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Old Nov 16, 2006, 11:22 AM   #1
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Queen's 'Greatest Hits' Britain's favourite album

SPLHCB voted 2nd Favourite album

Thursday November 16, 2006

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/16112006/32...ite-album.html

LONDON (AFP) - Queen's "Greatest Hits" is the biggest-selling album of all time in Britain, according to the official UK Charts Company.

The Beatles' legendary album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was in second place while "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" by Britpop rockers Oasis came in third.

However, there was no place in the top 100 for albums by rock legends The Rolling Stones and folk hero Bob Dylan, punk stars The Sex Pistols or singers Sting and David Bowie.

Queen's 1981 compilation, the first of three "best ofs" from the British rock group, contains hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Another One Bites the Dust" and "We Will Rock You" and has sold 5.4 million copies here.

Albums by rock band Dire Straits, Swedish pop heroes Abba, prog rock group Pink Floyd, "king of pop" Michael Jackson and "queen of pop" Madonna round up the top 10.

Former Take That star Robbie Williams has the most albums in the top 100, with six.

He is followed by Oasis, Jackson and power ballad songstress Celine Dion with three albums each.

Newcomers James Blunt ("Back To Bedlam") and David Gray ("White Ladder") are both in the top 20.

Robson and Jerome, Jason Donovan, Maroon 5, Pink, Norah Jones, Craig David, Terence Trent D'Arby, Boyzone and the "South Pacific" soundtrack are among those keeping the likes of Dylan and the Stones out of the top 100.

"This is a chart made up of actual sales figures from the last 50 years," said a spokesman for the Official UK Charts Company.

"The best-selling album of all time in Britain has never been revealed before."

The company took six months to trawl through everything from 1950s hand-written till receipts to current chart sales to come up with the top 100 list.

Top 10:

1. "Greatest Hits" (1981), Queen -- 5.4 million

2. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967), Beatles -- 4.8m

3. "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" (1995), Oasis -- 4.3m

4. "Brothers In Arms" (1985), Dire Straits -- 3.9m

5. "Gold: Greatest Hits" (1992), Abba -- 3.9m

6. "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973), Pink Floyd -- 3.7m

7. "Greatest Hits II" (1991), Queen -- 3.6m

8. "Thriller" (1982), Michael Jackson -- 3.5m

9. "Bad" (1987), Michael Jackson -- 3.5m

10. "The Immaculate Collection" (1990), Madonna -- 3.4m
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 04:33 PM   #2
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Well, Queen were good, although they should have got 2nd place really, but at least our boys weren't upstaged by someone totally crap. I must say though, I'm disappointed with Pink Floyd only coming in at 6th :(
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Yea, I'm not so sure about this list..
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Old Nov 17, 2006, 12:54 AM   #4
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Queens Greatest Hits is a great album as is Sgt Pepper so its a tough call!
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Old Nov 17, 2006, 02:27 AM   #5
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Beatles can however claim the non-compilation albums winning title. I'm sure that the remaining Queen members would allow it. Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Freddie Mercury too were big Beatles fans.
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Yeah i dont know, would a greatest hits collection count? Apparently it did. Whatev. At least the beatles were 2nd
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The suspicion here is that sales from Queen's repackaged Greatest Hits & Greatest Hits 11 and The Platinum Collection which included their 3 Greatest Hits have been included.
The Beatles may still be Number 1!
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The suspicion here is that sales from Queen's repackaged Greatest Hits & Greatest Hits 11 and The Platinum Collection which included their 3 Greatest Hits have been included.
The Beatles may still be Number 1!
Well it's a good suspicion but nobody can tell how many times you are allowed to purchase the GH1. I know that the Greatest Hits 1 had sold multi platinum in Britain already in the early nineties.
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Robson and Jerome, Jason Donovan, Maroon 5, Pink, Norah Jones, Craig David, Terence Trent D'Arby, Boyzone and the "South Pacific" soundtrack are among those keeping the likes of Dylan and the Stones out of the top 100.

Ah- the great British Public Eh? Shame on us !!!
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There may also be a sociological reason for junk like Boyzone over-shadowing Stones and Dylan on charts; people today have more money to spend on records than they had in the sixties and it has become a hobby of much larger audience. The old people don't still buy any records because they are satisfied to phone to the BBC if they happen to note a bared leg somewhere.
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