List of UK Albums Chart number ones of the 2010s

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UK Albums Chart number ones
UK Albums Chart
Official Charts Company
Christmas number one
Adele has spent 23 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart so far this decade, longer than any other act.

The UK Albums Chart is a weekly record chart based on album sales from Sunday to Saturday in the United Kingdom; as of 3 March 2012, there have been 61 number-one albums during the 2010s, by 51 artists. The Official Charts Company (OCC) defines an "album" as being a type of music release that feature more than four tracks and last longer than 25 minutes;[1] sales of albums in the UK are recorded on behalf of the British music industry by the OCC and compiled weekly as the UK Albums Chart.[2]

The chart is based on both physical and digital album sales,[3] and each week's new number one is first announced every Sunday on The Radio 1 Chart Show, which is currently hosted by Jameela Jamil.[4] The album chart is published online by BBC Radio 1 (Top 40),[5] in Music Week magazine (Top 75),[6] on the OCC website (Top 100)[7] and the full Top 200 is published exclusively in ChartsPlus.[8] In June 2010, Time Flies... 1994–2009 by Oasis became the 900th album ever to top the UK Albums Chart[9] and in November 2013, Swings Both Ways by Robbie Williams became the 1000th.[10]

The following albums were all number one in the United Kingdom in the 2010s.[5][7]

Number ones[edit]

