The Official Charts Company have named Abba’s Greatest Hits collection, Gold, as the best-selling album in the compact disc format, selling half a million more than Adele’s second place album, 21.
To celebrate the CD format's 30th anniversary the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) have compiled a list of the top selling albums and the 1992 album that has pipped the likes of Adele, Oasis and The Beatles.
Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad formed Abba in 1972 and spent ten years at the top of the pop market before splitting in 1982. With hits like ‘Mamma Mia’, Dancing Queen’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’ Abba had nine UK No.1s. The 19 track Gold album has sold 4.04 million copies to date in the UK going 13 times platinum in 20 years.
Despite the rise of downloads and file sharing, two thirds of albums are still sold on CDs and with over 28million sales of the album worldwide, it is no surprise the 1974 Eurovision Song contest winners greatest hits collection tops the list.
You can check out the albums that made the Top 30 on the list below.
1. Gold: Greatest Hits - Abba (1992) - 4.04m
2. 21 - Adele (2011) - 3.55m
3. What’s The Story Morning Glory - Oasis (1995) - 3.43m
4. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse (2006) - 3.23m
5. Back To Bedlam - James Blunt (2004) - 3.21m
6. No Angel - Dido (2000) - 3.03m
7. Come On Over - Shania Twain (1997) - 3.03m
8. Spirit - Leona Lewis (2007) - 2.95m
9. Urban Hymns - The Verve (1997) - 2.90m
10. White Ladder - David Gray (2000) - 2.88m
11. Life For Rent - Dido (2003) - 2.86m
12. 1 (one) - The Beatles (2000) - 2.85m
13. A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay (2000) - 2.76m
14. Beautiful World - Take That (2006) - 2.74m
15. Hopes And Fears - Keane (2007) - 2.73m
16. Crazy Love - Michael Buble (2009) - 2.73m
17. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters (2004) - 2.71m
18. Talk On Corners - The Corrs (1997) - 2.65m
19. X&Y - Coldplay (2005) - 2.61m
20. The Man Who - Travis (1999) - 2.55m
21. Parachutes - Coldplay (2000) - 2.48m
22. The Fame - Lady Gaga (2009) - 2.48m
23. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones (2002) - 2.47m
24. Only By The Night - Kings of Leon (2008) - 2.40m
25. I’ve Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams (1998) - 2.38m
26. Greatest Hits - Robbie Williams (2004) - 2.27m
27. Swing When You’re Winning - Robbie Williams (2001) - 2.32m
28. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (2000) - 2.23m
29. Eyes Open - Snow Patrol (2006) - 2.22m
30. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of... - George Michael (1998) - 2.20m
Source: Official Charts Company