Adele's 30 and Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits are best-selling album and song of 2021

ADELE’s fourth record 30 was only released six weeks before the end of 2021, but it was such a huge success that it has been named the year’s best-selling album in the UK.

She sold more than 600,000 copies to pip Ed Sheeran to the title, although his album Equals was at No2 in the list and his song Bad Habits was crowned the year’s biggest-selling single.


Seven of the ten artists in the albums top ten were British, but it was ABBA who scored the highest-selling international album with Voyage, ahead of Olivia Rodrigo's Sour.

Elsewhere there was continued success for Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia, while greatest hits collections from Queen, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac remained hugely popular.

Olivia had two songs in the top ten singles of the year, with Good 4 U and Drivers License at No2 and No3 respectively.

The American star is expected to clear up at the Grammy’s next month, with nominations in all four major categories – Best Album, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Driver’s License.

Speaking about the secret to her success with British Vogue last month, Olivia said: “Write from your heart and write as much as you possibly can. From your life and relationships.”

Lil Nas X, The Weeknd and Glass Animals also feature in the list, as do Tion Wayne and Russ Millions who had a No1 with Body after it went viral on TikTok. According to new data, streaming now accounts for 83 per cent of music consumption in the UK.

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TOP TEN ALBUMS 2021

  1. Adele – 30     
  2. Ed Sheeran – Equals     
  3. Abba – Voyage     
  4. Olivia Rodrigo – Sour     
  5. Queen – Greatest Hits     
  6. Dua Lipa – FutureNostalgia     
  7. Ed Sheeran – Divide     
  8. Elton John – Diamonds     
  9. Fleetwood Mac – 50 Years: Don’t Stop
  10. Dave – We’re All Alone In  This Together

TOP TEN SINGLES 2021

  1. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits     
  2. Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U     
  3. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers  License     
  4. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears     
  5. Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me  By Your Name)     
  6. Dua Lipa – Levitating    
  7. The Kid Laroi & Justin  Bieber – Stay    
  8. Glass Animals – Heat Waves     
  9. The Weeknd – Blinding  Lights 1
  10. Tion Wayne & Russ  Millions – Body

Gareth Southgate claps along to Adele with Stormzy, Samuel L Jackson and Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke

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