Four Beatles albums in top 10 No. 1s.
The British public has "overwhelmingly" selected the Beatles' legendary 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as the favorite No. 1 album of all time. Results of the poll were broadcast Monday (Aug. 28) on BBC Radio 2 to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Official U.K. Album Chart.
The Beatles had four albums in the top 10, with "Revolver" at six, "Abbey Road" at eight and band's eponymous set, also known as "The White Album" at 10.
Michael Jackson's '80s blockbuster "Thriller" was ranked No. 2, ahead of U2's "The Joshua Tree," Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," respectively.
Also making the top 10 were Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at No. 7, and Queen's "A Night At The Opera" at No. 9.
Pink Floyd's ground-breaking 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon" topped a separate list, winning the "Best of the Rest" title for those albums which did not reach the pinnacle of the albums chart. The album, which has gone on to become one of the all-time best-sellers, peaked at No. 2 in Britain following its release.
The public was invited to vote online at the Official U.K. Charts Company's official Web site, and the BBC Radio 2 Music Club Web site.
According to Darren Haynes, brand marketing manager for charts compiler the OCC, more than 220,000 votes were cast, making it "the most definitive record of the nation's favourite albums to date."