The Greatest Showman breaks Adele record for album with most weeks at number one

28 December 2018, 20:44

Greatest Showman
Picture: 20th Century Fox

By Tom Eames

Plus, Mariah Carey and Wham! rise back into the singles top five.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack has spent more weeks at number one in the UK than any other album this century.

The film's album kept hold of the number one spot for the last chart of 2018, which is its 24th non-consecutive week at the top.

Adele's album 21 had 23 weeks at the top between February 2011 and April 2012.

Meanwhile, the singles chart sees Ava Max rise to number one with 'Sweet But Psycho', while the Christmas number one by LadBaby has dropped to 21.

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Over half of this week's top 40 is made up of Christmas songs, after many people streamed and downloaded them over the festive period.

Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' repeats its highest ever peak of number two, with Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' rising to three.

Elsewhere, there are climbers for The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (4), Band Aid (6), Michael Bublé (7, a new peak), Leona Lewis (8), Shakin' Stevens (9), Elton John (10, a new peak), Chris Rea (11), Wizzard (12), Brenda Lee (16), Slade (17), John Lennon (18), Paul McCartney (20), Darlene Love (22, a new peak), Boney M (26), Andy Williams (29), Jackson 5 (30), Bing Crosby (31), East 17 (36) and Mud (38).