With most of the year spent living though a pandemic, UK music fans have been getting through lockdown by putting on some of the classics. While the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy and Billie Eilish are dominating the best-selling albums of 2020 so far, so are Fleetwood Mac, Freddie Mercury’s Queen and Elton John with their greatest hits albums. These include Diamonds, Greatest Hits, 50 Years – Don’t Stop and Rumours.
Elton John’s 2017 album Diamonds has sold 123,900 copies, while 1981 record Queen’s Greatest Hits sold 123,000 albums by the end of June.
As for Fleetwood Mac, the band’s 50 Years – Don’t Stop has solo 118,000 copies, while their most famous album Rumours is on 95,000.
Speaking with The Mirror, an insider said: “Lockdown will have had a big effect on sales. Good music is good music whenever it’s first released.”
Here’s the Top 25 albums of 2020 so far, according to the Official Charts Company:
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2. The Beatles
3. David Bowie
4. Pink Floyd
5. Fleetwood Mac
7. Billie Eilish
9. Liam Gallagher
10. Arctic Monkeys
Queen’s top-selling vinyl title in 2019 was the band’s Greatest Hits.
Meanwhile, the group also topped The Beatles by quite some way in the Top 10 biggest global recording artists of 2019.
Queen came fifth, beating the Fab Four by five places.
Now considering that Queen haven’t released a studio album in 25 years and only half the band are still active, this is really quite the achievement.