Chart Watch Britain: Chart of December 24, 2011

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
  • The Bee Gees take over as the top selling veteran artists in Britain with their 2004 album Number Ones. It's the LPs third trip into the album top forty after reaching 7 in 2004 and 29 in 2006. This year, it has made it, so far, to 24. 
  • The only new album by a veteran artist to make any of the British charts is Metallica's Beyond Magnetic which starts at 3 on the Rock and Metal Albums. 
1968-1970. TW = This Week, LW = Last Week, N = New, R = Returning to Chart.  The highest charting entry by a veteran artist is shown in red.

Top 100 British Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 2 Christmas Michael Buble
2 1 Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse
3 8 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay
4 4 In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs
5 5 Talk That Talk Rihanna
24 40 Number Ones Bee Gees
32 31 Best of the Best Frank Sinatra
34 30 Duets II Tony Bennett
35 35 Storyteller: The Complete Anthology Rod Stewart
41 38 50 Words for Snow Kate Bush
53 55 A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd
64 59 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel
78 101 A Christmas Cornucopia Annie Lennox
86 79 Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 R.E.M.
87 100 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi
91 74 The Final Wham
97 91 Soulicious Cliff Richard
98 108 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA
99 92 I'm With You Red Hot Chili Peppers

The balance of the British charts are after the cut.
Top 100 British Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 N Cannonball Little Mix
2 7 Paradise Coldplay
3 1 Dance With Me Tonight Olly Murs
4 3 Dedicated to My Ex (Miss That) Lloyd Featuring Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
5 4 We Found Love Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
13 15 Fairytale of New York Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
28 26 Last Christmas Wham
31 28 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Wizzard
37 33 Merry Christmas Everybody Slade
42 34 Do They Know It's Christmas Band Aid
48 42 Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin' Stevens
53 59 Driving Home for Christmas Chris Rea
64 62 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
70 164 Hurt Johnny Cash
78 64 Step Into Christmas Elton John
85 70 Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow Dean Martin
93 72 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney
95 96 Merry Xmas (War is Over) John Lennon & Yoko Ono With Plastic Ono Band

Top 40 British R&B Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Talk That Talk Rihanna
2 2 Jukebox JLS
3 4 Take Care Drake
4 3 4 Beyonce
5 7 Stereo Typical Rizzle Kicks
24 39 The Ultimate Collection Whitney Houston

Top 40 British R&B Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Dedicated to My Ex (Miss That) Lloyd Featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne
2 2 Good Feeling Flo Rida
3 3 5 O'Clock T-Pain Featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
4 4 Earthquake Labrinth Featuring Tinie Tempah
5 5 Take Care Drake Featuring Rihanna
38 N Anyone Who Knows What Love Is Irma Thomas

Top 20 British Country Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Own the Night Lady Antebellum
2 2 Ghost on the Canvas Glen Campbell
3 3 Need You Now Lady Antebellum
4 4 Better Day Dolly Parton
5 5 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum
6 6 Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station
9 7 I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive Steve Earle
12 15 A Treasure Neil Young
14 16 An American Trilogy Mickey Newbury
17 18 American 6: Ain't No Grave Johnny Cash
18 19 Rare Bird Alert Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Band
20 R Sing It Loud k.d. lang

Top 40 British Rock & Metal Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Here and Now Nickelback
2 5 Greatest Hits Foo Fighters
3 N Beyond Magnetic Metallica
4 2 The Path of Totality Korn
5 6 Sinners Never Sleep You Me at Six
9 10 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
11 11 Mothership Led Zeppelin
19 18 Lulu Lou Reed & Megadeth
27 20 Greatest Hits Motley Crue
28 23 Metallica Metallica
29 30 Greatest Hits Black Sabbath
31 24 Th1rt3en Megadeth
36 R Slash Slash
40 R The Very Best of Aerosmith

Top 40 British Rock & Metal Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 2 Iris Goo Goo Dolls
2 1 When We Stand Together Nickelback
3 5 Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) Darkness
4 6 Narcissistic Cannibal Korn / Skrillex / Kill the Noise
5 N Coffin Black Veil Brides
10 11 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses
12 14 Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi
13 9 Don't Stop Me Now Queen
15 16 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
20 22 Enter Sandman Metallica
21 21 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
22 19 Nothing Else Matters Metallica
25 32 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd
28 24 We Will Rock You Queen
29 29 Ace of Spades Motorhead
30 R Thank God It's Christmas Queen
37 35 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
38 R Paradise City Guns N' Roses
39 39 Who Wants to Live Forever Queen

Top 40 Dance Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 We Found Love Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
2 2 Levels Avicii
3 4 Sexy and I Know It LMFAO
4 3 Down For Whatever Kelly Rowland Featuring the Wavs
5 5 Midnight Run Example
- - No Veteran Artists Charting

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