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

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Queen have collectively the longest charting album with Greatest Hits (1068 weeks) as this includes the 106 weeks that The Platinum Collection charted for which includes the aforementioned album.

ABBA are the only act to have a singular album chart for more than 1000 weeks with their album ABBA Gold.

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 Queen's Greatest Hits which has spent 1067 weeks in the top 100, ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits, with 1016 weeks on the chart, followed by Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers with 994 weeks. The most weeks for a studio album is 905 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 494 weeks to date, 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 212 for The Definitive Collection by Stevie Wonder.

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.

Five acts have multiple albums achieving 300 weeks on chart: Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Ed Sheeran, Simon & Garfunkel and Arctic Monkeys. Of these, Oasis is the only act to have three albums pass the 300-week threshold, as well as the only act with multiple albums achieving 400 weeks on the chart, with three of their albums having reached this milestone.

The numbers shown are up to the chart for the week ending 9 July 2021, at least for the albums over 200 weeks on chart.

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

400 or more weeks[edit]

The late Amy Winehouse has the longest charting album by a female artist, as well as a studio album released in the 21st Century with her 2006 album Back to Black (496 weeks).
Fleetwood Mac have the longest charting studio album with Rumours (907 weeks). Additionally, their album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac has spent 363 weeks on the chart.
Oasis have three albums that have charted for over 400 weeks on the UK charts: (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (507 weeks), Definitely Maybe (423 weeks) and Time Flies... 1994–2009 (420 weeks), respectively.
Title Artist Year first
entered chart
Peak Weeks Ref
Greatest Hits Queen 1981 1 1070* [nb 1] [3]
Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 1992 1 1018* [nb 2] [3]
Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 1 996* [3]
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977 1 907* [7]
The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973 2 539 [8]
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1978 9 522 [9]
Number Ones Michael Jackson 2003 1 514* [10]
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis 1995 1 507* [11]
Back to Black Amy Winehouse 2006 1 496* [nb 3] [12]
Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 2005 1 480* [13]
+ Ed Sheeran 2011 1 431* [14]
Definitely Maybe Oasis 1994 1 423* [11]
Greatest Hits Foo Fighters 2009 4 423* [15]
Time Flies... 1994–2009 Oasis 2010 1 420* [11]
AM Arctic Monkeys 2013 1 419* [16]

200 to 399 weeks[edit]

Ed Sheeran has three albums which have spent over 200 weeks on the UK charts. These being + (431 weeks), x (376 weeks) and ÷ (238 weeks), respectively
The late Whitney Houston has the longest charting greatest hits album by a female artist on the UK charts with The Ultimate Collection (388 weeks).
Madonna features twice on this list with The Immaculate Collection (359 weeks) and Like a Virgin (153 weeks), respectively.
Michael Jackson has four albums that have charted for over 150 weeks: Number Ones (514 weeks), Thriller (286 weeks), Off the Wall (225 weeks) and Bad (187 weeks)
Taylor Swift has charted for over 200 weeks with her album 1989 (217 weeks).
Adele has charted for over 200 weeks with her albums 21 (295 weeks), 19 (211 weeks) and 25 (206 weeks), respectively.
Title Artist Year first
entered chart
Peak Weeks Ref
The Ultimate Collection Whitney Houston 2007 3 388 [nb 4] [17]
x Ed Sheeran 2014 1 376* [14]
The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack 1965 1 376 [18]
Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses 2004 1 372 [19]
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 2002 6 363 [7]
The Immaculate Collection Madonna 1990 1 359 [20]
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys 2006 1 358* [16]
Nevermind Nirvana 1991 5 358* [21]
In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 2014 1 354* [22]
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1972 2 348 [23]
1 The Beatles 2000 1 333* [24]
Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 1970 1 330 [23]
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne 1978 5 319 [25]
South Pacific Original Soundtrack 1958 1 315 [26]
Face Value Phil Collins 1981 1 300 [27] [nb 5]
21 Adele 2011 1 295 [28]
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967 1 293 [24] [nb 6]
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988 1 292 [29]
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield 1973 1 287 [30]
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982 1 286 [nb 7] [10]
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses 1987 5 284 [19]
I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 2015 1 278* [31]
Greatest Hits Red Hot Chili Peppers 2003 4 276* [32]
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 1 271 [33]
Greatest Hits II Queen 1991 1 269 [nb 8] [34]
Hot Fuss The Killers 2004 1 254 [35]
Legacy (The Very Best of David Bowie) David Bowie 2016 5 253* [36]
Making Movies Dire Straits 1980 4 252 [33]
Automatic for the People R.E.M. 1992 1 245 [37]
My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1997 7 244 [38]
Direct Hits The Killers 2013 5 242* [35]
÷ Ed Sheeran 2017 1 238* [14]
Twenty Five George Michael 2006 1 231* [39]
Dua Lipa Dua Lipa 2017 3 225* [40]
Off the Wall Michael Jackson 1979 3 225 [10]
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 1995 1 222 [41]
Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection Take That 2005 2 218 [42]
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 2009 2 218 [43]
1989 Taylor Swift 2014 1 217* [44]
The Definitive Collection Stevie Wonder 2002 11 215* [45]
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 1989 5 215 [46]
Out of Time R.E.M. 1991 1 214 [37]
19 Adele 2008 1 211 [28]
No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1985 1 208 [nb 9] [27]
Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 2010 1 208* [47]
Singles Maroon 5 2015 32 208* [48]
25 Adele 2015 1 206* [28]
1962–1966 The Beatles 1973 3 206 [nb 10] [24]
All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 2005 1 206 [49]
The Bends Radiohead 1995 4 204 [50]
Under a Blood Red Sky U2 1983 2 204 [51]
The King and I Original Soundtrack 1956 1 203 [52]
Greatest Hits... So Far!!! P!nk 2010 5 202* [53]
Diamonds Elton John 2017 5 202* [54]
The Joshua Tree U2 1987 1 201 [51]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie 1972 5 201 [nb 11] [36]
Love over Gold Dire Straits 1982 1 200 [33]

