The UK is proud to announce that Queen’s Greatest Hits is England’s biggest-selling album.
The Official Charts Company published alist to celebrate six decades of the very first UK chart on July 22nd, 1956 on which Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers became the very first number one hit. As years went by, nearly 1,100 albums made it to the top spot on vinyl, cassette, CD and download.
Queen’s Greatest Hitswas released in 1981, and stayed on the top 100 list for a staggering 729 weeks. The album also sold over 6 million copies in the UK andholds the record in sale to this day. Additionally, the rock band’s Greatest Hits II also has a spot in the top ten at number ten, with almost 4 million sales.
Guitarist Brian May told OfficialCharts.com that Queen’s chart success was a “great bit of news to wake up to and “beyond his boyhood dreams” while drummer Roger Taylor described it as “incredible, marvellous, humbling”.
Since its releasein 1992,ABBA’s greatest hits album Gold has shifted close to 5.2 million albums, while The Beatles’ eighth album from 1967 is the only other masterpieceto break five million UK sales. Adele’s 2011 hit 21 and Oasis’ 1995 favourite(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?have reached the top five at numbers four and five, while Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Dire Straits’ Brothers in Armscan also be found high up on the list.