Friday, May 15, 2015

Australia’s Biggest #1 Albums

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This is a list of the biggest #1 albums on the Australian charts from its inception in 1965 to today. In the event of ties (of which there are many), the album ranking highest in Dave’s Music Database is listed first and so on. Also, the year listed is when the album was released or first charted. Consequently, it may not indicate the actual year in which the album peaked at #1.

    76 weeks:

  1. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)

    34 weeks:

  2. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)

    32 weeks:

  3. Adele: 21 (2011)

    30 weeks:

  4. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    29 weeks:

  5. Neil Diamond: Hot August Night (live, 1972)
  6. Delta Goodrem: Innocent Eyes (2003)

    28 weeks:

  7. Various Artists: Hair (cast, 1968)

    25 weeks:

  8. John Farnham: Whispering Jack (1986)

    20 weeks:

  9. Shania Twain: Come on Over (1997)

    19 weeks:

  10. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
  11. Savage Garden: Savage Garden (1997)

    18 weeks:

  12. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
  13. Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees (1976)

    17 weeks:

  14. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: Going Places (1965)
  15. The Seekers: Greatest Hits (1967)

    16 weeks:

  16. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
  17. Abba: Best of (released outside of Australia as Greatest Hits with two more tracks (1976)
  18. Skyhooks: Living in the ‘70s (1975)

    15 weeks:

  19. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  20. Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (1982)
  21. Cat Stevens: Teaser and the Firecat (1971)

    14 weeks:

  22. Bee Gees/Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  23. Various Artists: Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
  24. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night (2008)
  25. Bryan Adams: So Far So Good (1993)

    13 weeks:

  26. Michael Buble: Christmas (2011)
  27. Pink: Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (2010)
  28. A Man and a Woman (Un Homme et Une Femme) (soundtrack, 1967)

    12 weeks:

  29. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
  30. James Blunt: Back to Bedlam (2004)
  31. Slade: Alive! (1972)

    11 weeks:

  32. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
  33. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (1965)
  34. Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston (1985)
  35. James Horner (composer): Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)
  36. The Beatles: Help! (1965)
  37. The Beatles: Beatles for Sale (1964)
  38. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (1981)
  39. Jethro Tull: Thick As a Brick (1972)
  40. Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream (2009)
  41. Don McLean: American Pie (1972)
  42. Moulin Rouge (soundtrack, 2001)
  43. Abba: Abba (1975)
  44. Skyhooks: Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (1975)
  45. Icehouse: Man of Colours (1987)

    10 weeks:

  46. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  47. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (1980)
  48. Elton John: Caribou (1974)
  49. Pink: The Truth About Love (2012)
  50. Split Enz: True Colours (1980)
  51. Rod Stewart: A Night on the Town (1976)
  52. Crowded House: Recurring Dream – The Very Best of (1996)
  53. Jesus Christ Superstar (Australian cast, 1992)

    9 weeks:

  54. Norah Jones: Come Away with Me (2002)
  55. The Beatles: 1 (2000)
  56. Men at Work: Business as Usual (1981)
  57. Eminem: Recovery (2010)
  58. Taylor Swift: 1989 (2014)
  59. Robbie Williams: Greatest Hits (2004)
  60. Rod Stewart: Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
  61. Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record (1976)
  62. Pink: Funhouse (2008)
  63. Romeo + Juliet (sountrack, 1996)
  64. Village People: Can’t Stop the Music (1980)
  65. Various Artists: Choose 1985 (1984)

    8 weeks:

  66. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
  67. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  68. Eric Clapton: Unplugged (live, 1992)
  69. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (1970)
  70. Various Artists: Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
  71. Abba: Arrival (1976)
  72. Dido…No Angel (1999)
  73. Celine Dion: The Colour of My Love (1993)
  74. Macy Gray: On How Life Is (1999)
  75. Joe Cocker: Cocker Happy (1971)
  76. John Farnham: Age of Reason (1988)

    7 weeks:

  77. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
  78. Paul McCartney & Wings…Band on the Run (1973)
  79. Eminem: The Eminem Show (2002)
  80. Live: Throwing Copper (1994)
  81. Avril Lavigne: Let Go (2002)
  82. Culture Club: Colour by Numbers (1983)
  83. Eurythmics: Greatest Hits (1991)
  84. Michael Jackson: The Essential (2005)
  85. The Sting (soundtrack, 1974)
  86. Cat Stevens: Catch Bull at Four (1972)
  87. Jeff Wayne: War of the Worlds (1978)
  88. Richard Marx: Repeat Offender (1989)
  89. Missy Higgins: The Sound of White (2004)
  90. Daddy Cool: Daddy Who?...Daddy Cool (1971)
  91. Neil Diamond: Serenade (1974)
  92. The Beatles: Ballads (1981)
  93. Moving Pictures: Days of Innocence (1982)
  94. INXS: Very Best of (2014)
  95. Jimmy Barnes: For the Working Class Man (1985)

    6 weeks:

  96. Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (1986)
  97. Supertramp: Breakfast in America (1979)
  98. Michael Jackson: Dangerous (1991)
  99. Natalie Cole: Unforgettable: With Love (1991)
  100. Matchbox 20: Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)

Note: 30 albums peaked at #1 for 6 weeks. Only the five ranked highest according to the DMDB are included in the list above.


2 comments:

  1. Dave - Greatest Hits by ABBA was not released in Australia. Their 16 Weeks No.1 No.1 in 1976 was The Best Of ABBA.

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    1. Yes, they are technically different albums, but not by much. All 12 songs from 'Best of' are on the 14-track 'Greatest Hits.' I've noted that above, though.

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