Over half a century after its release, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band of The Beatles was voted the most popular British album of all time.
The Official Charts Company, which surveys UK album sales since 1969, has proclaimed Sgt. Pepper using a metric based on sales, downloads and streamings. The album defeated Adele’s second-placed Adele and Oasis’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, third.
“The groundbreaking 1967 album returned home with 5.34 million combined sales at the top of the Official Studio Album List, which was compiled by the Official Charts Company and marks the celebration of National Album Day,” the company said in a statement.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the Beatles. Released on 26 May 1967 in the United Kingdom[nb 1] and 2 June 1967 in the United States, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. It was lauded by critics for its innovations in production, songwriting and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for providing a musical representation of its generation and the contemporary counterculture. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.
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