List of UK top-ten albums in 2018
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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. Since 2004 the chart has been based on the sales of both physical albums and digital downloads. Since 2015, the album chart has been based on both sales and streaming. This list shows albums that peaked in the Top 10 of the UK Albums Chart during 2018, as well as albums which peaked in 2017 and 2019 but were in the top 10 in 2018. The entry date is when the album appeared in the top 10 for the first time (week ending, as published by the Official Charts Company, which is six days after the chart is announced).
One-hundred and fifty-five albums were in the top ten this year. Thirteen albums from 2017 remained in the top 10 for several weeks at the beginning of the year, while 50 Years – Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac and Unchained Melodies by Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra were both released in 2018 but did not reach their peak until 2019. Christmas by Michael Bublé was originally released in 2011, launched a new chart run in 2017, reaching a peak on its latest run in 2018 and again in 2019. Dua Lipa by Dua Lipa was the only album from 2017 to reach its peak in 2018. Seven artists have scored multiple entries in the top 10 in 2018, as of 11 October 2018 (week ending). Anne-Marie, Calum Scott, First Aid Kit, The Greatest Showman Cast and XXXTentacion are among the many artists who achieved their first UK charting top 10 album in 2018.
Ed Sheeran's Divide returned to the top of the chart for the opening two weeks of the year, totalling twenty weeks at number-one since it was released in March 2017. The first new number-one album of the year was The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by The Greatest Showman Cast. Nineteen different albums peaked at number-one in 2018, with nineteen unique artists hitting that position. An asterisk (*) in the "Weeks in Top 10" column shows that the album is currently in the top 10.
One-hundred and fifty-five albums charted in the top 10 in 2018, with one-hundred and thirty-nine albums reaching their peak this year (including the re-entries Appetite for Destruction, Christmas, Gold: Greatest Hits, Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack, Wanted on Voyage, The White Album, X, which charted in previous years but reached peaks on their latest chart run).
Twelve artists scored multiple entries in the top 10 in 2018.
Thirty-six artists have achieved their first top 10 album in 2018 (as of 11 October 2018, week ending), as a lead artist. The Mamma Mia! film cast had one other entry in their breakthrough year.
The following table (collapsed on desktop site) does not include acts who had previously charted as part of a group and secured their first top 10 solo album, or featured appearances on compilations or other artists recordings.
Camila Cabello's self-titled album Camila, was her first solo effort and her first top 10 album away from the group Fifth Harmony. She reached the top 10 with her bandmates when 7/27 peaked at number six in June 2016. The group had a second top 10 album in 2017 after Camila had left the lineup. Beth Hart collaborated with Joe Bonamassa on a first top 10 album together, Black Coffee. Bonamassa had reached the top ten with three albums previously, the best performing Driving Towards the Daylight making number two in 2012.
Three former members of UB40 - Ali Campbell, Terence Wilson (Astro) and Mickey Virtue - reunited in 2014 under the name UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey. Their 2018 album A Real Labour of Love was their first to reach the top 10. As a solo artist, Ali had recorded two top 10 albums to date - Big Love (number 6 in 1995) and Running Free (number 9 in 2007).
Rick Parfitt was part of the line-up of Status Quo, who had eighteen studio albums that reached the top 10. He achieved a posthumous top 10 album as a solo artist in 2018 with Over and Out. Sting, the long-standing member of The Police, and soloist Shaggy collaborated for the album 44/876, their first entry as a duo.
The Carters are husband and wife musicians Jay-Z and Beyoncé who have both achieved almost two decades of album chart success individually, the latter also as a member of the group Destiny's Child. However Everything Is Love marked their chart debut as a combined act.
