List of UK Albums Chart number ones of the 1980s

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UK Albums Chart number ones
UK Albums Chart
Official Charts Company
Christmas number one
Dire Straits had three UK number-one albums during the 1980s. Their second, Brothers in Arms, was the biggest-selling album of the decade.

The UK Albums Chart is a weekly record chart based on album sales from Sunday to Saturday in the United Kingdom; during the 1980s, a total of 184 albums reached number one.

Number ones[edit]

Key
No. nth album to top the UK Albums Chart
re Return of an album to number one
Silver Silver certification
Gold Gold certification
Platinum Platinum certification
dagger Best-selling album of the year
double-dagger Best-selling album of the decade
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No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one
(for the week ending)[a]
Weeks at
number one[a]
Certification
(as of 31
December 1989)
[c]
220 Stewart, RodRod Stewart Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Riva 8 December 1979 5 Platinum
re ABBA Greatest Hits Volume 2 Epic 12 January 1980 1 Platinum
221 Pretenders, TheThe Pretenders Pretenders Real 19 January 1980 4 Platinum
222 Various artists Last Dance, TheThe Last Dance Motown 16 February 1980 2 Gold
223 Shadows, TheThe Shadows String of Hits EMI 1 March 1980 3 Platinum
224 Mathis, JohnnyJohnny Mathis Tears and Laughter CBS 22 March 1980 2 Gold
225 Genesis Duke Charisma 5 April 1980 2 Platinum
226 Rose Royce Greatest Hits Whitfield 19 April 1980 2 Platinum
227 Sky Sky 2 Ariola 3 May 1980 2 Platinum
228 Boney M. Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits, TheThe Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits Hansa/Atlantic 17 May 1980 2 Platinum
229 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney McCartney II Parlophone 31 May 1980 2 Gold
230 Gabriel, PeterPeter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Charisma 14 June 1980 2 Gold
231 Roxy Music Flesh and Blood Polydor 28 June 1980 1 Platinum
232 Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue Rolling Stones 5 July 1980 2 Gold
233 Queen Game, TheThe Game EMI 19 July 1980 2 Gold
234 Deep Purple Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple Harvest 2 August 1980 1 Gold
235 AC/DC Back in Black Atlantic 9 August 1980 2 Gold
re Roxy Music Flesh and Blood Polydor 23 August 1980 3 Platinum
236 Numan, GaryGary Numan Telekon Beggars Banquet 13 September 1980 1 Gold
237 Bush, KateKate Bush Never for Ever EMI 20 September 1980 1 Gold
238 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) RCA 27 September 1980 2 Platinum
239 Police, TheThe Police Zenyatta Mondatta A&M 11 October 1980 4 Platinum
240 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand Guilty CBS 8 November 1980 2 Platinum
241 ABBA Super Trouper dagger Epic 22 November 1980 9 Platinum
242 Adam and the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier dagger CBS 24 January 1981 2 Platinum
243 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono Double Fantasy Geffen 7 February 1981 2 Platinum
244 Collins, PhilPhil Collins Face Value Virgin 21 February 1981 3 Platinum
re Adam and the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier dagger CBS 14 March 1981 10 Platinum
245 Starsound Stars on 45 CBS 23 May 1981 5 Gold
246 Motörhead No Sleep 'til Hammersmith Bronze 27 June 1981 1 Gold
247 Various artists Disco Daze and Disco Nites Ronco 4 July 1981 1 Gold
248 Richard, CliffCliff Richard Love Songs EMI 11 July 1981 5 Platinum
249 Various artists Official BBC Album of the Royal Wedding, TheThe Official BBC Album of the Royal Wedding BBC 15 August 1981 2 Gold
250 Electric Light Orchestra Time Jet 29 August 1981 2 Platinum
251 Meat Loaf Dead Ringer Cleveland International
/Epic
12 September 1981 2 Platinum
252 Genesis Abacab Charisma 26 September 1981 2 Platinum
253 Police, TheThe Police Ghost in the Machine A&M 10 October 1981 3 Platinum
