The UK’s Official Albums Chart marks an historic milestone today as the new album from Oasis, Time Flies 1994-2009, becomes the 900th number one in the chart’s history.
Frank Sinatra secured the Official Albums Chart first ever number one back in July 1956 with Songs For Swingin’ Lovers. The full list of number one “centuries” is as follows:
1st Songs For Swingin' Lovers Frank Sinatra Jul 1956
100th Imagine John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Oct 1971
Band with The Flux Fiddlers
200th Night Flight To Venus Boney M Sep 1978
300th Now That’s What I Call Music 3 Various Artists * Aug 1984
400th Wild! Erasure Oct 1989
500th Our Town - The Greatest Hits Of Deacon Blue May 1994
600th I've Been Expecting You Robbie Williams Nov 1998
700th Magic And Medicine Coral Aug 2003
800th Not Too Late Norah Jones Feb 2007
900th Time Flies - 1994-2009 Oasis Jun 2010
* Various artist and soundtrack albums were included in the Official Albums Chart until 1989 when a separate Official Compilations Albums Chart was established.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says: “Just these 10 records picked out from all the number ones of all time give us a fascinating insight into the ebb and flow of musical tastes over the years , and what the Brits like best in their music.”
The Official Albums Chart archive also reveals some record-breaking number ones over the years:
Album that has spent the most weeks at No1 in total:
South Pacific Soundtrack – 115 wks
Album that has spent the most consecutive weeks at No1
South Pacific Soundtrack - 70 Wks
Album that has returned the most often to No1
Sound Of Music Soundtrack – 12 (spells at No1)
Artist album that has spent the most weeks at No1 in total
Bridge Over Troubled Water By Simon & Garfunkel - 33 Wks
Artist album that has spent the most consecutive weeks at No1
Please Please Me By The Beatles - 30 Wks
Artist album that has returned the most often to No1
Bridge Over Troubled Water By Simon & Garfunkel - 8 (spells at No1)
Uk’s biggest selling album of all time
Greatest Hits By Queen – 5.6m
Act that has spent longest at no1
The Beatles – 174 wks
Notes to Editors:
1. Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2. The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
T: 01480 860 530 M. 07768 891 264
The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 3.30pm-4pm, BBC Radio 1
The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1.
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