Albums

Albums that racked up the most weeks on the chart

It’s the mark of a classic album if it continues to sell over the years, especially if it spends a significant portion of its existence at the top of the chart.

The Top 100 will still contain a portion of legacy releases dating back decades that are still released or sold in significant quantities. Every artist hopes to release a set of songs that will resonate across generations, and the long stays of ABBA Gold (first released 1992), Queen’s Greatest Hits (1981) and Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend (1984) are testament to that. . Also, helpfully because of their catalogs, every time you go to stream Dancing Queen it counts towards ABBA Gold total rather than Arrival, Bohemian Rhapsody counts towards Queen’s Greatest Hits rather than A Night At The Opera and so on following.

This explains why these are the best selling albums in the UK, and also why Legend and Gold have racked up over 1000 weeks in the Top 100, and the Queen compilation will likely hit that milestone at some point in the next twelve month.

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Likewise, with truly iconic releases which have sold in large numbers and in some cases have greatly outsold the rest of an artist’s catalog, the best examples being Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors (first released in 1977) which continues to eclipse the other 17 studio albums. the group released, or Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon (first released in 1973) which fared slightly better than The Final Cut or Meddle. Bat Out Of Hell falls into this category – a defining album that defines Meat Loaf’s stand so perfectly and speaks to generations of fans outside of the genre, that every album he releases thereafter would struggle to even reach. only a fraction of its sales.

There are also the iconic albums that live on despite the passing of the key characters involved. This applies not only to Queen and Bob Marley, but also to Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, which logged 457 weeks in the Top 100, although there was only one other official studio album. , his discography is unfortunately quite short. There’s also Nirvana’s Nevermind (375 weeks), as well as compilations like Michael Jackson’s Number Ones (531 weeks) and Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection (386 weeks).

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Much of the longevity can also be attributed to reissues and the rise of vinyl where people who had been raised on the format, then dropped their records in favor of CD, and have now been seduced by classics such than Rumors being readily available. again. It’s also a revelation in some ways, because in the Top 20 albums that have spent the most weeks in the Top 100, there’s no sign of, say, massive sellers by the Beatles or Adele.

And then there are the releases that were very punctual and one-time like movie soundtracks. Classic albums in their own right, but maybe no one is rushing to stream them or own them again, or they’ve just slipped slightly off the radar. Join us as we examine some of the less obvious albums that seemingly never made it to the Top 40, until they did.

Soundtrack – South Pacific (1958) 315 weeks

Well, that’s just plain cheating, because there wasn’t even a Top 40 in 1958. South Pacific first entered the Official Top 5 Albums, which at that time were ALL the soundtracks to The King And I, Pal Joey, Oklahoma and at Number 1 was The Duke Wore Jeans, which was a soundtrack to a movie starring then huge Tommy Steele. Rodgers & Hammerstein-penned issues such as There Is Nothing Like A Dame and Some Enchanted Evening helped South Pacific spend 115 weeks at number 1 between November 1958 and September 1961, often taking turns with Elvis and The Black & White Minstrels (which we won’t go into here).

Soundtrack – West Side Story (1962) 175 weeks

A similar story (West Side) here as for much of its chart life there was still only a Top 20. This movie soundtrack with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at number 1. No wonder people were desperate for The Beatles to finally show up. In fact, it’s because the ‘pop’ album wasn’t really important in the early sixties, because many artists like Elvis and Cliff Richard never really focused on albums as a form of art as such, which is probably why soundtracks dominated. at the time. Sure, West Side Story has just been remade, and its soundtrack doesn’t have the chart-topping sway that the original had, but has done considerable business on the compilation chart.

Soundtrack – The Sound of Music (1965) 374 weeks

This was the third time a cast recording of The Sound Of Music had charted, with the original London theater cast reaching number 3 in 1961, which also charted alongside a Broadway cast recording which was number 4. The film, however, starring Julie Andrews as a nun turned governess-raiser of children to wander the hills against the backdrop of the Nazis, spent 70 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 between 1965 and 1968, by which time the album chart had expanded to a Top 40, and then it was a matter of so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye, etc.

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) 279 weeks

Selling over 25 million copies worldwide, it seemed, for a time at least, that there was not a household that didn’t own a copy of this fifth and final album. Art & Paul. The duo had been steadily racking up hits through the latter half of the 1960s, their only previous number 1 album being Bookends in 1968. Not universally critically acclaimed at the time, its title track was the duo’s only number 1 single in the UK. United, but both the album and the song won the Grammy Awards the following year.

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973) 183 weeks

The debut album on Virgin that helped launch the label, Mike Oldfield’s epic solo track where he played all the instruments, was, again, very much of its time – a sort of progressive affair that surpassed the rest of the genre and passed to the general public. Many buyers were won over by the textures of the 49-minute track and it showed off their hi-fi, indeed it was often used as a test album alongside Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon to show off new stereos , much like nature docs being the ideal vehicle to demonstrate the definition of new televisions. It managed to become a truck-selling album at the time and broke a three-month tenure at number 2 by earning a lonely week at the top. The historical version was used in The Exorcist and excerpts were played as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

So here is. The beauty of these lists is that they will be continuously updated, and with the return of Bat Out Of Hell to the album list – it appears from time to time in the lower section – should see it appeal to a new generation and his overall tally continues to grow. Let’s take a look at how things currently stand in the all-time rosters.

The Top 20 Albums That Spent The Longest Time In The Official Top 40 Albums

TITLE ARTIST WEEKS IN THE TOP 40
1 GOLD – GREATEST HITS ABBA 394
2 THE SOUND OF MUSIC ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK 346
3 SOUTH PACIFIC ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK 315
4 RUMORS MAC FLEETWOOD 302
5 THE GREATEST HITS QUEEN 301
6 LEGEND BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS 279
seven A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS SIMON & GARFUNKEL 279
8 BEAT FROM HELL MEATLOAF 249
9 TO DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 248
ten X ED SHEERAN 240
11 CURTAIN CALL – THE HITS EMINEM 227
12 THE GREATEST HITS SIMON & GARFUNKEL 222
13 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON FLOYD ROSE 215
14 TIME PASSES – 1994-2009 OASIS 207
15 WHAT IS THE MORNING GLORY STORY OASIS 190
16 TUBULAR BELLS MIKE OLDFIELD 183
17 + ED SHEERAN 181
18 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA 179
19 WEST SIDE STORY ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK 175
20 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 171

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The Top 20 Albums That Spent The Longest Time In The Top 100 Official Albums

POS TITLE ARTIST

WEEKS IN THE TOP 100

1 GOLD – GREATEST HITS ABBA 1029
2 LEGEND BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS 1013
3 THE GREATEST HITS QUEEN 981
4 RUMORS MAC FLEETWOOD 924
5 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON FLOYD ROSE 544
6 NUMBER ONE MICHAEL JACKSON 531
seven WHAT IS THE MORNING GLORY STORY OASIS 524
8 BEAT FROM HELL MEATLOAF 522
9 CURTAIN CALL – THE HITS EMINEM four hundred ninety seven
ten BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 457
11 + ED SHEERAN 440
12 THE GREATEST HITS FOO FIGHTERS 440
13 TIME PASSES – 1994-2009 OASIS 437
14 A M ARCTIC MONKEYS 436
15 DEFINITELY MAYBE OASIS 429
16 X ED SHEERAN 393
17 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION WHITNEY HOUSTON 386
18 IT DOES NOT MATTER NIRVANA 375
19 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM… ARCTIC MONKEYS 375
20 THE SOUND OF MUSIC ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK 374

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