The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2019 so far

Rising stars like Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish and Tom Walker have broken through with their chart-topping debut albums.

With National Album Day just over a week away on Saturday 12th October, Official Charts can reveal the biggest albums of 2019 so far as figures for the first nine months of the year are released. 

Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi currently holds 2019’s biggest album released this year with his chart-topping debut Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. The record, which has so far logged six weeks Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, has notched up 408,000 chart sales since release back in May.

Lewis is one of four 'album champions' for National Album Day, alongside Mark Ronson, elbow and Mahalia. Watch his hilarious reaction to scoring a Number 1 on the Official Chart below.

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Speaking about his debut album and National Album Day, Lewis said: "Absolutely buzzing to be part of National Album Day! Unreal to have finally released my debut album this year & find out that not everyone hates it! 🎉 On the whole I’m very proud of it, although I won’t lie there’s probably a few stinkers on there, but I’m only human. Hope you don’t hate it but if you do don’t worry, it’s only my life’s work.”

This year’s National Album Day has a ‘#Don’t Skip’ theme to encourage music lovers to discover albums – both new and classic – in full, as a complete body of work that tells a story. The Official Biggest Albums of 2019 so far list features both new and classic albums, and spans a huge range of genres.


Hugh Jackman with his Official Number 1 Album Award backstage at this year's BRIT Awards.

Only one other album is standing in the way of Lewis claiming the year’s biggest album - last year’s biggest-seller The Greatest Showman. The film’s cast recording spent four weeks at Number 1 at the start of the year and has remained in the Top 15 since, racking up 450,000 chart sales in 2019.

Currently the third biggest album of the year is Ed Sheeran’s star-studded No.6 Collaborations Project. The collection has so far spent five weeks at Number 1 and has the year’s biggest opening week for an album in the UK, with 125,000 chart sales. Its total figure so far stands at 396,000.

Debut albums

This year has been huge for debut albums, with three featuring in the Top 10 biggest releases of 2019 so far. Alongside Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go (282,000) is the fifth biggest of the year so far. Released in March, the collection set a record as Billie became the youngest female act in UK chart history to hit the top spot, managing the feat at 17 years, 3 months and 18 days old.


Billie Eilish with her Official Number 1 Album Award

Tom Walker also rocketed to the top of the charts in March when he released his debut album What A Time To Be Alive. The record is the ninth biggest overall (198,000). Three more debut albums feature in the year-to-date Top 40: Dave’s Mercury Prize-winning Psychodrama places 17th, Jax Jones’ Snacks at 35, and AJ Tracey’s self-titled at 36.

Number 1 albums

Other Number 1 albums released in 2019 that feature on the year-to-date Top 40 include; Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande (7), Hurts 2B Human from P!nk (15), Jack Savoretti’s Singing To Strangers (21), Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen (24) and Taylor Swift’s Lover (26).

Classic albums

Finally, several classic albums make it into the year-to-date chart as they continued to be enjoyed by the British public in 2019. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours appears as the 29th biggest album of the year so far, some 42 years after its release. Elsewhere, hits collections from Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, Eminem, Take That, ABBA, Bob Marley & The Wailers and The Killers all feature.

The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2019 so far:

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 1
2 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 1
3 NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT ED SHEERAN 1
4 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA 1
5 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH 1
6 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN 3
7 THANK U NEXT ARIANA GRANDE 1
8 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 1
9 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER 1
10 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 1
11 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE 1
12 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC 5
13 THE PLATINUM COLLECTION QUEEN 2
14 DON'T SMILE AT ME BILLIE EILISH 12
15 HURTS 2B HUMAN PINK 1
16 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA 3
17 PSYCHODRAMA DAVE 1
18 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 5
19 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE 1
20 SCORPION DRAKE 1
21 SINGING TO STRANGERS JACK SAVORETTI 1
22 WHAT IS LOVE CLEAN BANDIT 9
23 MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 1
24 WESTERN STARS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1
25 ODYSSEY TAKE THAT 1
26 LOVER TAYLOR SWIFT 1
27 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM 1
28 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1
29 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 3
30 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS 1
31 PHOENIX RITA ORA 11
32 X ED SHEERAN 1
33 YOU KNOW I KNOW OLLY MURS 2
34 SWEETENER ARIANA GRANDE 1
35 SNACKS JAX JONES 9
36 AJ TRACEY AJ TRACEY 3
37 A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE 1975 1
38 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE 5
39 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 5
40 DIRECT HITS KILLERS 5

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The Official Top 10 biggest debut studio albums released in 2019

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 1
2 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH 1
3 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER 1
4 PSYCHODRAMA DAVE 1
5 SNACKS JAX JONES 9
6 AJ TRACEY AJ TRACEY 3
7 SUCKER PUNCH SIGRID 4
8 HYPERSONIC MISSILES SAM FENDER 1
9 STACKO MOSTACK 3
10 FREYA RIDINGS FREYA RIDINGS 3

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These charts are based on combined physical, download and streaming equivalent sales from Week 1 to Week 39 2019.