1,014,800[15]
40 Sunny Side Up Paolo Nutini 1 2009dagger 1,033,000
41 Take Me Home One Direction 1 2012
42 Talk That Talk Rihanna 1 2011
43 Recovery Eminem 1 2010 1,030,000[16]
44 Unorthodox Jukebox Bruno Mars 1 2012
45 Born This Way Lady Gaga 1 2011 1,020,800
46 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 1 1992dagger 18×
47 Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 1 1984dagger 12×
48 18 Months Calvin Harris 1 2012
49 Staying at Tamara's George Ezra 1 2018 1,000,300[17]
50 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1 1977 13×
51 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 1 2005dagger
52 The Ultimate Collection Whitney Houston 3 2007dagger
53 Greatest Hits Foo Fighters 4 2009dagger
54 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 1 2006dagger 13×
55 Bad Blood Bastille 1 2013
56 Midnight Memories One Direction 1 2013
57 Come Around Sundown Kings of Leon 1 2010 915,300[18]
58 Number Ones Michael Jackson 1 2003dagger
59 The Truth About Love Pink 1 2012 907,000[14]
60 Nothing but the Beat David Guetta 1 2011
61 The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 6 2002
62 Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah 1 2010
63 The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys 1 2009dagger
64 Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse 1 2011
65 Never Been Better Olly Murs 1 2014 863,000[10]
66 All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1 2005dagger
67 Ceremonials Florence and the Machine 1 2011
68 Chaos and the Calm James Bay 1 2015 824,540[19]
69 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 1 2011 864,600[20]
70 Get Weird Little Mix 2 2015 883,000[21]
71 Lights Ellie Goulding 1 2010
72 Olly Murs Olly Murs 2 2010
73 My World / My World 2.0 Justin Bieber 3 2010
74 To Be Loved Michael Bublé 1 2013
75 Science & Faith The Script 1 2010
76 Every Kingdom Ben Howard 4 2011
77 Jake Bugg Jake Bugg 1 2012
78 A Perfect Contradiction Paloma Faith 2 2014
79 4 Beyoncé 1 2011
80 Unapologetic Rihanna 1 2012

dagger Released before 2010; only sales from 2010 onwards included

Best-selling debut albums[edit]

No. Debut album Artist Peak
position
Year of
release
Sales
1 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 1 2014 2,590,000
2 19 Adele 1 2008dagger 2,450,000
3 + Ed Sheeran 1 2011 2,443,000
4 Our Version of Events Emeli Sandé 1 2012 2,430,000
5 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 1 2010 1,870,000
6 Wanted on Voyage George Ezra 1 2014 1,420,000
7 Who You Are Jessie J 2 2011 1,330,000
8 I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 1 2015 1,230,000
9 Human Rag'n'Bone Man 1 2017 1,220,000
10 Born to Die Lana Del Rey 1 2012 1,190,000
11 Up All Night One Direction 2 2011 1,160,000
12 Bad Blood Bastille 1 2013 975,000
13 Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah 1 2010 905,000
14 Chaos and the Calm James Bay 1 2015 867,000
15 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 1 2011
16 Lights Ellie Goulding 1 2010 841,000
17 Olly Murs Olly Murs 2 2010 839,000
18 My World / My World 2.0 Justin Bieber 3 2010
19 Every Kingdom Ben Howard 4 2011
20 Jake Bugg Jake Bugg 1 2012
21 The Lady Killer CeeLo Green 3 2010
22 If You Wait London Grammar 2 2013
23 Heaven Rebecca Ferguson 3 2011 669,000
24 Night Visions Imagine Dragons 2 2013
25 Home Rudimental 1 2013
26 The 1975 The 1975 1 2013
27 Seasons of My Soul Rumer 3 2010
28 Royal Blood Royal Blood 1 2014
29 Hozier Hozier 3 2014
30 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa 3 2017
31 All the Little Lights Passenger 3 2013
32 Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi 1 2019 547,000
33 Communion Years & Years 1 2015
34 The Wanted The Wanted 4 2010
35 Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor Caro Emerald 4 2011
36 The Lumineers The Lumineers 8 2012
37 Settle Disclosure 1 2013
38 Chapter One Ella Henderson 1 2014 476,000
39 Good Ol' Fashioned Love The Overtones 4 2010
40 The Balcony Catfish and the Bottlemen 10 2014

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sales
  2. ^ The certifications are those given by the BPI as of December 2019.[5]

References[edit]

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