254 Human League, TheThe Human League Dare Virgin 31 October 1981 1 Platinum
255 Shakin' Stevens Shaky Epic 7 November 1981 1 Platinum
256 Queen Greatest Hits EMI 14 November 1981 4 6× Platinum
257 Various artists Chart Hits '81 K-tel 12 December 1981 1 Platinum
258 ABBA Visitors, TheThe Visitors Epic 19 December 1981 3 Platinum
re Human League, TheThe Human League Dare Virgin 9 January 1982 3 Platinum
259 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand Love Songs dagger CBS 30 January 1982 7 Platinum
260 Jam, TheThe Jam Gift, TheThe Gift Polydor 20 March 1982 1 Platinum
re Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand Love Songs dagger CBS 27 March 1982 2 Platinum
261 Iron Maiden Number of the Beast, TheThe Number of the Beast EMI 10 April 1982 2 Platinum
262 Status Quo 1+9+8+2 Vertigo 24 April 1982 1 Gold
263 Manilow, BarryBarry Manilow Barry Live in Britain Arista 1 May 1982 1 Platinum
264 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney Tug of War Parlophone 8 May 1982 2 Gold
265 Madness Complete Madness Stiff 22 May 1982 2 Platinum
266 Roxy Music Avalon E.G. 5 June 1982 1 Platinum
re Madness Complete Madness Stiff 12 June 1982 1 Platinum
re Roxy Music Avalon E.G. 19 June 1982 2 Platinum
267 ABC Lexicon of Love, TheThe Lexicon of Love Neutron 3 July 1982 4 Platinum
268 Original soundtrack Fame RSO 31 July 1982 1 Gold
269 Kids from "Fame", TheThe Kids from "Fame" Kids from "Fame", TheThe Kids from "Fame" BBC 7 August 1982 8 Platinum
270 Dire Straits Love over Gold Vertigo 2 October 1982 4 2× Platinum
re Kids from "Fame", TheThe Kids from "Fame" Kids from "Fame", TheThe Kids from "Fame" BBC 30 October 1982 4 Platinum
271 ABBA Singles: The First Ten Years, TheThe Singles: The First Ten Years Epic 27 November 1982 1 Platinum
272 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon John Lennon Collection, TheThe John Lennon Collection Parlophone 6 December 1982 6 3× Platinum
273 Various artists Raiders of the Pop Charts Ronco 15 January 1983 2 Platinum
274 Men at Work Business as Usual Epic 29 January 1983 5 Platinum
275 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Thriller dagger Epic 5 March 1983 1 9× Platinum
276 U2 War Island 12 March 1983 1 Platinum
re Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Thriller dagger Epic 19 March 1983 1 9× Platinum
277 Tears for Fears Hurting, TheThe Hurting Mercury 26 March 1983 1 Platinum
278 Pink Floyd Final Cut, TheThe Final Cut Harvest 2 April 1983 2 Gold
279 Tyler, BonnieBonnie Tyler Faster Than the Speed of Night CBS 16 April 1983 1 Silver
280 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie Let's Dance EMI America 23 April 1983 3 Platinum
281 Spandau Ballet True Reformation 14 May 1983 1 Platinum
re Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Thriller dagger Epic 21 May 1983 5 9× Platinum
282 Police, TheThe Police Synchronicity A&M 25 June 1983 2 Platinum
283 Wham! Fantastic Innervision 9 July 1983 2 3× Platinum
284 Yazoo You and Me Both Mute 23 July 1983 2 Gold
285 Beach Boys, TheThe Beach Boys Very Best of The Beach Boys, TheThe Very Best of The Beach Boys Capitol 6 August 1983 2 Platinum
286 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson and The Jackson 5 18 Greatest Hits Telstar 20 August 1983 3 Platinum
re Beach Boys, TheThe Beach Boys Very Best of The Beach Boys, TheThe Very Best of The Beach Boys Capitol 10 September 1983 1 Platinum
287 Young, PaulPaul Young No Parlez CBS 17 September 1983 1 3× Platinum
288 UB40 Labour of Love DEP International 24 September 1983 1 2× Platinum
re Young, PaulPaul Young No Parlez CBS 1 October 1983 2 3× Platinum
289 Genesis Genesis Charisma 15 October 1983 1 2× Platinum
290 Culture Club Colour by Numbers Virgin 22 October 1983 3 3× Platinum
291 Richie, LionelLionel Richie Can't Slow Down Motown 12 November 1983 1 3× Platinum
re Culture Club Colour by Numbers Virgin 19 November 1983 2 3× Platinum
292 Duran Duran Seven and the Ragged Tiger EMI 3 December 1983 1 Platinum
