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List of albums which have spent the most weeks on the UK Albums Chart

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The following is a list of all albums that have spent at least 150 weeks on the UK Albums Chart as published by the Official Charts Company (OCC). The chart comprises a top 100 from August 1981 to 1988 and since 1994, a top 75 before this (and from 1988 to 1994) from 1978 and various lengths before this from July 1956. Re-releases – such as remasters, re-issues, deluxe versions or anniversary editions – are treated together unless the re-released version differs significantly from the original (for example, it has been re-recorded or remixed). This list does not include compilation albums by various artists, which have been excluded from the UK Albums Chart since 1989. Soundtracks are still included if they are an original cast performance or if all tracks are performed by the same artist.[1]

The top three are all compilation albums, headed by ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits has the most weeks at 935 (582 in the top 75) Queen's Greatest Hits which has spent 872 weeks in the top 100 (593 of them in the top 75) as an individual album and a further 92 as part of a box set with Greatest Hits II and Greatest Hits III called The Platinum Collection. Excluding multiple album box sets, . The most weeks for a studio album is 815 for Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (571 in the top 75) which charted every year from its release in 1977 until 1989 and in fifteen different years since then.

Amy Winehouse's 2006 album Back to Black has the most weeks for a post-2000 release, charting for 408 weeks to date (293 in the top 75), though this total includes 55 weeks for the deluxe edition and 1 week for the box set that includes Back to Black and Winehouse's debut album Frank. The original soundtrack of South Pacific has the most weeks at number 1, with 115.[2] The most weeks by an album not reaching number 1 is 534 for Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and the most weeks by an album not reaching the top 10 is 130 for Blue Lines by Massive Attack.

Dire Straits, Michael Jackson and U2 jointly hold the record for most albums to reach 100 weeks on chart, with five each. Of these, three albums by both Dire Straits and Jackson have achieved 200 weeks on chart; in the case of Dire Straits, all of them studio albums (Brothers in Arms, Making Movies and Love over Gold). The only other acts to have three albums reach 200 weeks on chart are Oasis, with Definitely Maybe, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and the compilation Time Flies... 1994–2009 and the Beatles.

Four acts have multiple albums achieving 300 weeks on chart: Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Ed Sheeran and Simon & Garfunkel. Of these, Oasis is the only act to have three albums passing the 300-week threshold, as well as the only act to have multiple studio albums reach this milestone.

The numbers shown are up to the chart for the week ending 7 august 2020.

(*) indicates that the album is in the top 100 for the current week ending.

200 or more weeks

Title Artist Released Peak Weeks Ref
Greatest Hits Queen 1981 1 1006* [nb 1] [3]
Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 1992 1 955* [nb 2] [4]
Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 1 936* [5]
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977 1 847* [6]
The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973 2 535 [7]
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1978 9 522 [8]
Number Ones Michael Jackson 2003 1 454* [9]
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis 1995 1 447* [10]
Back to Black Amy Winehouse 2006 1 438* [nb 3] [11]
Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 2005 1 420* [12]
+ Ed Sheeran 2011 1 413 [13]
The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack 1965 1 374 [14]
Definitely Maybe Oasis 1994 1 369* [10]
Greatest Hits Foo Fighters 2009 4 367 [15]
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 2002 6 363 [6]
Time Flies... 1994–2009 Oasis 2010 1 360* [10]
AM Arctic Monkeys 2013 1 359* [16]
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1972 2 347 [17]
The Immaculate Collection Madonna 1990 1 344 [18]
Nevermind Nirvana 1991 5 342 [19]
Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 1970 1 330 [17]
Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses 2004 1 324 [20]
x Ed Sheeran 2014 1 319* [13]
South Pacific Original Soundtrack 1958 1 315 [21]
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne 1978 5 319 [22]
The Ultimate Collection Whitney Houston 2008 3 334 [nb 4] [23]
Face Value Phil Collins 1981 1 300 [24] [nb 5]
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988 1 292 [25]
In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 2014 1 299 [26]
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys 2006 1 298* [16]
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield 1973 1 287 [27]
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982 1 286 [nb 6] [9]
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses 1987 5 284 [20]
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967 1 275 [28] [nb 7]
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 1 271 [29]
21 Adele 2011 1 277 [30]
1 The Beatles 2000 1 273* [28]
Greatest Hits II Queen 1991 1 265 [nb 1] [3]
Making Movies Dire Straits 1980 4 252 [29]
Hot Fuss The Killers 2004 1 252 [31]
Automatic for the People R.E.M. 1992 1 245 [32]
My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1997 7 244 [33]
I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 2015 1 225* [34]
Off the Wall Michael Jackson 1979 3 224 [9]
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 1995 1 221 [35]
Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection Take That 2005 2 218 [36]
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 2009 2 218 [37]
Greatest Hits Red Hot Chili Peppers 2003 4 214* [38]
Out of Time R.E.M. 1991 1 213 [32]
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 1989 5 212 [39]
19 Adele 2008 1 210 [30]
1962–1966 The Beatles 1973 3 206 [nb 8] [28]
Under a Blood Red Sky U2 1983 2 204 [40]
The King and I Original Soundtrack 1956 1 203 [41]
The Bends Radiohead 1995 4 203 [42]
The Joshua Tree U2 1987 1 201 [40]
All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 2005 1 201* [43]
Love over Gold Dire Straits 1982 1 200 [29]

