The female solo artists with the most Number 1 albums

Who takes the crown when it comes to the most Number 1s on the Official Albums Chart?

Who run the world? Girls. How about we look at the leading ladies on the Official Albums Chart? Below are the female artists who have landed three or more Number 1 albums in the UK. 20 have achieved that milestone, but who has the most?

The leading British artist on the list is none other than Adele. While Adele has currently racked up 'only' three chart-topping albums, she claims the most amount of weeks at Number 1 for a female on the Official Albums Chart, totalling 37 across each of her records, just ahead of Madonna at 30 weeks. Next in line is Barbra Streisand, currently on 20 weeks at the summit. Adele's album 21 is the fourth bestselling of all-time, while her third record 25 is the fastest-selling in history.


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The Queen of Pop Madonna is of course on top of our list, with a staggering 12 chart topping albums to her name. Her dozen of Number 1 smashes are: Like A Virgin, True Blue, Like A Prayer, The Immaculate Collection, Evita - OST, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dancefloor, Hard Candy, Celebration and MDNA. *deep breath*

Madonna is the only woman in double figures, joining an elite club that only includes The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Look back at Madonna's full UK chart history, including 63 UK Top 10 singles.

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Kylie Minogue is next in line, with seven Number 1 albums. Her latest chart-topper was in 2019 with her greatest hits collection Step Back In Time. Fun fact: Kylie has landed at least one Number 1 album in the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. 

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Barbra Streisand also jointly holds the runner-up slot, should you include 1977's A Star Is Born soundtrack, credited as Original Soundtrack on first release, but credited to Barbra solely on re-release. Barbra's most recent Number 1 is her duets album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which made it all the way to the helm of the Official Albums Chart back in September 2016. See all of Barbra Streisand's hits in her artist hub

Female artists with most Number 1s on the Official Albums Chart

ARTIST NUMBER 1 ALBUMS
MADONNA 12
KYLIE MINOGUE 7
BARBRA STREISAND 6*
CELINE DION 5
TAYLOR SWIFT 5
LADY GAGA 4**
DIANA ROSS 4
RIHANNA 4
LANA DEL REY 4
KATE BUSH 3
EVA CASSIDY 3
NORAH JONES 3
AVRIL LAVIGNE 3
SUSAN BOYLE 3
AMY WINEHOUSE 3
ADELE 3
BEYONCE 3
ARIANA GRANDE 3
PINK 3
ELLIE GOULDING 3

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*7 including the A Star Is Born soundtrack, first billed as 'Original Soundtrack' and credited solely to Barbra on re-releases.

**5 including A Star Is Born's Motion Picture Cast Recording, a soundtrack featuring songs by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, with spoken interludes from other cast members.

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