Florence and the Machine had the first new number-one album of the decade with their debut album Lungs—topping the chart again in November 2011 with Ceremonials.
Christina Aguilera's album, Bionic, made UK chart history by registering the largest drop in chart positions for a number-one album when it fell 28 places to number 29.[11] Selling 24,000 copies, it became the lowest selling number-one album in eight years.[12]
In June 2010 Oasis's greatest hits album Time Flies... 1994–2009 became the 900th album ever to top the album chart.
Eminem achieved his seventh consecutive number-one album in July 2010, when Recovery topped the chart, spending seven non-consecutive weeks at the summit.
Take That's sixth album Progress sold 520,000 copies in one week to become the second fastest selling album of all-time.
Following her death in July 2011, singer Amy Winehouse returned to number-one with album Back to Black (2007) and again with the posthumous compilation Lioness: Hidden Treasures in December.
MDNA marked Madonna's twelfth number-one album in the UK, allowing the singer to overtake Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most number-one albums ever.
Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé reached number-one in February 2012 with her debut album, Our Version of Events—which spent a total of ten non-consecutive weeks at the summit; including one as the Christmas number-one.
Mumford & Sons sold 158,923 copies of their second studio album, Babel, in September 2012—the biggest first week sales of the year.
David Bowie reached number-one in March 2013 with The Next Day, his twenty-sixth studio album; and first release since 2003 (Reality).
Justin Timberlake attained the highest first week sales of the year in March 2013 (105,888 copies), when his third studio album—The 20/20 Experience—reached the summit.
Ellie Goulding reached number-one in January 2014 with Halcyon after its sixty-fifth week in the chart.
Key
No. nth album to top the UK Albums Chart
re Return of an album to number one
dagger Best-selling album of the year
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No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
Certification[a]
re Nutini, PaoloPaolo Nutini Sunny Side Up Atlantic 3 January 2010 2 5× Platinum
888 Florence and the Machine Lungs Island 17 January 2010 2 5× Platinum
re Nutini, PaoloPaolo Nutini Sunny Side Up Atlantic 31 January 2010 1 5× Platinum
889 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys The Element of Freedom J 7 February 2010 2 3× Platinum
890 Glee Cast Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Epic 21 February 2010 1 Platinum
re Lady Gaga The Fame Interscope 28 February 2010 1 9× Platinum
891 Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding Lights Polydor 7 March 2010 1 2× Platinum
892 Boyzone Brother Polydor 14 March 2010 1 Platinum
re Lady Gaga The Fame Interscope 21 March 2010 1 9× Platinum
re Boyzone Brother Polydor 28 March 2010 2 Platinum
re Lady Gaga The Fame Interscope 11 April 2010 1 9× Platinum
893 Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks 679/Atlantic 18 April 2010 1 4× Platinum
894 AC/DC Iron Man 2 Columbia 25 April 2010 1 Platinum
re Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks 679/Atlantic 2 May 2010 1 4× Platinum
895 Vickers, DianaDiana Vickers Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree RCA 9 May 2010 1 Gold
896 Keane Night Train Island 16 May 2010 1 Silver
re Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. Polydor 23 May 2010 1 Platinum
897 Pendulum Immersion Warner Bros. 30 May 2010 1 Platinum
898 Johnson, JackJack Johnson To the Sea Brushfire/Island 6 June 2010 1 Gold
899 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera Bionic RCA 13 June 2010 1 Silver
900 Oasis Time Flies... 1994–2009 Big Brother 20 June 2010 1 Platinum
901 Eminem Recovery Interscope 27 June 2010 2 2× Platinum
902 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue Aphrodite Parlophone 11 July 2010 1 Platinum
re Eminem Recovery Interscope 18 July 2010 3 2× Platinum
903 Arcade Fire The Suburbs Mercury 8 August 2010 1 Platinum
re Eminem Recovery Interscope 15 August 2010 1 2× Platinum
904 Iron Maiden The Final Frontier EMI 22 August 2010 1 Gold
re Eminem Recovery Interscope 29 August 2010 1 2× Platinum
905 Perry, KatyKaty Perry Teenage Dream Virgin 5 September 2010 1 4× Platinum
906 Flowers, BrandonBrandon Flowers Flamingo Vertigo 12 September 2010 1 Gold
907 Script, TheThe Script Science & Faith Phonogenic 19 September 2010 1 2× Platinum
908 Collins, PhilPhil Collins Going Back Atlantic 26 September 2010 1 Gold
re Script, TheThe Script Science & Faith Phonogenic 3 October 2010 1 2× Platinum
909 Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy Parlophone 10 October 2010 1 2× Platinum
910 Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams In and Out of Consciousness:
Greatest Hits 1990-2010
Virgin 17 October 2010 1 2× Platinum
911 Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown Hand Me Down 24 October 2010 2 2× Platinum
912 Cole, CherylCheryl Cole Messy Little Raindrops Fascination 7 November 2010 1 Platinum
913 Boyle, SusanSusan Boyle The Gift Syco 14 November 2010 1 2× Platinum
914 Take That Progress dagger Polydor 21 November 2010 6 8× Platinum
No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
Certification[a]
915 Rihanna Loud Def Jam 2 January 2011 3 6× Platinum
916 Mars, BrunoBruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans Elektra 23 January 2011 1 5× Platinum