150 to 199 weeks

Title Artist Released Peak Weeks Ref
Lungs Florence and the Machine 2009 1 196 [44]
Parachutes Coldplay 2000 1 192 [45]
The Best of Rod Stewart Rod Stewart 1976 3 189 [46]
No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1985 1 187 [nb 9] [24]
The Fame/The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 2009 1 184 [47]
Legacy (The Very Best of David Bowie) David Bowie 2016 5 184* [48]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie 1972 5 184 [nb 10] [48]
Greatest Hits Bon Jovi 2010 2 183 [49]
Bad Michael Jackson 1987 1 180 [9]
Simply the Best Tina Turner 1991 2 180 [50]
Crazy Love Michael Bublé 2009 1 180 [51]
Direct Hits The Killers 2013 5 180* [31]
The Very Best of the Eagles Eagles 1994 3 179 [nb 11] [52]
Wanted on Voyage George Ezra 2014 1 179 [53]
These Streets Paolo Nutini 2006 3 177 [54]
Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna 2007 1 177 [55]
Hello, I Must Be Going! Phil Collins 1982 2 176 [24]
Greatest Hits... So Far!!! P!nk 2010 5 176 [56]
25 Adele 2015 1 175* [30]
West Side Story Original Soundtrack 1962 1 175 [57]
Ocean Drive Lighthouse Family 1995 3 175 [58]
White Ladder David Gray 2000 1 175 [59]
The Best of Van Morrison Van Morrison 1990 4 174 [60]
Divide Ed Sheeran 2017 1 169* [13]
1989 Taylor Swift 2014 1 168* [61]
Oklahoma! Original Soundtrack 1956 1 168 [62]
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers 1999 5 168 [63]
Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 2010 1 168 [64]
The Best of UB40 – Volume One UB40 1987 3 166 [nb 12] [65]
Glory Days Little Mix 2016 1 165 [66]
Only by the Night Kings of Leon 2008 1 165 [67]
Alchemy – Dire Straits Live Dire Straits 1984 3 164 [29]
Talk on Corners The Corrs 1997 1 164 [68]
1967-1970 The Beatles 1973 2 162 [nb 13] [28]
Best of Bowie David Bowie 2002 1 162 [48]
Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics Stereophonics 2008 2 162* [69]
Twenty Five George Michael 2006 1 162* [70]
Stars Simply Red 1991 1 161 [71]
Word Gets Around Stereophonics 1997 6 161 [69]
Urban Hymns The Verve 1997 1 161 [72]
Come On Over Shania Twain 1998 1 161 [73]
Graceland Paul Simon 1986 1 160 [74]
The 1975 The 1975 2013 1 157 [75]
Dua Lipa Dua  Lipa 2017 3 156 [76]
Glory Days Little Mix 2016 1 156 [77]
My Fair Lady Original Broadway Cast 1958 1 156 [78]
Songbird Eva Cassidy 1998 1 156 [79]
The Definitive Collection Stevie Wonder 2002 11 156 [80]
The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly 1959 2 155 [81]
Cross Road – The Best of Bon Jovi Bon Jovi 1994 1 155 [49]
Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie 1983 1 154 [82]
Teenage Dream/Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection Katy Perry 2010 1 154* [83]
Like a Virgin Madonna 1984 1 153 [18]
Stoney Post Malone 2016 10 153* [84]
Hunky Dory David Bowie 1971 3 153 [nb 10] [48]
Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2002 1 152 [85]
Dua Lipa Dua Lipa 2017 3 152* [86]
Best of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1966 2 151 [87]
Manilow Magic Barry Manilow 1979 3 151 [88]
Eyes Open Snow Patrol 2006 1 151 [89]
Private Dancer Tina Turner 1984 2 150 [50]
A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay 2002 1 150 [45]
Call Me Irresponsible Michael Bublé 2007 2 150 [51]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Including 102 weeks for The Platinum Collection, which includes all three Greatest Hits albums
  2. ^ Including 3 weeks for box set with Gold and More Gold
  3. ^ Including 55 weeks for the deluxe edition and 1 week for the box set with Frank and Back to Black
  4. ^ Including 2 weeks for box set with Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances
  5. ^ includes 22 weeks as part of the Platinum Collection + 1 week as part of the Take a Look at Me boxed set + 1 week as part of the Take a Look at Me Now – Complete boxed set.
  6. ^ Including 27 weeks for the 25th anniversary edition reissue, Thriller 25
  7. ^ includes 1 week as part of The Beatles in Mono boxed set + 1 week as part of The Beatles in Stereo boxed set
  8. ^ Including 5 weeks for box set with 1962–1966 and 1967–1970
  9. ^ Includes 10 weeks as part of the Take a Look at Me Now... The Complete Studio Collection box set
  10. ^ a b Including 1 week for box set Five Years (1969–1973), which includes the albums Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Pin Ups, Aladdin Sane, Live Santa Monica '72 and Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
  11. ^ Including 67 weeks for 2001 reissue with the same tracks in a different order
  12. ^ Including 6 weeks for box set with Volume 1 and Volume 2
  13. ^ Including 5 weeks for box set with 1962–1966 and 1967–1970

Books

  • British Albums Chart: All Time Top 1000 by Michael Churchill. Published by Lulu.com, 2013.

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