Queen’s Greatest Hits named UK’s best-selling album of all time

Queen became the first act in the UK to sell seven million copies of an album.

The ‘Greatest Hits’ collection of rock legends from 1981 is owned by 1 in 4 households in the UK, the Official Charts Company has announced.

Guitarist Brian May said: “No album has done this before in history.

“Thank you, we appreciate it.”

Drummer Roger Taylor said: “The British public and its infinitely good taste made this album the biggest selling album in history.

“Thank you very much; we are touched and honored. We salute you!”

The LP beat ABBA’s 1992 “Gold” compilation by one million copies.

Martin Talbot, Managing Director of Official Charts, commented: “When it was first released in 1981, career-spanning packages such as Greatest Hits were relatively rare, the preserve of only very big bands.

“There’s no doubt that its enormous success did as much as any other release to transform hit packages into the ubiquitous album concept that they are today.”

In 2014 Queen’s collection reached six million copies, but now audio streams are included, with 1,000 streams representing a single sale.

The ‘We Will Rock You’ hitmakers have amassed 1.26 billion total streams in the UK, while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been streamed 240 million times.

The iconic band – which was fronted by the late Freddie Mercury, until his death in 1991, and now performs with Adam Lambert on lead vocals – joins the late King of Pop Michael Jackson as the only band to make it to the top 10 list. twice.

Queen’s 1991 “Greatest Hits II” sold four million copies, ranking 10th, while Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Bad” albums ranked sixth and ninth, respectively.

The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Adele’s “21,” “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” by Oasis, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” and Dire Straits’ “Brother In Arms” also made the list of the UK’s best-selling albums of all time.

UK’s best-selling albums of all time:

1. Queen – “Greatest Hits”

2. Abba – ‘Gold’

3. The Beatles – ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

4. Adele – ’21’

5. Oasis – ‘(What’s the story) Morning Glory?’

6. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

7. Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”

8. Dire Straits – “Brothers in Arms”

9. Michael Jackson – “Bad”

10. Queen – “Greatest Hits II”