917 Adele 21 dagger XL 30 January 2011 11 16× Platinum
918 Foo Fighters Wasting Light RCA 17 April 2011 1 Platinum
re Adele 21 dagger XL 24 April 2011 5 16× Platinum
919 Lady Gaga Born This Way Interscope 29 May 2011 2 3× Platinum
920 Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See Domino 12 June 2011 1 Platinum
re Take That Progress Polydor 19 June 2011 1 8× Platinum
re Lady Gaga Born This Way Interscope 26 June 2011 1 3× Platinum
921 Beyoncé 4 Columbia/Parkwood 3 July 2011 2 2× Platinum
re Adele 21 dagger XL 17 July 2011 2 16× Platinum
re Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse Back to Black Island 31 July 2011 3 11× Platinum
922 Nero Welcome Reality MTA 21 August 2011 1 Gold
923 Young, WillWill Young Echoes RCA 28 August 2011 1 Platinum
924 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You Warner 4 September 2011 1 Gold
925 Example Playing in the Shadows Ministry of Sound 11 September 2011 1 Platinum
926 Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran + Asylum 18 September 2011 1 6× Platinum
927 Kasabian Velociraptor! Columbia 25 September 2011 1 Platinum
928 Morrison, JamesJames Morrison The Awakening Island 2 October 2011 2 Platinum
929 Steps The Ultimate Collection Sony 16 October 2011 1 Gold
930 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Sour Mash 23 October 2011 1 2× Platinum
931 Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Parlophone 30 October 2011 1 4× Platinum
932 Florence and the Machine Ceremonials Island 6 November 2011 1 Platinum
933 Boyle, SusanSusan Boyle Someone to Watch Over Me Syco 13 November 2011 1 Platinum
934 Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé Christmas Reprise 20 November 2011 1 7× Platinum
935 Rihanna Talk That Talk Def Jam 27 November 2011 1 3× Platinum
936 Murs, OllyOlly Murs In Case You Didn't Know Epic 4 December 2011 1 3× Platinum
937 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures Island 11 December 2011 1 2× Platinum
re Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé Christmas Reprise 18 December 2011 2 7× Platinum
No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
Certification[a]
re Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran + Asylum 1 January 2012 1 6× Platinum
re Adele 21 XL 8 January 2012 1 16× Platinum
re Mars, BrunoBruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans Elektra 15 January 2012 1 5× Platinum
re Adele 21 XL 22 January 2012 1 16× Platinum
re Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran + Asylum 29 January 2012 1 6× Platinum
938 Del Rey, LanaLana Del Rey Born to Die Polydor 5 February 2012 2 3× Platinum
939 Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events dagger Virgin 19 February 2012 1 7× Platinum
re Adele 21 XL 26 February 2012 1 16× Platinum
re Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events dagger Virgin 4 March 2012 1 7× Platinum
940 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Columbia 11 March 2012 1 Gold
941 Military Wives In My Dreams Decca 18 March 2012 1 Gold
942 Weller, PaulPaul Weller Sonik Kicks Island 25 March 2012 1 Silver
943 Madonna MDNA Interscope 1 April 2012 1 Gold
944 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Cash Money/Island 8 April 2012 1 Gold
re Adele 21 XL 15 April 2012 2 16× Platinum
945 White, JackJack White Blunderbuss XL 29 April 2012 1 Gold
946 Marina and the Diamonds Electra Heart 679/Atlantic 6 May 2012 1 Silver
947 Keane Strangeland Island 13 May 2012 2 Gold
re Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events dagger Virgin 27 May 2012 1 7× Platinum
948 Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band Sing Decca 3 June 2012 3 Gold
949 Bieber, JustinJustin Bieber Believe Def Jam 24 June 2012 1 Gold
950 Linkin Park Living Things Warner Bros. 1 July 2012 1 Gold
951 Chris Brown Fortune RCA 8 July 2012 1 Gold
952 Faulkner, NewtonNewton Faulkner Write It On Your Skin Ugly Truth 15 July 2012 1 Silver
953 John, EltonElton John vs. Pnau Good Morning to the Night Mercury 22 July 2012 1
954 Plan B Ill Manors 679/Atlantic 29 July 2012 1 Gold
955 Maynard, ConorConor Maynard Contrast Parlophone 5 August 2012 1 Silver
re Rihanna Talk That Talk Def Jam 12 August 2012 1 3× Platinum
re Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events dagger Virgin 19 August 2012 2 7× Platinum
956 Ora, RitaRita Ora Ora Columbia/Roc Nation 2 September 2012 1 Platinum
957 Vaccines, TheThe Vaccines Come of Age Columbia 9 September 2012 1 Gold
958 xx, TheThe xx Coexist Young Turks 16 September 2012 1 Gold
959 Killers, TheThe Killers Battle Born Vertigo 23 September 2012 1 Platinum
960 Mumford & Sons Babel Gentlemen of the Road/Island 30 September 2012 1 3× Platinum
961 Muse The 2nd Law Helium 3/Warner 7 October 2012 1 Platinum
re Mumford & Sons Babel Gentlemen of the Road/Island 14 October 2012 1 3× Platinum
962 Bugg, JakeJake Bugg Jake Bugg Mercury 21 October 2012 1 2× Platinum
963 Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift Red Mercury 28 October 2012 1 Platinum
964 Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris 18 Months Columbia/Fly Eye 4 November 2012 1
965 Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams Take the Crown Island 11 November 2012 1 Platinum
966 One Direction Take Me Home Syco 18 November 2012 1 3× Platinum
967 Rihanna Unapologetic Def Jam 25 November 2012 1 2× Platinum
968 Murs, OllyOlly Murs Right Place Right Time Epic 2 December 2012 2 4× Platinum
969 Mars, BrunoBruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox Atlantic 16 December 2012 1 3× Platinum
re Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events dagger Virgin 23 December 2012 2 7× Platinum
No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
Certification[a]
re Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris 18 Months Columbia/Fly Eye 6 January 2013 1
re Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events Virgin 13 January 2013 1 7× Platinum
970 Motion Picture Cast Recording Les Misérables Polydor 20 January 2013 2 Platinum
971 Biffy Clyro Opposites 14th Floor 3 February 2013 1 Gold
re Motion Picture Cast Recording Les Misérables Polydor 10 February 2013 2 Platinum
re Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events Virgin 24 February 2013 2 7× Platinum
972 Bastille Bad Blood Virgin 10 March 2013 1 2× Platinum
973 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie Next Day, TheThe Next Day RCA 17 March 2013 1 Gold
974 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake 20/20 Experience, TheThe 20/20 Experience RCA 24 March 2013 3 Platinum
975 Paramore Paramore Atlantic/Fueled by Ramen 14 April 2013 1 Gold
976 Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé To Be Loved Reprise 21 April 2013 2 2× Platinum
977 Rudimental Home Asylum 5 May 2013 1 Platinum
978 Emerald, CaroCaro Emerald The Shocking Miss Emerald Grandmono/Dramatico 12 May 2013 1 Gold
979 Stewart, RodRod Stewart Time Capitol/Decca 19 May 2013 1 Platinum
980 Punk, DaftDaft Punk Random Access Memories Columbia 26 May 2013 2 Platinum
981 Disclosure Settle PMR 9 June 2013 1 Platinum
982 Black Sabbath 13 Vertigo 16 June 2013 1 Gold
983 West, KanyeKanye West Yeezus Def Jam 23 June 2013 1 Silver
984 Odell, TomTom Odell Long Way Down Columbia 30 June 2013 1 Gold
re Mumford & Sons Babel Gentlemen of the Road/Island 7 July 2013 1 3× Platinum
985 Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail Roc Nation 14 July 2013 1 Gold
986 Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke Blurred Lines Interscope 21 July 2013 1 Gold
987 Douglas, JahméneJahméne Douglas Love Never Fails RCA 28 July 2013 1 Silver
988 Richard & Adam Impossible Dream, TheThe Impossible Dream Sony Music 4 August 2013 4 Gold
989 Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King Warner Bros. 1 September 2013 1
990 The 1975 The 1975 Dirty Hit/Polydor 8 September 2013 1 Gold
991 Arctic Monkeys AM Domino 15 September 2013 2 2× Platinum
992 Kings of Leon Mechanical Bull RCA 29 September 2013 1 Gold
993 Haim Days Are Gone Polydor 6 October 2013 1 Gold
994 Miley Cyrus Bangerz RCA 13 October 2013 1 Gold
995 John Newman Tribute Island 20 October 2013 1 Gold
996 Katy Perry Prism Virgin 27 October 2013 1 Platinum
997 Arcade Fire Reflektor Sonovox 3 November 2013 1 Gold
998 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Interscope 10 November 2013 1 Platinum
999 Lady Gaga Artpop Interscope 17 November 2013 1 Gold
1000 Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways Island 24 November 2013 1 2× Platinum
1001 One Direction Midnight Memories dagger Syco 1 December 2013 2 2× Platinum
re Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways Island 15 December 2013 3 2× Platinum
No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
Certification[a]
1002 Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding Halcyon Polydor 5 January 2014 2 3× Platinum
1003 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen High Hopes Columbia 19 January 2014 1 Silver
re Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding Halcyon Polydor 26 January 2014 1 3× Platinum
1004 You Me at Six Cavalier Youth BMG Rights 2 February 2014 1 Silver
1005 Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow Island 9 February 2014 1 Silver
1006 Katy B Little Red Columbia 16 February 2014 1 Silver
re Bastille Bad Blood Virgin 23 February 2014 2 2× Platinum
1007 Pharrell Williams G I R L Columbia 9 March 2014 1 Gold
1008 Elbow The Take Off and Landing of Everything Fiction 16 March 2014 1 Gold
1009 George Michael Symphonica Virgin EMI 23 March 2014 1 Gold
1010 Sam Bailey The Power of Love Sony 30 March 2014 1 Gold
1011 Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education, Education & War Fiction 6 April 2014 2 Silver
1012 Paolo Nutini Caustic Love Atlantic 20 April 2014 3 Gold
1013 Lily Allen Sheezus Parlophone 11 May 2014 1 Silver
1014 Michael Jackson Xscape MJJ 18 May 2014 1 Silver
1015 Coldplay Ghost Stories Parlophone 25 May 2014 1 Gold
1016 Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour Capitol 1 June 2014 2 Platinum
1017 Kasabian 48:13 Columbia/Sony 15 June 2014 1 Gold
1018 Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Interscope/Polydor 22 June 2014 1 Silver
1019 Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran x Asylum/Atlantic 29 June 2014 8 Platinum
1020 Collabro Stars Syco 24 August 2014 1
1021 Royal Blood Royal Blood Warner Bros. 31 August 2014 1
re Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour Capitol 7 September 2014 2 Platinum
1022 The Script No Sound Without Silence Columbia 21 September 2014 1
1023 alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious 28 September 2014 1
1024 George Ezra Wanted on Voyage Columbia 5 October 2014 2
1025 Ella Henderson Chapter One Syco 19 October 2014 1
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y The artist, album, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given by the Official Charts Company.[13][14]
  2. ^ a b c d e The record labels are those given by the Official Charts Company.[15]

