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Sgt Pepper tops the nation's favourite albums list


Category: Radio 2

Date: 28.08.2006
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The Beatles' Sgt Pepper is the nation's favourite number one album

 

Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon tops the Best Of The Rest list

 

More than 220,000 votes were received from the public

 

The Beatles' 1967 seminal album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been overwhelmingly voted the British public's favourite number one album of all time as part of a poll to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Official UK Album Chart.

 

The Radio 2 Music Club Top 100 Albums - a full run down of the Top 100 albums - was broadcast today on BBC Radio 2 (Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, 2.00-5.00pm), presented by Simon Mayo.

 

Since the inception of the Official Albums Chart in 1956, there have been 787 number one albums.

 

The nation was invited to vote for its favourite number one album of all time via The Official UK Charts Company website - www.theofficialcharts.com - and bbc.co.uk/radio2.

 

Simon Mayo says: "It is a very impressive list and no surprise at all that Sgt Pepper is at the top. It revolutionised music and what we expect from an album. A fine choice indeed."

 

Darren Haynes, Brand Marketing Manager, The Official UK Charts Company, says: "The list of number one albums is instantly interesting because it highlights the fact that such classics as Dark Side Of The Moon, Bat Out Of Hell, Ziggy Stardust and Hotel California failed to reach the number one slot."

 

Knowing that these would be huge favourites with the voting public, The Official UK Charts Company and Radio 2 also asked the public to vote for a further 10 albums that did not reach number one in The Official UK Albums Chart.

 

Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, which peaked at number two in 1973, wins the title in the Best of the Rest list.

 

Darren adds: "With over 220,000 votes received from the great British public, this is the most definitive record of the nation's favourite albums to date."

 

Notes to Editors

 

A full list of the top 100 albums is available on the Radio 2 Music Club website via a link on the right-hand side of this page.

 

The Official Albums Chart began on 28 July 1956

 

There have been 787 number one albums since 1956

 

In total 220,741 votes were received

 

8,489 non-number one albums also received votes

 

2,636 individual artists received votes: male solo 49% ; female solo: 20%; groups: 31%

 

The Top 100 album breakdown by decade:

Fifties - none;

Sixties - - 11 albums;

Seventies - 24 albums;

Eighties - 24 albums;

Nineties - 21 albums;

21st century - 20 albums

 

There were 201 votes between Sgt Pepper at number one and Michael Jackson's Thriller at number two

 

Dark Side Of The Moon was the top album in the Best Of The Rest list

 

Favourite typos and mistakes from the British public...

 

1. "Dark Side of The Room" by Pink "FLID"

 

2. "The Joshua Three" by U2

 

3. "Blonde On The Tracks" by Bob Dylan

 

4. "Bridge of Sighs" by T'Pau

 

5. "London's Burning" by The Clash

 

6. "Wuthering Heights" (that famous Kate Bush album)

 

7. "Achtung Bono" by U2

 

8. Favourite bands: "Codplay"; "Oink Floyd"

 

Background

 

The Official UK Charts Company is a joint venture between BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and BARD (British Association of Record Dealers) and is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK's Official music charts.

 

Sales information is supplied by more than 5,500 retailers including all the major high street music retail chains, independent record stores, supermarkets and internet retailers.

 

This market research sample equates to 98% of the total UK singles market.

 

Simon Mayo presents The Album Chart Show on BBC Radio 2, Mondays, 7.00-8.00pm.

 

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Date: 28.08.2006
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