ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits has overtaken sales of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to become the UK’s second biggest selling album of all time, according to the Official Charts Company’s sales data.
While both albums have now sold over 5.1 million copies in the UK, ABBA’s 1992 ‘Best Of’ collection has nudged ahead of The Beatles’ iconic 1967 album by nearly 15,000 copies. An estimated one in five British households owns a copy of either Gold or Sgt Pepper’s.
Björn Ulvaeus said, “It feels unreal – outselling the greatest record of all time!”.
Gold, which features all nine of ABBA’s Official Singles Chart Number 1s including Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Name Of The Game, Take A Chance On Me, The Winner Takes It All and Super Trouper, has spent a total of eight weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts.
The announcement coincides with this year’s Eurovision Song Contest being held in Malmö, Sweden; ABBA famously won Eurovision in 1974 with Waterloo, which became their first ever Number 1 single on the UK’s Official Singles Chart.
Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot, said: “The British people took Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-frid to their hearts from the night that they won the Eurovision Song Contest on British soil, in Brighton, 39 years ago. So it is perhaps apt that their huge Gold hits album has reached such heady heights, all these years later.”
Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album remains the UK’s biggest selling album of all-time with 5.9 million sales. Adele’s landmark 2011 album, 21, and Oasis’ 1995 second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, complete the Top 5.
In related news, Agnetha Faltskog has scored her highest charting solo album of her career, with the new release A entering the charts at number 6. Agnetha’s previous UK best was 2004’s My Colouring Book, which peaked at Number 12.
- Official Charts Company – ‘ABBA overtake the Beatles to score UK’s second biggest selling album’
- ABBA Gold – the UK’s biggest selling CD
Thanks to Niclas Ericsson for the link.