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Connoisseurs may frown upon compilation albums, but popularity with the music buying public tells a different story.


Queen's Greatest Hits will today be unveiled as the best selling album in the UK of all time, with almost 5.5 million copies sold. Sales figures for albums dating back the last 50 years have been used to compile an official chart of the 100 top sellers. Queen beat Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, which has sold just over 4.8 million copies, into second place.


Oasis' What's The Story Morning Glory, which has shifted 4.3 million copies, takes third place.


Among the Welsh entries are two albums by the Stereophonics - Just Enough Education To Perform, which is at number 92 after selling 1,731,863 copies, and Performance And Cocktails, which has sold 1,710,522 to take 96th place.


Solva-raised David Gray makes the Top 20 after selling 2.8 million copies of White Ladder. And Kylie Minogue, whose mother is from Maesteg, is at number 56 for selling 2.1 million copies of Kylie - The Album and at number 99 for selling 1,682,387 copies of Fever.


Chart-topping band Coldplay, whose lead guitarist Jonny Buckland was brought up in Mold, has a hat-trick of entries - they make number 29 with A Rush Of Blood To The Head, X&Y is at number 41 and Parachutes at number 45.


Digital channel VH1 teamed up with the Official UK Charts Company to compile the definitive list. But Welsh record producer Rhys Mwyn warned greatest selling should not be interpreted as greatest quality album of all time.


"There's a huge difference between volume of sale and great art," he said. "Some of the best records ever made have not had particularly high sales. For example, Colossal Youth by Cardiff-based band Young Marble Giants, which was released on Rough Trade in 1979 was a seminal record but in terms of volume of sales it wouldn't make the Top 100. This doesn't stop it being a great record. Those in the top 10 are all backed by major record companies who have the marketing strength to bulldoze every chain store."


He said he was a little surprised by the number one album as it is a compilation. "I would have expected an original classical album to have sold more copies," he said. "Something like Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield is an entity in itself."


The chart was compiled after going through the archives of the Official UK Charts Company, which supplies BBC Radio 1 with figures for its weekly charts.


During the past 50 years, the charts have been compiled using everything from till receipts in the early days through to bar coding and the latest measures which include downloading from the internet.


Surprisingly, music luminaries such as Rolling Stones, Sting, The Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan do not have a single album in the top 100 and have been pipped to the post by artists such as Jason Donovan and Robson & Jerome.


Nation's Favourite Album will be broadcast by VH1 on Saturday


The UK's 100 best selling albums


1 Greatest Hits - Queen

2 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles

3 What's The Story Morning Glory - Oasis

4 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits

5 Gold: Greatest Hits - Abba

6 The Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

7 Greatest Hits II - Queen

8 Thriller - Michael Jackson

9 Bad - Michael Jackson

10 Immaculate Collection - Madonna

11 Stars - Simply Red

12 Come On Over - Shania Twain

13 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

14 Urban Hymns - Verve

15 No Angel - Dido

16 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

17 Talk On Corners - Corrs

18 Spice - Spice Girls

19 Back To Bedlam - James Blunt

20 White Ladder - David Gray

21 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf

22 Life For Rent - Dido

23 But Seriously - Phil Collins

24 1 - Beatles

25 The Man Who - Travis

26 The Joshua Tree - U2

27 Greatest Hits - Abba

28 Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield

29 A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay

30 I've Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams

31 Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

32 Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters

33 Legend - Bob Marley & The Wailers

34 Hopes And Fears - Keane

35 War Of The Worlds - Jeff Wayne's Musical Version

36 The Sound Of Music - Original Soundtrack

37 Dirty Dancing - Original Soundtrack

38 Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of - George Michael

39 Grease - Original Soundtrack

40 Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

41 X&Y - Coldplay

42 Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

43 Robson & Jerome - Robson & Jerome

44 Tango In The Night - Fleetwood Mac

45 Parachutes - Coldplay

46 Automatic For The People - REM

47 Whitney - Whitney Houston

48 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

49 Swing When You're Winning - Robbie Williams

50 Graceland - Paul Simon

51 Sing When You're Winning - Robbie Williams

52 Saturday Night Fever - Original Soundtrack

53 The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack

54 The Very Best Of - Elton John

55 Simply The Best - Tina Turner

56 Kylie: The Album - Kylie Minogue

57 Falling Into You - Celine Dion

58 Life Thru A Lens - Robbie Williams

59 Greatest Hits - Eurythmics

60 Escapology - Robbie Williams

61 Greatest Hits - Robbie Williams

62 Let's Talk About Love - Celine Dion

63 Dangerous - Michael Jackson

64 True Blue - Madonna

65 Appetite For Destruction - Guns 'n' Roses

66 No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

67 Abbey Road - Beatles

68 A New Flame - Simply Red

69 By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers

70 Can't Slow Down _ Lionel Richie

71 Songs About Jane - Maroon 5

72 Cross Road: The Best Of - Bon Jovi

73 Stripped - Christina Aguilera

74 Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel

75 Carry On Up The Charts: The Best Of - Beautiful South

76 Play - Moby

77 The Colour Of My Love - Celine Dion

78 Born To Do It - Craig David

79 The Greatest Hits - Texas

80 Nevermind - Nirvana

81 South Pacific - Original Soundtrack

82 Justified - Justin Timberlake

83 American Idiot - Green Day

84 Be Here Now - Oasis

85 Back To Front - Lionel Richie

86 Out Of Time - REM

87 Call Off The Search - Katie Melua

88 Employment - Kaiser Chiefs

89 By Request - Boyzone

90 Bat Out Of Hell II - Meat Loaf

91 Definitely Maybe - Oasis

92 Just Enough Education To Perform - Stereophonics

93 Introducing The Hardline According To... - Terence Trent D'arby

94 Missundaztood - Pink

95 Let Go - Avril Lavigne

96 Performance And Cocktails - Stereophonics

97 Older - George Michael

98 Parallel Lines - Blondie

99 Fever - Kylie Minogue

100 10 Good Reasons - Jason Donovan :stunned:



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