While the Beatles' greatest hits compilation 1 was the bestselling album in the U.S. this decade, the charts across the pond told a decidedly different story: James Blunt's Back to Bedlam, which boasted the hit "You're Beautiful," was the bestselling album in the U.K. in the 2000s, BBC reports. The disc finished Number One on a Top 10 that featured nine Brit artists and an unlikely American act.
The U.K.'s second biggest seller of the 2000s was Dido's No Angel, which beat out a pair of albums from British singers that made waves in the U.S.: Amy Winehouse's Back to Black and Leona Lewis' Spirit. David Grey's White Ladder finished at Number Five, while the aforementioned Fab Four collection 1 placed sixth. 1 enjoyed 11.4 million in sales in the States since its release in November 2000. The lone American act to make it onto the British Top 10? It wasn't Eminem or Beyoncé, but the Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut, which hit Number Nine on the Brit charts.
The Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," from the band's 2006 album Ta-Dah, was also the U.K.'s third most-played song of the decade, according to the BBC. The 2000s' Number One most played song in the U.K. was Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars," edging out Take That's "Shine." Surprisingly, even though Back to Bedlam topped the album's chart, "You're Beautiful" only placed seventh on the most played list. Rolling Stone's Number One Song of the 2000s, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," came in at Number 10 on the list.
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