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The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album is UK's favourite

The Beatles, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Story by Jack Foley

THE British public have voted The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as the best No.1 album of all time.

The seminal 1967 recording, which includes Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and With A Little Help From My Friends, beat Michael Jackson’s Thriller into second place by just 201 votes.

The poll was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK album chart and the results were unveiled by Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo, who commented: “It [Sgt Pepper] revolutionised music and what we expect from an album.”

A total of 100 albums were named in the poll and The Beatles had four in the top 10, with Revolver at six, Abbey Road at eight and The Beatles – also known as The White Album – at 10.

Incredibly, only one album from the past 20 years featured in the top 10 – U2’s The Joshua Tree, from 1987, which came third.

The remaining places were occupied by mid-70s records with Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours at four and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here fifth.

Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water was in seventh place, and Queen’s A Night At The Opera came ninth.

According to the BBC, over 220,000 people participated in the poll through websites for both the official charts and Radio 2.

There have been 787 Number One albums in the 50-year history of the UK album chart, starting with Frank Sinatra’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers in 1956.

Christina Aguilera’s Back To Basics is the most recent best-seller.

Coldplay’s X&Y and Gorillaz’ Demon Days were among the more recent album releases to make the top 100.

A separate list of iconic albums that never made the top of the album chart was also compiled as part of the poll, via a “best of the rest” category.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon topped this list, having only made No.2 upon its release in 1973.

The top 10 in full:

  1. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  2. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  3. The Joshua Tree – U2
  4. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  5. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (above)
  6. Revolver – The Beatles
  7. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
  8. Abbey Road – The Beatles
  9. A Night At The Opera – Queen
  10. The Beatles – The Beatles