These are the UK’s 40 fastest-selling records of the century

Written by on March 29, 2021

The UK’s top 40 fastest-selling albums of the century has been announced by Official Charts.

Measured by vinyl sales during the first week of release, the number one record is Arctic Monkeys’ 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, which sold 24,500 records in its first week. The Sheffield band’s recent live album — Live at the Royal Albert Hall — also made the list, in sixth place.

Lana Del Rey also set a record for the fastest-selling record by a female artist, with her new album Chemtrails Over The Country Club selling 16,700 units.

Other artists who made the list include Idles, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, and Radiohead.

The list also reflect the growth of vinyl sales, and follow’s the British Phonographic Industry’s recent projection that spending on vinyl in 2021 will surpass CDs for the first time since 1987.

Check out the full list of the UK’s 40 fastest-selling albums below.

The top 40 fastest-selling vinyl albums of the century:

1. Artist Monkeys — Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
2. Liam Gallagher — Why Me Why Not
3. Lana Del Rey — Chemtrails Over The Country Club
4. Liam Gallagher — As You Were
5. Idles — Ultra Mono
6. Arctic Monkeys — Live At The Royal Albert Hall
7. Ed Sheeran — Divide
8. Kylie Minogue — Disco
9. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds — Who Built The Moon
10. David Bowie — Blackstar
11. AC/DC — Power Up
12. Foo Fighters — Medicine at Midnight
13. Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool
14. Liam Gallagher — MTV Unplugged
15. Fontaines DC — A Hero’s Death
16. Harry Styles — Fine Line
17. Taylor Swift — Folklore
18. Paul McCartney — McCartney III
19. Lady Gaga — Chromatic
20. The 1975 — A Brief Inquiry Into Online
21. Sam Fender — Hypersonic Missiles
22. Biffy Clyro — A Celebration of Endings
23. The Who — Who
24. The Last Shadow Puppets — Everything You’ve Come to Expect
25. Lewis Capaldi — Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
26. The 1975 — Notes On A Conditional Form
27. Morrissey — Low In High School
28. Bob Dylan — Rough And Rowdy Ways
29. Pink Floyd — The Endless River
30. Coldplay — Everyday Live
31. Queens of the Stone Age — Villains
32. Foals — Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (part 2)
33. Foals — Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (part 1(
34. Gerry Cinnamon — The Bonny
35. Kylie Minogue — Golden
36. Yungblud — Weird
37. Paul Weller — On Sunset
38. Royal Blood — How Did It Get So Dark
39. Bruce Springsteen — Letter To You
40. Bruce Springsteen — Western Stars


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