Sinatra first to No1 spot

With the help of the Official UK Charts Company, we get in the groove to present some head-spinning facts about No1 albums during the last half-century.

With the help of the Official UK Charts Company, we get in the groove to present some head-spinning facts about No1 albums during the last half-century.

The first-ever No1 album

Songs For Swingin' Lovers by Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

It first topped the charts on July 28, 1956, spending three weeks at No 1 and 34 weeks in the Top 75.

The first chart-topping album by a UK artist

The Tommy Steele Story in 1957.

The first double album to top the chart

The Beatles' White Album in 1968.

The album with most weeks at No1 in total

The soundtrack from South Pacific, with 115 non-consecutive weeks; the top artist album was Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, with 41 non-consecutive weeks; and the top group album was The Beatles' Please Please Me, with 30 non-consecutive weeks.

The album with most weeks at No1 (consecutive)

The soundtrack from South Pacific, with 70 consecutive weeks; the top group album was The Beatles' Please Please Me, with 30 consecutive weeks; and the top solo album was Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii (OST), with 17 consecutive weeks.

The fastest-selling debut album

Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not, by The Arctic Monkeys (363,735 copies, 2006).

The fastest-selling albums

Be Here Now by Oasis - sold 663,389 copies in its first week on sale (1997); fastest seller by a solo artist - Dido's Life For Rent (400,351 copies, 2003); fastest seller for a male artist - Robbie Williams' Intensive Care (373,832 copies in 2005); and fastest seller by an all-girl group - Spiceworld by The Spice Girls, which sold 192,000 copies in its first week on sale in 1997.

The artist with most No1 albums

The Beatles - 15; top solo artist - Elvis Presley, with 10; in second place - and the female with most weeks at No 1 in the album chart - is Madonna with nine (other artists featured with her on the soundtrack to Evita); next are David Bowie and Michael Jackson with eight each, including a Jackson Five album which specifically credited Michael.

The best-selling album of all time in the UK

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band (1967).

The artists with the most consecutive No1 albums

Abba and Led Zeppelin, with eight in a row each.

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