List of UK top-ten albums in 1997

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The UK Albums Chart is one of many music charts compiled by the Official Charts Company that calculates the best-selling albums of the week in the United Kingdom.[1][2][3] Before 2004, the chart was only based on the sales of physical albums. This list shows albums that peaked in the Top 10 of the UK Albums Chart during 1997, as well as albums which peaked in 1996 and 1998 but were in the top 10 in 1997. The entry date is when the album appeared in the top ten for the first time (week ending, as published by the Official Charts Company, which is six days after the chart is announced).

The first new number-one album of the year was Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack by Madonna and Various artists. Overall, twenty different albums peaked at number-one in 1997, with twenty unique artists hitting that position.

Background[edit]

Best-selling albums[edit]

Oasis had the best-selling album of the year with Be Here Now. Urban Hymns by The Verve came in second place Spice by the Spice Girls, Spiceworld by the Spice Girls and White on Blonde by Texas made up the top five. Albums by The Prodigy, Celine Dion, Radiohead, Eternal and Wham! were also in the top-ten best selling albums of the year.

Top-ten albums[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
Album peaked in 1996 but still in chart in 1997.
Album released in 1997 but peaked in 1998.
(#) Year-end top-ten album position and rank
Entered The date that the album first appeared in the chart.
Peak Highest position that the album reached in the UK Albums Chart.
Entered
(week ending)
Weeks
in
top
10
Single Artist Peak Peak
reached
(week ending)
Weeks
at
peak
Albums in 1996
16 March 1996 29 Ocean Drive Lighthouse Family 3 8 March 1997 1
23 March 1996 41 Falling into You Celine Dion 1 23 March 1996 1
25 May 1996 35 Older George Michael 1 25 May 1996 3
1 June 1996 16 Everything Must Go Manic Street Preachers 2 1 June 1996 2
31 The Score The Fugees 2 5 October 1996 1
14 September 1996 4 Coming Up Suede 1 14 September 1996 1
21 September 1996 17 Travelling Without Moving Jamiroquai 2 21 September 1996 2
28 September 1996 10 K Kula Shaker 1 28 September 1996 2
12 October 1996 6 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow 5 12 October 1996 3
19 October 1996 16 Greatest Hits Simply Red 1 19 October 1996 2
3 Stoosh Skunk Anansie 9 19 October 1996 2
2 November 1996 22 Blue Is the Colour The Beautiful South 1 2 November 1996 1
9 November 1996 9 A Different Beat Boyzone 1 9 November 1996 1
10 Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack Madonna and Various artists 1 1 February 1997 1
16 November 1996 43 Spice Spice Girls 1 16 November 1996 15
23 November 1996 7 Take Two Robson & Jerome 1 23 November 1996 2
Albums in 1997
25 January 1997 1 Secrets Toni Braxton 10 25 January 1997 1
1 February 1997 1 Razorblade Suitcase Bush 4 1 February 1997 1
1 Homework Daft Punk 8 1 February 1997 1
8 February 1997 5 Glow Reef 1 8 February 1997 1
12 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt 3 12 April 1997 1
15 February 1997 42 White on Blonde Texas 1 15 February 1997 2
1 Placebo Placebo 5 15 February 1997 1
1 Earthling David Bowie 6 15 February 1997 1
22 February 1997 5 Blur Blur 1 22 February 1997 1
3 Hits '97 Volume 1 The Smurfs 2 1 March 1997 1
1 March 1997 2 Attack of the Grey Lantern Mansun 1 1 March 1997 1
1 Drawn to the Deep End Gene 8 1 March 1997 1
8 March 1997 1 Beautiful Freak Eels 5 8 March 1997 1
1 Whiplash James 9 8 March 1997 1
15 March 1997 5 Pop U2 1 15 March 1997 1
2 B-sides, Seasides and Freerides Ocean Colour Scene 4 15 March 1997 1
4 The Very Best of the Bee Gees Bee Gees 6 15 March 1997 1
1 The Healing Game Van Morrison 10 15 March 1997 1
22 March 1997 4 Still Waters Bee Gees 2 22 March 1997 2
2 Nine Lives Aerosmith 4 22 March 1997 1
29 March 1997 9 Before the Rain Eternal 3 29 March 1997 1
5 April 1997 3 Lisa Stansfield Lisa Stansfield 2 5 April 1997 1
12 April 1997 4 10 Wet Wet Wet 2 12 April 1997 1
1 Cowboy Erasure 10 12 April 1997 1
19 April 1997 4 Dig Your Own Hole The Chemical Brothers 1 19 April 1997 1
26 April 1997 3 Ultra Depeche Mode 1 26 April 1997 1
2 Mother Nature Calls Cast 3 26 April 1997 1
1 Share My World Mary J. Blige 8 26 April 1997 1
3 May 1997 4 Tellin' Stories The Charlatans 1 3 May 1997 2
4 In It for the Money Supergrass 2 3 May 1997 1
1 Shelter The Brand New Heavies 5 3 May 1997 1
10 May 1997 6 Republica Republica 4 31 May 1997 1
17 May 1997 3 Flaming Pie Paul McCartney 2 17 May 1997 1
1 Andromeda Heights Prefab Sprout 7 17 May 1997 1
1 It Doesn't Matter Anymore The Supernaturals 9 17 May 1997 1
24 May 1997 4 Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix Michael Jackson 1 24 May 1997 2
2 The Colour and the Shape Foo Fighters 3 24 May 1997 1
