The depth of Irish female musical talent currently in the scene has been a huge talking point in Ireland as of late, thanks in part to Irish Women in Harmony.
The collective, who became the first female act to claim Number 1 on the Official Irish Homegrown Chart have scored the most downloaded song of 2020 so far by an Irish act with Dreams, showcasing 39 (mainly up-and-coming) talents who are ones to watch in the coming months and future household names in the years to come.
Dating back to when modern chart history began in January 1997, 20 albums from 11 female artists or female-fronted bands have reached Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart. With global talents like Ed Sheeran and Adele alone spending over 100 weeks at Number 1 in Ireland over the years, having an average of one Irish female topping the charts each year isn't bad going. And while there can always be more, any representation is a cause for celebration, which is what we're doing today.
With six Number 1s under their belts, The Corrs have topped the charts the most among female-fronted acts. Two of Andrea, Caroline and Sharon (and Jim!)'s LPs Talk On Corners and In Blue also claim the joint-most weeks at the top of the Official Irish Albums Chart for an Irish female act, alongside folk legend Mary Black's 25 Years - 25 Songs - those albums all managed four weeks at Number 1.
Imelda May's three rockabilly albums Love Tattoo, Tribal and Mayhem all reached Number 1 on home soil, while Lisa Hannigan has a pair of chart toppers to her name: 2011's Passenger and 2016's At Swim, the latest album to go Number 1 by an Irish female artist.
X Factor's Mary Byrne claimed the fastest-selling debut album of the 2010s with her album Mine & Yours, a Number 1 in 2011, while women who have topped the charts as part of female-fronted include Faye O'Rourke of Little Green Cars (now part of Soda Blonde), Ham Sandwich's Niamh Farrell and Sorcha Durham of Walking on Cars.
With so much female talent gaining momentum at the moment, we reckon it's not long before female groups like Wyvern Lingo and Pillow Queens and soloists such as Orla Gartland and Sibéal take their place on this list.
|ALBUM||ARTIST||YEAR||WEEKS AT #1|
|TALK ON CORNERS||THE CORRS||1997||4|
|IN BLUE||THE CORRS||2000||4|
|THE BEST OF THE CORRS||THE CORRS||2001||1|
|THE BEST OF MARY BLACK 1991-2001||MARY BLACK||2001||2|
|BORROWED HEAVEN||THE CORRS||2004||1|
|25 YEARS - 25 SONGS||MARY BLACK||2008||4|
|THE GALWAY GIRL: THE BEST OF||SHARON SHANNON||2008||2|
|LOVE TATTOO||IMELDA MAY||2009||2|
|THE NAMELESS||CATHY DAVEY||2010||1|
|MINE & YOURS||MARY BYRNE||2011||2|
|ABSOLUTE ZERO||LITTLE GREEN CARS||2013||1|
|I'M NOT BOSSY, I'M THE BOSS||SINEAD O'CONNOR||2014||1|
|STORIES FROM THE SURFACE||HAM SANDWICH||2015||1|
|EVERYTHING THIS WAY||WALKING ON CARS||2016||3|
|AT SWIM||LISA HANNIGAN||2016||1|
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