|‡||Album peaked in 2016 or 2017 but still in chart in 2018.|
|♦||Album released in 2017 or 2018 but peaked in 2019.|
|(#)||Year-end top ten album position and rank|
|Entered||The date that the album first appeared in the chart.|
|Peak||Highest position that the song reached in the UK Albums Chart.|
|Albums in 2016|
|1 December 2016||29||Glory Days ‡ [A]||Little Mix||1||1 December 2016||5|
|Albums in 2017|
|23 February 2017||44||Human ‡ [B]||Rag'n'Bone Man||1||23 February 2017||2|
|9 March 2017||7||Gang Signs & Prayer ‡ [C]||Stormzy||1||9 March 2017||1|
|16 March 2017||78||Divide ‡||Ed Sheeran||1||16 March 2017||20|
|15 June 2017||27||Dua Lipa [D]||Dua Lipa||3||1 March 2018||2|
|26 October 2017||19||Beautiful Trauma ‡ [E]||Pink||1||26 October 2017||1|
|9 November 2017||11||Together Again ‡||Michael Ball and Alfie Boe||1||9 November 2017||1|
|16 November 2017||21||The Thrill of It All ‡ [F]||Sam Smith||1||16 November 2017||2|
|8||A Love So Beautiful ‡||Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||2||16 November 2017||1|
|23 November 2017||5||Reputation ‡ [G]||Taylor Swift||1||23 November 2017||1|
|3||Diamonds ‡ [H]||Elton John||5||23 November 2017||1|
|30 November 2017||8||The Architect ‡||Paloma Faith||1||30 November 2017||1|
|21 December 2017||6||Christmas [I]||Michael Bublé||5||3 January 2019||1|
|28 December 2017||10||Revival ‡||Eminem||1||28 December 2017||1|
|Albums in 2018|
|11 January 2018||54*||The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||The Greatest Showman Cast||1||18 January 2018||26|
|25 January 2018||6||Camila||Camila Cabello||2||25 January 2018||1|
|1 February 2018||1||Mania||Fall Out Boy||2||1 February 2018||1|
|2||Ruins||First Aid Kit||3||1 February 2018||1|
|8 February 2018||1||The Time Is Now||Craig David||2||8 February 2018||1|
|1||Culture II||Migos||4||8 February 2018||1|
|1||Black Coffee||Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa||7||8 February 2018||1|
|15 February 2018||4||Man of the Woods||Justin Timberlake||2||15 February 2018||1|
|1||Walk Between Worlds||Simple Minds||4||15 February 2018||1|
|1||Technology||Don Broco||5||15 February 2018||1|
|22 February 2018||1||Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life||The Wombats||3||22 February 2018||1|
|1||Diamond in the Dirt||Mist||4||22 February 2018||1|
|1||Tables Turn||Fredo||5||22 February 2018||1|
|1||Always Ascending||Franz Ferdinand||6||22 February 2018||1|
|1 March 2018||1||A Deeper Cut||The Temperance Movement||6||1 March 2018||1|
|8 March 2018||2||X [J]||Ed Sheeran||10||8 March 2018||2|
|15 March 2018||3||A Real Labour of Love||UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey||2||15 March 2018||1|
|1||Love Is a Basic Need||Embrace||5||15 March 2018||1|
|1||Memories Don't Die||Tory Lanez||8||15 March 2018||1|
|1||All Nerve||The Breeders||9||15 March 2018||1|
|22 March 2018||2||Only Human||Calum Scott||4||22 March 2018||1|
|1||Firepower||Judas Priest||5||22 March 2018||1|
|1||Violence||Editors||6||22 March 2018||1|
|1||Both Sides of the Sky||Jimi Hendrix||8||22 March 2018||1|
|29 March 2018||6||Question Mark||XXXTentacion||3||29 March 2018||1|
|1||In Your Own Sweet Time||The Fratellis||5||29 March 2018||1|
|1||I'll Be Your Girl||The Decemberists||8||29 March 2018||1|
|1||You Are Someone Else||Fickle Friends||9||29 March 2018||1|
|5 April 2018||38*||Staying at Tamara's||George Ezra||1||5 April 2018||1|
|1||Over and Out||Rick Parfitt||4||5 April 2018||1|
|1||Boarding House Reach||Jack White||5||5 April 2018||1|
|2||Kidz Bop Summer '18||Kidz Bop Kids||8||5 April 2018||2|
|1||Castles||Lissie||9||5 April 2018||1|
|12 April 2018||3||My Dear Melancholy||The Weeknd||3||12 April 2018||1|
|1||Combat Sports||The Vaccines||4||12 April 2018||1|
|1||Golden Hour||Kacey Musgraves||6||12 April 2018||1|
|1||Wanted on Voyage||George Ezra||10||12 April 2018||1|
|19 April 2018||4||Golden||Kylie Minogue||1||19 April 2018||1|
|1||America||30 Seconds to Mars||4||19 April 2018||1|
|1||St. Jude: Re:Wired||The Courteeners||5||19 April 2018||1|
|3||Invasion of Privacy||Cardi B||5||26 April 2018||1|