re Young, PaulPaul Young No Parlez CBS 10 December 1983 1 3× Platinum
293 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music Virgin/EMI 17 December 1983 4 3× Platinum
re Young, PaulPaul Young No Parlez CBS 14 January 1984 1 3× Platinum
re Various artists Now That's What I Call Music Virgin/EMI 21 January 1984 1 3× Platinum
re Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Thriller Epic 28 January 1984 1 9× Platinum
294 Eurythmics Touch RCA 4 February 1984 2 Platinum
295 Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain Virgin 18 February 1984 1 Platinum
296 Thompson Twins Into the Gap Arista 25 February 1984 3 2× Platinum
297 Jones, HowardHoward Jones Human's Lib WEA 17 March 1984 2 2× Platinum
re Richie, LionelLionel Richie Can't Slow Down dagger Motown 31 March 1984 2 3× Platinum
298 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music II Virgin/EMI 14 April 1984 5 2× Platinum
299 Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend Island 19 May 1984 12 3× Platinum
300 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 3 Virgin/EMI 11 August 1984 8 2× Platinum
301 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie Tonight EMI America 6 October 1984 1 Gold
302 U2 Unforgettable Fire, TheThe Unforgettable Fire Island 13 October 1984 2 2× Platinum
303 Big Country Steeltown Mercury 27 October 1984 1 Gold
304 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney Give My Regards to Broad Street Parlophone 3 November 1984 1 Platinum
305 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome ZTT 10 November 1984 1 3× Platinum
306 Wham! Make It Big Epic 17 November 1984 2 4× Platinum
307 Various artists Hits Album/The Hits Tape, TheThe Hits Album/The Hits Tape CBS/WEA 1 December 1984 7 3× Platinum
308 Moyet, AlisonAlison Moyet Alf CBS 19 January 1985 1 4× Platinum
309 Foreigner Agent Provocateur Atlantic 26 January 1985 3 Platinum
310 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. CBS 16 February 1985 1 3× Platinum
311 Smiths, TheThe Smiths Meat Is Murder Rough Trade 23 February 1985 1 Gold
312 Collins, PhilPhil Collins No Jacket Required Virgin 2 March 1985 5 6× Platinum
313 Young, PaulPaul Young Secret of Association, TheThe Secret of Association CBS 6 April 1985 1 2× Platinum
314 Various artists Hits Album 2/The Hits Tape 2, TheThe Hits Album 2/The Hits Tape 2 CBS/WEA 13 April 1985 6 2× Platinum
315 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms double-dagger Vertigo 25 May 1985 2 10× Platinum
316 Style Council, TheThe Style Council Our Favourite Shop Polydor 8 June 1985 1 Gold
317 Ferry, BryanBryan Ferry Boys and Girls E.G. 15 June 1985 2 Platinum
318 Marillion Misplaced Childhood EMI 29 June 1985 1 Platinum
re Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. CBS 6 July 1985 4 3× Platinum
re Dire Straits Brothers in Arms double-dagger Vertigo 3 August 1985 2 10× Platinum
319 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 5 Virgin/EMI 17 August 1985 5 2× Platinum
320 Madonna Like a Virgin Sire 21 September 1985 1 3× Platinum
321 Bush, KateKate Bush Hounds of Love EMI 28 September 1985 2 2× Platinum
re Madonna Like a Virgin Sire 12 October 1985 1 3× Platinum
re Bush, KateKate Bush Hounds of Love EMI 28 September 1985 1 2× Platinum
322 Benson, GeorgeGeorge Benson Love Songs, TheThe Love Songs K-tel 26 October 1985 1 2× Platinum
323 Simple Minds Once Upon a Time Virgin 2 November 1985 1 3× Platinum
re Benson, GeorgeGeorge Benson Love Songs, TheThe Love Songs K-tel 9 November 1985 1 2× Platinum
324 Sade Promise Epic 16 November 1985 2 2× Platinum
325 Various artists Greatest Hits of 1985, TheThe Greatest Hits of 1985 Telstar 30 November 1985 1 Platinum
326 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 6 Virgin/EMI 7 December 1985 2 4× Platinum
327 Various artists Now – The Christmas Album Virgin/EMI 21 December 1985 2 4× Platinum
re Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 6 Virgin/EMI 4 January 1986 2 4× Platinum
re Dire Straits Brothers in Arms double-dagger Vertigo 18 January 1986 10 10× Platinum
