Radio 2 reveals top 40 albums since 1956

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."Tony Blackburn
Date: 09.04.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: Radio 2
In his BBC Radio 2 show today presenter Tony Blackburn will reveal that The Greatest Hits by Queen is the UK’s number one best-selling album since 1956.

The album topped the charts for four consecutive weeks and remained on the UK best sellers’ list for a total of 476 weeks.

The top 40 chart run down, to be broadcast on Tony Blackburn with the UK’s Best Selling Albums, was compiled for Radio 2 by the Official Charts Company.

Just missing out on the number one position is The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with another of their albums, 1, appearing later in the chart. The rest of the top five consists of Abba Gold - Greatest Hits at number three, Oasis’ - What’s The Story Morning Glory at number four, and at number five Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which won a record breaking eight Grammy’s at the 1984 ceremony.

“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,” said Tony Blackburn.

“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. Listeners are in for a real treat. There’s something for everyone in the chart and it’ll be the perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.”

The only female to have two of her albums in the chart is British songwriter Dido, with both 2001’s No Angel and her consecutive album, Life For Rent, making the cut.

Surprisingly, Elvis hasn’t made the chart and only one film soundtrack appears in the list – that of the 1987 legendary film, Dirty Dancing.

The top 40 UK album list is:

40. X&Y (2005) – Coldplay

39. THE MAN WHO (1999) – Travis

38. THE WAR OF THE WORLD (1978) - Jeff Wayne

37. ONLY BY THE NIGHT (2008) - The Kings of Leon

36. SCISSOR SISTERS (2004) - Scissor Sisters

35. BUT SERIOUSLY (1989) - Phil Collins

34. THE JOSHUA TREE (1987) - U2

33. HOPES AND FEARS (2004) - Keane

32. A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD (2002) – Coldplay

31. THE FAME (2008) - Lady Gaga

30. BEAUTIFUL WORLD (2006) - Take That

29. LIFE FOR RENT (2003) - Dido

28. CRAZY LOVE (2009) - Michael Bublé

27. SPICE - The Spice Girls

26. WHITE LADDER(1998) - David Gray

25. TALK ON CORNERS (1997) - The Corrs

24. 1 (2000) - The Beatles

23. DIRTY DANCING (1987) - Original Soundtrack

22. BAT OUT OF HELL (1977) - Meat Loaf

21. LEGEND (1984) - Bob Marley & The Wailers

20. SPIRIT (2007) - Leona Lewis

19. NO ANGEL (2001) - Dido

18. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (1970) - Simon & Garfunkel

17. URBAN HYMNS (1997) - The Verve

16. BACK TO BEDLAM (2005) - James Blunt

15. COME ON OVER (1997) - Shania Twain

14. RUMOURS (1977) - Fleetwood Mac

13. STARS - Simply Red

12. BACK TO BLACK (2006) - Amy Winehouse

11. THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION (1990) - Madonna

10. GREATEST HITS II (1991) - Queen

9. BAD (1987) - Michael Jackson

8. THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (1973) - Pink Floyd

7. BROTHERS IN ARMS (1985) - Dire Straits

6. 21 (2011) - Adele

5. THRILLER (1982) - Michael Jackson

4. WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY (1995) - Oasis

3. GOLD-GREATEST HITS (1992) - Abba

2. SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEART’S CLUB BAND (1967) - The Beatles

1. GREATEST HITS (1981) - Queen

Tony Blackburn with the UK’s Best Selling Albums will be broadcast on Monday, April 9 between 4pm and 7pm on BBC Radio 2.

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