|1||Geography||Tom Misch||8||19 April 2018||1|
|1||The Deconstruction||Eels||10||19 April 2018||1|
|26 April 2018||1||Resistance Is Futile||Manic Street Preachers||2||26 April 2018||1|
|1||Evil Spirits||The Damned||7||26 April 2018||1|
|3 May 2018||2||KOD||J. Cole||2||3 May 2018||1|
|1||Accidentally on Purpose||The Shires||3||3 May 2018||1|
|1||Crop Circle||Nines||5||3 May 2018||1|
|1||Family Tree||Black Stone Cherry||7||3 May 2018||1|
|1||44/876||Sting & Shaggy||9||3 May 2018||1|
|10 May 2018||15||Beerbongs & Bentleys||Post Malone||1||10 May 2018||1|
|7||Speak Your Mind||Anne-Marie||3||10 May 2018||1|
|1||Cool Like You||Blossoms||4||10 May 2018||1|
|1||Dirty Computer||Janelle Monáe||8||10 May 2018||1|
|17 May 2018||1||Be More Kind||Frank Turner||3||17 May 2018||1|
|1||Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose||Plan B||5||17 May 2018||1|
|1||Attention Attention||Shinedown||8||17 May 2018||1|
|1||Singularity||Jon Hopkins||9||17 May 2018||1|
|24 May 2018||3||Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino||Arctic Monkeys||1||24 May 2018||1|
|1||Voicenotes||Charlie Puth||4||24 May 2018||1|
|1||The Prodigal Son||Ry Cooder||10||24 May 2018||1|
|31 May 2018||1||Electric Light||James Bay||2||31 May 2018||1|
|1||And Justice for None||Five Finger Death Punch||7||31 May 2018||1|
|1||Love Yourself: Tear||BTS||8||31 May 2018||1|
|1||Tell Me How You Really Feel||Courtney Barnett||9||31 May 2018||1|
|7 June 2018||3||Wildness||Snow Patrol||2||7 June 2018||1|
|2||Shawn Mendes||Shawn Mendes||3||7 June 2018||1|
|1||MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse, London||Biffy Clyro||4||7 June 2018||1|
|1||Love Is Dead||Chvrches||7||7 June 2018||1|
|14 June 2018||2||ye||Kanye West||2||14 June 2018||1|
|1||Noonday Dream||Ben Howard||4||14 June 2018||1|
|1||As Long as I Have You||Roger Daltrey||8||14 June 2018||1|
|1||Prequelle||Ghost||10||14 June 2018||1|
|21 June 2018||1||Lost & Found||Jorja Smith||3||21 June 2018||1|
|3||The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||4||21 June 2018||2|
|1||Kids See Ghosts||Kids See Ghosts||7||21 June 2018||1|
|1||No Shame||Lily Allen||8||21 June 2018||1|
|28 June 2018||1||Youngblood||5 Seconds of Summer||3||28 June 2018||1|
|2||Everything Is Love||The Carters||5||28 June 2018||1|
|1||Call the Comet||Johnny Marr||7||28 June 2018||1|
|5 July 2018||2||Pray for the Wicked||Panic! at the Disco||2||5 July 2018||1|
|3||Cruising with Jane McDonald||Jane McDonald||6||5 July 2018||1|
|12 July 2018||12||Scorpion||Drake||1||12 July 2018||3|
|4||High as Hope||Florence + the Machine||2||12 July 2018||1|
|1||The Now Now||Gorillaz||5||12 July 2018||1|
|1||Appetite for Destruction: Super Deluxe Edition||Guns N' Roses||6||12 July 2018||1|
|19 July 2018||2||Palo Santo||Years & Years||3||19 July 2018||1|
|1||Lighting Matches||Tom Grennan||5||19 July 2018||1|
|26 July 2018||1||Night & Day: Day Edition||The Vamps||2||26 July 2018||1|
|16*||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: The Movie Soundtrack||Mamma Mia! film cast||1||2 August 2018||5|
|2||Beautiful Life||Rick Astley||6||26 July 2018||1|
|2 August 2018||6||Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack||Mamma Mia! film cast||5||2 August 2018||2|
|3||Gold: Greatest Hits||ABBA||6||9 August 2018||1|
|9 August 2018||1||Vicious||Halestorm||8||9 August 2018||1|
|16 August 2018||2||Astroworld||Travis Scott||3||16 August 2018||1|
|1||Living in Extraordinary Times||James||6||16 August 2018||1|
|1||Rituals||Deaf Havana||8||16 August 2018||1|
|23 August 2018||2||Queen||Nicki Minaj||5||23 August 2018||1|
|1||Coup de Grace||Miles Kane||8||23 August 2018||1|
|1||Where No One Stands Alone||Elvis Presley||9||23 August 2018||1|
|30 August 2018||9||Sweetener||Ariana Grande||1||30 August 2018||1|
|1||B. Inspired||Bugzy Malone||6||30 August 2018||1|
|1||Under My Skin||Gabrielle||7||30 August 2018||1|
|1||Acts of Fear and Love||Slaves||8||30 August 2018||1|
|6 September 2018||1||Marauder||Interpol||6||6 September 2018||1|
|1||Rainier Fog||Alice in Chains||9||6 September 2018||1|
