The UK Albums Chart is a weekly record chart based on album sales from Sunday to Saturday in the United Kingdom. It listed only physical album sales until 2007, after which it has also included albums sold digitally. The chart is currently compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the UK music industry, and each week's new number one is first announced on Sunday evenings by BBC Radio 1 on their weekly chart show.
The album chart was first published by Record Mirror on 28 July 1956—the album at number one that week was Songs for Swingin' Lovers! by Frank Sinatra. As of 13 March 2012, 940 different albums have reached the top of the chart; 11 artists have topped the chart with nine or more different albums. The most successful act is The Beatles, who have reached number one with fifteen records and spent 174 weeks at the top, longer than any other artist. The most successful solo artist is American singer Madonna, who has released twelve different number one albums. The Rolling Stones and U2 have each topped the albums chart with ten different albums. It could be said that Robbie Williams has had 15 Number One albums, which would put him level with The Beatles at the top spot, if you include his 4 Number Ones as part of Take That.
ArtistsThe following artists have been credited on at least nine different number one albums, as recognised by the OCC. Appearances on compilation albums featuring various artists are not included.
Indicates that, with this album, the artist became
the first act to have this many number ones
|Best-selling album in the UK|
- List of artists by number of UK Singles Chart number ones
- List of best-selling albums in the United Kingdom
- List of one-hit wonders on the UK Albums Chart
- List of UK Albums Chart Christmas number ones
- List of UK Albums Chart number ones
- "The Charts We Compile".
- "The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart".
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- "Albums chart: 50 chart facts.".
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- "Elvis Presley".
- "Robbie Williams".
- "Robbie Williams".
- "Michael Jackson".
- "Rolling Stones".
- "Bruce Springsteen".
- "David Bowie".
- Official UK Albums Top 100 at the Official Charts Company
- The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart at BBC Radio 1