Thirty years of CDs

Happy birthday! The compact disc celebrates its thirtieth birthday this month, just a matter of months after CD sales were finally overtaken by downloads in the USA, and also the same month that the UK singles chart turns sixty.

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has celebrated this by compiling a chart of the top 30 UK CDs of all time, which I hope they won’t mind me reproducing here:

  1. Abba – Gold (1992)
  2. Adele – 21 (2011)
  3. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
  4. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006)
  5. James Blunt – Back to Bedlam (2004)
  6. Dido – No Angel (2000)
  7. Shania Twain – Come on Over (1997)
  8. Leona Lewis – Spirit (2007)
  9. The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)
  10. David Gray – White Ladder (1998)
  11. Dido – Life for Rent (2003)
  12. The Beatles – 1 (2000)
  13. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  14. Take That – Beautiful World (2006)
  15. Keane – Hopes and Fears (2004)
  16. Michael Bublé – Crazy Love (2009)
  17. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters (2004)
  18. The Corrs – Talk on Corners (1997)
  19. Coldplay – X&Y (2005)
  20. Travis – The Man Who (1999)
  21. Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)
  22. Lady Gaga – The Fame (2008)
  23. Norah Jones – Come Away with Me (2002)
  24. Kings of Leon – Only by the Knight (2008)
  25. Robbie Williams – I’ve Been Expecting You (1998)
  26. Robbie Williams – Greatest Hits (2004)
  27. Robbie Williams – Swing When You’re Winning (2001)
  28. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  29. Snow Patrol – Eyes Open (2006)
  30. George Michael – Ladies and Gentlemen – The Best Of (1998)

Abba Gold has sold over four million copies! There are a number of interesting things about this list actually. The first thing I noticed was the British bias – by far the vast majority are British artists, which surprised me. There’s only one album older than fifteen years on there, and also only one from the last three, which says a lot about the popularity of CDs. But then there’s Adele selling 3.6 million copies of an album which came out last year, and you realise just how much hold the humble CD still has.

More at the OCC’s website here.

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