The top 10 best-selling albums also includes Queen’s 1991 Greatest Hits II at No. 10. The original 1981 album has so far sold in excess of 5.8m copies, some 800k copies more than the 2nd placed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from The Beatles.
Last year’s 21 from Adele is the only recent album to feature in the Top 10 making it in at 6th place although Amy Winehouse made it to 12th place with 2006’s Back to Black.
Apart from Queen, Michael Jackson was the only other artist to get 2 albums into the Top 10 with Thriller at No. 5 and Bad at No. 9. Even The Beatles could not manage 2 Top albums as their next highest selling album after Sgt Pepper was the 2000 release of 1 which made it into No.24.
There were a number of other surprises with no place in the Top 40 for either Elvis or The Rolling Stones and Leona Lewis’ 2007 album Spirit coming in at 20th position.
The Top 40 UK albums of All-Time Chart was compiled by the Official Charts Company for the BBC and was presented in a special Bank Holiday Monday show by veteran dj Tony Blackburn on Radio 2 today between 4pm and 7pm.
Here is the Top 20 Best Selling UK albums of All-Time from the list:
1. Greatest Hits (1981) Queen
2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) The Beatles
3. Gold (1992) Abba
4. What’s The Story (1995) Oasis
5. Thriller (1982) Michael Jackson
6. 21 (2011) Adele
7. Brothers In Arms (1985) Dire Straits
8. Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) Pink Floyd
9. Bad (1987) Michael Jackson
10. Greatest Hits II (1991) Queen
11. The Immaculate Collection (1990) Madonna
12. Back To Black (2006) Amy Winehouse
13. Stars (1991) Simply Red
14. Rumours (1977) Fleetwood Mac
15. Come On Over (1997) Shania Twain
16. Back To Bedlam (2005) James Blunt
17. Urban Hymns (1997) The Verve
18. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) Simon and Garfunkel
19. No Angel (2001) Dido
20. Spirit (2007) Leona Lewis
Danny was best-known before The Voice for being the singer for band The Script. Their best-selling single so far is 2010’s For The First Time.
He has hinted on The Voice that he was in a less successful band before The Script and the popularity of Danny and the show has got people digging out some more info on his past. It turns out that his guilty secret is a place in Irish boyband Mytown who were formed in 1996 and look to be far from the cool crowd that Danny hangs around with these days.
He seems to get on very well with fellow mentors will.i.am, Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones. He sits next to 71-year old Welsh singing legend Tom and enjoys giving him a hard time about his age.
31-year old Danny says he is not intimidated by Sir Tom’s experience: “I wouldn’t mistake youth for inexperience. Everything I’ve worked for in the last 15 years has put me in a position where I don’t feel scared”. Tom was 40 when I was born and I remind him of that at every opportunity. Then he reminds me of the 40 million more records he’s sold!”
One of the reasons that Danny took on the role of mentor on The Voice is that he hoped the exposure he gained on the show would help The Script. This certainly seems to be happening as The Script’s albums both re-entered the charts after the first week of the show. Also 4 of the band’s singles went back into the singles chart at the same time.
There was a fear that Danny would struggle on the show as he took on the role originally meant for Will Young but his performances so far show that this fear was definitely unfounded.