|13 September 2018||8||Kamikaze||Eminem||1||13 September 2018||4|
|1||Joy as an Act of Resistance||IDLES||5||13 September 2018||1|
|1||Runaway||Passenger||6||13 September 2018||1|
|1||Let’s Go Sunshine||The Kooks||9||13 September 2018||1|
|1||Bloom||Troye Sivan||10||13 September 2018||1|
|20 September 2018||1||Egypt Station||Paul McCartney||3||20 September 2018||1|
|1||Gold||T-Rex||8||20 September 2018||1|
|1||In the Blue Light||Paul Simon||10||20 September 2018||1|
|27 September 2018||2||True Meanings||Paul Weller||2||27 September 2018||1|
|1||My Mind Makes Noises||Pale Waves||8||27 September 2018||1|
|1||7||David Guetta||9||27 September 2018||1|
|1||For Ever||Jungle||10||27 September 2018||1|
|4 October 2018||1||Chris||Christine and the Queens||3||4 October 2018||1|
|1||Living the Dream||Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators||4||4 October 2018||1|
|1||The Blue Hour||Suede||5||4 October 2018||1|
|1||Bridges||Josh Groban||6||4 October 2018||1|
|1||Redemption||Joe Bonamassa||7||4 October 2018||1|
|11 October 2018||5||Blood Red Roses||Rod Stewart||1||11 October 2018||1|
|3||Dancing Queen||Cher||2||11 October 2018||1|
|1||Tha Carter V||Lil Wayne||5||11 October 2018||1|
|1||Gold||Chas & Dave||8||11 October 2018||1|
|1||It's About Time||Nile Rodgers & Chic||10||11 October 2018||1|
|18 October 2018||10*||A Star is Born||Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper||1||18 October 2018||2|
|2||Trench||Twenty One Pilots||2||18 October 2018||1|
|1||VI||You Me at Six||6||18 October 2018||1|
|25 October 2018||7*||Always In Between||Jess Glynne||1||25 October 2018||1|
|1||Piano Odyssey||Rick Wakeman||7||25 October 2018||1|
|1 November 2018||1||Natural Rebel||Richard Ashcroft||4||1 November 2018||1|
|10*||Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Soundtrack||Queen||3||8 November 2018||2|
|1||Evolution||Disturbed||7||1 November 2018||1|
|8 November 2018||8||Sì||Andrea Bocelli||1||8 November 2018||1|
|1||Jubilee Road||Tom Odell||5||8 November 2018||1|
|4*||The Platinum Collection||Queen||7||8 November 2018||2|
|15 November 2018||1||No Tourists||The Prodigy||1||15 November 2018||1|
|1||Walls||Barbra Streisand||6||15 November 2018||1|
|1||The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks||Bob Dylan||9||15 November 2018||1|
|22 November 2018||1||Simulation Theory||Muse||1||22 November 2018||1|
|5||You Know I Know||Olly Murs||2||22 November 2018||1|
|1||The Beatles (The White Album)||The Beatles||4||22 November 2018||1|
|1||In Harmony||Aled Jones & Russell Watson||8||22 November 2018||1|
|1||Origins||Imagine Dragons||9||22 November 2018||1|
|29 November 2018||6||Love||Michael Bublé||1||29 November 2018||1|
|1||Delta||Mumford & Sons||2||29 November 2018||1|
|3||LM5||Little Mix||3||29 November 2018||1|
|1||Thank You & Goodnight||Boyzone||6||29 November 2018||1|
|1||The Last King of Pop||Paul Heaton||10||29 November 2018||1|
|6 December 2018||7*||Odyssey||Take That||1||6 December 2018||1|
|1||Rise Up||Cliff Richard||4||6 December 2018||1|
|6||Unchained Melodies ♦||Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||3||3 January 2019||1|
|1||As Time Goes By||Alfie Boe||10||6 December 2018||1|
|13 December 2018||1||A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships||The 1975||1||13 December 2018||1|
|1||True Love Ways||Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||10||13 December 2018||1|
|20 December 2018||1||Carpenters with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||The Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||8||20 December 2018||1|
|27 December 2018||1||Springsteen on Broadway||Bruce Springsteen||6||27 December 2018||1|
|4*||50 Years – Don't Stop ♦||Fleetwood Mac||5||17 January 2019||1|
Entries by artist
The following table shows artists who have achieved two or more top 10 entries in 2018, including albums that reached their peak in 2017. The figures only include main artists, with featured artists and appearances on compilation albums not counted individually for each artist. The total number of weeks an artist spent in the top ten in 2018 is also shown.
