How many records did Chris Rea sell?

Christopher Anton Rea, the eminent English rock and blues singer hailing from Middlesbrough, has etched his name in the annals of music history with a staggering record of over 40 million albums sold worldwide.

Renowned for his distinctive voice and masterful slide guitar playing, Rea’s impact on the music scene is not only measured by his creative prowess but also by the millions of records that have found their way into the homes and hearts of fans across the globe.

Throughout his illustrious career, Chris Rea has contributed twenty-five solo albums to the music landscape, showcasing a remarkable range of musical styles and influences. Two of his albums, “The Road to Hell” in 1989 and its successor, “Auberge,” in 1991, ascended to the pinnacle of the UK Chart, solidifying his status as a chart-topping artist.

Rea’s journey to musical stardom traversed the European landscape before making a significant impact on the UK Top 10 with the single “The Road to Hell (Part 2).” His repertoire of hit songs includes timeless classics such as “I Can Hear Your Heartbeat,” “Stainsby Girls,” “Josephine,” “On the Beach,” “Let’s Dance,” “Driving Home for Christmas,” “Working on It,” “Tell Me There’s a Heaven,” “Auberge,” and “Julia.” His collaboration with Elton John on the duet “If You Were Me” further added to his musical legacy.

Despite his remarkable success, it’s noteworthy that Chris Rea has never embarked on a tour of the United States. However, he holds a special place in the hearts of American audiences, especially for his 1978 single “Fool (If You Think It’s Over).”

The song not only reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 but also spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, earning Rea a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1978. A decade later, “Working On It” secured the top spot on the Mainstream Rock chart, showcasing the enduring appeal of Rea’s music across different eras.