1 At the Club Kenickie 9 24 May 1997 1
31 May 1997 5 Romanza Andrea Bocelli 6 7 June 1997 1
7 June 1997 3 Open Road Gary Barlow 1 7 June 1997 1
6 Do It Yourself The Seahorses 2 7 June 1997 1
9 Always on My Mind: The Ultimate Love Songs Collection Elvis Presley 3 21 June 1997 1
1 Direction Reaction Creation The Jam 8 7 June 1997 1
14 June 1997 1 Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan 1 14 June 1997 1
4 Timeless Sarah Brightman 2 21 June 1997 1
4 The Best of Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 6 21 June 1997 1
21 June 1997 3 Middle of Nowhere Hanson 1 21 June 1997 1
1 Album of the Year Faith No More 7 21 June 1997 1
28 June 1997 19 OK Computer Radiohead 1 28 June 1997 2
3 Destination Anywhere Jon Bon Jovi 2 28 June 1997 1
1 Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space Spiritualized 4 28 June 1997 1
1 EV3 En Vogue 9 28 June 1997 1
5 July 1997 6 Heavy Soul Paul Weller 2 5 July 1997 1
12 July 1997 13 The Fat of the Land The Prodigy 1 12 July 1997 6
1 Some Other Sucker's Parade Del Amitri 6 12 July 1997 1
1 Guns in the Ghetto UB40 7 12 July 1997 1
19 July 1997 2 Vanishing Point Primal Scream 2 19 July 1997 1
5 The Best of Michael Jackson & Jackson 5ive Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 5 26 July 1997 1
2 Essentials David Gates and Bread 9 26 July 1997 1
26 July 1997 1 Evergreen Echo & the Bunnymen 8 26 July 1997 1
2 August 1997 1 Songs from Northern Britain Teenage Fanclub 3 2 August 1997 1
9 August 1997 2 No Way Out Puff Daddy & The Family 8 16 August 1997 1
16 August 1997 4 Love is For Ever Billy Ocean 7 16 August 1997 2
23 August 1997 9 Backstreet's Back Backstreet Boys 2 23 August 1997 1
3 Blurring the Edges Meredith Brooks 5 23 August 1997 1
1 Maladjusted Morrissey 8 23 August 1997 1
30 August 1997 11 Be Here Now Oasis 1 30 August 1997 5
6 September 1997 2 Mouth to Mouth Levellers 5 6 September 1997 1
1 Word Gets Around Stereophonics 6 6 September 1997 1
1 Radiator Super Furry Animals 8 6 September 1997 1
13 September 1997 3 Calling All Stations Genesis 2 13 September 1997 1
3 Much Love Shola Ama 6 13 September 1997 1
20 September 1997 3 Butterfly Mariah Carey 2 20 September 1997 1
1 New Forms Roni Size/Reprazent 8 20 September 1997 1
1 Good Feeling Travis 9 20 September 1997 1
27 September 1997 4 Marchin' Already Ocean Colour Scene 1 27 September 1997 1
1 The Very Best of Supertramp Supertramp 8 27 September 1997 1
4 October 1997 8 Maverick A Strike Finlay Quaye 3 4 October 1997 1
1 Homogenic Björk 4 4 October 1997 1
1 Static & Silence The Sundays 10 4 October 1997 1
11 October 1997 42 Urban Hymns The Verve 1 11 October 1997 12
3 Portishead Portishead 2 11 October 1997 1
4 The Big Picture Elton John 3 11 October 1997 2
1 Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones 6 11 October 1997 1
1 The Love Songs Chris de Burgh 8 11 October 1997 1
1 Time Out of Mind Bob Dylan 10 11 October 1997 1
18 October 1997 1 Woman in Me Louise 5 18 October 1997 1
1 The Velvet Rope Janet Jackson 6 18 October 1997 1
1 Sci-Fi Lullabies Suede 9 18 October 1997 1
2 The Nail File: The Best of Jimmy Nail Jimmy Nail 8 25 October 1997 1
25 October 1997 7 Fresco M People 2 25 October 1997 1
1 Pleased to Meet You Sleeper 7 25 October 1997 1
1 The Very Best of The Jam The Jam 9 25 October 1997 1
1 November 1997 25 Postcards from Heaven Lighthouse Family 2 1 November 1997 2
12 Greatest Hits Eternal 2 8 November 1997 1
3 It's My Life – The Album Sash! 6 1 November 1997 2
56 Talk on Corners The Corrs 1 27 June 1998 10
3 Their Greatest Hits Hot Chocolate 10 1 November 1997 3
8 November 1997 6 Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon John Lennon 4 8 November 1997 1
15 November 1997 11 Spiceworld Spice Girls 1 15 November 1997 3
7 Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya Enya 4 15 November 1997 2
2 Queen Rocks Queen 7 15 November 1997 1
22 November 1997 8 Like You Do... Best of The Lightning Seeds The Lightning Seeds 5 22 November 1997 1
29 November 1997 29 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion 1 29 November 1997 5
1 Reload Metallica 4 29 November 1997 1
6 December 1997 7 The Best of Wham!: If You Were There... Wham! 4 6 December 1997 5
15 Left of the Middle Natalie Imbruglia 5 6 December 1997 1
13 December 1997 23 All Saints All Saints 2 17 January 1998 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • "Six decades of singles charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

Specific

  1. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2005). Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles and Albums (18th edition). Guinness World Records Limited. p. 14. ISBN 1-904994-00-8.
  3. ^ "New singles formats to save the charts". BBC News. 16 October 2003. Retrieved 21 February 2010.

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