Back in Christmas 2017, The Greatest Showman had a disappointing opening after poor reviews from critics. But now over a year on and not only was Jackman’s PT Barnum musical a big hit at the box office, but its soundtrack has smashed records all over the place. And now according to the Official Charts, the album has matched The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with 28 non-consecutive weeks as UK No 1 album. The Fab Four’s much-loved record logged its time at No 1 between June 1967 and February 1968, as well as having another week at the top in 2017 with its 50th anniversary reissue.
Saturday Night Fever was previously the record movie soundtrack of the last half-century with 18 weeks at No 1, before The Greatest Showman topped it.
Nevertheless, the soundtrack has a long way to go before it beats The Sound of Music.
Julie Andrews’ classic spent 70 non-consecutive weeks at the top between 1965 and 1968.
As it stands there are only five albums with the most weeks at No 1 in the UK Official Albums Chart ahead of The Greatest Showman.
In just two weeks time the soundtrack will match The Beatles best effort in Please Please Me.
While ahead of that is Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Trouble Water at 33 weeks.
And the top three are all musical soundtracks including The King and I at 48 weeks and The Sound of Music, as previously mentioned, at 70 weeks.
However, the all-time greatest is 1958’s South Pacific with a whopping 115 weeks. Can The Greatest Showman go the distance? Only time will tell.