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The Official Top 10 Biggest Albums of 2021

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The UK’s top 10 albums of 2021 featuring records by Adele, ABBA and Olivia Rodrigo.

Adele’s 30 was officially the biggest album of 2021 in the UK.

The long-awaited comeback record from one of the country’s most popular music exports proved worth the wait.  30 shifted 261,000 chart sales and broke the 2021 record which had previously been set by ABBA’s Voyage.

Adele’s 30 also tied with Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour for the longest-running Number 1 album of the year and topped the chart for five consecutive weeks.

Coming in at Number 2 is Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals), with total chart sales in excess of 432,000 in 2021. Equals gave Ed two UK Number 1 singles; Bad Habits and Shivers – and was the fastest-selling album of the year with 139,000 sales until it was overtaken by Adele’s 30.

In third place are ABBA with their first album of new material in 40 years, Voyage.  The album shifted 400,000 chart sales in 2021,  as the band staged one of the most exciting comeback campaigns of the year. ABBA are second only to Adele in terms of pure sales – 387,000 sales makes Voyage the second best-selling album of 2021.

Image: ABBA pictured by Baillie Walsh

The biggest debut album of the year is Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, with combined chart sales of 395,000. The album has given Sour two Number 1 singles; Drivers License and Good 4 U.

The Official Top 10 Albums of 2021:

  1. 30 – Adele
  2. = – Ed Sheeran
  3. Voyage – ABBA
  4. Sour – Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Greatest Hits – Queen
  6. Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
  7. Divide – Ed Sheeran
  8. Diamonds – Elton John
  9. 50 Years – Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  10. We’re All Alone in This Together – Dave

 

Written by: Sharon Evans

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