Jeff Lynne’s ELO score their first Number 1 album in 35 years: "I'm totally amazed”

Plus there are new entries from Bear's Den and HONNE in this week's Official Albums Chart.

It's been a long time coming, but ELO's All Over The World – The Very Best Of has hit Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart for the very first time, over a decade after its original release.

The hits retrospective, which recently passed the million-sales mark after Jeff Lynne's ELO’s performance at Glastonbury, was first released in summer 2005, peaking at Number 6.

Today All Over The World leaps from 7 to Number 1 on the chart, marking ELO's first chart-topping album in 35 years. They previously reached the summit with 1979’s Discovery and Time in 1981. Click here to look back and their full Official UK Chart history.  

"Thirty five years between Number 1 albums! I'm totally amazed," Jeff told "Thanks to everyone that made it possible."

MORE: See this week's Official Top 100 Albums Chart in full

2016 has been a huge year for ELO. As well as their Glasto slot and a Number 1 album, the band have a sold-out worldwide arena tour and will put their biggest show to date at Wembley Stadium on June 24 2017.

Meanwhile, Christine & The Queens hit a new peak with Chaleur Humaine, climbing 3 to 2, Drake’s Views is at 3, Adele’s 25 slips 2 to 4, and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams completes the Top 5.

New entries and climbers

British rockers Bear’s Den land their first Top 40 album this week with their second LP Red Earth & Pouring Rain, this week’s highest new entry at Number 6. Band member Kev Jones told of the result: "We’re overwhelmed by how Red Earth & Pouring Rain has been received this week. We can’t wait to tour the album in the autumn."

Bear's Den: Press

Gregory Porter’s two most recent albums both make big gains – latest release Take Me To The Alley is up 9 to Number 11, while 2013's Liquid Spirit leaps 11 slots to 18.

Abba's greatest hits collection Gold rises seven places to 23, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 continues to climb back up the chart, up ten places to 27, and Bastille’s Bad Blood rebounds 12 places to 36.

Finally, British electronic duo HONNE score their first Top 40 with their debut full-length album Warm On A Cold Night, landing at 37.

Check out this week's Official Top 100 Albums Chart in full

Click through every Official Number 1 album of 2016 so far below:

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John T


Great to see ELO back at no.1 after such a long time. Time was the first album I bought,back in 1981. I think Jeff Lynne's Wilbury mate Bob Dylan holds the record for the longest gap between no.1 albums,39 years between 1970 and 2009 unless anyone can think of someone with a longer gap.


I Am A Stegosaurus


No offence, but isn't it really easy to get a Number 1 album nowadays?




if your name is Adele,yes .for many more deserving acts it can be a struggle to see your album reach the top 40...for example Roxette or Ladyhawke.and with ELO it has taken 35 years .the album chart is certainly far more entertaining than the singles/streaming/download/whatever they feel like changing the rules to chart


Billy Mcgeachy


How can you even say that about an album that was released 11 years ago. Brilliant achievement and surely must be the comeback of the Century. No one in the music business deserves this more than the Humble Jeff Lynne.


Johnny McVey


Not necessarily, but it's a lot easier than getting a Number 1 single. We've only had 7 of those so far in 2016




Yes for many years has been criminally under credited as one of the best UK singer/songwriters but now I think is finally getting what he so rightly deserves!


I Am A Stegosaurus


Well not for RHCP I guess because they lost out on a SECOND run at number 1 for Radioverratedhead, if that's right


Alfred Lock


Real music always rules more in the album chart and you have a funny nickname! I'm a windy person myself so you beat me to it Mildred.