The Top 100 Selling Albums of the Decade (UK)

By Live4ever - Posted on 30 Dec 2009 at 6:42pm



Before you let your dad read this list you might want to have him sit down. His beloved Beatles don’t appear in the top 5 and he probably won’t recognize most of the artists on here, unless your dad is really cool or he works in the industry ….

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[01] BACK TO BEDLAM – James Blunt (2004)
[02] NO ANGEL – Dido (1999)
[03] BACK TO BLACK – Amy Winehouse (2006)
[04] SPIRIT – Leona Lewis (2007)
[05] WHITE LADDER – David Gray (1998)
[06] 1 – Beatles (2000)
[07] LIFE FOR RENT – Dido (2003)
[08] A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD – Coldplay (2002)
[09] SCISSOR SISTERS – Scissor Sisters (2004)
[10] BEAUTIFUL WORLD – Take That (2006)

[11] HOPES AND FEARS – Keane (2004)
[12] X&Y – Coldplay (2005)
[13] PARACHUTES – Coldplay (2000)
[14] COME AWAY WITH ME – Norah Jones (2002)
[15] EYES OPEN – Snow Patrol (2006)
[16] THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP – Eminem (2000)
[17] SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING – Robbie Williams (2001)
[18] ONLY BY THE NIGHT – Kings Of Leon (2008)
[19] GREATEST HITS – Robbie Williams (2004)
[20] SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING – Robbie Williams (2000)

[21] ROCKFERRY – Duffy (2008)
[22] ESCAPOLOGY – Robbie Williams (2002)
[23] THE CIRCUS – Take That (2008)
[24] GOLD – GREATEST HITS – Abba (1992/1999)
[25] AMERICAN IDIOT – Green Day (2004)
[26] HOT FUSS – The Killers (2004)
[27] EMPLOYMENT – Kaiser Chiefs (2005)
[28] BY THE WAY – Red Hot Chili Peppers (2002)
[29] STRIPPED – Christina Aguilera (2002)
[30] SONGS ABOUT JANE – Maroon 5 (2002)

[31] JUSTIFIED – Justin Timberlake (2002)
[32] GREATEST HITS – Texas (2000)
[33] NEVER FORGET – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION – Take That (2005)
[34] CALL OFF THE SEARCH – Katie Melua (2003)
[35] BORN TO DO IT – Craig David (2000)
[36] NUMBER 1S – Michael Jackson (2003)
[37] MISSUNDAZTOOD – Pink (2001)
[38] PLAY – Moby (1999)
[39] JUST ENOUGH EDUCATION TO PERFORM – Stereophonics (2001)
[40] LET GO – Avril Lavigne (2002)

[41] SONGBIRD – Eva Cassidy (1998)
[42] DEMON DAYS – Gorillaz (2005)
[43] FEVER – Kylie Minogue (2001)
[44] GREATEST HITS (VOLUMES I, II & III) – Queen (2002)
[45] FINAL STRAW – Snow Patrol (2004)
[46] COAST TO COAST – Westlife (2000)
[47] FRIDAY’S CHILD – Will Young (2003)
[48] WHITNEY – THE GREATEST HITS – Whitney Houston (2000)
[49] IN TIME – THE VERY BEST OF 1988 – 2003 – R.E.M. (2003)
[50] EYE TO THE TELESCOPE – KT Tunstall (2005)

[51] GOTTA GET THRU THIS – Daniel Bedingfield (2003)
[52] MUSIC – Madonna (2000)
[53] INTENSIVE CARE – Robbie Williams (2005)
[54] LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION – Mika (2007)
[55] GOOD GIRL GONE BAD – Rihanna (2007)
[56] I DREAMED A DREAM – Susan Boyle (2009)
[57] ELV1S – 30 #1 HITS – Elvis Presley (2002)
[58] ELEPHUNK – Black Eyed Peas (2003)
[59] BREAKAWAY – Kelly Clarkson (2005)
[60] UNBREAKABLE – THE GREATEST HITS (VOLUME 1) – Westlife (2002)

