Albums with the most weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart

Just 12 albums in UK chart history have logged more than 20 weeks at the top spot.

Which albums have spent the longest at Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart?

When it comes to artist albums, Simon and Garfunkel's classic record Bridge Over Troubled Water leads the way - it notched up a staggering 33 weeks at Number 1 between 1970-1971.

The Beatles feature five times on the all time longevity chart; their debut album Please Please Me spent a whopping 30 weeks at the top spot, and holds the record for most consecutive weeks at Number 1 in history for an artist album. The Fab Four also have mainstays in With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road, with the latter pair returning to Number 1 following 50th anniversary reissues. Abbey Road now holds the chart record for the longest time between stints at Number 1.

Modern favourites such as Adele's 21 and Ed Sheeran's ÷ also feature, as do soundtracks and cast recordings from the likes of South Pacific (the overall Number 1), The Sound of Music and The Greatest Showman that were previously eligible for the Official Albums Chart.

Albums with the most weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart

TITLE ARTIST WEEKS
SOUTH PACIFIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 115
THE SOUND OF MUSIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 70
THE KING AND I ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 48
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 33
PLEASE PLEASE ME BEATLES 30
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 28
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES 28
21 ADELE 23
G.I BLUES (OST) ELVIS PRESLEY 22
WITH THE BEATLES BEATLES 21
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT BEATLES 21
DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 20
MY FAIR LADY ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING 19
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 18
BLUE HAWAII (OST) ELVIS PRESLEY 18
ABBEY ROAD BEATLES 18
THE SINGLES 1969-1973 CARPENTERS 17
SPICE SPICE GIRLS 15
…BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS 15
BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 14

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