My Music Charts–The Albums

I kept my own Top Ten Albums chart for twenty years, from November 1983 to December 2003. Over this period 142 albums hit #1. However unlike with my Top Ten Singles chart, I never kept statistics about my albums. I would track artists and their multiple hit singles but never did the same for the albums. There were understandably far more singles that appeared on my chart than albums, so maybe I didn’t feel I needed to manage their performance. I have finally started to tabulate statistics about my most successful album artists and compile other fun statistics about the charts.

Just as with artists who achieved at least five top ten hits, I have assembled an “honour roll” of artists who have accumulated at least five top ten albums. In this list I will include the names of all the albums ranked in chronological order when they first appeared on my chart and their eventual peak positions. Here are the record holders:

Number of Top Ten Albums–Artist

Album title Peak Position (weeks at #1)

16–Paul McCartney

Say Say Say 1 (1) with Michael Jackson [EP][a]
Pipes of Peace 1 (11)
Give My Regards to Broad Street 1 (16)
Press to Play 1 (6)
All the Best! 2
Flowers in the Dirt 1 (18)
Tripping the Live Fantastic 3
Unplugged The Official Bootleg 8
Снова б CCCP The Russian Album 5
Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio 7
Off the Ground 1 (19)
Paul is Live 2
Flaming Pie 1 (4)
Band on the Run 5
Wingspan Hits and History 1 (5)
“Driving Rain” 1 (5)

12–The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 9
The Beatles/1967-1970 1 (3)
The Beatles/1962-1966 2
‘Live at the BBC’ 1 (7)
The Beatles Anthology 1 1 (12)
The Beatles Anthology 2 1 (10)
The Beatles Anthology 3 1 (10)
The Beatles 5
Yellow Submarine Songtrack 4
1 1 (8)
Abbey Road 10
Let it Be… Naked 1 (3)

12–Duran Duran

Duran Duran 3 [b]
Seven and the Ragged Tiger 3
Union of the Snake 10 [EP][a]
Arena 4
Notorious 1 (9)
Big Thing 1 (3)
Decade 6
Liberty 1 (1)
Duran Duran 2 [c]
Thank You 1 (7)
Medazzaland 3
Strange Behaviour 6

12–Prince

1999 7 [d]
Purple Rain 1 (10)
Around the World in a Day 4
Parade 4
Sign ‘O’ the Times 3
Lovesexy 1 (1)
Batman 3
Graffiti Bridge 3
Diamonds and Pearls 1 (4)
 6
The Hits 1 4
The Hits 2 5

11–Madonna

True Blue 1 (10)
Like a Prayer 1 (18)
I’m Breathless 1 (7)
The Immaculate Collection 1 (7)
Erotica 1 (10)
Bedtime Stories 1 (3)
Something to Remember 2
ray of light 1 (30)
“Music” 1 (8)
GHV2 Greatest Hits Volume 2 3
American Life 1 (7)

11–Pet Shop Boys

Please 7
Actually 5
Introspective 2
Behaviour. 2
Discography 4
Very 1 (25)
Disco 2 2
Alternative 1 (5)
Bilingual 1 (4)
Nightlife 1 (3)
Release 1 (2)

10–Yoko Ono

Heart Play -unfinished dialogue- with John Lennon 3
Milk and Honey with John Lennon 1 (26)
Walking on Thin Ice 5
Rising 2
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band 9
Approximately Infinite Universe 7
Feeling the Space 10
Fly 3
Blueprint for a Sunrise 2
Unfinished Music No. 2: Live With The Lions with John Lennon 7 [e]

8–Pointer Sisters

Break Out 2
Contact 2
Hot Together 1 (9)
Serious Slammin’ 1 (9)
Right Rhythm 1 (12)
Only Sisters Can Do That 1 (12)
Fire–The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters 1 (15)
Legendary Pointer Sisters 6

8–R.E.M.

