1 July sees the Compilation Chart turn 40. To celebrate I've put together a special Top 100 chart of the biggest compilations in the charts history based on points. Leading up to that I've got some other info for you as well which I will post throughout the month.
This compilations chart began on 1 July 1979 and was called the Mid Range chart until 11 May 1980 when it became the Top Compilation Albums chart where it included various artist compilations only. As a mid range chart it included budget priced albums which included some artist compilations. The size of the chart was initially inconsistent, ranging in size and beginning as a Top 5. On 14 November 1993 it became a Top 6, increasing again on 25 May 1997 to the Top 10 it is today. The chart very nearly didn't make it to 40 years when it stopped being published. On 13 June 2016 the chart failed to appear in the weekly publication but after a series of complaints it mysteriously reappeared. Over the years the most successful franchise was the Now That's What I Call Music albums but it was the 20 Solid Gold Hits albums that started way back in 1971 that got the ball rolling. Several of these discs appear throughout the Top 100. For the record, throughout the charts history there have been 439 number ones. Last edited: