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Top And Tail

April 22, 2013

I noticed that in this week’s UK album charts (dated 27 April 2013) that Michael Buble held the top spot as well as the bottom spot (number 100) with ‘To Be Loved’ at 1 and ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ at 100. I wondered how often the same artist topped and tailed the charts so looked into it


Ignoring cases where albums by Various Artists, Soundtracks or Original Cast recordings were at the top and bottom of the charts, the same artist has topped and tailed the UK album charts 27 times in the 2,962 charts that have been published since 28 July 1956.

Three acts have achieved this feat on three separate occasions – The Beatles, David Bowie and Simon And Garfunkel.

The Beatles did in on 8 May 1965 when ‘Beatles For Sale’ was at 1 and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ was at number 20. On 10 September 1966 ‘Revolver’ topped the charts while ‘Rubber Soul’ was at number 30. On 24 January 1970 ‘Abbey Road’ was the number 1 album while ‘A Collection Of Beatles Oldies’ brought up the rear.




David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ was at the top of the charts on 2 June 1973 while ‘Hunky Dory’ was at number 50. Then on 10 November that same year, ‘Pin Ups’ was the bestselling album in the UK and ‘Space Oddity’ completed that charts at number 50. The following year on 22 June 10974, ‘Diamond Dogs’ was at 1 and ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust’ was at 50.



diamond-dogs  ZiggyStardust

Simon And Garfunkel first had the top and bottom hit on the album charts on 31 August 1968 when ‘Bookends’ was top and ‘Parsley Sage Rosemary And Thyme’ was at 40. ‘Parsely Sage Rosemary And Thyme’  was again the last placed chart album when ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was at number 1 on 1 August 1970. On 16 January 1971 ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was at the top again. This time ‘Bookends’ was at number 50.

Bookends  ParsleySage



The other acts to top and tail the UK album charts are Blondie, The Carpenters (twice), Celine Dion, Cream, Elvis Presley (twice), Michael Buble (twice), neil Diamond, Ocean Colour Scene, Phil Collins, The Prodigy, Queen, Rihanna, Robbie Williams and U2 (twice)

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