150 to 199 weeks[edit]

Lady Gaga charted for 197 weeks with her debut album The Fame.
Tina Turner appears twice on this list with Simply the Best (180 weeks) and Private Dancer (150 weeks).
Little Mix have the longest charting album by a girl group with Glory Days (173 weeks).
Lana Del Rey has charted for 150 weeks with her album Born to Die.
Title Artist Year first
entered chart
Peak Weeks Ref
Teenage Dream Katy Perry 2010 1 199* [55]
The Fame Lady Gaga 2009 1 197 [56]
Lungs Florence and the Machine 2009 1 196 [57]
Parachutes Coldplay 2000 1 193 [58]
Greatest Hits Bon Jovi 2010 2 192 [59]
The Best of UB40 – Volume One UB40 1987 3 192 [nb 12] [60]
Bad Michael Jackson 1987 1 180 [10]
Simply the Best Tina Turner 1991 2 180 [61]
Crazy Love Michael Bublé 2009 1 180 [62]
The Very Best of the Eagles Eagles 1994 3 179 [nb 13] [63]
Wanted on Voyage George Ezra 2014 1 179 [64]
? XXXTentacion 2018 3 179* [65]
These Streets Paolo Nutini 2006 3 177 [66]
Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna 2007 1 177 [67]
Hello, I Must Be Going! Phil Collins 1982 2 176 [27]
White Ladder David Gray 2000 1 176 [68]
West Side Story Original Soundtrack 1962 1 175 [69]
Ocean Drive Lighthouse Family 1995 3 175 [70]
The Best of Van Morrison Van Morrison 1990 4 174 [71]
Glory Days Little Mix 2016 1 173 [72]
1967-1970 The Beatles 1973 2 172 [nb 14] [24]
Stoney Post Malone 2016 10 169 [73]
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers 1999 5 169 [74]
The 1975 The 1975 2013 1 168 [75]
Oklahoma! Original Soundtrack 1956 1 168 [76]
Only by the Night Kings of Leon 2008 1 165 [77]
Alchemy – Dire Straits Live Dire Straits 1984 3 164 [33]
Talk on Corners The Corrs 1997 1 164 [78]
Don't Smile at Me Billie Eilish 2018 12 163 [79]
Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics Stereophonics 2008 2 163 [80]
Graceland Paul Simon 1986 1 163 [81]
Best of Bowie David Bowie 2002 1 162 [36]
Urban Hymns The Verve 1997 1 162 [82]
Come On Over Shania Twain 1998 1 161 [83]
Stars Simply Red 1991 1 161 [84]
Word Gets Around Stereophonics 1997 6 161 [80]
Staying at Tamara's George Ezra 2018 1 157 [64]
My Fair Lady Original Broadway Cast 1958 1 156 [85]
Songbird Eva Cassidy 1998 1 156 [86]
The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly 1959 2 155 [87]
Cross Road – The Best of Bon Jovi Bon Jovi 1994 1 155 [59]
Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie 1983 1 154 [88]
Like a Virgin Madonna 1984 1 153 [20]
Hunky Dory David Bowie 1971 3 153 [nb 11] [36]
Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2002 1 152 [89]
Best of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1966 2 151 [90]
Manilow Magic Barry Manilow 1979 3 151 [91]
Eyes Open Snow Patrol 2006 1 151 [92]
Born to Die Lana Del Rey 2012 1 150 [93]
Private Dancer Tina Turner 1984 2 150 [61]
A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay 2002 1 150 [58]
Call Me Irresponsible Michael Bublé 2007 2 150 [62]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Including 106 weeks for The Platinum Collection, which includes all three Greatest Hits albums
  2. ^ Including 6 weeks for 2014's 40th Anniversary Edition box set which includes Gold, More ABBA Gold and The Golden B-sides. Please also note that the Official Chart Company recognised the original Gold - Greatest Hits as being the first album to spend over 1000 weeks on the Top 100 Albums chart in July 2021[4][5][6]
  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. ^ includes 1 week as part of The Beatles in Mono boxed set + 1 week as part of The Beatles in Stereo boxed set
  7. ^ Including 27 weeks for the 25th anniversary edition reissue, Thriller 25
  8. ^ Including 105 weeks for The Platinum Collection, which includes all three Greatest Hits albums
  9. ^ Includes 10 weeks as part of the Take a Look at Me Now... The Complete Studio Collection box set and 22 weeks as part of The Platinum Collection box set
  10. ^ Including 5 weeks for box set with 1962–1966 and 1967–1970
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Including 32 weeks for box set with Volume 1 and Volume 2
  13. ^ Including 67 weeks for 2001 reissue with the same tracks in a different order
  14. ^ Including 5 weeks for box set with 1962–1966 and 1967–1970

