The female solo artists with the most Number 1 albums

Who takes the crown when it comes to the most Number 1s on the Official Albums Chart?

March 8 marks International Women's Day, a celebration of everything awesome that womankind brings to the world. How about we look at the leading ladies on the Official Albums Chart to commemorate it?

That's right - today, we're going to look at the women who have scored the most chart toppers on the Official Albums Chart with a list highlighting the girls who hit the peak of the chart with three or more albums. 15 female artists have managed it, but who has the most? It's time to find out...

Madonna

The Queen of Pop is of course on top of our list, with a staggering 12 chart topping albums to her name. Her 12 No.1 smashes are: Like A Virgin, True Blue, Like A Prayer, The Immaculate Collection, Evita - OST, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dancefloor, Hard Candy, Celebration and MDNA. *deep breath*

Madonna is the only woman in double figures, joining an elite club that only includes The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and U2.

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is the lady to have the most recent Number 1 album on the list - her duets album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway made it all the way to the helm of the Official Albums Chart back in September 2016. The LP was Babs' first Number 1 record in 7 years.

MORE: View Barbra Streisand's stellar chart history 

Adele

The leading British artist on the list is none other than Adele. While Adele has currently racked up three chart-topping albums, she claims the most amount of weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, totaling 37 across each of her records, just ahead of Madonna at 30 weeks. Next in line is Barbra Streisand, currently on 20 weeks at the summit. Adele's album 21 is the fourth biggest selling of all-time, while her third record 25 is the fastest-selling in history.

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Elsewhere, Celine Dion and Kylie Minogue fly the international flags with 5 Number 1s to their names, while Diana Ross and Rihanna both sit on four chart toppers a piece. Who else features on our rundown? Here come the girls!

ARTIST NO.1 ALBUMS
MADONNA 12
BARBRA STREISAND 7
CELINE DION 5
KYLIE MINOGUE 5
DIANA ROSS 4
RIHANNA 4
ADELE 3
LADY GAGA 3
AMY WINEHOUSE 3
NORAH JONES 3
SUSAN BOYLE 3
KATE BUSH 3
AVRIL LAVIGNE 3
EVA CASSIDY 3
BEYONCE 3
LANA DEL REY 3

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