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Queen head all-time sales chart
Queen in their 1970s heyday
Queen have two greatest hits collections in the Top 10
Queen's first Greatest Hits album has topped a rundown of the UK's Top 100 best sellers, compiled by the Official Charts company for cable channel VH1.

The album, first released in 1981, has sold 5,407,587 copies - 600,000 more than its nearest rival, the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Pop star Robbie Williams has the most albums in the chart with six.

But the Rolling Stones, Sting, the Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan are among those without a single entry to their names.

Mancunian rockers Oasis, singer Michael Jackson and Canadian star Celine Dion each have three entries in the chart, which includes compilations and original soundtracks.

Jason Donovan - currently appearing in ITV1's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! - has the country's 100th best seller with his 1989 debut, 10 Good Reasons.

UK TOP 10 SELLING ALBUMS
1. Queen, Greatest Hits (5,407,587)
2. The Beatles, Sgt Pepper (4,803,292)
3. Oasis, What's The Story Morning Glory (4,304,504)
4. Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms (3,946,931)
5. Abba, Gold Greatest Hits (3,932,316)
6. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of The Moon (3,759,958)
7. Queen, Greatest Hits II (3,631,321)
8. Michael Jackson, Thriller (3,570,250)
9. Michael Jackson, Bad (3,549,950)
10. Madonna, The Immaculate Collection (3,364,785)
Queen are the only band in the chart to sell more than five million albums.

Michael Jackson's Thriller, meanwhile - the biggest selling album of all time according to the Guinness Book of Records - ranks as the UK's eighth most popular release.

Relative newcomers James Blunt and David Gray appear at 19 and 20 respectively, while Dido's first and second albums chart at 15 and 22.

Madonna is the highest ranked solo female, however, with her Immaculate Collection just making the Top 10 in tenth place.

Positions have been determined by basing sales on data ranging from current sales figures to handwritten till receipts from the 1950s.

Blur bass player Alex James will host a rundown of the chart on VH1 on Saturday.


SEE ALSO
Beatles' Pepper tops album poll
29 Aug 06 |  Entertainment
Oasis' album 'best of all time'
01 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Queen win greatest live gig poll
09 Nov 05 |  Entertainment
Queen top UK album charts league
04 Jul 05 |  Entertainment

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