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UK Top 50 selling albums of all time
2 September 2020
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Hi all. I'm new to the site but needed to find some possible answers to something that has admittedly enraged me!  I just accessed the Top selling albums in the UK ever and was shocked to find that The Fabs only have two albums in there: Peppers and '1'. It absolutely astonishes me that somebody such as James Blunt or David Gray (Who?) have albums in there whilst Abbey Road and Revolver aren't.  I mean Please Please Me spent - as far as I know - 30 weeks at No.1 in Britain. That's more than 7 months. Similarly, when I access the top 50 UK albums of British artists, they only have these two I cited above.  Again beating the greatest albums the world has ever seen are mediocre crap by The Verve and ..............wait for it.............Travis.  Has anybody got an explanation for this strange chart?  It just baffles me.

Thanks. Jeeves

3 September 2020
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jeeves19 said
Hi all. I'm new to the site but needed to find some possible answers to something that has admittedly enraged me!  I just accessed the Top selling albums in the UK ever and was shocked to find that The Fabs only have two albums in there: Peppers and '1'. It absolutely astonishes me that somebody such as James Blunt or David Gray (Who?) have albums in there whilst Abbey Road and Revolver aren't.  I mean Please Please Me spent - as far as I know - 30 weeks at No.1 in Britain. That's more than 7 months. Similarly, when I access the top 50 UK albums of British artists, they only have these two I cited above.  Again beating the greatest albums the world has ever seen are mediocre crap by The Verve and ..............wait for it.............Travis.  Has anybody got an explanation for this strange chart?  It just baffles me.

Thanks. Jeeves

  

Hi Jeeves, welcome aboard.

If it is based on total sales, the song buying public has greatly increased in numbers since the 60's, meaning a current, but lesser hit or hitmaker can outsell a major star from an earlier era.

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3 September 2020
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I'm afraid the artists you mentioned with disdain are all there because I was one of those people who bought their album(s). I didn't want my friends and family to think I was just a Beatles fan.

Also the Beatles just weren't very popular; what with their drugs and moustaches and being Northern types. Bleurgh! We'll have none of that psychedelic peace and love racket in our house.

3 September 2020
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Just googled the chart and it is nice to know that Sgt. Pepper is No.3 and the highest ranked 'non greatest hits' album! I thought 'Abbey Road ' would have made the Top 50 though!

There are a lot of Greatest Hits albums on the list.

6 September 2020
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Very surprised that Abbey Road didn't make the top 50. Maybe it's just more popular outside the the UK than within it. 

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I would assume the more contemporary artists on the list (which I've not seen), have a higher percentage of downloads, as compared to sales of actual physical copies. For what that's worth.

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9 October 2020
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The figures are not updated. Very similar situation in the USA with the RIIA. However, the RIIA put The Beatles at the top with 6 diamonds albums.

 

I´ve noticed that in the UK, Oasis and Elvis are much admired. The NME magazine tends to disparage The Beatles.

 

But, be happy: The Beatles are the best selling artists of all times. And a surprise, via STREAMING they are great, great. Check this:

 

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