Every Official Christmas Number 1 album

The UK's Official Christmas Number 1 album is usually reserved for the very biggest artist that year.

It may not as highly regarded as a Christmas Number 1 single, but topping the Official Albums Chart at Christmas still carries a hefty amount of cachet.

While the UK Albums Chart has evolved over the years, one thing that has remained steadfast is that the festive period is the showcase season, typically when pop's top tier acts will be promoting their latest record.

Recent years have seen an eclectic but all hugely successful bunch of artists claim the festive albums top spot; including Rod Stewart's You're In My Heart in 2019, Eminem's surprised-released Revival in in 2017, and Adele's 25 in 2015.

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The Beatles hold the record for the most Christmas Number 1 singles, with four, and they also have the most chart-topping albums, landing at the top of the tree on seven occasions - first with 1963's With The Beatles and most recently in 2000 with best-of collection 1, that year's best-selling record.

Meanwhile, two members of The Beatles have also scored solo Christmas Number 1 albums; with The John Lennon collection in 1982, and in 2020 with Paul McCartney's McCartney III, a continuation of his 1970 and 1980 records.

The most successful solo artist during the Christmas week is Robbie Williams, with four festive chart-toppers, most recently with 2013's Swings Both Ways, which also took the title as the UK's 1000th Number 1 album (his 2019 holiday album The Christmas Present topped the chart the week prior to Christmas itself). Robbie's former band Take That have landed three Christmas chart-toppers, the last of which - 2010's Progress - featured Robbie in the lineup.

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As the Official Albums Chart has evolved over the years, so have the types of records that the public have flocked to during the busy festive period. Film soundtracks dominated the landscape in the 1950s, while the 1980s saw compilation albums rule the roost in December, including Now That's What I Call Music's ever-popular Christmas collection in 1985. 

Soon after, the 1990s saw greatest hits collections become a staple of the Q4 season as record labels discovered they were a popular gift choice at Christmas for casual music fans. Madonna, Queen, Cher, The Beautiful South and George Michael all landed Christmas Number 1 albums with best-ofs during the decade.

Perhaps surprisingly, the list of every Christmas Number 1 album highlights how rare it is for an actual festive album to reach the top spot. Just one artist holiday collection has managed it, Michael Buble's Christmas in 2011 - the UK's biggest Christmas album of all-time and now a regular feature in the Top 10 every Christmas. 

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Every Official Christmas Number 1 album ever

YEAR TITLE ARTIST
1956 THE KING AND I ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1957 THE KING AND I ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1958 SOUTH PACIFIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1959 SOUTH PACIFIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1960 SOUTH PACIFIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1961 ANOTHER BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW GEORGE MITCHELL MINSTRELS
1962 OUT OF THE SHADOWS SHADOWS
1963 WITH THE BEATLES BEATLES
1964 BEATLES FOR SALE BEATLES
1965 RUBBER SOUL BEATLES
1966 THE SOUND OF MUSIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1967 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
1968 THE BEATLES (THE WHITE ALBUM) BEATLES
1969 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
1970 ANDY WILLIAMS GREATEST HITS ANDY WILLIAMS
1971 ELECTRIC WARRIOR T REX
1972 20 ALL TIME HITS OF THE 50'S VARIOUS ARTISTS
1973 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD ELTON JOHN
1974 ELTON JOHN'S GREATEST HITS ELTON JOHN
1975 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA QUEEN
1976 20 GOLDEN GREATS GLEN CAMPBELL
1977 DISCO FEVER VARIOUS ARTISTS
1978 GREASE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1979 ROD STEWART - GREATEST HITS ROD STEWART
1980 SUPER TROUPER ABBA
1981 THE VISITORS ABBA
1982 THE JOHN LENNON COLLECTION JOHN LENNON
1983 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC VARIOUS ARTISTS
1984 THE HITS ALBUM/THE HITS TAPE - 32 ORIGINAL HITS VARIOUS ARTISTS
1985 NOW - THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM VARIOUS ARTISTS
1986 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS
1987 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS
1988 PRIVATE COLLECTION 1979-1988 CLIFF RICHARD
1989 ... BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS
1990 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION MADONNA
1991 GREATEST HITS II QUEEN
1992 CHER'S GREATEST HITS: 1965-1992 CHER
1993 BAT OUT OF HELL II - BACK INTO HELL MEAT LOAF
1994 CARRY ON UP THE CHARTS - THE BEST OF THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
1995 ROBSON & JEROME ROBSON & JEROME
1996 SPICE SPICE GIRLS
1997 LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE CELINE DION
1998 LADIES & GENTLEMEN - THE BEST OF GEORGE MICHAEL GEORGE MICHAEL
1999 COME ON OVER SHANIA TWAIN
2000 1 BEATLES
2001 SWING WHEN YOU'RE WINNING ROBBIE WILLIAMS
2002 ESCAPOLOGY ROBBIE WILLIAMS
2003 LIFE FOR RENT DIDO
2004 GREATEST HITS ROBBIE WILLIAMS
2005 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM
2006 BEAUTIFUL WORLD TAKE THAT
2007 SPIRIT LEONA LEWIS
2008 THE CIRCUS TAKE THAT
2009 I DREAMED A DREAM SUSAN BOYLE
2010 PROGRESS TAKE THAT
2011 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
2012 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
2013 SWINGS BOTH WAYS ROBBIE WILLIAMS
2014 X ED SHEERAN
2015 25 ADELE
2016 TOGETHER MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE
2017 REVIVAL EMINEM
2018 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
2019 YOU'RE IN MY HEART ROD STEWART
2020 MCCARTNEY III PAUL MCCARTNEY
2021 30 ADELE

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