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The solo acts with the most No.1s on the Official UK Chart

May 12, 2021

Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and George Michael all share one key career milestone in common – they are amongst the solo acts who have scored the most Number 1s on the Official UK Chart.

Elvis Presley: 13 Number 1 albums 

Elvis sits at the top of the list with 13 Number 1s on the Official UK Chart, he scored his first Number 1 album in 1956 with his UK debut, ‘Elvis Presley Rock n’ Roll’.

60 years later, Elvis topped the chart with ‘Wonder of You’, giving him a 13th chart-topper. This made Elvis the solo artist with the most Number 1 albums on the UK Chart.

Bruce Springsteen: 12 Number 1 albums 

Bruce Springsteen comes in a close second with 12 Number 1s on the Official UK Chart. The Boss first topped the UK Chart in 1984 with his seventh studio album, ‘Born To Run’ and most recently in 2020 with his twentieth studio album, ‘Letter To You’.

‘Letter To You’ earned Springsteen his twelfth UK Number 1 album. This achievement also resulted in being the first credited solo artist to have a Number 1 album on the UK Chart in five consecutive decades – topping the charts in the 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and 20s.

David Bowie: 11 Number 1 albums 

It wasn’t actually until David Bowie’s fifth album that he scored a UK Number 1, once he had achieved his first No.1, he went on to achieve ten more.

Both of Bowie’s final albums, ‘Blackstar’ and hits collection ‘Best of Bowie’ reached the Number 1 spot.

Bob Dylan: 9 Number 1 albums 

In 2020 Bob Dylan released ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ and became the oldest artist to reach the Number 1 spot on the UK Chart with an album of new material.

‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ hit the top of the charts 56 years after Bob Dylan first topped the UK Chart with his second studio album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’.

The solo acts with the most No.1s on the Official UK Chart

George Michael: 7 Number 1 albums 

George Michael was one of the most successful UK artists of all time – in Wham! and as a solo artist. He sold over 115 million records worldwide, so it’s no surprise to see George on this list.

George first topped the UK Chart as a solo artist with his 1987 debut album ‘Faith’ and his next three consecutive albums also achieved the Number 1 spot.

More recently, the reissue of the 1990 album ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1’ went straight to Number 1, 27 years after the album was initially released.

Credit: The Official Charts Company

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Watch Kate Moss channel her own inner Elvis

Watch Kate Moss channel her own inner Elvis

Kate Moss channels her love of rock and roll (and her own inner Elvis) in a brand new music video for “The Wonder of You”!

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‘Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert’ – Out Now

‘Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert’ – Out Now

For the first time, the Real Royal Albert Hall concert, originally recorded for a live album in 1966, has finally been released…

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Artist of the Month: Bob Dylan

Artist of the Month: Bob Dylan

As one of the most original, influential and culturally fascinating artists to have emerged in the 20th century, the man born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941 has also proved to be one of its most divisive…

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New York Rawk, From Lou Reed to The Strokes

New York Rawk, From Lou Reed to The Strokes

Julian Marszalek reflects on Gotham’s impressive musical legacy…

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‘Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings’ Out Now

‘Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings’ Out Now

It’s one of the most ambitious box set projects in history – every single known recording of Bob Dylan’s legendary 1966 live shows across the US, UK, Europe and Australia collected in a huge 36 CD box set.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – ‘A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL’ – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

THE RETURN OF THE KING

THE RETURN OF THE KING

Elvis Presley has today become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history as he scores his 13th number one album with ‘The Wonder of You’.

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Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’

Some fantastic reviews for Bruce Springsteen’s genre-defining autobiography, ‘Born To Run’.

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‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Out Now

‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Out Now

‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ is out now. Get more info, including tour dates, and watch some album previews here…

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Guest Column: Pop & Poetry

Guest Column: Pop & Poetry

The boundary between pop lyricism and poetry or literature has long been a cause of debate, and never more so than in the recent decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize For Literature. The Quietus’ Luke Turner explores the frontier.

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BOB DYLAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE

BOB DYLAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE

Bob Dylan has become the first musician in history to win the Nobel Prize For Literature.

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‘BOB DYLAN: THE 1966 LIVE RECORDINGS’

‘BOB DYLAN: THE 1966 LIVE RECORDINGS’

One of the most ambitious box set projects in history comes to fruition on Friday, November 11th.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ‘TANGLED UP IN BLUE’ – BOB DYLAN

Vogue x Instagram George Michael Freedom! ’90 Remake

Vogue x Instagram George Michael Freedom! ’90 Remake

Vogue and Instagram joined forces to recreate Freedom! ’90 with 2016’s most celebrated models!

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LEGACY READER DIGEST

LEGACY READER DIGEST

A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from September

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Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Learn about Bruce Springsteen’s new book ‘Born To Run’!

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Win a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s new book!

Win a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s new book!

Enter our prize draw for your chance to win a copy of the new book ‘Born To Run’…

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The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley: with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Out Now

The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley: with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Out Now

Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…

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NYC Legacy Locations

NYC Legacy Locations

Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!