328 Various artists Hits 4 CBS/WEA/RCA/Ariola 29 March 1986 4 Platinum
329 Ferry, BryanBryan Ferry and Roxy Music Street Life: 20 Great Hits E.G. 26 April 1986 5 Platinum
330 Gabriel, PeterPeter Gabriel So Virgin 31 May 1986 2 3× Platinum
331 Queen Kind of Magic, AA Kind of Magic EMI 14 June 1986 1 2× Platinum
332 Genesis Invisible Touch Charisma 21 June 1986 3 4× Platinum
333 Madonna True Blue dagger Sire 12 July 1986 6 5× Platinum
334 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 7 Virgin/EMI 23 August 1986 5 2× Platinum
335 Five Star Silk and Steel Tent 27 September 1986 1 4× Platinum
336 Simon, PaulPaul Simon Graceland Warner Bros. 4 October 1986 5 5× Platinum
337 Police, TheThe Police Every Breath You Take: The Singles A&M 8 November 1986 2 3× Platinum
338 Various artists Hits 5 CBS/RCA/Ariola/WEA 22 November 1986 2 3× Platinum
339 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 8 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 6 December 1986 6 4× Platinum
340 Bush, KateKate Bush Whole Story, TheThe Whole Story EMI 17 January 1987 2 2× Platinum
re Simon, PaulPaul Simon Graceland Warner Bros. 31 January 1987 3 5× Platinum
341 Original London cast Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the Opera Really Useful 21 February 1987 3 3× Platinum
342 Hot Chocolate Very Best of Hot Chocolate, TheThe Very Best of Hot Chocolate Rak 14 March 1987 1 Platinum
343 U2 Joshua Tree, TheThe Joshua Tree Island 21 March 1987 2 5× Platinum
344 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 9 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 5 April 1987 5 2× Platinum
345 Curiosity Killed the Cat Keep Your Distance Mercury 9 May 1987 2 Platinum
346 Swing Out Sister It's Better to Travel Mercury 23 May 1987 2 Platinum
347 Simple Minds Live in the City of Light Virgin 6 June 1987 1 2× Platinum
348 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston Whitney Arista 13 June 1987 6 6× Platinum
349 D'Arby, Terrence TrentTerrence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby CBS 25 July 1987 1 5× Platinum
350 Various artists Hits 6 CBS/BMG/WEA 1 August 1987 4 3× Platinum
351 Def Leppard Hysteria Bludgeon Riffola 29 August 1987 1 2× Platinum
re Various artists Hits 6 CBS/BMG/WEA 5 September 1987 1 3× Platinum
352 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Bad dagger Epic 12 September 1987 5 9× Platinum
353 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love CBS 17 October 1987 1 Platinum
354 Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun A&M 24 October 1987 1 Platinum
355 Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night Warner Bros. 31 October 1987 2 6× Platinum
356 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael Faith Epic 14 November 1987 1 2× Platinum
357 T'Pau Bridge of Spies Siren 21 November 1987 1 4× Platinum
358 Astley, RickRick Astley Whenever You Need Somebody RCA 28 November 1987 1 4× Platinum
359 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 10 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 5 December 1987 6 4× Platinum
360 Wet Wet Wet Popped In Souled Out Precious Organisation, TheThe Precious Organisation 16 January 1988 1 5× Platinum
361 Johnny Hates Jazz Turn Back the Clock Virgin 23 January 1988 1 2× Platinum
re D'Arby, Terrence TrentTerrence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby CBS 30 January 1988 8 5× Platinum
362 Morrissey Viva Hate His Master's Voice 26 March 1988 1 Gold
363 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 11 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 2 April 1988 3 4× Platinum
364 Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son EMI 23 April 1988 1 Gold
365 Erasure Innocents, TheThe Innocents Mute 30 April 1988 1 2× Platinum
re Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night Warner Bros. 7 May 1988 2 6× Platinum
366 Prince Lovesexy Paisley Park 21 May 1988 1 Platinum
re Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night Warner Bros. 28 May 1988 1 6× Platinum
367 Various artists Nite Flite CBS 4 June 1988 4 Platinum
368 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Elektra 2 July 1988 3 Platinum
369 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 12 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 23 July 1988 5 2× Platinum
370 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue Kylie dagger PWL 27 August 1988 4 6× Platinum
371 Various artists Hot City Nights Vertigo 24 September 1988 1 Platinum
372 Bon Jovi New Jersey Vertigo 1 October 1988 2 Platinum
373 de Burgh, ChrisChris de Burgh Flying Colours A&M 15 October 1988 1 Platinum
374 U2 Rattle and Hum Island 22 October 1988 1 3× Platinum
375 Dire Straits Money for Nothing Vertigo 29 October 1988 3 4× Platinum
re Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue Kylie dagger PWL 19 November 1988 2 6× Platinum
376 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music XIII Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 3 December 1988 3 4× Platinum
377 Richard, CliffCliff Richard Private Collection: 1979–1988 EMI 24 December 1988 2 4× Platinum
re Various artists Now That's What I Call Music XIII Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 7 January 1989 1 4× Platinum
re Erasure Innocents, TheThe Innocents Mute 14 January 1989 1 2× Platinum
378 Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison Legendary Roy Orbison, TheThe Legendary Roy Orbison Telstar 21 January 1989 3 2× Platinum
379 New Order Technique Factory 11 February 1989 1 Gold
380 Fine Young Cannibals Raw and the Cooked, TheThe Raw and the Cooked London 18 February 1989 1 3× Platinum
381 Simply Red New Flame, AA New Flame WEA 25 February 1989 4 4× Platinum
382 Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Anything for You Epic 25 March 1989 1 4× Platinum
383 Madonna Like a Prayer Sire 1 April 1989 2 2× Platinum
384 Deacon Blue When the World Knows Your Name CBS 15 April 1989 2 2× Platinum
re Simply Red New Flame, AA New Flame WEA 29 April 1989 1 4× Platinum
385 Johnson, HollyHolly Johnson Blast MCA 6 May 1989 1 Platinum
386 Simple Minds Street Fighting Years Virgin 13 May 1989 1 2× Platinum
387 Donovan, JasonJason Donovan Ten Good Reasons dagger PWL 20 May 1989 2 4× Platinum
388 Queen Miracle, TheThe Miracle Parlophone 3 June 1989 1 Platinum
re Donovan, JasonJason Donovan Ten Good Reasons dagger PWL 10 June 1989 2 4× Platinum
389 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney Flowers in the Dirt Parlophone 24 June 1989 1 Gold
390 Prince Batman Warner Bros. 1 July 1989 1 Platinum
391 Transvision Vamp Velveteen MCA 8 July 1989 1 Platinum
392 Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. I 10 15 July 1989 1 2× Platinum
re Simply Red New Flame, AA New Flame WEA 22 July 1989 2 4× Platinum
393 Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan Cuts Both Ways Epic 5 August 1989 6 2× Platinum
394 Original stage cast Aspects of Love Really Useful/Polydor 16 September 1989 1 Platinum
395 Eurythmics We Too Are One RCA 23 September 1989 1 Platinum
396 Turner, TinaTina Turner Foreign Affair Capitol 30 September 1989 1 3× Platinum
397 Tears for Fears Seeds of Love, TheThe Seeds of Love Fontana 7 October 1989 1 Platinum
398 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman Crossroads Elektra 14 October 1989 1 Platinum
399 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue Enjoy Yourself PWL 21 October 1989 1 3× Platinum
400 Erasure Wild! Mute 28 October 1989 2 Platinum
401 Rea, ChrisChris Rea Road to Hell, TheThe Road to Hell WEA 11 November 1989 3 2× Platinum
402 Collins, PhilPhil Collins ...But Seriously Virgin 2 December 1989 8 4× Platinum
  1. ^ a b c d The artist, album, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given by the OCC.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
  2. ^ The record labels are those given by the OCC.[11]
  3. ^ The certifications are those awarded by the BPI as of 31 December 1989.[12]