Document 7
Green 4
Out of Time 1 (16)
Automatic for the People 1 (5)
Monster 1 (3)
New Adventures in Hi-Fi 1 (3)
Reveal 2
In Time The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 2

8–Värttinä

Kokko 2
Vihma 1 (29)
Aitara 1 (3)
Oi dai 1 (3)
Seleniko 1 (19)
Ilmatar 1 (26)
6.12. 1 (11)
iki 1 (11)

7–U2

Wide Awake in America 9
The Joshua Tree 1 (4)
Rattle and Hum 1 (3)
Achtung Baby 1 (10)
Zooropa 1 (2)
Pop 4
The Best of 1980-1990 The B-Sides 1980-1990 1 (3)

6–The Cult

Love 1 (3)
Live at the Lyceum–London–20th May 1984 6
Electric 4
Sonic Temple 2
Ceremony 3
Pure Cult 8

6–George Harrison

Cloud Nine 1 (21)
Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 4
Live in Japan 9
All Things Must Pass 1 (5)
The Best of George Harrison 2 [f]
Brainwashed 1 (5)

6–Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak 7
Heart Shaped World 4
San Francisco Days 1 (9)
Forever Blue 1 (3)
Baja Sessions 3
Speak of the Devil 3

6–Janet Jackson

Control 2
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 1 (6)
janet. 1 (3)
Design of a Decade 1986/1996 1 (5)
The Velvet Rope 1 (14)
All for You 1 (6)

6–John Lennon

Heart Play -unfinished dialogue- with Yoko Ono 3
Milk and Honey with Yoko Ono 1 (26)
Borrowed Time 2 [EP][a]
John Lennon Live in New York City 1 (6)
John Lennon Anthology 5
Unfinished Music No. 2: Live With The Lions with Yoko Ono 7 [e]

6–Simple Minds

Once Upon a Time 1 (16)
Live in the City of Light 1 (11)
Street Fighting Years 1 (3)
Real Life 1 (8)
Glittering Prize 5
Good News from the Next World 1 (6)

6–Bruce Springsteen

Live/1975-85 1 (3)
Tunnel of Love 1 (7)
Lucky Town 2
Human Touch 3
Greatest Hits 9
The Rising 3

5–Rosemary Clooney

White Christmas 2
Songs from White Christmas and Other Yuletide Favorites 4
Do You Miss New York? 1 (3)
Love 4
The Last Concert 4

5–Hedningarna

Karelia Visa 1 (6)
Kaksi! 6
Hippjokk 6
Trä 5
1989-2003 5

5–Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston 2
Whitney 2
I’m Your Baby Tonight 2
My Love is Your Love 2
The Greatest Hits 3

5–Michael Jackson

Thriller 1 (2) [g]
Say Say Say 1 (1) with Paul McCartney [EP][a]
Bad 1 (8)
Dangerous 1 (15)
HIStory Past, Present and Future Book 1 1 (4)

5–The Northern Pikes

Big Blue Sky 3
Secrets of the Alibi 3
Snow in June 2
Neptune 9
hits and assorted secrets 1984-1993 1 (1)

5–Oasis

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? 1 (3)
Be Here Now 1 (3)
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants 1 (2)
Familiar to Millions 5
Heathen Chemistry 1 (2)

5–LeAnn Rimes

Blue 1 (15)
Unchained Melody/The Early Years 2
You Light Up My Life Inspirational Songs 2
Sittin’ on Top of the World 3
Greatest Hits 2

5–Sting

The Dream of the Blue Turtles 3
…Nothing Like the Sun 5
The Soul Cages 3
Ten Summoner’s Tales 2
Fields of Gold The Best of Sting 1984-1994 7

5–Ultra Bra

Sinä päivänä kun synnyin 1 (26)
Kalifornia 1 (1)
Vesireittejä 1 (4)
Kroketti 1 (11)
Vapaaherran elämää 1 (2)

Whitney Houston and Sting have had the most top ten albums (5) without hitting #1. Sting is also the runner-up to have the most top ten hits (8) without a #1 song.

Number of #1 Albums–Artist

9–Madonna
9–Paul McCartney
7–The Beatles
7–Värttinä
5–Janet Jackson
5–Michael Jackson
5–Pet Shop Boys
5–Pointer Sisters
5–Simple Minds
5–U2
5–Ultra Bra
4–Duran Duran
4–Oasis
4–R.E.M.
3–The B-52’s
3–George Harrison
3–M People
3–Prince

Runs at #1

Every album that hit #1 is listed below, ranked in order of number of weeks spent at the top.

