The charts are a fickle mistress. One moment you’re high as Snoop Dogg on a dope plantation, the next you’re low as Bowie’s 11th studio album. Here are some of the more surprising names who’ve taken an album to top spot since 2000. We’ll start with Diana Vickers, who reached number one with her album ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’ in 2010.
We never had Slipknot pegged as radio-friendly unit-shifters, so a few eyebrows were raised (under our masks) when their teeth-grittingly dark second album ‘Iowa’ unexpectedly topped the chart in 2001.
Pop-opera singer and Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts secured the top spot for three weeks in 2007 with his debut album ‘Once Chance’.
It was the best of times, it was the Durst of times, when ‘Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water’ by Limp Bizkit hit number one in 2001.
Londoners The Hoosiers climbed to the top with their gentle pop-rock album ’The Trick To Life’ in 2007.
Scouting For Girls’ self titled album annoyingly reached number one in 2008.
Remember Staind? They had a number one album with ‘Break The Cycle’ back in 2001.
Dragging a kicking and screaming dubstep into the spotlight, Nero reached number one in 2011 with ‘Welcome Reality’.
Louis Walsh’s beloved Westlife scored the top spot in 2000 with the ridiculously mum-friendly ‘Coast To Coast’.
Don’t pretend you didn’t know all of the dance moves to ‘Reach’. S Club 7’s ‘7’ got to number one in 2000.
When Atomic Kitten topped the charts in 2001 with ‘Right Now’, do you think they said: “You’ve got to be kitten me right meow”? Probably not, but maybe. Maybe.
Steps’ number one album ‘Gold’, named in tribute to ABBA’s ‘Gold: Greatest Hits’, secured the top spot in 2001.
Enrique Iglesias’s ‘Escape’ featuring the fist-clenchingly dramatic single ‘Hero’ got to number one in 2002
Doves’ ‘The Last Broadcast’ was a shortlist nominee for the Mercury Prize in 2002, and the same year saw it shoot to the top spot.
Blue got to number one with ‘One Love’ in 2002.
Barbra Streisand ‘The Essential’ went Platinum in the UK and saw the number one spot in 2002.
Avril Lavigne topped the chart with ‘Let Go’ in 2003.
The siren-esque songstress Dido’s ‘Life For Rent’ topped the charts twice for a total of 5 weeks in 2003.
Think of a singer with messy hair, stupidly singing in the rain. C’mon, you’d recognise his face in any crowded place? James Blunt held the number one spot for a staggering 8 weeks with ‘Back To Bedlam’ in 2005.
British vocal troupe ‘G4’ found chart success with their eponymous album in 2005 after coming second in The X Factor.
Probably reminding you of the one song you know by them, American band Orson scaled the chart in 2006 with ‘Bright Idea’.
Unfortunately, Shayne Ward’s self-titled debut ruled in 2006.
The cat in the hat was back when Jamiroquai topped the charts in 2006.
Atomic Kitten acquainted themselves with success again in 2002 with their second album ‘Feels So Good’.
Back when Craig David shunned designer stubble for (bizarrely) impressively meticulous lines of facial hair, he reached number one in 2000 with ‘Born To Do It’.
Released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his career, George Michael’s ‘Twenty Five’ went to the number one spot in 2006. Yes, it included the Levi-sporting single ‘Faith’.
Walsh’s sensitive boys were at it again in 2006, when Westlife’s cover album ‘The Love Album’ somehow scored number one.
After the come-back that would define a noughties fraught with them, Take That’s ‘Beautiful World’ stayed top for a stonking 6 weeks in 2006.
Punk pop princess Lavigne topped the charts again with ‘The Best Damn Thing’ in 2007.
The nation’s 2007 sweetheart Leona Lewis maintained the top-spot for a staggering 7 weeks with her album ‘Spirit’.
Neil Diamond’s revamped country-rock on the album ‘Home Before Dark’s saw him reach the top spot in 2008.
Basshunter’s ‘Now You’re Gone – The Album’ got to number one in 2008. How?
That the mighty AC/DC topped the charts might not be a surprirse, but the fact that they did it in 2008 with ‘Black Ice’ kinda is.
White Lies don’t strike us as natural pop stars, but the band nabbed the top spot in 2009 with ‘To Lose My Life’.
Ronan Keating’s lovingly named album ‘Songs For My Mother’ topped the album chart in 2009.
Winner of The X Factor Alexandra Burke’s Houston-esque vocals secured the number one spot in 2009 on ‘Overcome’.
A nation bewitched with the frequently bouffant-styled Cheryl Cole helped her secure the top position in 2009 with her debut solo album ‘3 Words’.
Susan Boyle flew to the top of the charts with the album ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ in 2009.
The bright-eyed and bushy-tailed emo-pop of Paramore went down a treat in 2009 when they secured the top spot with ‘Brand New Eyes’.
Phil Collins’s album ‘Going Back’ featuring covers of 60s Motown and soul tunes was surprisingly popular in 2010.
Conor Maynard (did anybody else just think of wine gums?) topped the album chart last year with ‘Contrast’.
Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ naturally topped the charts in 2000.
Richard Ashcroft’s ‘Alone With Everybody’ secured pole position in the album chart in 2000.
Successfully securing The Corrs place on the American music, the album ‘In Blue’ faired equally well across the pond in 2000.
Eye-patch wearing BRIT Award winning Gabrielle dually soared to the top of the chart in 2000 with ‘Rise’.
The mellow acoustic-pop of Norah Jones proved popular in 2003 when her album ‘Come Away With Me’ topped the chart.
English rockers Embrace soared to the coveted top position in 2004 with the album ‘Out Of Nothing’.
Usually associated with the 80s and 90s, Texas’s ‘The Greatest Hit’s saw the alt-rockers spark a reaction noughties-style when it hit number 1 in 2000.
Yet another X Factor winner went down a storm in 2005, this time Steve Brookstein with the album ‘Heart & Soul’.
The Enemy reached the pinnacle of commercial success with their debut album ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ in 2007.