Fleetwood Mac and Freddie Mercury’s Queen among best-selling albums of 2020 so far

With most of the year spent living though a pandemic, UK music fans have been getting through lockdown by putting on some of the classics. While the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy and Billie Eilish are dominating the best-selling albums of 2020 so far, so are Fleetwood Mac, Freddie Mercury’s Queen and Elton John with their greatest hits albums. These include Diamonds, Greatest Hits, 50 Years – Don’t Stop and Rumours.

Elton John’s 2017 album Diamonds has sold 123,900 copies, while 1981 record Queen’s Greatest Hits sold 123,000 albums by the end of June.

As for Fleetwood Mac, the band’s 50 Years – Don’t Stop has solo 118,000 copies, while their most famous album Rumours is on 95,000.

Speaking with The Mirror, an insider said: “Lockdown will have had a big effect on sales. Good music is good music whenever it’s first released.”

Here’s the Top 25 albums of 2020 so far, according to the Official Charts Company:

1. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – Lewis Capaldi
2. Heavy Is The Head – Stormzy
3. When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go – Billie Eilish
4. Fine Line – Harry Styles
5. No 6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
6. Music To Be Murdered By – Eminem
7. Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
8. Diamonds – Elton John
9. Greatest Hits – Queen
10. Big Conspiracy – J Hus
11. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
12. Divide – Ed Sheeran
13. Chromatica – Lady Gaga
14. 50 Years – Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
15. After Hours – Weeknd
16. Don’t Smile At Me – Billie Eilish
17. High Expectations – Mabel
18. What A Time To Be Alive – Tom Walker
19. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
20. Map Of Soul – 7 – BTS
21. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
22. Time Flies – 1994-2009 – Oasis
23. Get To Know – Becky Hill
24. Snacks – Jax Jones
25. Lover – Taylor Swift

Earlier this year, Freddie Mercury’s Queen topped The Beatles, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac in 2019 vinyl sales.

According to the British Phonographic Industry, the band managed to sell over 75,000 units of their catalogue in the last year.

If anything this shouldn’t be too surprising considering the resurgence in popularity and newfound younger fans Freddie Mercury’s band garnered last year.

After all, Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody stormed the box office taking over $900 million worldwide. Here is the full list of Top Selling Vinyl Artist of 2019:

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1. Queen
2. The Beatles
3. David Bowie
4. Pink Floyd
5. Fleetwood Mac
6. Oasis
7. Billie Eilish
8. Nirvana
9. Liam Gallagher
10. Arctic Monkeys

Queen’s top-selling vinyl title in 2019 was the band’s Greatest Hits.

Meanwhile, the group also topped The Beatles by quite some way in the Top 10 biggest global recording artists of 2019.

Queen came fifth, beating the Fab Four by five places.

Now considering that Queen haven’t released a studio album in 25 years and only half the band are still active, this is really quite the achievement.

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