By artist[edit]

Nine different artists have spent more than three weeks at number one on the album chart so far during the 2010s. Rihanna became the first artist to have three albums reach number one; the first was Loud which spent three weeks at number one, the second was Talk That Talk which spent two weeks at number one and the third was Unapologetic which only spent one week at number one.

Artist Number-one
albums
Weeks at
number one
Adele 1 23
Ed Sheeran 2 11
Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé 1 10
Eminem 2 8
Lady Gaga 3 7
Take That 1 7
Rihanna 3 6
Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams 3 6
Nutini, PaoloPaolo Nutini 2 6
Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé 2 5
Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse 2 4
Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding 2 4
Richard & Adam 1 4
Sam Smith 1 4

By record label[edit]

Twelve different record labels have spent five weeks or more at number one on the album chart so far during the 2010s.

Record label Number-one
albums
Weeks at
number one
XL Recordings 2 24
Island Records 14 25
Polydor Records 10 24
Interscope Records 6 16
Columbia Records 11 14
Virgin Records 5 14
RCA Records 8 10
Atlantic Records 8 14
Def Jam Recordings 4 7
Syco Music 4 5
Sony Music 2 5
Reprise Records 2 5
Parlophone 6 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rules For Chart Eligibility – Albums" (PDF). London: Official Charts Company. January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Charts We Compile". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Us – B2B Services". London: Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  4. ^ BBC Radio 1. "BBC - Radio 1 - BBC Radio 1's Chart Show with Reggie Yates". Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b BBC Radio 1. "BBC - Radio 1 - BBC Radio 1's Chart Show with Reggie Yates - The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart". Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  6. ^ MusicWeek. "Music Week - Music Week - Music business magazine". Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Official Charts Company. "The Official UK Charts Company: TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART". Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  8. ^ ChartsPlus. "Charts Plus - The Definitive UK Charts Magazine". Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Oasis Score 900th Number 1 for Official Albums Chart". Theofficialcharts.com. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Robbie Williams scores UK's 1,000th number one album". BBC News. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Jones, Alan (21 June 2010). "Oasis secure eighth number one album". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 7 May 2012.  (subscription required)
  12. ^ "Christina Aguilera's comeback looking dismal after Bionic makes biggest chart drop in UK history". Mail Online. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 

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