29. Robson And Jerome, ‘Robson And Jerome’ (1995). Sold: 268,000. Telly actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, of Soldier Soldier, put together this album after they performed ‘Unchained Melody’ in one episode. Fans went mad for it, so Simon Cowell produced it as a single. They went on to record two more studio albums and a greatest hits album.
13. Madonna, ‘The Immaculate Collection’ (1990). Sold: 340,000. Her very first greatest hits album featured 15 hits from ’82 to ’90, as well as two new tracks (‘Justify My Love’ and ‘Rescue Me’). It was the best-selling album from a female in the UK, and spent nine of consecutive weeks on the top of the chart in the UK – a record broken by Adele, who was at the top of the chart for ten weeks.
3. Coldplay, ‘X&Y’ (2005). Sold: 464, 471. Making it into third place is Coldplay’s third studio album, which gave the band their third consecutive number one debut in the UK. With an 8x platinum certification in the UK, it won “Best British Album” at the BRIT Awards, a Mercury Prize nomination and Grammy nominations for “Best Rock Album” (losing to U2).