40. Lana Del Rey, ‘Born To Die’ Born to never die, in fact – nearly two years after its original release (but hepped up by a deluxe edition), LDR’s debut is still shifting.
39. Alt-J, ‘An Awesome Wave’ The Mercury bump has sustained Alt-J into 2013, despite a pretty lowly chart peak of 13.
38. Tom Odell, ‘Long Way Down’ Brits Critics’ Choice champ Tom has weathered, um, mixed reviews to sell healthily, although perhaps not on the scale industry support expected.
37. Foals, ‘Holy Fire’ Foals’ most successful album to date is also their first to break into the Billboard charts.
36. One Direction, ‘Up All Night’ Their second album ‘Take Me Home’ is obviously doing serious business, but the debut continues to hang around, moving untold millions (well, about 4.5) worldwide.
35. Richard & Adam, ‘The Impossible Dream’ They only finished third on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ but the operatic Welsh bros have scored a No.1 album.
34. Paloma Faith, ‘Fall To Grace’ Another long-stayer, Paloma Faith’s second album was released in May 2012 and has now gone double platinum.
33. The Script, ‘#3’ The Script continue to ride high on the back of singer Danny O’Donoghue’s appearances on ‘The Voice’ and a collaboration with will.i.am.
32. Fleetwood Mac, ‘Rumours’ It stayed on the charts for the entirety of the 1980s, now ‘Rumours’ is back in a deluxe edition with the reunited ‘Mac back on the road.
31. Disclosure, ‘Settle’ The Lawrence brothers have put their money where their mouth is, bringing deep house and UK garage back into the mainstream.
30. Coco Emerald, ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’ Radio 2 fodder still proving to be a big hit with 50 Quid Man.
29. Ed Sheeran, ‘+’ Apparently there are still people who haven’t bought Ed Sheeran’s debut, released more than two years ago. It was the 9th biggest seller of 2011 and the 3rd of 2012.
28. Stereophonics, ‘Decade In The Sun: The Best Of’ Five years after its initial release, Stereophonics’ greatest hits received an extra sales bump after the launch of this year’s ‘Graffiti On The Train’.
27. David Guetta, ‘Nothing But The Beat’ Another one that refuses to die, the Gallic rave don’s single-packed blockbuster was the 21st biggest seller of 2012.
26. Imagine Dragons, ‘Night Visions’ One of the surprise major players of the year, Imagine Dragons’ debut reached the top 3 over here and went gold.
25. Ben Howard, ‘Every Kingdom’ The Brit winner’s slow-burner was up for the Mercury in 2012 and has continued to creep off the shelves this year.
24. The Lumineers, ‘The Lumineers’ The debut album from the US folk-rockers has ridden the Mumfords’ coattails to become a bit of a stayer over here, but a huge million-plus seller in the States.
23. Rihanna, ‘Unapologetic’ Can it really be a year since Rihanna last released an album? The 10th biggest seller of 2012 has gone double platinum and continues to be filleted for singles, ‘What Now’ the latest.
22. Biffy Clyro, ‘Opposites’ At last, Biffy bagged their first UK No.1 with this heaving double, going straight in at the top and piledriving past 100,000 sales.
21. Taylor Swift, ‘Red’ A host of stellar singles makes Taylor Swift’s appearance here inevitable. ‘Red’ has racked up more than six million sales worldwide.
20. One Direction, ‘Take Me Home’ Released last November, One Direction’s second album has very nearly matched their debut for mammoth sales in the UK, now closing in on the million.
19. David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’ David Bowie’s surprise return went straight in at No.1 and looks to bolster its sales with a triple-disc deluxe reissue in November.
18. Stereophonics’ ‘Graffiti On The Train’ Kelly Jones’ Welsh outlaws took a bit of a breather for a couple of years but they’re still cherished. ‘Graffiti On The Train’ has gone gold since its March release.
17. Ellie Goulding, ‘Halcyon’ Breaking America, dating Skrillex – it’s been a big year for Ellie Goulding, who’s built on the success of her debut to score her first No.1 single with ‘Burn’ and sell nearly 400,000 copies of this second album.
16. Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’ They’ll probably finish higher. This fifth successive No.1 album is already racing up to the totals of Arctic Monkey’s last two albums, and is the second fastest seller of the year.
15. Passenger, ‘All The Little Lights’ This is the fourth album from Passenger, aka Michael Rosenberg. It’s snuck in on the quiet, going gold off the back of top three single, and Radio 2 favourite, ‘Let Her Go’.
14. Olly Murs, ‘Right Place Right Time’ ‘The X Factor”s beloved cheeky chappie goes from strength to strength, sticking around for a third album that has improbably gone multi-platinum just like the other two.
13. Rudimental, ‘Home’ Rudimental’s Mercury-nominated debut hit No.1 in late spring, making a star out of John Newman and borrowing a bit of that Emeli Sandé commercial gold dust.
12. Pink, ‘The Truth About Love’ Released in September last year, Pink’s sixth album has enjoyed the usual relentlessly targeted marketing push with five (and counting?) ubiquitous single releases.
11. Justin Timberlake, ‘The 20/20 Experience’ JT’s mammoth return has gone platinum over here with around 300,000 sales, but has sold more than two million in the States. ‘2 Of 2’ has just dropped so he could be looking at a double in the year-end chart.
10. Bastille, ‘Bad Blood’ One of the year’s major homegrown success stories, Bastille hit No.1 with their debut album and just missed out on the Billboard top 10.
9. Calvin Harris, ’18 Months’ Calvin Harris has worked this album hard, matching Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ for the most singles taken from one long-player. ’18 Months’ sold 354,000 in the UK last year, taking it to No.17 in the year-end poll.
8. Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’ Just to put the UK sales into perspective, the Mumfords’ second album shifted 600,000 copies in its first week alone in the US – a total that would effortlessly take it to the top of the list here. It was last year’s sixth biggest selling album in the UK, with 573,000 copies sold.
7. Jake Bugg, ‘Jake Bugg’ Although it was released in October 2012, Jake Bugg’s debut album has mainly done its business this year, helped by a succession of warmly received festival appearances and its maker’s reliable way with a quote.
6. Rod Stewart, ‘Time’ The croaky old stager never loses his audience, but ‘Time’ garnered extra attention for the first original Rod Stewart compositions in donkey’s years. He’s not written this many new songs in more than two decades.
5. Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’ A cunning teaser campaign whipped up unprecedented anticipation for the French disco explorers’ fourth album. Its 356,000 sales to date have of course been fuelled by the unavoidable bestselling single of the year, ‘Get Lucky’.
4. Michael Bublé, ‘To Be Loved’ The Canadian crooner has sold 394,000 copies of his eighth studio album, topping the charts here and in the US with a set of – largely – straight covers delivered with customary style.
3. Bruno Mars, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ Released in 2012, Bruno Mars’s second album has added 400,000 sales to the 300,000 it clocked in the run-up to Christmas, boosted by two No.2 singles in ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and ‘When I Was Your Man’.
2. Motion Picture Cast Recording, ‘Les Miserables’ More than 437,000 sales so far this year for the soundtrack to Tom Hooper’s adaptation. The original Broadway cast album, released in 1987 has sold 1.6m copies in the US.
1. Emeli Sandé, ‘Our Version Of Events’ The extraordinary staying power of Emeli Sandé shows no sign of abating. The UK’s biggest selling album of 2012 has sold a further 591,000 copies this year to remain at the top of the pile. Total sales amount to 1.93m.
Information courtesy of The Official Charts Company.