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.

This week sees The Greatest Showman soundtrack rack up a mammoth 28th week at the helm of the Official Albums Chart. 

Though its 28 weeks isn't consecutive, it's still a staggering feat; The Greatest Showman now matches the number of weeks spent at the top spot by The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which logged 28 non-consecutive weeks at the summit between June 1967 and February 1968, with a further week in 2017 following its 50th anniversary reissue.

Just five albums have racked up more weeks at Number 1 than Greatest Showman, three of which are soundtracks from the 1950s when the Official Albums Chart was first launched, when for its first few years it was only a Top 5 or Top 10 and mostly comprised of soundtracks.

The Motion Picture Cast Recording has spent the last seven consecutive weeks flying high at the top, allowing it to overtake Elvis Presley's G.I. Blues OST which clocked up 22 weeks, and Adele's multi-million selling 21 album from 2011 which achieved 23 weeks at the summit.

Still, the album has some way to go before it overtakes the longest-reigning Number 1 studio record, Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, which notched up a staggering 33 weeks at Number 1 between 1970 - 1971. 

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
THE SINGLES 1969-1973 CARPENTERS 17
ABBEY ROAD BEATLES 17
SPICE SPICE GIRLS 15
…BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS 15
BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 14

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