Foo Fighters edge ahead of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Number 1 album race

It's all change at the top in one of the most nail-biting chart battles in recent memory

It's all change at the top in the race for this week's Official Number 1 album, as Foo Fighters edge just ahead of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, the Official Charts Company can reveal.

In one of the most nail-biting chart battles in recent memory, Foo Fighters' latest LP - and their first since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins last March - But Here We Are now sits at Number 1; less than 500 chart units ahead of closest competitor Noel's record Council Skies, currently at Number 2.

There's a lot riding on this one, too.

MORE: Where every Foo Fighters album and single has charted in the UK

Should Dave Grohl and co. manage to hold on at Number 1, their 11th studio album will provide the rock titans a sixth UK chart-topping LP. The group previously reached the summit with One By One (2002), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007), Wasting Light (2011), Concrete And Gold (2017) and Medicine At Midnight (2021).

However, if Noel's Council Skies sees a late surge it could extend his unbroken streak of Number 1 LPs across his career with Oasis and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Oasis icon Noel leads an elite group of artists who have reached Number 1 with all of their studio albums. All seven of Oasis's studio records reached the top spot, beginning with the band's seminal 1994 debut Definitely Maybe and ending with 2008 swansong Dig Out Your Soul.

See where every Oasis song and album charted in the UK here.

MORE: Where every Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds album and single has charted in the UK

Since going solo under the Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds moniker, he's added a further four Number 1 LPs: studio albums Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (2011), Chasing Yesterday (2015) and Who Built the Moon? (2017), plus the compilation record Back the Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2021).

As always, check back on for updates next week on what promises to be one of the most hotly-contested battles of 2023.

This week's Official Number 1 album will be revealed on BBC Radio 1's The Official Chart this Friday June 9 from 4pm, and here at

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Ali Rae Lei


Love Foo Fighters: But Here We are Album and Songs - Best Of you, Dave cares about the Homeless and spend his money on feeding them. He ask for no donations. Thank you so much. You're the Best. God bless you.


Half Giant- Ethan


"It's all change at the top in one of the most nail-biting chart battles in recent memory"

Have you forgotten that Taylor Swift and Arctic Monkeys - arguably the biggest solo artist and biggest band worldwide respectively - battled it out just last November by releasing on the same day. The clickbait is real, because my recent memory remembers quite a few.




Dave & Cench could possibly claim it in under 3 days. I surely hope so.


Nathan Kelly


Hate Foo Fighters. Vaccine shilling cnuts. Noel is far more genuine! He knows bull when he smells it.


thierry henon


Really hope FOO FIGHTERS can claim the number 1 spot!! Noel has had enough number 1 albums: awful singer as well!