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Queen Top The Charts
Their track ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has hit the top spot on numerous ‘Favourite songs ever’ compilations but Queen have now been firmly cemented as true innovators of pop as their ‘Greatest Hits’ is named the number one biggest selling album of all time.

Who better than retro DJ Tony Blackburn to count down BBC Two’s forty biggest selling albums of all-time? The chart, compiled by Britain's Official Chart Company, is topped by Queen's Greatest Hits, which has sold 5.8 million copies since its release in 1981. Second is the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with 5 million sold.

Blackburn said of the list, "This chart is a real mixed bag and I think listeners will be quite surprised. There are artists in there you would expect to see in a countdown of this nature but not necessarily at the positions that they are. I was really surprised to see who hadn't made it in. No sign of the massively successful acts like The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Diana Ross or Marvin Gaye."

The top forty:

Greatest Hits - Queen

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles

Gold - ABBA

(What's the Story) Morning Glory - Oasis

Thriller - Michael Jackson

21 - Adele

Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Bad - Michael Jackson

Greatest Hits II - Queen

The Immaculate Collection - Madonna

Back to Black - Amy Winehouse

Stars - Simply Red

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Come On Over - Shania Twain

Back to Bedlam - James Blunt

Urban Hymns - Verve

Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel

No Angel - Dido

Spirit - Leona Lewis
Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers

Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf

Dirty Dancing - Soundtrack

1 - Beatles

Talk on Corners - Corrs

White Ladder - David Gray

Spice - Spice Girls

Crazy Love - Michael Buble

Life For Rent - Dido

Beautiful World - Take That

The Fame - Lady Gaga

A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

Hopes and Fears - Keane

The Joshua Tree - U2

But Seriously - Phil Collins

Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters

Only By the Night - Kings of Leon

The War of the Worlds - Jeff Wayne

The Man Who - Travis

x&y - Coldplay

Published: 14 April 2012


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