The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2020

Albums from Lewis Capaldi, Dua Lipa, Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift and AC/DC are among the biggest of the year.

Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish was the UK’s biggest album for a second year in a row, Official Charts Company data confirms.

Despite a record 43 albums topping the Official Albums Chart across the year, the Scottish musician continued to dominate with his debut collection.

Capaldi’s 2019 debut topped 1 million chart sales in the UK in September, including 456,000 from 2020. The album, which logged 10 weeks at Number 1 – including four in 2020 – racked up an unbroken 77-week run in the Top 10, a record by a solo artist.

The news comes as music industry body the BPI revealed in its end-of-year report that music consumption rose for a sixth consecutive year, with 155 million equivalent albums being streamed or purchased in 2020 – up 8.2% compared to 2019.

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Physical sales also proved to be key in landing a chart-topper in 2020. In the majority of weeks (28) in 2020, physical accounted for 50% of chart sales of the Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.


Harry Styles

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ second studio album Fine Line – released December 2019 – finishes as the UK’s second-biggest album of 2020 with 293,000 chart sales (363,000 in total). The record enjoyed huge success across the year, boosted by Top 5 summer smash Watermelon Sugar as well as singles Falling and Golden.

The UK’s biggest album released in 2020 is Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (265k), ranking third place overall. Dua’s second album, which was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, logged four weeks at Number 1 across April and May.

The UK’s biggest debut album of 2020 is Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon by late US rapper Pop Smoke (222k), ranking sixth on the end-of-year chart. The collection debuted at Number 2 in July and climbed the summit 12 weeks later to become the first chart-topping debut record of the year and the first ever posthumous Number 1 debut album by a solo artist.

Big 2020 Number 1s

Other big chart-topping albums released in 2020 on the end-of-year chart include Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By (11) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore (12), which scored the longest run at the summit of the year at three weeks.


Lady Gaga

Meanwhile, Juice Wrld’s posthumous Number 1 album Legends Never Die places at 17, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Together At Christmas finishes 18th, Lady Gaga’s Chromatica is at 22, The Weeknd’s After Hours is 23rd, AC/DC’s November chart-topper Power Up is at 26, and Little Mix’s Confetti’s places at 29.

Several popular greatest hits albums also feature in the year-to-date rundown, three of which are in the Top 10: Queen’s Greatest Hits at 8, Elton John’s Diamonds at 9, and Fleetwood Mac’s 50 Years – Don’t Stop at 10.

The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2020

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 1
2 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES 3
3 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA 1
4 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH 1
5 HEAVY IS THE HEAD STORMZY 1
6 SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR THE MOON POP SMOKE 1
7 NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT ED SHEERAN 1
8 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1
9 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 5
10 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC 5
11 MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY EMINEM 1
12 FOLKLORE TAYLOR SWIFT 1
13 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 1
14 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 1
15 HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING POST MALONE 1
16 HIGH EXPECTATIONS MABEL 3
17 LEGENDS NEVER DIE JUICE WRLD 1
18 TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE 1
19 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1
20 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1
21 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1
22 CHROMATICA LADY GAGA 1
23 AFTER HOURS WEEKND 1
24 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS 1
25 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA 3
26 POWER UP AC/DC 1
27 GET TO KNOW BECKY HILL 20
28 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM 1
29 CONFETTI LITTLE MIX 2
30 DON'T SMILE AT ME BILLIE EILISH 12
31 LETTER TO YOU BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1
32 BIG CONSPIRACY J HUS 1
33 DISCO KYLIE MINOGUE 1
34 1 BEATLES 1
35 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE 5
36 SNACKS JAX JONES 9
37 LOVER TAYLOR SWIFT 1
38 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER 1
39 NUMBER ONES MICHAEL JACKSON 1
40 GOODBYE & GOOD RIDDANCE JUICE WRLD 25

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