Adele’s 21 has been named the highest-selling album in the U.S for the second year running, leading a top five in 2012 that consists of four British LPs.

The record-breaking album has come top in the U.S album sales chart for 2012 despite being released in January 2011, with 4.41 million copies sold in the past twelve months alone.

Elsewhere in the top five, Taylor Swift is the year’s runner-up with her latest album Red, while U.K acts One Direction and Mumford and Sons complete it – with the former’s last two albums placed both 3rd and 5th.

It’s a strange turn of events, with critics stating earlier in the year that American stars were flourishing over their UK counterparts.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber places in the list at 6th, with country singers filling the rest of the top ten.

Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was the biggest digital download of the year, just above Carly Rae Jepsen.

For Best Fit’s Albums of 2012, head here.