Yesterday, 13th October was National Album Day and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper was crowned the UK’s all-time favourite studio album.

Coldplay claim 3 albums in the all-time Top 40

The Beatles’ classic record Sgt. Pepper’s has been crowned the British public’s all-time favourite studio album, according to a brand new chart.

The ground-breaking 1967 LP strides home with 5.34 million combined sales at the top of the all-time Official Studio Albums Chart, which has been compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark Saturday 13th October 2018 very first National Album Day celebrations.

The confirmation further cements the position of Sir Paul McCartney as the most successful albums artist in UK chart history, racking up 22 Number 1 albums across his illustrious career (15 with The Beatles, 2 with Wings, 4 solo and 1 with Linda McCartney).

The honour was confirmed when the brand new chart was counted down Saturday, October 13 during a special National Album Day edition of Pick Of The Pops hosted by Paul Gambaccini which was broadcast by BBC Radio 2. The full Top 40 is available, with all key data, on

The chart – which ranks albums by combining physical sales, downloads and streams in the UK – reflects album sales of 135 million across more than 60 years.

It is topped by an eclectic Top 5 which accounts for approaching 25 million sales on its own, reflecting the music from five different decades.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (to give it it’s full name) is the only album from the Sixties to make the list, along with six albums from the Seventies, six from the Eighties and eight from the Nineties. The first decade of the new Millennium (2000s) claims most places, with 14 albums, while five albums from the current decade made the list.

The act with most albums in the Top 40 list is Coldplay. Five acts claim two albums in the list – Adele, Dido, Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble and Michael Jackson. In total 33 different acts are represented in the chart.

The 40 albums have, between them, notched 343 weeks at Number 1 in the Official Albums Chart, with Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 classic Bridge Over Troubled Water claiming the longest spell, a total of 33 weeks. Sgt. Pepper’s follows just behind with 28 weeks, ahead of Adele’s 21 on 23 weeks.

The highest ranking album *not* to reach the number 1 spot is Pink Floyd’s 1973 titles Dark Side Of The Moon – it is one of three albums in the rundown which never claimed the top spot, along with Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell (peaked at #9) and Jeff Wayne’s 1978 album War Of The Worlds (peaked at #5).

Some 25 of the Top 40 are accounted for by British acts, 8 are by US artists, 4 by Canadian acts and 2 by Irish acts; the remaining album is by the US/UK band Fleetwood Mac.

Across the list, 18 are credited to bands, 12 to male artists and 10 to females.

The Official Studio Albums Chart – All-time

POS        TITLE                                                                                    ARTIST                 YEAR    PEAK     SALES

1              SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND       BEATLES             1967       1              5,34M    UK

2              21                                                                                           ADELE                  2011       1              5,11M    UK

3              WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY                  OASIS                    1995       1              4,94M    UK

4              THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                PINK FLOYD       1973       2              4,47M    UK

5              THRILLER                                                            MICHAEL JACKSON        1982       1              4,47M    US

6              BROTHERS IN ARMS                                                      DIRE STRAITS   1985       1              4,35M    UK

7              BAD                                                                       MICHAEL JACKSON        1987       1              4,14M    US

8              RUMOURS                                                           FLEETWOOD MAC           1977       1          4,09M  UK/ US

9              BACK TO BLACK                                              AMY WINEHOUSE           2006       1              3,93M    UK

10           25                                                                           ADELE                                  2015       1              3,50M    UK


© Official Charts Company




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