Adele has beaten Madonna, Rihanna, and Beyoncé to become the best-selling female album artist of the century so far in the UK.

The news comes as plans were unveiled for 2021's National Album Day, which returns for its fourth edition on Saturday October 16th, with the theme is Celebrating Women in Music.

According to data from the Official Charts Company in Britain, all three of Adele’s albums are in the Top 10 biggest-selling records by female acts.

The albums - 19, 21 and 25 - have had eight times Platinum sales in the UK with 21 being her most successful.

The Londoner was followed on the list by Amy Winehouse’s 2006’s mega-seller Back to Black, while Leona Lewis’s debut Spirit came in at number four.

The top 10 female artist album in the UK from 2000 to 2021 are:






Amy Winehouse

Kylie Minogue


Britney Spears

Lady Gaga

The 10 top-selling albums in the UK by women are:

Adele - 21

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Adele - 25

Leona Lewis - Spirit

Lady Gaga - Fame

Dido - No Angel

Dido - Life For Rent

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

Adele - 19

Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events