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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 458 number ones.
The compilation or budget priced album wasn't a new concept prior to the birth of the chart. To kick off, here is a list of albums that were popular before the chart was born:

1968Top Of The Pops Volume 1
1968Top Of The Pops Volume 2
1969Top Of The Pops Volume 3
1969Top Of The Pops Volume 4
1969Top Of The Pops Volume 5
1969Top Of The Pops Volume 6
1969Top Of The Pops Volume 7
1969Top Of The Pops Volume 8
1970Loxene Golden Disc Award 1970
1970Top Of The Pops Volume 9
1970Top Of The Pops Volume 10
1970Top Of The Pops Volume 11
1970Top Of The Pops Volume 12
1970Top Of The Pops Volume 13
1970Top Of The Pops Volume 14
1971Loxene Golden Disc Award 1971
197120 Dynamic Hits
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 15
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 16
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 17
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 18
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 19
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 20
1971Top Of The Pops Volume 21
197220 Studio One Hits
197220 Solid Gold Hits
197220 Solid Gold Hits Volume 2
197220 Solid Gold Hits Volume 3
197220 Town and Country Hits
197220 Happening Hits
1972Rock Explosion
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 22
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 23
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 24
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 25
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 26
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 27
1972Top Of The Pops Volume 28
197336 Solid Gold Piano Party Hits
197320 Studio One Hits Volume 2
197320 Solid Gold Hits Volume 4
197320 Solid Gold Hits Volume 5
197320 Solid Gold Hits Volume 6
197320 Solid Gold Hits Of The 50's
1973Explosive Hits '73
197320 Dynamic Hits Volume 2
1973Top Of The Pops Volume 29
1973Top Of The Pops Volume 30
1973Top Of The Pops Volume 31
1973Top Of The Pops Volume 32
1973Top Of The Pops Volume 33
197326 Solid Gold Rock N Roll Hits
197420 Solid Gold Hits Volume 7
197420 Solid Gold Hits Volume 8
197420 Solid Gold Hits Volume 9
197420 Solid Gold Town And Country Hits
197420 Solid Gold Number 1 Hits
197420 Solid Gold Hits Of The 60's
197420 Fantastic Hits Of The 60's
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 34
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 35
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 36
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 37
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 38
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 39
1974Top Of The Pops Volume 40
1975Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits
1975Solid Gold Express
1975Ripper
197520 Solid Gold Hits Volume 10
197520 Solid Gold Hits Volume 11
197520 Solid Gold Hits Volume 12
197520 Solid Gold Hits Volume 13
1975Top Of The Pops Volume 41
1975Top Of The Pops Volume 42
1975Top Of The Pops Volume 43
1975Top Of The Pops Volume 44
1975Top Of The Pops Volume 45
1976Solid Gold Dynamite
1976Teaser
1976Fred Dagg Live
1976Right On
197620 Solid Gold Hits Volume 14
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 46
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 47
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 48
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 49
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 50
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 51
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 52
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 53
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 54
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 55
1976Top Of The Pops Volume 56
1977Supercharged Hits
197720 Solid Gold Hits Volume 15
197720 Solid Gold Hits Volume 16
197720 Solid Gold Hits Volume 17
197720 Solid Gold Hits Volume 18
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 57
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 58
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 59
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 60
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 61
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 62
1977Top Of The Pops Volume 63
1978Disco Fever
197820 Solid Gold Hits Volume 19
197820 Solid Gold Hits Volume 20
197820 Solid Gold Hits Volume 21
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 64
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 65
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 66
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 67
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 68
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 69
1978Top Of The Pops Volume 70
1979Rock 'N' Roll Graffitti
197920 Solid Gold Hits Volume 22
197920 Solid Gold Hits Volume 23
1979Top Of The Pops Volume 71
1979Top Of The Pops Volume 72
1979Top Of The Pops Volume 73
1979Top Of The Pops Volume 74

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The annual Compilation chart wasn't published until 2011 but I've worked out the other years using points. Here's the complete list:

Annual number ones
198020 Platinum Plus
198120 Original Solid Gold Hits Vol. 30
1982Themes And Dreams
1983Trac Man - The Hit Album
1984Street Music
1985Hitbusters
1986No. 1 - The Hit Album
1987Outrageous Hits
1988Hits Alive
1989In Love With These Times
1990Check This Out 2
1991The Love Connection
1992Rhythm And Black Volume 2
1993Absolute Disco One
1994Triple J Hottest Hits
1995Kickin' Volume 5
19961996 Grammy's Album
1997The Rhythm And Black Collection
1998Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 5
1999Now That's What I Call Music Volume 4
2000Gatecrasher Disco Tech
2001Lazy Sunday
2002Nature's Best: Our Top 30
2003Lady Sings The Blues
2004Now That's What I Call Music Volume 14
2005Now That's What I Call Music Volume 18
2006Now That's What I Call Music Volume 21
2007Housework Songs
2008Now That's What I Call Music Volume 26
2009The Great New Zealand Songbook
2010Ten Guitars Volume 1
2011Now That's What I Call Music Volume 37
2012Now That's What I Call Music Volume 40
2013Now That's What I Call Music Volume 43
2014Now That's What I Call Music Volume 46
2015Now That's What I Call Music Volume 47
2016Now That's What I Call Music Volume 50
2017Now That's What I Call Music Volume 53
2018Now That's What I Call Music Volume 58

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