Albums that have spent the longest in the Top 10

As Ed Sheeran becomes the first artist to have three albums log over a year in the UK Top 10, we look back at the albums with staying power on the Official Chart.

This week sees Ed Sheeran's latest album ÷ pull off the rare feat of logging a full year (52 weeks) inside the Top 10 on the Official Albums Chart. 

And if that wasn't impressive enough, those are consecutive weeks - ÷ hasn't dipped lower than Number 6 since its release this time last year - check out its week-by-week chart run here.

Still not impressed? Ed's previous two albums, + and x, have also spent more than a year in the Top 10 - and he's the only artist to manage it with three albums. Check out which acts have an unbroken run of Number 1 albums here.

Excluding compilation albums, which were once eligible for the Official Albums Chart, just 22 artist albums in UK chart history have logged 52 weeks or more in the Top 10. Top of the list is Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, which to date has spent a massive 135 weeks in the top tier (that's just over two-and-a-half years!), 33 weeks of which were at Number 1.

Ed's second album x is the second longest Top 10 runner at 98 weeks (74 of which were consecutive), and Michael Jackson's Thriller is in third at 88 weeks, eight of which were at the top spot. 

Elsewhere, Adele's second album 21 has notched up an impressive 77 weeks to be the longest-running female album in the Top 10, closely followed by Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour at 76 weeks. Check out the female artists with the most UK Number 1 albums here.

Four greatest hits albums have logged more than a year inside the Top 10: The Carpenters' Singles 1969 - 1973, Simon & Garkfunkel's Greatest Hits, Abba's Gold and The Best Of The Beach Boys Vol.1. Two of those, Simon & Garfunkel and Beach Boys, peaked at Number 2 on the chart, proving you don't always need to reach Number 1 for longevity. 

See the complete list of artist albums below - and the full list including 'Various Artist' compilation albums that were chart eligible in their day beneath that.  

Artist albums that have spent a year or longer in the Official Albums Chart Top 10

POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR WEEKS
1 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1970 135
2 X ED SHEERAN 2014 97
3 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON 1982 88 (Includes Thriller 25)
4 21 ADELE 2011 77 
5 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 2014 76
6 TUBULAR BELLS MIKE OLDFIELD 1973 74
7 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 2006 72 (Includes the deluxe edition)
7 THE FAME LADY GAGA 2009 72 (Includes The Fame Monster)
9 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE 2012 67
10 BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 1985 66
11 THE SINGLES 1969-1973 THE CARPENTERS 1974 64
12 PLEASE PLEASE ME BEATLES 1963 62
13 GREATEST HITS SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1972 59
14 GOLD ABBA 1992 58
15 TALK ON CORNERS CORRS 1997 56
15 NO ANGEL DIDO 2000 56
15 + ED SHEERAN 2011 56
18 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS VOL 1 BEACH BOYS 1966 55
19 LED ZEPPELIN II LED ZEPPELIN 1970 54
20 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES 1967 52
20 (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY OASIS 1995 52
20 ÷ ED SHEERAN 2017 52

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Albums that have spent a year or longer in the Official Albums Chart Top 10 (including 'Various Artists')

POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR WEEKS
1 SOUTH PACIFIC (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1958 276
2 THE SOUND OF MUSIC (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1965 233
3 THE KING & I (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1956 153
3 WEST SIDE STORY (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1961 153
5 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1970 135
6 MY FAIR LADY (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1958 122
7 THE BLACK & WHITE MINSTREL SHOW GEORGE MITCHELL MINSTRELS 1960 120
8 OKLAHOMA! (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1956 113
9 X ED SHEERAN 2014 98
10 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON 1982 88
11 GIGI (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1959 79
12 21 ADELE 2011 77 (Includes Thriller 25)
13 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 2014 76
14 TUBULAR BELLS MIKE OLDFIELD 1973 74
15 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 2006 72 (Includes the deluxe edition)
15 THE FAME LADY GAGA 2009 72 (Includes The Fame Monster)
17 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE 2012 67
18 BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 1985 66
19 THE SINGLES 1969-1973 THE CARPENTERS 1974 64
20 PLEASE PLEASE ME BEATLES 1963 62
21 GREATEST HITS SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1972 59
22 GOLD ABBA 1992 58
23 TALK ON CORNERS CORRS 1997 56
23 NO ANGEL DIDO 2000 56
23 + ED SHEERAN 2011 56
26 OLIVER! (ORIGINAL LONDON CAST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1960 55
26 MARY POPPINS (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 1964 55
26 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS VOL 1 BEACH BOYS 1966 55
29 LED ZEPPELIN II LED ZEPPELIN 1970 54
30 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES 1967 52
30 (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY OASIS 1995 52
30 ÷ ED SHEERAN 2017 52

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