ROCKERS Queen have been crowned best-sellers after their Greatest Hits topped a chart of the biggest albums since 1956.

Their 1981 collection has sold 5.8 million copies since its release and will be revealed as a chart topper in a special Radio 2 show presented today by Tony Blackburn.

Its nearest rival was the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band which has sold five million, which was just ahead of Gold – Greatest Hits by ABBA which sold 4.9 million according to the figures from The Official Charts Company.

Blackburn said: "This chart is a real mixed bag and I think listeners will be quite surprised. There are artists in there you would expect to see in a countdown of this nature but not necessarily at the positions that they are.

"I was really surprised to see who hadn't made it in – no sign of the massively successful acts like the Rolling Stones, Elvis, Diana Ross or Marvin Gaye. Listeners are i n for a real treat. There's something for everyone."

Queen's second volume of Greatest Hits was at No 10 with sales of 3.8 million.