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 returned to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart on its first birthday in May 2020, claiming a tenth week at the summit. Since then, the album is still yet to leave the Top 10 and has surpassed one million chart sales.
It means Lewis' album is the latest to join 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|
|IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH||69|
|DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT||LEWIS CAPALDI||68|
|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|
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.