Weeks at #1 Album title–Artist

30 ray of light–Madonna
29 Vihma–Värttinä
26 Milk and Honey–John Lennon and Yoko Ono
26 Ilmatar–Värttinä
26 Sinä päivänä kun synnyin–Ultra Bra
25 Very–Pet Shop Boys
21 Cloud Nine–George Harrison
19 Off the Ground–Paul McCartney
19 Seleniko–Värttinä
18 Like a Prayer–Madonna
18 Flowers in the Dirt–Paul McCartney
18 Evita–Soundtrack
16 Give My Regards to Broad Street–Paul McCartney
16 Once Upon a Time–Simple Minds
16 Volume One–Traveling Wilburys
16 Out of Time–R.E.M.
15 Valotte–Julian Lennon
15 Dangerous–Michael Jackson
15 Fire–The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters–Pointer Sisters
15 Blue–LeAnn Rimes
14 Cosmic Thing–The B-52’s
14 X–INXS
14 The Velvet Rope–Janet
14 emo–sari kaasinen
12 Songs from the Big Chair–Tears For Fears
12 Right Rhythm–The Pointer Sisters
12 Only Sisters Can Do That–Pointer Sisters
12 Zero Patience A Musical About AIDS–Soundtrack
12 The Beatles Anthology 1–The Beatles
11 Pipes of Peace–Paul McCartney
11 Live in the City of Light–Simple Minds
11 6.12.–Värttinä
11 Kroketti–Ultra Bra
11 iki–Värttinä
10 Purple Rain–Prince and the Revolution
10 True Blue–Madonna
10 Achtung Baby–U2
10 Good Stuff–The B-52’s
10 Erotica–Madonna
10 The Beatles Anthology 2–The Beatles
10 The Beatles Anthology 3–The Beatles
Notorious–Duran Duran
Hot Together–Pointer Sisters
Serious Slammin’–Pointer Sisters
Adrenalize–Def Leppard
San Francisco Days–Chris Isaak
the best of m people–m people
Bad–Michael Jackson
Faith–George Michael
Real Life–Simple Minds
Bizarre Fruit–M People
“Music”–Madonna
1–The Beatles
The Secret Value of Daydreaming–Julian Lennon
Tunnel of Love–Bruce Springsteen
I’m Breathless–Madonna
The Immaculate Collection–Madonna
‘Live at the BBC’–The Beatles
Thank You–Duran Duran
American Life–Madonna
John Lennon Live in New York City–John Lennon
Press to Play–Paul McCartney
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814–Janet Jackson
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues–k.d. lang
Good News from the Next World–Simple Minds
Jagged Little Pill–Alanis Morissette
Karelia Visa–Hedningarna
All for You–Janet Jackson
Onnelliset kohtaa–Scandinavian Music Group
The Power Station–The Power Station
So–Peter Gabriel
Waking Up the Neighbours–Bryan Adams
Automatic for the People–R.E.M.
Alternative–Pet Shop Boys
Design of a Decade 1986/1996–Janet Jackson
Wingspan Hits and History–Paul McCartney
“Driving Rain”–Paul McCartney
All Things Must Pass–George Harrison
Elv1s 30 #1 Hits–Elvis Presley
Brainwashed–George Harrison
Reckless–Bryan Adams
Heart–Heart
The Joshua Tree–U2
Hysteria–Def Leppard
Diamonds and Pearls–Prince And The N.P.G.
Nevermind–Nirvana
HIStory Past, Present and Future Book 1–Michael Jackson
Bilingual–Pet Shop Boys
Flaming Pie–Paul McCartney
fresco–m people
Vesireittejä–Ultra Bra
Elvis 2nd to None–Elvis Presley
Victory–Jacksons
Love–The Cult
Live/1975-85–Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Whenever You Need Somebody–Rick Astley
Rattle and Hum–U2
Big Thing–Duranduran
Street Fighting Years–Simple Minds
janet.–Janet Jackson
The Beatles/1967-1970–The Beatles
Bedtime Stories–Madonna
Monster–R.E.M.
Forever Blue–Chris Isaak
New Adventures in Hi-Fi–R.E.M.
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?–Oasis
Be Here Now–Oasis
The Best of 1980-1990 The B-Sides 1980-1990–U2
Nightlife–Pet Shop Boys
Aitara–Värttinä
Oi dai–Värttinä
Do You Miss New York?–Rosemary Clooney
Let it Be… Naked–The Beatles
Thriller–Michael Jackson [g]
Voices Carry–’til tuesday
Affection–Lisa Stansfield
Zooropa–U2
Endless Summer Donna Summer’s Greatest Hits–Donna Summer
Jackpot! The Las Vegas Story–Various Artists
Time Capsule Songs for a Future Generation–The B-52’s
Live & More Encore!–Donna Summer
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants–Oasis
Release–Pet Shop Boys
Heathen Chemistry–Oasis
Vapaaherran elämää–Ultra Bra
Say Say Say–Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson [EP][a]
Slippery When Wet–Bon Jovi
Lovesexy–Prince
Forever Your Girl–Paula Abdul
Liberty–Duran Duran
Vol. 3–Traveling Wilburys
Gonna Make You Sweat–c + c music factory
Republic–New Order
Hits–Joni Mitchell
Diana Princess of Wales Tribute–Various Artists
Joko Joulun alkaa saa–Sari ja Mari Kaasinen
hits and assorted secrets 1984-1993–the northern pikes
Before the Storm–Darude
Kalifornia–Ultra Bra
Nousukausi–Soundtrack
Now That’s What I Call Christmas 2! The Signature Collection–Various Artists
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas–Ella Fitzgerald

