The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2022

The UK's Official biggest albums of 2022 including Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, George Ezra and more

Harry Styles' Harry's House was officially the biggest album of 2022 in the UK, the Official Charts Company can confirm today.

The One Direction star's third studio LP, it saw Harry achieve the rare Official Chart Double upon its release in May; with the record reaching Number 1 as lead single As It Was simultaneously topped the Official Singles Chart.

Harry's House boasts 2022's most impressive figures overall, having shifted a total of 460,000 UK chart units across the year. Of those, 160,000 were pure sales (150,000 physical, 10,000 downloads).

The record also spent the most weeks at Number 1 in 2022, managing six non-consecutive weeks atop the Official Albums Chart last year.

Explore Harry's Official Charts history in full so far here.

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Ed Sheeran's = (Equals) comes in at Number 2 on the year-end list, shifting in excess of 433,000 UK chart units in 2022. Proving the singer-songwriter's enduring success, the record saw Ed make Official Chart history once again last year. In November, we announced that all four of Ed's studio albums had spent a total of 52 weeks or more inside the the Official Albums Chart Top 10.

Speaking exclusively to OfficialCharts.com at the time, Ed said, "I'm delighted to find out that four of my albums have spent a year or more in the UK Top 10. Thank you to my wonderful fans for making this possible, you’re the best. See you in 2023!"

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In third place on the list of 2022's biggest LPs is Taylor Swift's Midnights; also the year's fastest-selling album overall.

In less than three months, Midnights accumulated over 417,000 UK chart units in 2022; 217,000 of which were pure sales (206,000 physical copies, 11,000 downloads).

Midnights saw Taylor achieve her most explosive opening week ever upon its release in October, shifting a staggering 204,000 UK chart sales in its first seven days; more than double her previous best with 2014 album 1989 (90,300).

The record also clocked the second-longest reign atop the Official Albums Chart last year, managing a total of three non-consecutive weeks at Number 1. See Taylor Swift's Official Charts story so far here.

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Big 2022 albums

Elsewhere in the list, Arctic Monkeys' The Car places 17th on the year-end list. Having shifted total UK chart units in excess of 159,000, the group's seventh studio album is one of three Arctics records in the Top 40 of 2022. 2013 release AM lands at Number 13, while 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is at Number 37.

George Ezra's third Number 1 album Gold Rush Kid also enjoys a spot on 2022's Official biggest albums list (18), as does The Weeknd's chart-topping release Dawn FM (22). Having also reached the Official Albums Chart summit in 2022, Beyoncé's much-anticipated comeback record RENAISSANCE makes the list, too (35).

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The final 2022 release to land inside the year-end list comes courtesy of Kendrick Lamar. The Glastonbury Festival headliner's fifth studio album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers proves itself a defining album of the year as it comes in at Number 36.

Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2022

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 HARRY'S HOUSE HARRY STYLES 1
2 = ED SHEERAN 1
3 MIDNIGHTS TAYLOR SWIFT 1
4 THE HIGHLIGHTS WEEKND 2
5 SOUR OLIVIA RODRIGO 1
6 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM 1
7 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 5
8 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC 5
9 BETWEEN US LITTLE MIX 3
10 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1
11 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1
12 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 1
13 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS 1
14 30 ADELE 1
15 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS 1
16 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES 2
17 THE CAR ARCTIC MONKEYS 2
18 GOLD RUSH KID GEORGE EZRA 1
19 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI 1
20 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 1
21 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER SAM FENDER 1
22 DAWN FM WEEKND 1
23 NUMBER ONES MICHAEL JACKSON 1
24 PLANET HER DOJA CAT 3
25 WE'RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER DAVE 1
26 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1
27 ONLY HONEST ON THE WEEKEND BECKY HILL 7
28 ELV1S - 30 NUMBER 1 HITS ELVIS PRESLEY 1
29 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1
30 FOLKLORE TAYLOR SWIFT 1
31 1 BEATLES 1
32 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA 1
33 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT 1
34 CERTIFIED LOVER BOY DRAKE 1
35 RENAISSANCE BEYONCE 1
36 MR. MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS KENDRICK LAMAR 2
37 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS 1
38 HAPPIER THAN EVER BILLIE EILISH 1
39 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE 5
40 HOME ALONE 2 D-BLOCK EUROPE 6

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