- Kylie Minogue
- United Kingdom ()
Kylie Minogue (Australia/UK) has scored UK No.1s on the Official Albums Chart in five consecutive decades: 1980s (Kylie; Enjoy Yourself), 1990s (Greatest Hits), 2000s (Fever), 2010s (Aphrodite; Golden; Step Back in Time – The Definitive Collection) and 2020s (Disco). The 52-year-old actress-turned-singer completed her set of chart-topping decades when Disco, her 15th studio release since her 1988 self-titled debut, bowed at No.1 on the Official Albums Chart on 19 November 2020 after selling almost 55,000 copies – the biggest opening sales week for an album in the UK in 2020.
With eight No.1s, Kylie trails only Madonna (12) among female artists with the most chart-topping albums in the UK. Madonna scored No.1s in the ‘80s-‘90s and ‘00s-‘10s and will match Kylie’s five-decade run if she achieves a No.1 in the 2020s. Just three other female singers have reached No.1 in the UK with as many as five releases: Barbra Streisand (six No.1s in the ‘70s-‘80s and ‘00s-‘10s), Celine Dion (five No.1s in the ‘90s-‘00s) and Taylor Swift (five No.1s in the ‘10s-‘20s).
Elvis Presley (‘50s-‘70s and ‘00s-‘10s) and Bob Dylan (‘60s-’70s and ‘00s-‘20s) have both had UK No.1 albums in five decades (but not consecutively), while The Rolling Stones (‘60s-‘90s and ‘10s-‘20s) have scored UK chart-toppers in six decades (again not consecutively). The Beatles (‘60s-‘00s) alone can match Kylie’s feat of five consecutive decades with a UK No.1 album.