Longest Chart Runs within the Top Ten

Albums that were in my top ten for a year or more.

Weeks on Chart Album title–Artist

137 janet.–Janet Jackson
133 Kokko–värttinä
128 Vihma–Värttinä
115 Seleniko–Värttinä
111 Ilmatar–Värttinä
94 Sinä päivänä kun synnyin–Ultra Bra
85 The Velvet Rope–Janet
84 Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814–Janet Jackson
81 Oi dai–Värttinä
80 ray of light–Madonna
79 Aitara–Värttinä
78 Break Out–Pointer Sisters
74 Evita–Soundtrack
73 Very–Pet Shop Boys
72 Bad–Michael Jackson
70 Pipes of Peace–Paul McCartney
69 Jagged Little Pill–Alanis Morissette
69 Vesireittejä–Ultra Bra
68 Achtung Baby–U2
67 Erotica–Madonna
67 Supermodel of the World–Rupaul
67 Karelia Visa–Hedningarna
65 Bizarre Fruit–M People
65 Like a Prayer–Madonna
64 Kalifornia–Ultra Bra
60 Out of Time–R.E.M.
60 “Music”–Madonna
59 She’s So Unusual–Cyndi Lauper
58 Bedtime Stories–Madonna
57 Monster–R.E.M.
57 Faith–George Michael
56 Elegant Slumming–M People
55 Good Stuff–The B-52’s
55 emo–sari kaasinen
55 Kroketti–Ultra Bra
54 6.12.–Värttinä
54 Vapaaherran elämää–Ultra Bra
54 Milk and Honey–John Lennon and Yoko Ono
53 Republic–New Order
52 Thriller–Michael Jackson [g]

One Week in the Top Ten

As the above list attests, albums have longer chart runs than singles especially if they are fuelled by a string of hit singles. An album that charted for a single week was rare since my qualification criteria depended a great deal on how prolific it was as a hitmaker. Twenty years of album charts however did produce the following one-week-only appearances. Note that the first such examples were 12″ singles, a format I disqualified after the first ten months of compiling charts.

Album title–Artist (Peak Position) / Date of Chart Appearance

The Safety Dance–Men Without Hats (10) / 19 November 1983 [EP][a]
Uh-Huh–John Cougar Mellencamp (10) / 17 December 1983
Union of the Snake–Duran Duran (10) / 7 January 1984 [EP][a]
The Icicle Works–The Icicle Works (10) / 7 July 1984 [h]
Everlasting–Natalie Cole (10) / 4 June 1988
Unplugged The Official Bootleg–Paul McCartney (8) / 25 May 1991
Spice–Spice Girls (10) / 23 August 1997
Feeling the Space–Yoko Ono with Plastic Ono Band (10) / 30 August 1997
The Beatles–The Beatles (5) / 28 November 1998
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie–Alanis Morissette (10) / 30 January 1999
Abbey Road–The Beatles (10) / 8 December 2001
it’s Christmas!–Quartette (7) / 29 December 2001

Over twenty years relatively few soundtracks entered my top ten, when compared to the dominance soundtracks had on the Billboard Top 200 Albums. Soundtracks which contain music by exclusively one artist (such as Prince, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, U2, k. d. lang, the Beatles, Donna Summer and Madonna) are listed under the artist. The following soundtracks all made my top ten, and are listed in chronological order of their appearance:

Flashdance 6 [i]
Footloose 3
Beverly Hills Cop 9 [j]
The Breakfast Club 8 [j]
A View to a Kill 7 [j]
Miami Vice 5 [TV][k]
Pretty in Pink 2
Top Gun 8
Who’s That Girl 6
Do the Right Thing 2
Twin Peaks 2
Wild at Heart 5
New Jack City 6
The Bodyguard 6
Zero Patience A Musical About AIDS 1 (12)
Melrose Place 4 [TV][k]
Evita 1 (18)
Titanic 3
Nousukausi 1 (1) [l]

Various Artists albums are collections of songs aside from soundtracks. I have excluded the We Are the World album as it was credited to USA for Africa.

