UK best-selling albums (by year) (1990–2009)

Posted Jun 3, 2011
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  1. Shania Twain
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    Shania Twain

    558,674 views

    Shania Twain, OC (/ʃəˌn.ə ˈtwn/) (born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She is also the best selling female artist in the history of country music, which garnered her honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".


  2. Amy Winehouse
    #2

    Amy Winehouse

    391,969 views

    Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the general field "Big Four" awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


  3. Phil Collins
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    Phil Collins

    198,310 views

    Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, RVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis, as well as worldwide success as a solo artist. Collins sang the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either solo or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes about lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, included the atmospheric "In the Air Tonight", power ballad "Against All Odds", dance-rock of "Sussudio" and the political and religious connotations of "Another Day in Paradise". AllMusic calls Collins "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond".


  4. Alanis Morissette
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    Alanis Morissette

    191,253 views

    Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis (1991) and Now Is the Time (1992), under MCA Records Canada. Her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. Jagged has sold more than 33 million units globally. Her following album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998.


  5. Robbie Williams
    #5

    Robbie Williams

    186,573 views

    Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.


  6. Meat Loaf
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    Meat Loaf

    81,131 views

    Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician and actor better known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell series—consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. After 35 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. He is also known for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live performances.


  7. Dido
    #7

    Dido

    75,756 views

    Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido (/ˈdd/, born 25 December 1971), is a British singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide, and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles "White Flag" and "Life for Rent".


  8. The Corrs
    #8

    The Corrs

    56,574 views

    The Corrs are an Irish band that combines rock with traditional Celtic Irish folk themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, percussion, piano, bodhrán, vocals) and Jim (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals). They are from Dundalk, Co. Louth, in Ireland.


  9. Bon Jovi
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    Bon Jovi

    40,669 views

    Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), pianist and keyboard player David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's lineup has remained mostly static during its history, with the only exceptions being the 1994 dismissal of bass player Alec John Such, who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald, and the departure of longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora in 2013. In 1986, Bon Jovi achieved widespread global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet. The band's fourth album, New Jersey was equally successful in 1988. After touring and recording non-stop during the late 1980s, the band went on hiatus following the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the album Keep the Faith. Their 2000 single "It's My Life", which followed a second hiatus, successfully introduced the band to a younger audience. Bon Jovi have been known to use different styles in their music, which has included country for their 2007 album Lost Highway. On March 12, 2013, Bon Jovi released their 12th studio album, What About Now.


  10. Simply Red
    #10

    Simply Red

    35,368 views


  11. Duffy
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    Duffy

    22,012 views

    Aimee Ann Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known as Duffy, is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, her music career began when she recorded and released her debut EP, Aimée Duffy (2004), following her second placing on Welsh talent show Wawffactor. Duffy was later introduced to Jeannette Lee of Rough Trade Records, which led to her signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 2007.


  12. Oasis
    #12

    Oasis

    15,779 views

    Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion). They were later joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals) as a fifth member, becoming the band's settled line-up until April 1995.


  13. Snow Patrol
    #13

    Snow Patrol

    9,237 views

    Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals). Initially an indie rock band, the group rose to prominence in the 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.


  14. Susan Boyle
    #14

    Susan Boyle

    5,905 views

    Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.


  15. Scissor Sisters
    #15

    Scissor Sisters

    994 views


  16. Meatloaf
    #16

    Meatloaf

    656 views

    Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947), better known by his stage name, Meat Loaf, is an American hard rock musician and actor. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies. After more than 30 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.


  17. Life for Rent
    #17

    Life for Rent (2003)

    391 views

    Life for Rent is the second studio album by the British singer-songwriter Dido, released by Arista Records on 29 September 2003. The album was produced by Rollo Armstrong and American songwriter Rick Nowels. Work on the album began in mid-2002. It was certified 7× Platinum by the BPI; and sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making it the fourth best-selling album worldwide of 2003. The album became the seventh best-selling album of the 2000s on UK, making Dido the only singer to have two albums in the Top 10 list.


  18. Come On Over
    #18

    Come On Over (1997)

    352 views

    Come on Over is the third studio album recorded by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was released on November 4, 1997. It became the best-selling country music album, the best-selling studio album by a female act and the best selling album of the 1990s. It is the 6th best-selling album in the United States.


  19. Back to Black
    #19

    Back to Black (2007)

    264 views

    Back to Black is the second and final studio album by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse, released on 27 October 2006 by Island Records. The album spawned five singles: "Rehab", "You Know I'm No Good", "Back to Black", "Tears Dry on Their Own" and "Love Is a Losing Game". Back to Black was acclaimed by music critics, who praised Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson's production, as well as Winehouse's songwriting and emotive singing style.


  20. Jagged Little Pill
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    Jagged Little Pill (1995)

    262 views

    Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album and international debut album by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, first released on June 13, 1995, through Maverick Records, In 1991, Morissette signed a two-album recording contract with MCA Records Canada where she released two commercially successful studio albums. Following the release of the albums Morissette left MCA Records Canada and was introduced to manager Scott Welch. Morissette began work on the album after moving from her hometown of Ottawa to Toronto, but did not make much progress until travelling to Los Angeles, where she met Glen Ballard.


  21. Talk On Corners
    #21

    Talk On Corners (2004)

    185 views

    Talk on Corners is the second album by Irish band The Corrs, released on 20 October 1997 in Ireland and 16 April 1998 in the United States. The name of the album is derived from a line from the album's song "Queen of Hollywood". After its release, songs from this album were to dominate their live set for a long time to come and through the biggest growth period of the band's career. During this album's long reign, they worked solidly with very little time off and gained a lot of exposure with TV appearances and tours. Their next studio album took nearly 3 years to materialise. In between was a live 'unplugged' album which introduced only a handful of new songs. Hence their continuing reliance on existing material, some of which became subject to rearranging or remixing along the way.


  22. No Angel
    #22

    No Angel (1999)

    159 views

    No Angel is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Dido. Originally released on 1 June 1999 in the United States, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001. As of 2014, the album has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide, and was the second best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, behind James Blunt's Back to Bedlam.


  23. Back to Bedlam
    #23

    Back to Bedlam (2005)

    162 views

    Back to Bedlam is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter James Blunt. It was released on 14 November 2003 through Atlantic Records. It is named after the infamous psychiatric institution of Bethlem Royal Hospital, which is commonly known as Bedlam.


  24. Robson & Jerome
    #24

    Robson & Jerome

    185 views

    Robson & Jerome were an English pop duo active in mid-1990s, consisting of actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, who rose to prominence via British television series Soldier Soldier.


  25. But Seriously
    #25

    But Seriously (1989)

    142 views

    ...But Seriously is the fourth solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was recorded at The Farm, Surrey, England, and at A & M Studios, Los Angeles, United States. It was released on 24 November 1989, on Virgin in the UK and Ireland, Atlantic in the US and Canada, WEA Records (now Warner Music Group) for the rest of the world. It was the best-selling album of 1990 in the UK.


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