By artist[edit]

Colour photograph of Michael Jackson in 1984. He is wearing his trademark single white glove, and is waving.
Michael Jackson achieved three number ones on the albums chart this decade.
Swedish group ABBA spent 14 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart during the 1980s.

Ten artists spent 10 weeks or more at number one on the album chart during the 1980s.

Artist Number ones Weeks at number one
Dire Straits 3 21
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 3 16
ABBA 4 14
Collins, PhilPhil Collins 3 13
Adam and the Ants 1 12
Kids from "Fame", TheThe Kids from "Fame" 1 12
Bob Marley & The Wailers 1 12
Police, TheThe Police 4 11
Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand 2 11
Madonna 3 10

By record label[edit]

Six record labels spent 20 weeks or more at number one on the album chart during the 1980s.

Record label Number ones Weeks at number one
Virgin Records 24 95
EMI Records 26 91
Columbia Records 19 83
WEA 8 36
PolyGram 6 29
Vertigo Records 6 25

Christmas number ones[edit]

Cliff Richard's album Private Collection: 1979–1988 was the 1988 Christmas number one.

In the UK, Christmas number one albums are those that are at the top of the UK Albums Chart on Christmas Day. Typically, this will refer to the album that was announced as number one on the Sunday before 25 December—when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday itself, the official number one is considered by the OCC to be the one announced on that day's chart.[13] During the 1980s, the following albums were Christmas number ones.

Year Artist Album Record label Weeks at
number one
Ref.
1980 ABBA Super Trouper Epic 9 [14]
1981 ABBA The Visitors Epic 3 [15]
1982 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon The John Lennon Collection Parlophone 6 [16]
1983 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music Virgin/EMI 5 [17]
1984 Various artists Hits 1 CBS/WEA 7 [18]
1985 Various artists Now – The Christmas Album Virgin/EMI 2 [19]
1986 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 8 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 6 [20]
1987 Various artists Now That's What I Call Music 10 Virgin/EMI/PolyGram 6 [21]
1988 Richard, CliffCliff Richard Private Collection: 1979–1988[a] EMI 2 [23]
1989 Collins, PhilPhil Collins ...But Seriously Virgin 15 [24]
  1. ^ Private Collection: 1979–1988 was announced as the 1988 Christmas number one a day later than usual, on Monday 26 December.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1980". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1981". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1982". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1983". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1984". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1985". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1986". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1987". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1988". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1989". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Certified Awards Search". London: British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Christmas No.1s: Albums". The Official UK Charts Company. 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 27th December 1980". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 26th December 1981". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 25th December 1982". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 31st December 1983". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 29th December 1984". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 28th December 1985". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 27th December 1986". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 26th December 1987". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Masterton, James (20 December 2004). "Christmas Commentary from James Masterton". London: LAUNCH. Archived from the original on 31 December 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2011. "... This actually did happen back in 1988 when Christmas Day fell on a Sunday (the usual chart day). This resulted in the chart show being broadcast a day late on Monday 26th and with the industry agreeing that the crowning of Cliff Richard as that years Christmas Number One would take place then. ..." 
  23. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 31st December 1988". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive: 30th December 1989". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 

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