50 years after its release, The Beatles’ classic record, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was named as Britain’s most popular album of all time.
The Associated Press reported that the Official Charts Company, which tracks sales in the United Kingdom including record sales, downloads, and streams, determined it’s the UK’s #1 album. The Beatles’ iconic album beat Adele’s massively successful 21, as well as (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? from Oasis.
And on Saturday, the organization stated that Pink Floyd’s magnum opus, The Dark Side Of The Moon, and Thriller from Michael Jackson were in the top five of the greatest studio records.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was their only album from the 1960’s, and it was also the only one to make the Official Chart’s Company’s Top 40 ranking.
Rolling Stone Magazine named it as the number one album of all time in their list titled, 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
The record is arguably one of the most important records ever, encompassing innovate concepts, unique sounds, intricate songwriting, cover art, state of the art studio technology, combined into one rock and roll album that was years ahead of its time.
As music fans know, The Beatles are regularly considered as one of the most influential artists around the world, setting the tone for a generation of people, and having a long-lasting effect on Western culture. Thriller was perhaps equally iconic, becoming one of the most selling albums of all time, next to The Eagles’ greatest hits collection.
Moreover, one of the remaining members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, recently released a new record that went to number one on the charts, a spectacular achievement for someone in their 70’s. McCartney’s Egypt Station hit the charts at number 1, becoming his first effort to do so since 1983.