Every Official Number 1 debut album since 2000

Look back at the classic and forgotten Number 1 debut albums since 2000.

More often than not, a long and fruitful career in music begins with a successful debut album.

The last 20 years has seen the launch of scores of new acts, many with huge international appeal. One of the biggest and most recent is Lewis Capaldi, whose debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent debuted at Number 1 in May 2019 and recently clocked up an entire year in the Top 10 (and still going), including 10 weeks at the summit.

Lewis's stint at the top is the longest for a debut album in seven years, since Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events, a record which proved an unstoppable force in 2012/2013. The following year saw the launch of British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, whose first collection In The Lonely Hour debuted at Number 1 in June 2014 and notched up eight weeks at the top over the space of nine months.

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The first new album of the 2000s to reach Number 1 was Richard Ashcroft's Alone With Everybody, the musician's first solo record outside of The Verve. In that same year, debut albums from Coldplay, Ronan Keating and Craig David all hit Number 1. 

Other huge debuts over the past 20 years include Dido's No Angel, a seven-week Number 1 in 2001; Justin Timberlake's first record away from NSync, Justified, also logged seven weeks at the summit in 2003; Beyoncé's debut Dangerously In Love was a five-week chart-topper that same year; and Leona Lewis's world-conquering debut Spirit - a seven-week Number 1 in 2007. 

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Other notable debuts include Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which made her the youngest ever female solo artist to land a Number 1 album when it debuted at the top in April 2019. The eponymous album by Warrington band Viola Beach entered at Number 1 six months after they were tragically killed in a car crash.

At least one debut album has topped the Official Albums Chart every year since 2000, except in 2018, when three Motion Picture Cast Recording albums from hit films dominated the chart for much of the year: The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and A Star Is Born.

