ABBA Gold is UK’s biggest selling CD

‘Gold’ – the best selling CD of all time in the UK

Visit any home in the UK and among the CD collection, you are more likely to find ABBA’s Gold CD than any other CD by any other artist. Yes, Gold has clocked up 4,038,000 sales on CD, making it the first CD ever to break through the 4 million sales barrier and placing it ahead of every other CD released in the UK. Ever.

Hot on ABBA’s heels and in second place is Adele’s all-conquering 21, released relatively recently in January 2011 and clocking up more than 3.5m CD sales to date.

Here is the Top 30 best selling CDs in the UK as announced on 1 October 2012 on the 30th anniversary of the Compact Disc:

1. GOLD – ABBA – 4,038,000
2. 21 – ADELE – 3,553,000
3. (WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? – OASIS – 3,425,000
4. BACK TO BLACK – AMY WINEHOUSE – 3,225,000
5. BACK TO BEDLAM – JAMES BLUNT – 3,209,000
6. NO ANGEL – DIDO – 2,031,000
7. COME ON OVER -SHANIA TWAIN – 3,026,000
8. SPIRIT – LEONA LEWIS – 2,951,000
9. URBAN HYMNS – THE VERVE – 2,904,000
10. WHITE LADDER – DAVID GRAY – 2,863,000
11. LIFE FOR RENT – DIDO – 2,857,000
12. 1 – THE BEATLES – 2,854,000
13. A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD – COLDPLAY – 2,755,000
14. BEAUTIFUL WORLD – TAKE THAT – 2,735,000
15. HOPES AND FEARS – KEANE – 2,732,000
16. CRAZY LOVE – MICHAEL BUBLE – 2,724,000
17. SCISSOR SISTERS – SCISSOR SISTERS – 2,652,000
18. TALK ON CORNERS – THE CORRS 2,651,000
19. X & Y – COLDPLAY – 2,608,000
20. THE MAN WHO – TRAVIS – 2,553,000
21. PARACHUTES – COLDPLAY – 2,474,000
22. THE FAME – LADY GAGA – 2,476,000
23. COME AWAY WITH ME – NORAH JONES – 2,471,000
24. ONLY BY THE NIGHT – KINGS OF LEON – 2,399,000
25. I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 2,377,000
26. GREATEST HITS – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 2,269,000
27. SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 2,232,000
28. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP – EMINEM – 2,231,000
29. EYES OPEN – SNOW PATROL – 2,249,000
30. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…..- GEORGE MICHAEL – 2,203,000

Thank you to Colin for the facts and figures!

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One Reply to “ABBA Gold is UK’s biggest selling CD”

  1. Many people have asked why ‘The Immaculate Collection’,
    by Madonna, is not in the Top 30 UK CD’s List. It is the 11th
    ‘All Time’ Best Selling Album, here, with over 3,550,000 copies
    sold. It is the 31st Best Selling CD, with just under 2,200,000
    CD’s sold. So, it just missed out on a place in the List.

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