The Beatles Top the U.K.'s All-Time Sales Chart
The Official Charts Company releases sales data for biggest selling groups, males and females for the 60 years of the charts' existence.
LONDON -- The Beatles is the biggest selling groups of all time in the U.K. occupying the top spot after racking up a whopping 22.1 million in combined sales, according to the Official Charts Company.
This makes the quartet of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr not only the biggest selling group in the history of the Official Singles Chart, but with a 400,000 lead over Elvis, it also the biggest selling act of all time too.
To date, The Beatles have had 31 Top 40 hits (including 17 official number one singles).
The UK’s second biggest selling singles group of all time is Queen.
The quartet have a combined sales total of 12.8 million singles, and their biggest selling track is "Bohemian Rhapsody", whose chart success began with occupying the top spot for nine weeks and selling over a million copies on release in 1975.
Following the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury in November 1991, "Rhapsody" returned to the top of the Official Singles Chart for five weeks, selling nearly a million copies again, making it the only single to become an official Christmas number one on two separate occasions and claim the top spot in four different calendar years (1975, 1976, 1991 and 1992).
Swedish supergroup ABBA is third with a combined sales total of 11.3 million copies.
The Top 5 is rounded out by The Rolling Stones wtih a combined sales total of 10.1 million singles and Oasis with a 9.079 million combined single sales tally.
For the best selling males, Elvis Presley led the field with his 21.7 million combined sales tally.
Perhaps surprisingly, British crooner Cliff Richard is second behind the King with 21.5 million, while Michael Jackson noses into third with 15.5 million, just ahead of Elton John's 15 million and fourth place.
David Bowie rounds out the top five with 10.7 million.
Madonna is the U.K.'s biggest selling female singles artist of all time, posting a combined sales total of 17.8 million.
Madonna hit the top spot, having made her British chart debut in January 1984 with "Holiday," ahead of Rihanna with 11.4 million combined single sales to her name.
But the Official Charts Company is quick to point out that given the 24-year-old Bajan superstar has sold three million singles in the last 12 months alone, she may catch "her madge-sty" as the all time chart topper.
In third is Kylie Minogue, with 10.2 million single sales, aead of Whitney Houston's 8.5 million tally and Lady Gaga's 7.33 million.
The Charts compilers released three high profile charts as it readies to celebrate the 60th year of the Official Singles Chart.
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR
- Colbert To Denver Post's Marijuana Editor, Ricardo Baca: 'Are You A Cop?'
- Yeezy Taught Me: How To Impress Barbara Walters
- Conversations with Alonzo Bodden and Spyro Gyra's Jay Beckenstein, Plus Exclusives by Make-A-Wish, Placido Domingo, Placido Domingo Jr and Danielle de Niese
- Tracy Letts Hopes 'August: Osage County' Wins 'Every F--king Thing'