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The Official Charts Company reveal the Top 40 biggest Americana albums in the UK last year

As the doors of the Hackney Empire get ready to open for tonight’s UK Americana Awards 2023, the Official Charts Company reveal the Top 40 biggest albums of the year on the UK’s Official Americana Albums Chart powered by Sweet Home Alabama.  
Landing in pole position, and a mainstay on the Americana Chart throughout the year is Taylor Swift with her ninth studio LP ‘evermore’. Bruce Springsteen’s latest project ‘Only The Strong Survive’ takes the Number 2 spot. Springsteen managed this in less than two months, having being released on November 11. Springsteen’s 21st studio album also peaked in second place on the Official Albums Chart upon its release last year. We reviewed ‘Only the Strong Survive’ here.

While Swift, Springsteen and Phoebe Bridgers may lead the pack, it’s homegrown talent Frank Turner who claims the biggest UK Americana release of 2022 with ‘FTHC’. Not only did it top the Official Americana Albums Chart upon release in February 2022, it bagged singer-songwriter Frank Turner his first ever UK Number 1 album in the process too with his ninth studio LP. An initialism for Frank Turner Hardcore – ‘FTHC’ lands at Number 6 on the overall end-of-year Americana rundown. 

Elsewhere, Marcus Mumford’s solo debut (self-titled) enjoys a Top 10 placing at Number 7, as Bear’s Den land at Number 17 with ‘Blue Hours’. The very popular Morgan Wade was in at 16th position with her terrific ‘Restless’ album. We spoke to her all about it last year.

Bristol-born singer-songwriter Yola is at Number 25 with the sublime ‘Stand For Myself’ while fellow Bristolian Katy J Pearson boasts the year’s 31st biggest-seller with ‘Sound of the Morning’. Brighton artist Passenger sees his collection ‘Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed’ enter the year-end Top 40 (32), as does Laura Marling’s ‘Song for Our Daughter’  at number 36. 

Finally, Elles Bailey makes 2022’s Top 40 with her fifth studio LP ‘Shining in the Half Light’ which charted in 39th position.

You can find the full Top 40 run-down right here.

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