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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
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
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"
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
This market research sample equates to 98% of the total UK
Simon Mayo presents The Album Chart Show on BBC Radio 2, Mondays, 7.00-8.00pm.
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