Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2022 so far

The top albums of 2022 including Harry Styles, George Ezra, Liam Gallagher, Central Cee and more

The biggest album of 2022 so far is Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals), the Official Charts Company can reveal today. 

Having claimed the title of the second-biggest album of 2021 overall, the 31-year-old’s fourth studio record leads the charge at this year’s halfway point. To date this year, = has racked up 256,000 combined UK chart units and counting. 

A recently-released Tour Edition of = will also give the album a new lease of life as we enter the third quarter, with Ed having recently completed the UK leg of his +–=÷x (Mathematics) Tour. Since its release in October 2021, = has achieved 689,000 combined UK chart sales, and is also the most streamed and downloaded album of the year to date.

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At Number 2 is 2022’s biggest new release album; Harry StylesHarry’s House. The One Direction star’s third solo LP, which saw him claim the rare Official Chart Double as he topped both the Official Albums Chart and Official Singles Chart with lead track As It Was, has already achieved 244,000 UK chart sales since its release in May. No other release this year has sold more copies on physical formats, the record has spent three non-consecutive weeks atop the Official Albums Chart this year. 

Elsewhere in the year-to-date Top 5, Olivia Rodrigo’s debut SOUR is at 3, having spent over a year on the Official Albums Chart since its release in June 2021. Adele’s 30 is the fourth-biggest album of 2022 so far, accumulating over 120,000 chart sales this year. 

A host of greatest hits collections also appear in the Top 10 of 2022 to date, with Little Mix’s Between Us (5), Fleetwood Mac’s 50 Years – Don’t Stop (6), The Weeknd’s The Highlights (7) and Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits (9) all proving popular at the midway mark. Other chart mainstays continuing to make an impact include Queen’s Greatest Hits (12), ABBA’s Gold – The Greatest Hits (13) and Oasis’s career-spanning compilation Time Flies – 1994-2009 (17). 

It’s a big year for new releases, too, with many Number 1 albums amongst the year’s biggest records so far. At Number 10, The Weeknd’s Dawn FM has enjoyed over 101,000 combined chart sales since its January release. Liam Gallagher’s recent chart-topper C’Mon You Know also gets off to a strong start at Number 15 on the list. 

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Shepherd’s Bush-born drill rapper Central Cee and his mixtape 23 prove the second-highest British new release of 2022 (20). The inclusion of D-Block Europe’s Home Alone 2 mixtape (23) further proves the UK’s appetite for homegrown hip-hop. 

Other new releases on the end-of-Q2 Official Albums Chart Top 40 include Years & Years’ glittering third release Night Call (27); a Number 1 record back in January. George Ezra’s Gold Rush Kid, the singer-songwriter’s June 2022 chart-topper, makes its mark on the year-to-date chart already (30), Kendrick Lamar’s latest release, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, also features on the list (32).

Finally, Wet Leg’s chart-topping self-titled debut album comes in at Number 39, while Brighton rapper ArrDee sees his debut mixtape Pier Pressure round off the list at Number 40.

Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2022 so far

©2022 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
This chart is compiled using sales and streaming equivalent sales combined.

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 = ED SHEERAN 1
2 HARRY'S HOUSE HARRY STYLES 1
3 SOUR OLIVIA RODRIGO 1
4 30 ADELE 1
5 BETWEEN US LITTLE MIX 3
6 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC 5
7 THE HIGHLIGHTS WEEKND 2
8 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 1
9 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM 1
10 DAWN FM WEEKND 1
11 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 5
12 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1
13 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1
14 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES 2
15 C'MON YOU KNOW LIAM GALLAGHER 1
16 PLANET HER DOJA CAT 3
17 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS 1
18 WE'RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER DAVE 1
19 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER SAM FENDER 1
20 23 CENTRAL CEE 1
21 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 3
22 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA 1
23 HOME ALONE 2 D-BLOCK EUROPE 6
24 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS 1
25 1 BEATLES 1
26 CERTIFIED LOVER BOY DRAKE 1
27 NIGHT CALL YEARS & YEARS 1
28 NUMBER ONES MICHAEL JACKSON 1
29 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 1
30 GOLD RUSH KID GEORGE EZRA 1
31 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1
32 MR. MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS KENDRICK LAMAR 2
33 HAPPIER THAN EVER BILLIE EILISH 1
34 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1
35 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU - THE BEST OF WHITNEY HOUSTON 27
36 SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR THE MOON POP SMOKE 1
37 PSYCHODRAMA DAVE 1
38 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE 5
39 WET LEG WET LEG 1
40 PIER PRESSURE ARRDEE 2

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