DATE* TITLE ARTIST WKS AT NO.1
17/10/2019 WITHOUT FEAR DERMOT KENNEDY 1
26/09/2019 HYPERSONIC MISSILES SAM FENDER 1
30/05/2019 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 10
11/04/2019 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? BILLIE EILISH 3
21/03/2019 PSYCHODRAMA DAVE 1
14/03/2019 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER 1
19/10/2017 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER 1
25/05/2017 HARRY STYLES HARRY STYLES 1
09/03/2017 GANG SIGNS & PRAYER STORMZY 1
23/02/2017 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN 2
18/08/2016 BLOSSOMS BLOSSOMS 2
11/08/2016 VIOLA BEACH VIOLA BEACH 1
07/04/2016 MIND OF MINE ZAYN 1
29/10/2015 JAMIE LAWSON JAMIE LAWSON 1
03/09/2015 I CRY WHEN I LAUGH JESS GLYNNE 1
23/07/2015 COMMUNION YEARS & YEARS 2
04/04/2015 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY 1
07/02/2015 TITLE MEGHAN TRAINOR 1
25/10/2014 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON 1
11/10/2014 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA 4
06/09/2014 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD 1
30/08/2014 STARS COLLABRO 1
07/06/2014 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 8
05/04/2014 THE POWER OF LOVE SAM BAILEY 1
26/10/2013 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN 1
12/10/2013 DAYS ARE GONE HAIM 1
14/09/2013 THE 1975 1975 1
10/08/2013 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM RICHARD & ADAM 4
03/08/2013 LOVE NEVER FAILS JAHMENE DOUGLAS 1
06/07/2013 LONG WAY DOWN TOM ODELL 1
15/06/2013 SETTLE DISCLOSURE 1
11/05/2013 HOME RUDIMENTAL 1
16/03/2013 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE 1
27/10/2012 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG 1
08/09/2012 ORA RITA ORA 1
11/08/2012 CONTRAST CONOR MAYNARD 1
24/03/2012 IN MY DREAMS MILITARY WIVES 1
25/02/2012 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE 10
11/02/2012 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY 2
29/10/2011 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING 1
24/09/2011 + ED SHEERAN 1
27/08/2011 WELCOME REALITY NERO 1
29/01/2011 DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS BRUNO MARS 1
16/10/2010 DISC-OVERY TINIE TEMPAH 1
18/09/2010 FLAMINGO BRANDON FLOWERS 1
15/05/2010 SONGS FROM THE TAINTED CHERRY TREE DIANA VICKERS 1
13/03/2010 LIGHTS ELLIE GOULDING 1
27/02/2010 GLEE - THE MUSIC - SEASON ONE - VOL 1 GLEE CAST 1
23/01/2010 LUNGS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 2
05/12/2009 I DREAMED A DREAM SUSAN BOYLE 4
21/11/2009 JLS JLS 1
07/11/2009 3 WORDS CHERYL COLE 2
31/10/2009 OVERCOME ALEXANDRA BURKE 1
11/04/2009 THE FAME LADY GAGA 7
31/01/2009 TO LOSE MY LIFE WHITE LIES 1
23/08/2008 THE SCRIPT SCRIPT 3
31/05/2008 WE STARTED NOTHING TING TINGS 1
03/05/2008 THE AGE OF THE UNDERSTATEMENT LAST SHADOW PUPPETS 1
15/03/2008 ROCKFERRY DUFFY 5
09/02/2008 19 ADELE 1
26/01/2008 SCOUTING FOR GIRLS SCOUTING FOR GIRLS 2
19/01/2008 THIS IS THE LIFE AMY MACDONALD 1
24/11/2007 SPIRIT LEONA LEWIS 8
03/11/2007 THE TRICK TO LIFE HOOSIERS 1
01/09/2007 HAND BUILT BY ROBOTS NEWTON FAULKNER 2
18/08/2007 MADE OF BRICKS KATE NASH 1
28/07/2007 ONE CHANCE PAUL POTTS 3
21/07/2007 WE'LL LIVE AND DIE IN THESE TOWNS ENEMY 1
24/03/2007 DOING IT MY WAY RAY QUINN 1
17/02/2007 LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION MIKA 2
03/02/2007 HATS OFF TO THE BUSKERS THE VIEW 1
12/08/2006 UNDISCOVERED JAMES MORRISON 2
17/06/2006 SMILE ... IT CONFUSES PEOPLE SANDI THOM 1
10/06/2006 BRIGHT IDEA ORSON 1
06/05/2006 ST ELSEWHERE GNARLS BARKLEY 1
29/04/2006 SHAYNE WARD SHAYNE WARD 1
01/04/2006 JOURNEY SOUTH JOURNEY SOUTH 1
25/03/2006 CORINNE BAILEY RAE CORINNE BAILEY RAE 1
04/02/2006 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT ARCTIC MONKEYS 4
28/01/2006 STARS OF CCTV HARD-FI 1
16/07/2005 BACK TO BEDLAM JAMES BLUNT 10
21/05/2005 HEART AND SOUL STEVE BROOKSTEIN 1
30/04/2005 TROUBLE AKON 2
12/03/2005 G4 G4 1
12/03/2005 G4 G4 1
13/11/2004 IL DIVO IL DIVO 1
22/01/2005 HOT FUSS KILLERS 2
28/08/2004 SONGS ABOUT JANE MAROON 5 1
17/07/2004 ROOM ON THE 3RD FLOOR MCFLY 1
10/07/2004 SCISSOR SISTERS SCISSOR SISTERS 4
22/05/2004 HOPES AND FEARS KEANE 5
31/01/2004 CALL OFF THE SEARCH KATIE MELUA 6
06/09/2003 PERMISSION TO LAND THE DARKNESS 4
05/07/2003 DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE BEYONCE 5
28/06/2003 FALLEN EVANESCENCE 1
08/03/2003 COME AWAY WITH ME NORAH JONES 4
15/02/2003 SIMPLY DEEP KELLY ROWLAND 1
01/02/2003 JUSTIFIED JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 7
11/01/2003 LET GO AVRIL LAVIGNE 3
04/05/2002 ALL RISE BLUE 1
18/08/2001 RIGHT NOW ATOMIC KITTEN 1
07/04/2001 POPSTARS HEAR'SAY 2
10/02/2001 NO ANGEL DIDO 7
26/08/2000 BORN TO DO IT CRAIG DAVID 2
12/08/2000 RONAN RONAN KEATING 2
22/07/2000 PARACHUTES COLDPLAY 1
08/07/2000 ALONE WITH EVERYBODY RICHARD ASHCROFT 1

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*Date is week ending the first week the album reached Number 1

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