Various Artists
Album title Peak Position (weeks at #1)

Every Man Has a Woman 5
Diana Princess of Wales The BBC recording of the Funeral Service 7
Jackpot! The Last Vegas Story 1 (2)
Diana Princess of Wales Tribute 1 (1)
Nordic Roots 2 7
Kansanmusiikkia ennen ja nyt Folk Music Experience 5
Nordic Roots 3 4
Now That’s What I Call Christmas! 3
Now That’s What I Call Christmas 2! The Signature Collection 1 (1)

Same Title But Different Album

Sometimes different albums which happened to have the exact same title appeared in my top ten. The titles below are not listed in any specific order:

Album title–Artists to chart that title listed in chronological order

Duran Duran–Duran Duran / Duran Duran [c]
Duets–Frank Sinatra / Elton John
Love–The Cult / Rosemary Clooney
One More Time–Nancy Sinatra / Real McCoy
The Greatest Hits–INXS / Cher / Whitney Houston
Greatest Hits–Fleetwood Mac / Eurythmics / Bruce Springsteen / Take That / Spandau Ballet / LeAnn Rimes

almost the same title:

Rising (by Yoko Ono/IMA) / The Rising (by Bruce Springsteen)

Greatest Hits Collections
Album title–Artist Peak Position (weeks at #1)

Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II–Billy Joel 6
Standing In A Beach The Singles–The Cure 3 [m]
Every Breath You Take The Singles–The Police 3
All the Best!–Paul McCartney 2
Boots: Nancy Sinatra’s All-Time Hits–Nancy Sinatra 5
Greatest Hits–Fleetwood Mac 4
The Greatest Hits Collection–Bananarama 5
Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989–George Harrison 4
Decade–Duran Duran 6
The Immaculate Collection–Madonna 1 (7)
Greatest Hits–Eurythmics 4
Discography–Pet Shop Boys 4
The Best of Abba–Abba 5
Walking on Thin Ice–Yoko Ono 5
Glittering Prize–Simple Minds 5
Pure Cult–The Cult 8
The Hits 1–Prince 4
The Hits 2–Prince 5
The Beatles/1967-1970–The Beatles 1 (3)
The Beatles/1962-1966–The Beatles 2
So Far So Good–Bryan Adams 5
Fields of Gold The Best of Sting 1984-1994–Sting 7
The Best of New Order–New Order 6
The Greatest Hits–INXS 5
Collectible Spoons–Spoons 5
Endless Summer Donna Summer’s Greatest Hits–Donna Summer 1 (2)
Greatest Hits–Bruce Springsteen 9
The Hit Years–Nancy Sinatra 10
HIStory Past, Present and Future Book 1–Michael Jackson 1 (4) [n]
Those Were the Days–Mary Hopkin 6
Design of a Decade 1986/1996–Janet Jackson 1 (5)
Vault Def Leppard Greatest Hits 19 80 – 19 95–Def Leppard 3
Actual Miles Henley’s Greatest Hits–Don Henley 7
Fire–The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters–Pointer Sisters 1 (15)
Hits Unlimited–2 Unlimited 3
Greatest Hits–Take That 2
Hits–Joni Mitchell 1 (1)
Collection–Men Without Hats 4
Anniversary: 20 Years of Hits The First Lady of Country Music–Tammy Wynette 3
My Way The Best of Frank Sinatra–Frank Sinatra 5
Time Capsule Songs for a Future Generation–The B-52’s 1 (2)
The Best of 1980-1990 The B-Sides 1980-1990–U2 1 (3)
Ladies & Gentlemen The Best of George Michael–George Michael 4
the best of m people–m people 1 (9)
Greatest Hits–Spandau Ballet 7
The Greatest Hits–Cher 3
hits and assorted secrets 1984-1993–the northern pikes 1 (1)
The Greatest Hits–Whitney Houston 3
1–The Beatles 1 (8)
J’ai vécu bien des années–Angèle Arsenault 8
Wingspan Hits and History–Paul McCartney 1 (5)
GHV2 Greatest Hits Volume 2–Madonna 3
The Best of George Harrison–George Harrison 2 [f]
Sinä päivänä kun synnyin–Ultra Bra 1 (26)
Anything Anytime Anywhere Singles 1979-2002–Bruce Cockburn 4
Legendary Pointer Sisters–Pointer Sisters 6
Elv1s 30 #1 Hits–Elvis Presley 1 (5)
Forty Licks–Rolling Stones 2
In Time The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003–R.E.M. 2
Greatest Hits–LeAnn Rimes 2
1989-2003–Hedningarna 5

