Adele's 21 is Britain's best-selling 21st-century album and has sold more than five million copies since 2011.
Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You are more than a million copies ahead of Amy Winehouse's second-biggest seller, Back To Black.
Adele also occupies third place in the table with her latest record of 25 points.
The 40 largest albums of the century were unveiled as part of National Album Day on Radio 2's Pick of the Pops.
Ed Sheeran is also twice in the top 5, while other artists are among the Top 20 Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and Scissor Sisters.
|Great Britain's best-selling albums (2000-2019)|
|1) Adele – 21|
|2) Amy Winehouse – Back to Black|
|3) Adele – 25|
|4) Ed Sheeran – x|
|5) Ed Sheeran – ÷|
|6) James Blunt – Back to Bedlam|
|7) Leona Lewis – Spirit|
|8) Michael Buble – crazy love|
|9) Dido – no angel|
|10) David Gray – White Ladder|
Even taking streaming into account, albums from the first half of the century dominate the charts and occupy 28 of the top 40.
David Gray's White Ladder is the only record on the list released before 2000. It was first released in 1998 on its own label HIT Records, before it was re-released in the first months of the new millennium.
Jeff Smith, head of Radio 2, said it was "encouraging" to see that 70% of the artists were in the top 40 Britons "to prove that home-grown music is still as popular as ever".
Listening to albums decreases
The National Album Day was launched last year on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the album format. This year's theme is "Do not skip" and encourages people to "appreciate the benefits of a break to listen to an album from start to finish".
The idea is to challenge the cherry picking approach to listening to music that was introduced in 2001 with the advent of the iPod.
A recent study by the streaming service Deezer found that 15% of people under the age of 25 had never heard an album before.
The poll of more than 2,000 adults in the UK found that 42% of people simply chose playlists – either for their own or for those created by streaming services – rather than completely playing albums.
However, a separate study found that listening to an album is one of the best ways to reduce stress – activities such as gardening, sports or taking a nap.
According to a survey of 2,019 adults, listening to an album was the third most popular activity for improving mood and well-being after eating and reading (which came first).
Keep in mind that the research was commissioned by the BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association to celebrate the National Album Day. Treat the results accordingly.
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