- a Glory Days re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 18 January 2018 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
- b Human re-entered the top 10 at number 4 on 1 March 2018 (week ending) for 4 weeks.
- c Gang Signs & Prayer re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 1 March 2018 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
- d Dua Lipa re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 25 January 2018 (week ending) for 4 weeks, and at number 3 on 1 March 2018 (week ending) for 7 weeks and at number 8 on 26 April 2018 (week ending) for 5 weeks.
- e Beautiful Trauma re-entered the top 10 at number 9 on 15 February 2018 (week ending) for 5 weeks.
- f The Thrill of It All re-entered the top 10 at number 6 on 8 March 2018 (week ending) for 3 weeks, at number 10 on 5 April 2018 (week ending) for 2 weeks and at number 10 on 26 April 2018 (week ending).
- g Reputation re-entered the top 10 at number 8 on 11 January 2018 (week ending) for 3 weeks.
- h Diamonds re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 11 January 2018 (week ending).
- i Christmas originally peaked at number 1 on 26 November 2011 (week ending) upon its initial release. It re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 23 December 2017 (week ending), rising to number 8 on 4 January 2018 (week ending). It re-entered the top 10 again later in the year at number 7 on 13 December 2018 (week ending), peaking at number 5 on its current run on 3 January 2019 (week ending).
- j X originally peaked at number 1 on 5 July 2014 (week ending) upon its initial release. It re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 8 March 2018 (week ending) and at number 10 on 29 March 2018 (week ending).
- Question Mark re-entered the top 10 at number 9 on 28 June 2018 (week ending) for 2 weeks, at number 10 on 19 July 2018 (week ending) and at number 10 on 2 August 2018 (week ending).
- Divide re-entered the top 10 at number 7 on 6 September 2018 (week ending) and at number 9 on 20 September 2018 (week ending).
- Wanted on Voyage originally peaked at number-one upon its initial release in 2014.
- Beerbongs & Bentleys re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 6 September 2018 (week ending).
- Speak Your Mind re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 28 June 2018 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
- High as Hope re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 9 August 2018 (week ending).
- Night & Day was released in two parts, titled Night Edition and Day Edition. Night Edition peaked at number-one in 2017, with Day Edition reaching number 2 this year. The Official Charts website marks this as a re-entry but they were actually separate releases.
- Gold: Greatest Hits originally peaked at number-one upon its initial release in 1992. It re-entered the top 10 due to the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
- Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack was ineligible for the Official Album Chart when it was first released in 2008 to support the film Mamma Mia!, but it did top the Official Soundtrack Chart for fifteen consecutive weeks that year.
- Staying at Tamara's re-entered the top 10 at number 6 on 11 October 2018 (week ending) for 5 weeks and at number 9 on 6 December 2018 (week ending) for 7 weeks.
- Figure includes an album with the group Guns N' Roses.
- Figure includes an album with the Mamma Mia! film cast.
- Figure includes album that peaked in 2017.
- Bohemian Rhapsody re-entered the top 10 at number 5 on 29 November 2018 (week ending) for 4 weeks and at number 9 on 3 January 2018 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
- You Know I Know re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 27 December 2018 (week ending) for 3 weeks.
- The Beatles (The White Album) originally peaked at number-one upon its initial release in 1968.
- LM5 re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 20 December 2018 (week ending).
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