Live Albums
Album title–Artist Peak Position (weeks at #1)

Arena–Duran Duran 4
Wide Awake in America–U2 9 [o]
John Lennon Live in New York City–John Lennon 1 (6)
Live at the Lyceum–London–20th May 1984–The Cult 6
Live/1975-85–Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1 (3)
Live in the City of Light–Simple Minds 1 (11)
Rattle and Hum–U2 1 (3)
Tripping the Live Fantastic–Paul McCartney 3
Unplugged The Official Bootleg–Paul McCartney 8
Live in Japan–George Harrison with Eric Clapton and Band 9
Unplugged–Eric Clapton 4
Paul is Live–Paul McCartney 2
Eartha Kitt in Person at the Plaza–Eartha Kitt 3
‘Live at the BBC’–The Beatles 1 (7)
Diana Princess of Wales The BBC Recording of the Funeral Service–Various Artists 7
Live & More Encore!–Donna Summer 1 (2)
Familiar to Millions–Oasis 5
6.12.–Värttinä 1 (11)
Unfinished Music No. 2: Live With The Lions–John Lennon/Yoko Ono 7 [e][p]
The Last Concert–Rosemary Clooney 4

Foreign Language Albums

The first album to appear in my top ten where the majority of songs were sung in a language other than English was “El Mundo” by Mitsou. This French album entered my chart on 24 February 1990. The Finnish invasion started on 3 May 1997, with the entry of Kokko, at that time Värttinä’s latest album.

Language

Album title–Artist Peak Position (weeks at #1)

French

“El Mundo”–Mitsou 5
J’ai vécu bien des années–Angèle Arsenault 8

Finnish

Kokko–värttinä 2
Vihma–Värttinä 1 (29)
Joko Joulun alkaa saa–Sari ja Mari Kaasinen 1 (1)
Aitara–Värttinä 1 (3)
Karelia Visa–Hedningarna 1 (6)
Oi dai–Värttinä 1 (3)
emo–sari kaasinen 1 (14)
Tsihi Tsihi–Sirmakka 2
Seleniko–Värttinä 1 (19)
Ilmatar–Värttinä 1 (26)
Kansanmusiikkia ennen ja nyt Folk Music Experience–Various Artists 5
6.12.–Värttinä 1 (11)
Kaksi!–Hedningarna 6
Musta–Sanna Kurki-Suonio 9
Sinä päivanä kun synnyin–Ultra Bra 1 (26)
Kalifornia–Ultra Bra 1 (1)
Vesireittejä–Ultra Bra 1 (4)
Kroketti–Ultra Bra 1 (11)
Vapaaherran elämää–Ultra Bra 1 (2)
Trä–Hedningarna 5
iki–Varttina 1 (11)
Onnelliset kohtaa–Scandinavian Music Group 1 (6)
Rakkaus viiltää–Kerkko Koskinen 2
reissunainen–sari kaasinen & otawa 4
Nousukausi–Soundtrack 1 (1)
1989-2003–Hedningarna 5
Sarin Joulu–Sari Kaasinen & Otawa 2

Tunturi Sami

Channel Nordica–Waltari + Angelit 7
The New Voice of North–Girls of Angeli 8

Georgian

Georgian Voices–The Rustavi Choir 5

Icelandic

Ágætis byrjun–Sigur Rós 4

Swedish

Vengeance–Garmarna 2
Trä–Hedningarna 5

Various languages

Nordic Roots 2–Various Artists 7
Nordic Roots 3–Various Artists 4

During the weeks leading up to Christmas my albums chart would be overrun with Christmas albums. I would listen to nothing else from mid-November on. I often told myself that any artist who released a non-seasonal album in December would have to wait until January before I finally listened to it. However, my chart wasn’t always this way. I didn’t chart my first top ten Christmas album until 1997, when only one album appeared. Since then the number of Christmas album appearances increased. Six such albums appeared in my top ten in a single week in 2000 (for three weeks) in 2002 (for two weeks) and a record seven Christmas albums in my top ten for a single week in 2003 (occupying the top seven positions).

