The UK’s top selling albums of the decade

Adele 21 album cover

Adele’s 21 has sold just over 4,751,000 copies in the last 5 years which makes it UK’s biggest selling album of the decade to date. Her second studio album spent a full 23 weeks at Number 1, the Official Chart Company has revealed

Take That’s 2010 release, Progress, comes in at the Number 2 spot with over 2,374,000 sales since its 2010 release.

A festive release completes the top 3 – Michael Buble’s Christmas, sold 2,216,000 copies this decade. The album reenters the Top 10 every year since its 2011 release, spending 31 weeks in the Top 40 so far.

Emeli Sande’s debut Our Version Of Events is not only the fourth best selling album of this decade but also holds the record for the longest reign in the Top 10 of any debut album, beating The Beatles’ debut Please Please Me

6 artists – Rihanna, Pink, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Michael Buble each have managed to place two albums on the list below.

40 best selling artist albums of the 2010s:

1. Adele – ‘21’
2. Take That – ‘Progress’
3. Michael Buble – ‘Christmas’
4. Emeli Sande – ‘Our Version Of Events’
5. Ed Sheeran – ‘X’
6. Ed Sheeran – ‘+’
7. Rihanna – ‘Loud’
8. Michael Buble – ‘Crazy Love’
9. Sam Smith – ‘In The Lonely Hour’
10. Bruno Mars – ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’
11. Adele – ‘19’
12. Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’
13. Coldplay – ‘Mylo Xyloto’
14. Mumford and Sons – ‘Sigh No More’
15. Plan B – ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’
16. Olly Murs – ‘Right Place Right Time’
17. Jessie J – ‘Who You Are’
18. Katy Perry – ‘Teenage Dream’
19. Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’
20. One Direction – ‘Up All Night’
21. Olly Murs – ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’
22. Mumford and Sons – ‘Babel’
23. Ellie Goulding – ‘Halcyon’
24. Rihanna – ‘Talk Talk Talk’
25. George Ezra – ‘Wanted On Voyage’
26. Paolo Nutini – ‘Sunny Side Up’
27. Lana Del Rey – ‘Born To Die’
28. One Direction – ‘Take Me Home’
29. Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way’
30. Bruno Mars – ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’
31. Bon Jovi – ‘Greatest Hits’
32. Eminem – ‘Recovery’
33. Kings Of Leon – ‘Come Around Sundown’
34. Alicia Keys – ‘The Element Of Freedom’
35. Pink – ‘Greatest Hits So Far’
36. One Direction – ‘Midnight Memories’
37. Pink – ‘The Truth About Love’
38. Calvin Harris – ‘18 Months’
39. Amy Winehouse – ‘Lioness – Hidden Treasures’
40. Olly Murs – ‘Olly Murs’

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