List of one-hit wonders on the UK Albums Chart

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The UK Albums Chart is a weekly record chart based on album sales from Sunday to Saturday in the United Kingdom. It listed only physical album sales until 2007, after which it also included albums sold digitally. The chart is currently compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the UK music industry,[1] and each week's new number one is first announced on Sunday evenings by BBC Radio 1 on their weekly chart show.[2]

The definition of a "one-hit wonder", as given by the reference text British Hit Singles & Albums, is any act that achieves a number one on the UK Album Chart and no other Top 40 entry. Since the album chart was first published on 28 July 1956,[3] 28 acts have reached number one and had no other Top 40 entries. Artists who have topped the album chart as solo artists but also charted as members of groups (such as Holly Johnson, Brandon Flowers and Jack White) are exempted.

One-hit wonders[edit]

Artist Album Record label Reached number
one (for the week ending)
Weeks at number one Notes Ref.
Cannon, FreddyFreddy Cannon Explosive Freddy Cannon, TheThe Explosive Freddy Cannon Top Rank 12 March 1960 1 The first number one album on the Record Retailer chart [4]
Blind Faith Blind Faith Polydor 20 September 1969 2 Although the band Blind Faith had one number-one album and nothing else, each member of the band had further album chart success [5]
Reid, NeilNeil Reid Neil Reid Decca 19 February 1972 3 Winner of the 1971 series of Opportunity Knocks. The youngest person ever to top the album chart. Follow-up album Smile peaked at number 47 [6]
Johnny Hates Jazz Turn Back the Clock Virgin 23 January 1988 1 Follow-up album Tall Stories failed to make the Top 75 [7]
Farm, TheThe Farm Spartacus Produce 16 March 1991 1 Follow-up albums failed to make the Top 75 [8]
Chaka Demus & Pliers Tease Me Mango 29 January 1994 2 Had originally peaked at number 26 in July 1993, before being rereleased and topping the chart in January 1994 [9]
Brookstein, SteveSteve Brookstein Heart and Soul Syco 21 May 2005 1 Winner of the 2004 series of The X Factor. Follow-up album 40,000 Things failed to make the Top 75 [10]
Journey South Journey South Syco 1 April 2006 1 Third place in the 2005 series of The X Factor. Follow-up album Home peaked at number 43 [11]
Quinn, RayRay Quinn Doing It My Way Syco 24 March 2007 1 Runner-up in the 2006 series of The X Factor [12]
Nero Welcome Reality MTA 27 August 2011 1 [13]
Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events Virgin 25 February 2012 10 [14]
Commonwealth Band, TheThe Commonwealth Band Sing Decca 9 June 2012 3 Co-credit with Gary Barlow [15]
Pnau Good Morning to the Night Mercury 28 July 2012 1 Co-credit with Elton John [16]
Maynard, ConorConor Maynard Contrast Parlophone 11 August 2012 1 [17]
Ora, RitaRita Ora Ora Parlophone 8 September 2012 1 [18]
Bastille Bad Blood Virgin 16 March 2013 3 [19]
Rudimental Home Asylum 11 May 2013 1 [20]
Disclosure Settle PMR 15 June 2013 1 [21]
Odell, TomTom Odell Long Way Down Columbia 6 July 2013 1 [22]
Douglas, JahméneJahméne Douglas Love Never Fails RCA 3 August 2013 1 Runner-up in the 2012 series of The X Factor [23]
1975, TheThe 1975 The 1975 Dirty Hit/Polydor 14 September 2013 1 [24]
Haim Days Are Gone Polydor 12 October 2013 1 [25]
Newman, JohnJohn Newman Tribute Island 26 October 2013 1 [26]
Bailey, SamSam Bailey Power of Love, TheThe Power of Love Syco 5 April 2014 1 Winner of the 2013 series of The X Factor [27]
Smith, SamSam Smith In the Lonely Hour Capitol 7 June 2014 4
Collabro Stars Syco 30 August 2014 1 Winner of the 2014 series of Britain's Got Talent
Royal Blood Royal Blood Warner Bros. 6 September 2014 1
Ezra, GeorgeGeorge Ezra Wanted on Voyage Columbia 11 October 2014 2
Henderson, EllaElla Henderson Chapter One Syco 25 October 2014 1 Sixth place of the 2012 series of The X Factor

Most recent one-hit wonder to be removed from the list: Ed Sheeran (June 2014).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Charts We Compile". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart". London: BBC Radio 1. 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Mawer, Sharon (2008). "1956". London: The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Freddy Cannon". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Blind Faith". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Neil Reid". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Johnny Hates Jazz". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Farm". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chaka Demus & Pliers". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Steve Brookstein". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Journey South". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ray Quinn". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nero". London: Official Charts Company. 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Emeli Sande". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pnau". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Conor Maynard". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rita Ora". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bastille". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Rudimental". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Disclosure". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Tom Odell". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jahmene Douglas". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "The 1975". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Haim". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  26. ^ "John Newman". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Sam Bailey". London: Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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