Year: Number of Christmas Albums that Charted in My Top Ten

1997: 1
1998: 3
1999: 4
2000: 7
2001: 5
2002: 6
2003 7

Christmas Albums that Charted in My Top Ten
Album title–Artist Peak position (weeks at #1)

White Christmas–Rosemary Clooney 2
Joko Joulun alkaa saa–Sari ja Mari Kaasinen 1 (1)
Songs from White Christmas and Other Yuletide Favorites–Rosemary Clooney 4
Christmas Kantele–Eija Kankaanranta & Mervi Yli-Vainio 2
Greatest Christmas Songs–Julie Andrews 6
Christmas with Julie Andrews–Julie Andrews 3
Ray Conniff’s Christmas Album–Ray Conniff 8
Christmas Carolling–Ray Conniff 4
Now That’s What I Call Christmas!–Various Artists 3
it’s Christmas!–Quartette 7
Christmas with the Rat Pack–Frank Sinatra Dean Martin Sammy Davis, Jr. 6
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas–Ella Fitzgerald 1 (1)
I See a Star–Quartette 7
Now That’s What I Call Christmas 2! The Signature Collection 1 (1)
Sarin Joulu–Sari Kaasinen & Otawa 2
Christmas–Ella Fitzgerald 6

Shortest Album Titles
Album title–Artist

1–The Beatles
X–INXS
–Prince And The New Power Generation
()–Sigur Rós
17–Chicago
EP–Clickhaze
So–Peter Gabriel
Us–Peter Gabriel
Bad–Michael Jackson
emo–sari kaasinen
Fly–Yoko Ono with Plastic Ono Band
iki–Värttinä
Pop–U2
Ten–Pearl Jam
Trä–Hedningarna
Up!–Shania Twain

[a] [EP] = A 12″ single. In the first months of my albums chart I would rank 12″ maxi-singles or 12″ extended plays in with my full-length long-playing albums. In a sense I was ranking discs based on their size, as opposed to their content.

[b] My chart started after Duran Duran (the reissue) had been in release for six months.

[c] A different album, which was also self-titled. Thank goodness my album chart debuted after the release of all four of Peter Gabriel’s self-titled albums.

[d] My chart started after 1999 had been in release for 53 weeks.

[e] My chart recorded the albums exactly as their titles were rendered on their labels, not on their LP sleeves or CD or cassette booklets. In many cases there were inconsistencies between packaging and labelling or between different audio formats. In some cases there were mistakes, such as with this title, whose error-free title is actually called Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions.

[f] The first half of the album contains songs by the Beatles that were written and sung by George Harrison.

[g] My chart started after Thriller had been in release for eleven months.

[h] The Icicle Works made no other appearance within the Top Ten before or since The Icicle Works. Their entire history over twenty years of charts was confined to one solitary week.

[i] My chart started after Flashdance had been in release for seven months.

[j] For the week ending 6 July 1984 three soundtracks were in my top ten concurrently: The Breakfast Club was #8, Beverly Hills Cop was #9 and A View to a Kill had just entered the chart at #10. At no other time in twenty years of charts have three soundtracks been in my top ten during the same week.

[k] [TV] = A soundtrack from a TV series.

[l] The only soundtrack from a Finnish film to chart.

[m] My chart recorded the albums exactly as their titles were rendered on their labels, not on their LP sleeves or CD or cassette booklets. In many cases there were inconsistencies between packaging and labelling or between different audio formats. In some cases there were mistakes, such as with this title, whose error-free title is actually called Standing On A Beach The Singles for the enhanced cassette edition, which is the version I charted.

[n] Only the first half of this compilation comprises greatest hits.

[o] Only the first side of this mini-album is live.

[p] Only the first side of this album is live.

The Record Holders:


Most Weeks at #1 (30) for ray of light by Madonna


Most Weeks in Top Ten (137) for janet. by Janet Jackson


The Icicle Works is the only artist in twenty years of the Top Ten Albums charts whose entire history is confined to one solitary week; The Icicle Works entered the chart at #10 on 7 July 1984.

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