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‘Runaway’ success – The Corrs beat U2 in UK album sales


Sharon, Jim and Andrea Corr in 2005,

Sharon, Jim and Andrea Corr in 2005,

U2's The Joshua Tree made it to number 34 in the top 40.

U2's The Joshua Tree made it to number 34 in the top 40.


Sharon, Jim and Andrea Corr in 2005,

DUNDALK Siblings The Corrs have beaten legendary rockers U2 to have the most successful Irish album in the UK charts ever.

The band’s 1997 album ‘Talk on corners’ is the 25th highest selling album ever in the UK. U2’s only album to appear in the top 40 is 1987’s ‘Joshua Tree’, which comes in at 34.

The band also hold the feat of being only the second band ever to hold the number one and two spots simultaneously in the UK charts.

The band are currently on a break – the last time they released an album of new material was 2005’s ‘Home,’ however the record proved not to be as successful as previous efforts, only charting at number 14 in the UK.

U2 still prove to be the most successful Irish act worldwide, with record sales of 150m – well over 100m more sales than the Dundalk natives.

According to figures from the Official Charts Company, Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits collection has been the highest selling album ever in the UK, selling 5.8m copies.

The Beatles 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ takes second place with 5 millions sold, while Swedish Eurovision winners Abba round off the top three – their greatest hits ‘Gold’ album has sold 4.9m copies in the UK.

They will rock you: the top 40 releases

1. Greatest Hits (1981) Queen

2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) The Beatles

3. Gold (1992) Abba

4. What's The Story (1995) Oasis

5. Thriller (1982) Michael Jackson

6. 21 (2011) Adele

7. Brothers In Arms (1985) Dire Straits

8. Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) Pink Floyd

9. Bad (1987) Michael Jackson

10. Greatest Hits II (1991) Queen

11. The Immaculate Collection (1990) Madonna

12. Back To Black (2006) Amy Winehouse

13. Stars (1991) Simply Red

14. Rumours (1977) Fleetwood Mac

15. Come On Over (1997) Shania Twain

16. Back To Bedlam (2005) James Blunt

17. Urban Hymns (1997) The Verve

18. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) Simon and Garfunkel

19. No Angel (2001) Dido

20. Spirit (2007) Leona Lewis

21. Legend (1984) Bob Marley and the Wailers

22. Bat Out Of Hell (1977) Meat Loaf

23. Dirty Dancing (1987) Original soundtrack

24. 1 (2000) The Beatles

25. Talk On Corners (1997) The Corrs

26. White Ladder (1998) David Gray

27. Spice (1996) The Spice Girls

28. Crazy Love (2009) Michael Bublé

29. Life For Rent (2003) Dido

30. Beautiful World (2006) Take That

31. The Fame (2008) Lady Gaga

32. A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002) Coldplay

33. Hopes And Fears (2004) Keane

34. The Joshua Tree (1987) U2

35. But Seriously (1989) Phil Collins

36. Scissor Sisters (2004) The Scissor Sisters

37. Only By The Night (2008) The Kings of Leon

38. The War Of The Worlds (1978) Jeff Wayne

39. The Man Who (1999) Travis

40. x&y (2005) Coldplay