[61] THE EMINEM SHOW – Eminem (2002)
[62] IL DIVO – Il Divo (2004)
[63] ESCAPE – Enrique Iglesias (2002)
[64] RAZORLIGHT – Razorlight (2006)
[65] IN BETWEEN DREAMS – Jack Johnson (2005)
[66] UNDISCOVERED – James Morrison (2006)
[67] GREATEST HITS – Guns ‘N’ Roses (2004)
[68] THE GREATEST HITS 1970 – 2002 – Elton John (2002)
[69] TA-DAH! – Scissor Sisters (2006)
[70] SAM’S TOWN – Killers (2006)

[71] CONFESSIONS – Usher (2004)
[72] THE STORY SO FAR – THE BEST OF – Rod Stewart (2001)
[73] PERMISSION TO LAND – Darkness (2003)
[74] ONE LOVE – Blue (2002)
[75] INSIDE IN/INSIDE OUT – Kooks (2006)
[76] DREAMS CAN COME TRUE – THE GREATEST HITS – Gabrielle (2001)
[77] HYBRID THEORY – Linkin Park (2001)
78] STOP THE CLOCKS – Oasis (2006)
[79] MY WAY – THE BEST OF FRANK SINATRA – Frank Sinatra (1997)
[80] RONAN – Ronan Keating (2000)

[81] THE FAME – Lady GaGa (2009)
[82] CONFESSIONS ON A DANCEFLOOR – Madonna (2005)
[83] FACE TO FACE – Westlife (2005)
[84] WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT – Arctic Monkeys (2006)
[85] PIECE BY PIECE – Katie Melua (2005)
[86] FALLEN – Evanescence (2003)
[87] I’M NOT DEAD – P!NK (2006)
[88] ALL RISE – Blue (2001)
[89] FOREVER FAITHLESS – THE GREATEST HITS – Faithless (2005)
[90] CURTAIN CALL – THE HITS – Eminem (2005)

[91] VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS – Coldplay (2008)
[92] THE MAN WHO – Travis (1999)
[93] FRANZ FERDINAND – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
[94] P.C.D. – Pussycat Dolls (2005)
[95] RISE – Gabrielle (2000)
[96] HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB – U2 (2004)
[97] THE INVISIBLE BAND – Travis (2001)
[98] 10 YEARS OF HITS – Ronan Keating (2004)
[99] ANASTACIA – Anastacia (2004)
[100] A NEW DAY AT MIDNIGHT – David Gray (2002)

Source: The Official UK Charts Company



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8 comments

  1. anonymous

    Was Back to Bedlam a worthy enough album or were we just really apathetic consumers in the noughties ?

  2. Caro

    Honestly I am not surprised at all by this list. We all knew at some point or another that those were bestselling CDs. James Blunt and Dido ranking so high is unfortunate. It shows people like sappy and characterless music.
    Eventhough I am not a fan, Amy Whinehouse, Scissor Sister and Coldplay’s AROBTTH deserve good rankings. Then no surprise, US and UK’s biggest acts are well represented.I’m glad to see a little bit of rock and decent pop. I guess people get nostalgic too (Abba, Michael Jackson and a bunch of greatest hits CDs).

    As a final note I find it shocking that the Darkness land a spot on the list, they’re horrific. Oh yeah not one Muse album, what the hell is wrong with you UK people?!

  3. Songbird 11

    i think R.E.M. – In Time is an excellent best of cd,even for those non fans,i guess 78 for STC is okay,though it should be in the top 20 imo.the thing is although im forever saying this is Most oasis fans dont buy them so who else will?

    i dont get why a fan wont pay £5 for an oasis cd,they’re all on sale at HMV right now,im not saying the usual to be a fan you have to own everything etc … im not but if you true fans all bought their cds im sure they’d sell like they used to.

    most of you will go on & say who cares about sales,it’s about caring as a fan,i always say to people get your oasis cd albums,turn the cases over & look at the tracklisting for each album then compare to any band right now ….

    since 94 to now they’ve easily made the best songs which is why they were huge in the 90’s.I guess i’ve gone all off track lol.

  4. The Importance

    I guess this just shows that those who buy music really hate themselves.

  5. Mogly

    It’s amazing that STC sold more copies than Viva la Vida

  6. Idol

    What, no Nickelback? 🙁

  7. OH

    oh please give me a break, nickelback?!



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