Books[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ The Guinness Book of Records. Guinness. 1998. p. 230.
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  4. ^ https://www.umusicpub.com/uk/News/2021/7/ABBA-Gold-reaches-1000-weeks-on-the-Official-Albums-Chart.aspx
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  6. ^ "ABBA's Gold becomes first album to reach 1000 weeks on Official UK Albums Chart".
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  9. ^ "UK Charts > Meat Loaf". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
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  11. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Oasis". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  12. ^ "UK Charts > Amy Winehouse". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  13. ^ "UK Charts > Eminem". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
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  15. ^ "UK Charts > Foo Fighters". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  16. ^ a b "UK Charts > Arctic Monkeys". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
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  19. ^ a b "UK Charts > Guns N' Roses". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
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  21. ^ "UK Charts > Nirvana". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
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  23. ^ a b "UK Charts > Simon & Garfunkel". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
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  28. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Adele". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  29. ^ "UK Charts > Tracy Chapman". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  30. ^ "UK Charts > Mike Oldfield". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
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  32. ^ "UK Charts > Red Hot Chili Peppers". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
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  34. ^ "UK Charts > Queen". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  35. ^ a b "UK Charts > Killers". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  36. ^ a b c d "UK Charts > David Bowie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  37. ^ a b "UK Charts > R.E.M." Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  38. ^ "UK Charts > Frank Sinatra". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  39. ^ "UK Charts > George Michael". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  40. ^ "UK Charts > Dua Lipa". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  41. ^ "UK Charts > Alanis Morissette". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  42. ^ "UK Charts > Take That". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  43. ^ "UK Charts > Mumford & Sons". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  44. ^ "UK Charts > Taylor Swift". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  45. ^ https://www.officialcharts.com/artist/5543/stevie-wonder/
  46. ^ "UK Charts > Stone Roses". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  47. ^ "UK Charts > Bruno Mars". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  48. ^ "UK Charts > Maroon 5". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  49. ^ "UK Charts > Electric Light Orchestra". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  50. ^ "UK Charts > Radiohead". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  51. ^ a b "UK Charts > U2". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  52. ^ "UK Charts > The King and I". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  53. ^ "UK Charts > Pink". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  54. ^ "UK Charts > Elton John". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  55. ^ "UK Charts > Katy Perry". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  56. ^ "UK Charts > Lady Gaga". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  57. ^ "UK Charts > Florence and the Machine". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  58. ^ a b "UK Charts > Coldplay". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  59. ^ a b "UK Charts > Bon Jovi". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  60. ^ "UK Charts > UB40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  61. ^ a b "UK Charts > Tina Turner". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  62. ^ a b "UK Charts > Michael Bublé". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  63. ^ "UK Charts > Eagles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  64. ^ a b "UK Charts > George Ezra". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  65. ^ "UK Charts > XXXTentacion". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  66. ^ "UK Charts > Paolo Nutini". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  67. ^ "UK Charts > Rihanna". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  68. ^ "UK Charts > David Gray". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  69. ^ "UK Charts > West Side Story". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  70. ^ "UK Charts > Lighthouse Family". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  71. ^ "UK Charts > Van Morrison". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  72. ^ "UK Charts > Little Mix". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  73. ^ "UK Charts > Post Malone". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  74. ^ "UK Charts > Red Hot Chili Peppers". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  75. ^ "UK Charts > The 1975". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  76. ^ "UK Charts > Oklahoma!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  77. ^ "UK Charts > Kings of Leon". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  78. ^ "UK Charts > The Corrs". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  79. ^ "UK Charts > Billie Eilish". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  80. ^ a b "UK Charts > Stereophonics". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  81. ^ "UK Charts > Paul Simon". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  82. ^ "UK Charts > The Verve". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  83. ^ "UK Charts > Shania Twain". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  84. ^ "UK Charts > Simply Red". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  85. ^ "UK Charts > My Fair Lady". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  86. ^ "UK Charts > Eva Cassidy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  87. ^ "UK Charts > Buddy Holly". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  88. ^ "UK Charts > Lionel Richie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  89. ^ "UK Charts > Norah Jones". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
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  91. ^ "UK Charts > Barry Manilow". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
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  93. ^ "UK Charts > Lana Del Rey". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 August 2021.