Albums that have spent a year or longer consecutively inside the Official Albums Chart Top 10

The albums that captured the hearts and ears of the public - and refused to leave the Official Albums Chart Top 10.

Every so often an album comes along and captures the hearts and ears of the British public, cutting through beyond the act's immediate fanbase to fully ingrain itself in to popular culture. 

The most recent example is Lewis Capaldi's debut record Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which returns to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart on its first birthday, claiming a tenth week at the summit. In the year since its release it has never left the Top 10, only dipping as low at Number 7 in November 2019.

It means Lewis' album joins an elite club of 20 records that have spent 52 weeks (one year) or more consecutively inside the Top 10. Here's the full list: 

TITLE ARTIST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN TOP 10
SOUTH PACIFIC (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 180
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 164
THE KING AND I (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 142
THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW GEORGE MITCHELL MINSTRELS 120
MY FAIR LADY (BROADWAY CAST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 101
A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON AND GARFUNKEL 92
OKLAHOMA! (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 90
WEST SIDE STORY (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 89
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 86
DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 76
X ED SHEERAN 74
21 ADELE 71
IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 69
OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE 66
PLEASE PLEASE ME BEATLES 62
BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 60
GIGI (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 59
TUBULAR BELLS MIKE OLDFIELD 55
MARY POPPINS (OST) VARIOUS ARTISTS 55
DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 52

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Only 11 of the 20 are artist albums, with the other half being cast recordings or soundtracks that were once eligible for the Official Albums Chart. In the case of the Top 5 albums, they were released in the late 1950s, when the UK albums chart was limited to a Top 10, and 1960s, when it was expanded to a Top 20. 

The first artist album to really hold its own in the Top 10 was Simon & Garfunkel's A Bridge Over Troubled Water, released in 1970 (when the chart was a Top 60) and a true phenomenon, logging 33 weeks at Number 1 and 135 weeks inside the Top 10, a staggering 92 of which were consecutive. 

Ed Sheeran is the only artist with multiple entries, featuring with 2017's Divide (76 consecutive weeks in the Top 10) and 2014's X (74 weeks). Adele's seemingly unstoppable-at-the-time 21 claimed 71 consecutive weeks in the top flight across 2011-2012, 23 of which were at Number 1. 

Two more debut albums feature: Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour from 2014 logged an impressive 69 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, while Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events, released in 2012, scored 66 straight weeks, including ten at Number 1.

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