One in four British households is likely to own the 1981 hits collection

Queen‘s ‘Greatest Hits’ has become the first album to sell six million copies in the UK.

The record breaking album was first released over 30 years ago, in 1981, and now The Official Charts Company has confirmed that the album has broken the six million sales mark. Of the albums total sales, 124,000 copies were downloaded digitally with the rest coming through physical sales. Chart Company data estimates that the album can now be found in one of four British households.

‘Greatest Hits’ stands ahead of Britain’s second biggest selling albums, Abba’s hits album ‘Gold’ and ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by The Beatles, both of which have sold 5.1m copies. Adele’s album ’21’ is fourth with 4.7m sales while Oasis’ second album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ is fifth with 4.6m copies sold in the UK.

Speaking about his band breaking the sales record, Queen guitarist Brian May said: “I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years, we hope to continue to serve you.” Scroll down to see the video message below. His band mate Roger Taylor added separately: “Wonderful. Who would have thought it! And all due to the Great British public. Thank you. A great honour!”

It was recently reported that Queen could be set to play live in America later this year, after Brian May hinted at a series of US live dates with Adam Lambert. Confirming that he and drummer Roger Taylor hope to reunite with Lambert, who has performed vocals for Queen at live shows in the past, May hinted that the gigs could happen as soon as this summer.