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LEGACY READER DIGEST: AUGUST

LEGACY READER DIGEST: AUGUST

What to read and watch on the web this month!

Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!

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Legacy Meets Woolly Rockers!

Legacy Meets Woolly Rockers!

We spoke to Liz Powner to discuss her wonderful Woolly Rockers collection and her favourite music…

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Bruce Springsteen – ‘Chapter and Verse’

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Chapter and Verse’

Bruce is back with a new book and a new album!

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Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room

Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room

Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…

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Legacy Reader Digest: June edition

Legacy Reader Digest: June edition

What to read and watch on the web this month!

Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!

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Bruce Springsteen – Top tracks

Bruce Springsteen – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Meet me in the city
    Bruce Springsteen
  2. The man who got away
    Bruce Springsteen
  3. Little white lies
    Bruce Springsteen
  4. The time that never was
    Bruce Springsteen
  5. NIght fire
    Bruce Springsteen
  6. and lots more!
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10 Facts About Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions

10 Facts About Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions

It’s the 10th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Seeger Sessions’! Here are 10 facts about the album…

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Iconic photographs mapped around London

Iconic photographs mapped around London

Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.

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Record Store Day 2016

Record Store Day 2016

Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!

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Elvis – Top tracks

Elvis – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Heartbreak hotel
    Elvis Presley
  2. G.I. blues
    Elvis Presley
  3. Don't be cruel
    Elvis Presley
  4. Can't help falling in love
    Elvis Presley
  5. If I can dream
    Elvis Presley
  6. and lots more!!
    ...

Bob Dylan – Top tracks

Bob Dylan – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Blowin' in the wind
    Bob Dylan
  2. The times they are a-changin'
    Bob Dylan
  3. Mr Tambourine man
    Bob Dylan
  4. Like a rolling stone
    Bob Dylan
  5. Subterranean Homesick Blues
    Bob Dylan
  6. and lots more!!
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George Michael – Greatest Hits

George Michael – Greatest Hits
Show tracks
  1. Careless whisper
    George Michael
  2. Faith
    George Michael
  3. Freedom '90
    George Michael
  4. Don't let the sun go down on me
    George Michael
  5. Father figure
    George Michael
  6. and lots more!!
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Happy Birthday To The King

Happy Birthday To The King

Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!

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Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!

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Bob Dylan – Forever Young

Bob Dylan – Forever Young

‘Forever Young’ on The X Factor: have you heard this song before?

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Elvis at the O2: 50% Off Tickets For You!

Elvis at the O2: 50% Off Tickets For You!

You can go for a special price with Legacy…

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Bob Dylan – ‘Visions of Johanna’ Video

Bob Dylan – ‘Visions of Johanna’ Video

Visions of Johanna

Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.

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Bob Dylan: watch outraged fans at his first electric shows in England (1966)

Bob Dylan: watch outraged fans at his first electric shows in England (1966)

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’

A comprehensive collection from ‘The River’ era.

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Bob Dylan: 3 track preview

Bob Dylan: 3 track preview

Listen to 3 tracks from the forthcoming Bootleg series now!

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Video of the week: Bob Dylan

Video of the week: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s 5th album “Bringing It All Back Home” was released in 1965 and was half acoustic half electric. What’s the story behind this artwork?

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Bob Dylan: more info on The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series vol. 12

Bob Dylan: more info on The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series vol. 12

‘Bob Dylan – The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol 12’ is a deluxe 6CD anthology that will be released on November 6th.

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Happy Birthday Bruce!

Happy Birthday Bruce!

It’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, and we’re taking a look back through his musical timeline…

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BOB DYLAN PRIZE DRAW

BOB DYLAN PRIZE DRAW

We are giving you the chance to own Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Collection 1963

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George Michael #listen25

George Michael #listen25

3 september 1990 – 3 september 2015: ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ is 25 years old

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40 Years of Born To Run

40 Years of Born To Run

Today we celebrate the spectacular album that is ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen…

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Elvis If I Can Dream: Playback Event

Elvis If I Can Dream: Playback Event

Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…

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Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘If I Can Dream’

Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘If I Can Dream’

More info on  ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Born in the USA

Bruce Springsteen

Careless Whisper

George Michael

Video of the week: Bruce Springsteen

Video of the week: Bruce Springsteen

Happy belated 4th of July y’all

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Bruce Springsteen On Vinyl

Bruce Springsteen On Vinyl

You can now get Bruce Springsteen’s first 7 albums on vinyl with re-mastered audio.

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Fantastic Albums For A Special Price

Fantastic Albums For A Special Price

Some of our favourite tracks and albums are currently available for a very special price…

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Win a bunch of our favourite box sets!

Win a bunch of our favourite box sets!

We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…

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Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Bob Dylan

If I Can Dream

Elvis Presley

Guilty pleasures

Guilty pleasures
Including Dirty Dancing, Belinda Carlisle, The Bangles, Bonnie Tyler, Rick Astley, a-ha, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney M, Billy Ocean and more

Dancing In The Dark

Bruce Springsteen

Album Teaser Trailer

Bob Dylan