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The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK

The death of the album is commonly talked-about these days but it seems we may have been too hasty.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the album chart, the Official Charts Company has revealed the sixty biggest-selling albums in the history of the UK.

And, much like the referendum, if you don't like the choices, then you've only got yourselves to blame, because this is what you all bought. Democracy: it gives you James Blunt whether you like it or not.

We're not giving it away here, but the number one album on this chart sold 6.1m copies, meaning more than one in 10 people in the UK own it. Which is a lot. To be fair, there are some serious tunes on it. As there are on virtually all of these massive-selling records.

Take a look below and see how many you own, and listen to the key track from all 60 albums on this Spotify playlist.

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK

    R.E.M. - Automatic For The People

    Year: 1992

    Approx sales: 2.1m

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    Key track: Everybody Hurts

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 1

    Take That - The Ultimate Collection

    Year: 2005

    Approx sales: 2.1m

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    Key track: Back For Good

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 2

    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open

    Year: 2006

    Approx sales: 2.3m

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    Key track: Chasing Cars

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 3

    Take That - Progress

    Year: 2010

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: The Flood

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 4

    Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning

    Year: 2001

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: Somethin' Stupid

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 5

    Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

    Year: 2000

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: The Real Slim Shady

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 6

    Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night

    Year: 1987

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: Everywhere

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 7

    George Michael - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael

    Year: 1998

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: Careless Whisper

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 8

    Original Cast Recording - The Sound of Music

    Year: 1959

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: Maria

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 9

    Paul Simon - Graceland

    Year: 1986

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: You Can Call Me Al

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 10

    Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

    Year: 2002

    Approx sales: 2.4m

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    Key track: Come Away With Me

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 11

    Ed Sheeran - X

    Year: 2014

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Thinking Out Loud

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 12

    Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You

    Year: 1998

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: She's The One

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 13

    Grease - Original Soundtrack

    Year: 1978

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: You're The One That I Want

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 14

    ABBA - Greatest Hits

    Year: 1975

    Approx sales: 2.7m

    Key Track: Mama Mia

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 15

    Coldplay - Parachutes

    Year: 2000

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Yellow

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 16

    Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

    Year: 1988

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Fast Car

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 17

    Travis - The Man Who

    Year: 1999

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 18

    Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

    Year: 1973

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Theme from Tubular Bells

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 19

    Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

    Year: 1995

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: You Oughta Know

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 20

    Coldplay - X&Y

    Year: 2005

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Fix You

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 21

    Phil Collins - ...But Seriously

    Year: 1989

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Another Day In Paradise

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 22

    Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters

    Year: 2004

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Take Your Mama

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 23

    Jeff Wayne - The War of the Worlds

    Year: 1978

    Approx sales: 2.7m

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    Key track: Forever Autumn

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 24

    U2 - The Joshua Tree

    Year: 1987

    Approx sales: 2.8m

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    Key track: With Or Without You

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 25

    Keane - Hopes and Fears

    Year: 2004

    Approx sales: 2.8m

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    Key track: Somewhere Only We Know

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 26

    Take That - Beautiful World

    Year: 2006

    Approx sales: 2.8m

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    Key track: Patience

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 27

    Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

    Year: 2008

    Approx sales: 2.8m

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    Key track: Sex On Fire

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 28

    Dido - Life For Rent

    Year: 2003

    Approx sales: 2.9m

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    Key track: White Flag

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 29

    Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head

    Year: 2002

    Approx sales: 2.9m

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    Key track: Clocks

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 30

    Lady Gaga - The Fame

    Year: 2008

    Approx sales: 2.9m

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    Key track: Poker Face

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 31

    Spice Girls - Spice

    Year: 1996

    Approx sales: 3m

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    Key track: Wannabe

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 32

    The Corrs - Talk On Corners

    Year: 1997

    Sales: 3m

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    Key track: What Can I Do

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 33

    Adele - 25

    Year: 2015

    Approx sales: 3m

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    Key track: Hello

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 34

    David Gray - White Ladder

    Year: 1998

    Approx sales: 3m

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    Key track: Babylon

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 35

    Dido - No Angel

    Year: 1999

    Approx sales: 3.1m

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    Key track: Here With Me

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 36

    Michael Buble - Crazy Love

    Year: 2009

    Approx sales: 3.1m

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    Key track: Haven't Met You Yet

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 37

    Leona Lewis - Spirit

    Year: 2007

    Approx sales: 3.1m

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    Key track: Bleeding Love

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 38

    Dirty Dancing - Original Soundtrack

    Year: 1987

    Approx sales: 3.2m

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    Key track: (I've Had) The Time Of My Life

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 39

    Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Year: 1970

    Approx sales: 3.2m

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    Key track: Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 40

    The Beatles - 1

    Year: 2000

    Approx sales: 3.2m

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    Key track: Yesterday

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 41

    Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell

    Year: 1977

    Approx sales: 3.2m

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    Key track: Bat Out Of Hell

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 42

    The Verve - Urban Hymns

    Year: 1997

    Approx sales: 3.3m

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    Key track: Bittersweet Symphony

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 43

    James Blunt - Back to Bedlam

    Year: 2003

    Approx sales: 3.3m

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    Key track: You're Beautiful

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 44

    Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend

    Year: 1984

    Approx sales: 3.3m

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    Key track: Three Little Birds

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 45

    Shania Twain - Come On Over

    Year: 1997

    Approx sales: 3.4m

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    Key track: You're Still The One

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 46

    Simply Red - Stars

    Year: 1991

    Approx sales: 3.4m

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    Key track: Stars

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 47

    Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

    Year: 2006

    Approx sales: 3.6m

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    Key track: Back To Black

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 48

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection

    Year: 1990

    Approx sales: 3.7m

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    Key track: Like a Prayer

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 49

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

    Year: 1977

    Approx sales: 3.6m

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    Key track: Go Your Own Way

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 50

    Queen - Greatest Hits II

    Year: 1991

    Approx sales: 3.9m

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    Key track: Radio Ga Ga

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 51

    Michael Jackson - Bad

    Year: 1987

    Approx sales: 4m

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    Key track: Man In The Mirror

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 52

    Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

    Year: 1985

    Approx sales: 4.4m

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    Key track: Money For Nothing

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 53

    Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Year: 1973

    Approx sales: 4.4m

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    Key track: Money

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 54

    Michael Jackson - Thriller

    Year: 1982

    Approx sales: 4.4m

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    Key track: Billie Jean

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 55

    Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

    Year: 1995

    Approx sales: 4.6m

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    Key track: Wonderwall

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 56

    Adele - 21

    Year: 2011

    Approx sales: 4.9m

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    Key track: Someone Like You

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 57

    The Beatles - Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club

    Year: 1967

    Approx sales: 5.1m

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    Key track: A Day In The Life

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 58

    ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits

    Year: 1992

    Approx sales: 5.2m

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    Key track: The Winner Takes It All

  • The 60 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK 59

    Queen - Greatest Hits

    Year: 1981

    Approx sales: 6.1m

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    Key track: Bohemian Rhapsody