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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Biggest #1 Albums in U.K. Chart History

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This is a list of the #1 albums of all time according to the UK album charts. It includes all albums logging eight weeks or more at the top. For albums logging the same number of weeks at #1, they are listed in order of highest ranking according to Dave’s Music Database. This list was originally posted on Facebook on 4/19/11. and updated on 5/23/15.

    115 weeks:

  1. South Pacific (soundtrack, 1958)

    70 weeks:

  2. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)

    48 weeks:

  3. The King and I (soundtrack, 1956)

    33 weeks:

  4. Simon & Garfunkel…Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

    30 weeks:

  5. The Beatles…Please Please Me (1963)

    27 weeks:

  6. The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    23 weeks:

  7. Adele…21 (2011)

    22 weeks:

  8. Elvis Presley…G.I. Blues (1960)

    21 weeks:

  9. The Beatles…A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  10. The Beatles…With the Beatles (1963)

    19 weeks:

  11. My Fair Lady (cast album, 1956)

    18 weeks:

  12. Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  13. Elvis Presley…Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, 1961)

    17 weeks:

  14. The Beatles…Abbey Road (1969)
  15. Carpenters…The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)

    15 weeks:

  16. Spice Girls…Spice (1996)
  17. Phil Collins……But Seriously (1989)

    14 weeks:

  18. Dire Straits…Brothers in Arms (1985)
  19. Cliff Richard & the Shadows…Summer Holiday (1963)

    13 weeks:

  20. Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
  21. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961)
  22. Bob Dylan…John Wesley Harding (1967)

    12 weeks:

  23. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1984)
  24. The Verve…Urban Hymns (1997)
  25. The Rolling Stones…The Rolling Stones, aka England’s Newest Hitmakers, 1964)
  26. Simply Red…Stars (1991)
  27. Adam & the Ants…Kings of the Wild Frontier (1981)
  28. Ed Sheeran…X (2014)
  29. Kids from Fame…Kids from Fame (1982)

    11 weeks:

  30. Alanis Morissette…Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  31. Shania Twain…Come on Over (1997)
  32. Whitney Houston et al…The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
  33. Elton John…Greatest Hits (1974)
  34. The Beatles…Beatles for Sale (1964)
  35. Meat Loaf…Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)
  36. Abba…Greatest Hits (1976)
  37. Pal Joey (soundtrack, 1957)
  38. various artists…20 All-Time Hits of the ‘50s (1999)

    10 weeks:

  39. Oasis…What's the Story Morning Glory (1995)
  40. Abba…Arrival (1976)
  41. James Blunt…Back to Bedlam (2004)
  42. Dido…Life for Rent (2003)
  43. Eurythmics…Greatest Hits (1991)
  44. The Rolling Stones…No. 2 (aka ‘Now!’) (1965)
  45. The Corrs…Talk on Corners (1997)
  46. Emeli Sandé…Our Version of Events (2012)
  47. The Beach Boys…20 Golden Greats (1976)

    9 weeks:

  48. Madonna…The Immaculate Collection (1990)
  49. The Beatles…1 (2000)
  50. The Beatles…Help! (1965)
  51. Terence Trent D’Arby…Introducing the Hardline According to… (1987)
  52. Travis…The Man Who (1999)
  53. Abba…Super Trouper (1980)
  54. Barbra Streisand…Love Songs (1982)
  55. Boyzone…By Request (1999)
  56. Stylistics…Best of (1975)
  57. George Mitchell Minstrels…Black and White Minstrel Show (1961)

    8 weeks:

  58. Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982)
  59. The Beatles…The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
  60. The Beatles…Rubber Soul (1965)
  61. Paul Simon…Graceland (1986)
  62. George Harrison…All Things Must Pass (1970)
  63. Abba...Gold – Greatest Hits (1992)
  64. The Rolling Stones…Aftermath (1966)
  65. T-Rex…Electric Warrior (1971)
  66. George Michael…Ladies and Gentlemen: Best of (1998)
  67. Sam Smith…In the Lonely Hour (2014)
  68. Leona Lewis…Spirit (2007)
  69. Take That…Beautiful World (2006)
  70. Various Artists…Now That’s What I Call Music 3 (1984)
  71. George Mitchell Minstrels…Another Black and White Minstrel Show (1961)
  72. Various Artists…20 Dynamic Hits (1972)

6 comments:

  1. Dave - There are several errors in this List. Rubber Soul, & The Beatles, (The White Album), should not be in the List at all. Neither spent 9 Weeks at No.1 in the UK. Both were actually 8 Week No.1's. Nor should ABBA Gold be in it, as that was an 8 Week No.1 also. And it did not get a 1993 release in the UK. It was a September 1992 release. You have spelt one ABBA Album as Super Trooper. It is actually Super Trouper. Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water has not been regarded as a 41 Week No.1 in the UK for at least a Decade. From February 6th March 27th 1971 there was a Postal Strike that stopped the UK Album Charts being compiled. To fill that 8 Week gap, we used to simply repeat the Chart of 30th January 1971 for 8 Weeks. That gave the S & G Album 8 extra No.1 Weeks. 41 No.1 Weeks in Total. In 2004 or so, it was decided not to do that any longer. We started to use the Melody Maker Album Charts to fill that 8 Week gap. Those Charts had All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, at No.1 for all 8 Weeks. So that became a UK No.1 Album, & the S & G Album had 8 No.1 Weeks removed - giving it 33 No.1 Weeks - not 41. 21 by Adele, was a UK No.1 for 23 Weeks - not 22. Since your List was compiled, you only need to add 2 Albums to up-date it to May 2015. They are X by Ed Sheeran, (2014), which was a UK No.1 for 12 Weeks. And Our Version Of Events, by Emily Sandé, (2012), which was a UK No.1 for 10 Weeks.

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate the updates and have integrated them.

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  2. Dave - You still need to add a No.1 Week to 21 by Adele. It definitely had 23 Weeks at No.1 & Not 22 Weeks. It did it in 7 'Runs' at No.1 - (2011) - 11 - 5 - 2 & - (2012) - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 = 23 Weeks at No.1. There are 2 further Albums to add to your 8 Weeks at No.1 List. They are - Beautiful World - Take That, (2006), and In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith, (2014).

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    1. I appreciate you keeping me on my toes. I have verified and made the changes. Thanks.

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  3. Dave -X by Ed Sheeran has now spent 13 Weeks at No.1 in the UK. It had its 13th No.1 Week a few Weeks ago.

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  4. Please, can I get a list of every artist/band who featured in the UK top 10 music singles chart from 1960 to the present day. Ideally produced as an Excel spreadsheet.

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