UK’s biggest debut album revealed

Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell has been named the UK’s biggest debut album.

His 1977 record catapulted the famed American creator, real name Michael Aday, to international fame and inspired subsequent albums and a stage musical.

It topped the chart compiled by the Official Chart Company (OCC) for National Album Day with the theme “Celebrating debut albums” as the theme for 2022.


Meatloaf for rock veterans (Zak Hussein / PA)

The singer with hits including I’d Do Anything For Love and Paradise By The Dashboard Light, passed away on January 20 of this year, aged 74, with his wife and daughters by his side.

For the chart, OCC looked at UK sales and combined flows since records began in 1956.

Second place went to James Blunt’s 2004 debut Back To Bedlam – also the biggest debut by a British artist.

With the hit You’re Beautiful, the album spent 10 weeks at number one in the UK and was the top album of the year and of the 2000s.

In third place was Leona Lewis with Spirit of the Year 2007, who also secured the biggest debut by a British female artist.

Released the year after she won The X Factor, the album includes the number-one singles A Moment Like This and Bleeding Love, as well as her chart-topping cover version of Snow Patrol’s Run.

Lewis said: “I had the most incredible support from the UK with the release of my debut album Spirit.

“I was overwhelmed with how much love it received and I just remember feeling the same way I do now, so grateful to everyone who listened and supported me. I feel like I’m representing my district and that’s great.”

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James Blunt (Isabel Infantes / PA)

4th place went to Lady Gaga’s 2008 album The Fame, while Dido took 5th place with 1999’s No Angel.

In sixth place is the Spice Girls with their 1996 debut Spice – the highest-charting album in a group.

Five of the record’s 10 tracks have been charted including longtime hits Wannabe, Say You’re Be There and 2 Become 1.

The debuts of Keane, Alanis Morissette, Sam Smith and Coldplay complete the top 10.

Steve Wright will announce the top 20 in a special on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 15 October from 1-3pm and on BBC Sounds from Friday 14 October.

He said: “Bat Out Of Hell hitting number one as the UK’s biggest debut album of all time might come as a surprise to some, but it’s a truly brilliant debut album. and is an album that reaches a whole new audience following the sad departure of Meat Loaf earlier this year.

“You’re in for a full chart, so tune in for a great nostalgia ride with some of the greatest songs you’ve ever heard.”

– Top 20 UK debut albums

1. Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf
2. Back to Bedlam – James Blunt
3. Spirit – Leona Lewis
4. The Fame – Lady Gaga
5. No Angel – Dido
6. Spice – Spice Girls
7. Hopes and Fears – Keane
8. Tooth drops – Alanis Morissette
9. In the Hour of Loneliness – Sam Smith
10. Skydiving – Coldplay
11. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
12. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
13. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
14. + – Ed Sheeran
15. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
16. 19 – Adele
17. Craving for Destruction – Guns N ‘Roses
18. Our Event Edition – Emeli Sande
19. Definitely Possible – Oasis
20. Hot Fuss – Killers UK’s biggest debut album revealed

Fry Electronics Team

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