Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles has been crowned as the favorite studio album in Britain. The 1967 LP, reissued last year in a new box-set form, has home sales that exceed those of rival titles by Adele, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac and Amy Winehouse.
Sgt. Pepper has 5.34 million combined sales, meaning physical purchases, downloads and streams. It tops a new list compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark the National Album Day celebrations on October 13.
Sir Paul McCartney, 76, who has just been in the charts with Egypt Station, is confirmed as the most successful albums artist in U.K. chart history, with 22 No. 1 albums across his career – 15 with the Beatles, two with Wings, four solo and one with Linda McCartney.
The chart reflects album sales of 135 million across more than 60 years. The top 5 sold about 25 million alone. Adele’s 21 is in second place (released in 2011 with 5.11 million sales). The Oasis album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is in third place (1995, 4.94 million), followed by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973, 4.47 million), and Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983, 4.47 million).
In the top 40, the decade best represented is the first of the new Millennium, with 14 albums. The act with most albums is Coldplay, with three, while Adele, Dido, Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé and Michael Jackson have two each.