ABBA's 'Gold - Greatest Hits' Is The First Title To Reach 900 Weeks On The U.K. Albums Chart

Abba figures at Madame Tussauds

03 December 2018, Berlin: Four wax figures of the cult band ABBA are in Madame Tussauds in the new ABBA area. The new part of the exhibition in the Wachsfigurenkabinett is now open to the public. The band can be seen in a stage outfit from 1975 and

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Nobody can argue that ABBA isn’t one of the most successful music groups of all time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t continue to amaze with their continued popularity in one of the largest music markets in the world.

This time around, the Swedish pop outfit’s compilation Gold - Greatest Hits rises from No. 40 to No. 35, earning another important stay on the chart. The title has now found space between Nos. 1 and 100 in the U.K. for 901 weeks, becoming the first album in the country’s history to do so.

According to the Official Charts Company, Gold - Greatest Hits is now the longest-running top 100 release ever, and with over 900 weeks on the tally, that isn’t too difficult to understand. Since it's the longest-running album, that means it also reaches the milestone of 900 weeks on the chart before anything else.

The set spent seven frames at No. 1 and 61 inside the top 10, and it has remained popular throughout the years, rising and falling constantly. Released in 1992, the compilation was initially a big success, and it returned to glory upon the release of both Mamma Mia! films, which are based around the music of the group and which both performed well in all respects.

Incredibly, Gold - Greatest Hits is one of several compilations of the band’s greatest hits that have performed very well in the U.K. Four releases that compile their most beloved songs have gone to No. 1 in the country, while four others have broken into the top 20, becoming at least relative successes. Amazingly, about half of the group’s nine No. 1s on the albums ranking are greatest hits compilations, some of which have continued to perform well decades after the members stopped focusing on new music.

Not far from where Gold - Greatest Hits ranks right now is Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers, which looks like it will be the next title to earn 900 weeks on the chart. Currently, what must be the bestselling collection of reggae songs in history is comfortable at No. 32 in its eight hundred and eighty-ninth turn on the tally. 11 weeks may sound like a lot to a new album, but it’s nothing for Marley and his band, and their biggest win will surely soon join ABBA in this astounding accomplishment. 

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Nobody can argue that ABBA isn’t one of the most successful music groups of all time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t continue to amaze with their continued popularity in one of the largest music markets in the world.

This time around, the Swedish pop outfit’s compilation Gold - Greatest Hits rises from No. 40 to No. 35, earning another important stay on the chart. The title has now found space between Nos. 1 and 100 in the U.K. for 901 weeks, becoming the first album in the country’s history to do so.

According to the Official Charts Company, Gold - Greatest Hits is now the longest-running top 100 release ever, and with over 900 weeks on the tally, that isn’t too difficult to understand. Since it's the longest-running album, that means it also reaches the milestone of 900 weeks on the chart before anything else.

The set spent seven frames at No. 1 and 61 inside the top 10, and it has remained popular throughout the years, rising and falling constantly. Released in 1992, the compilation was initially a big success, and it returned to glory upon the release of both Mamma Mia! films, which are based around the music of the group and which both performed well in all respects.

Incredibly, Gold - Greatest Hits is one of several compilations of the band’s greatest hits that have performed very well in the U.K. Four releases that compile their most beloved songs have gone to No. 1 in the country, while four others have broken into the top 20, becoming at least relative successes. Amazingly, about half of the group’s nine No. 1s on the albums ranking are greatest hits compilations, some of which have continued to perform well decades after the members stopped focusing on new music.

Not far from where Gold - Greatest Hits ranks right now is Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers, which looks like it will be the next title to earn 900 weeks on the chart. Currently, what must be the bestselling collection of reggae songs in history is comfortable at No. 32 in its eight hundred and eighty-ninth turn on the tally. 11 weeks may sound like a lot to a new album, but it’s nothing for Marley and his band, and their biggest win will surely soon join ABBA in this astounding accomplishment. 

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