The album chart was first published by Record Mirroron 28 July 1956. Twelve artists have topped the chart with nine or more different albums.

The most successful act are 'The Beatles', who have reached number one with fifteen records and spent 174 weeks at the top, longer than any other artist. 'Elvis Presley' is the most successful solo artist with 13 number-one albums, while 'Madonna' is the most successful female artist with 12 number-one albums in the UK.

'The Beatles' were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most influential band of all time.

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