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Best-Selling British Musical Acts

Try to name the best-selling British bands and solo artists of all time, according to Wikipedia.
Quiz idea: relessness
To make it easier, we give you one of the albums they released.
Based on worldwide sales of singles, albums, compilations, etc... Numbers are probably inflated.
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedAugust 30, 2013
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Sales
Album
Artist
600 mil
Rubber Soul
The Beatles
350 mil
Goodbye Yellow
Brick Road
Elton John
300 mil
Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin
260 mil
Me and My Shadows
Cliff Richard
200 mil
A Night at the Opera
Queen
200 mil
The Dark Side
of the Moon
Pink Floyd
200 mil
Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
150 mil
Invisible Touch
Genesis
150 mil
No Jacket Required
Phil Collins
135 mil
Diamonds Are Forever
Shirley Bassey
130 mil
Blue for You
Status Quo
103 mil
Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits
100 mil
Mylo Xyloto
Coldplay
100 mil
Catch Us If You Can
The Dave Clark Five
100 mil
Space Oddity
David Bowie
100 mil
Machine Head
Deep Purple
100 mil
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Adele
100 mil
Violator
Depeche Mode
100 mil
Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
Sales
Album
Artist
100 mil
Faith
George Michael
100 mil
Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden
100 mil
Band on the Run
Paul McCartney /
Wings
100 mil
Very
Pet Shop Boys
100 mil
Tommy
The Who
100 mil
Blondes Have
More Fun
Rod Stewart
98 mil
Definitely Maybe
Oasis
85 mil
Forever
The Spice Girls
75 mil
Sweet Dreams
(Are Made of This)
Eurythmics
75 mil
Synchronicity
The Police
75 mil
Life thru a Lens
Robbie Williams
70 mil
Rio
Duran Duran
70 mil
Labour of Love
UB40
65 mil
Hysteria
Def Leppard
60 mil
Aqualung
Jethro Tull
60 mil
Breakfast in America
Supertramp
58 mil
Electric Warrior
T. Rex
50 mil
Paranoid
Black Sabbath
50 mil
Colour by Numbers
Culture Club
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level 26
Sep 23, 2013
100%! ...I did have the help of my elder brother with the older ones though :')
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level 69
Nov 28, 2013
Managed to get 28. Thought Adele would have been on there.
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level 47
Nov 28, 2013
Adele is way too new and not a small portion of new material is obtained illegally, ergo not counted for sales.
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level ∞
May 5, 2016
Adele is on the list now! It's very difficult for new artists to enter the list because record sales are so low now.
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level 63
Sep 3, 2014
Less than a fifth got Cliff? >:(
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level 11
May 21, 2015
Excuse me nut I think your blind. One Direction were bigger than even the Beatles, do you not watch the news? And they have over selling number 1s since 2010, and still going.
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level 39
Jan 30, 2016
It was Harry Styles who said they are bigger than The Beatles, so that hardly counts.
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level ∞
May 5, 2016
And the Beatles were bigger than Jesus so by the transitive property...
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level 21
Jun 14, 2016
Does that mean that riots are going to start?
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level 21
Jun 14, 2016
If so, I'd be glad for all of One Direction's CDs to be destroyed.
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level 57
Feb 15, 2017
I hope that you are being sarcastic. Obviously though, listening to One Excretion is not helping the development of your English.
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level 71
Jul 10, 2015
I have no idea who Cliff Richard is and he has more sales than The Who, Wings, and The Police combined. Amazing.
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level 76
Jun 17, 2016
His career started in the 50's, and he's still performing! Biggest hits in the US were Devil Woman and We Don't Talk Anymore, in the 70's. Look up his discography on Wikipedia - it's like the Energizer Bunny!
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level 76
Jul 27, 2015
Fleetwood Mac is (approximately) half British, half American - and Stevie Nicks, by far their most famous member, is from the American camp.
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level 74
May 25, 2016
I think Mick Fleetwood may take umbrage with this...
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level 62
Jun 14, 2016
He can take all the umbrage he wants. Stevie Nicks is definitely the most famous member. I've always thought of the band as half-UK, half-US though, and I think it's fair to include them here.
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level 61
Dec 14, 2018
Well it was 100% English upon formation wasn't it? The american inclusion of buckingham and nicks came later (true it was their biggest phase), incidentally, they've got a New Zealander now.
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level 84
May 6, 2016
How are John Lennon and George Harrison nowhere to be found on this list? And how in the heck did Iron Maiden sell 100M units?
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level 59
Jun 14, 2016
Maiden have been going for about 30 years and they are absolutely enormous in the metal world. They're one of about three bands (along with Metallica and Black Sabbath) that most people can name even if they know nothing else about heavy metal.
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level 62
Jun 14, 2016
I think this is the answer. I am not a metalhead, but I dabble just a little, and one of the first metal albums I bought was Iron Maiden just because I know they're a big deal. I should also say that, now that I'm familiar with them, I imagine they are much, much more agreeable to the average listener than most metal acts. There's a lot of melody, and the singer has a clear, strong voice. It's not just angry noise. So I think they, like Garth Brooks, Green Day, Adele, etc. appeal beyond their genre to people who otherwise wouldn't listen to that kind of music.
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level 69
Jun 14, 2016
Surprised Humperdinck is so high, but no Tom Jones. I think Jones was much "bigger" in the USA.
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level 62
Jun 14, 2016
I don't know. Sherlock is a really popular show over here.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2016
TIL that UB40 has sold more records that Def Leppard.
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level 62
Jun 15, 2016
I know most of these but I got only a few. I was focusing way too much on the album clues and I didn't know many of those.
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level 50
Sep 19, 2016
I always thought Dire Straits were from Australia
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level 61
Jan 6, 2017
I heard that Chris Rea was joining Dire Straits. They are changing the name to Dire-Rea.
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level 48
Oct 20, 2017
Where is the Clash?! Ugh
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level 70
Apr 26, 2018
No Clash, and no Jam. Oh dear...
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level 72
Dec 7, 2019
Very surprised Jeff Lynne's E.L.O. didn't make this list. Absolutely loved their incorporation of classical instruments in rock.
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level 74
Dec 10, 2019
The crossover appeal between American and British Isles bands is strange. I'm always surprised to hear about bands like The Pet Shop Boys being enormously successful when they're remembered in the U.S. for an '80s song by people who are of a narrow age bracket. Morrissey, Brian Eno, Oasis never made a big dent in the U.S. Not like they're singing in German or some other barrier.
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level 59
Dec 10, 2019
Damn I didn't realize The Dave Clark Five was this big, I love their song "Glad All Over", but yeesh didn't know they did so well.