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The Reytons achieve first Number One album with ‘What’s Rock and Roll?’

The South Yorkshire indie rockers beat off competition from Måneskin and others

By Charlotte Krol

Still from the music video for ‘Uninvited’ by The Reytons
Still from the music video for ‘Uninvited’ by The Reytons. (Picture: YouTube/The Reytons)

The Reytons have landed their first Number One album with What’s Rock and Roll?

It marks an impressive achievement for the independent band who were up against Måneskin (for third album, RUSH) as well as recent heavyweight mainstays in the UK albums chart including SZA (S.O.S.) and Taylor Swift (Midnights).

The South Yorkshire-formed indie group, comprising Jonny Yerrell, Lee Holland, Joe O’Brien and Jamie Todd, have previously enjoyed Top 40 success with their debut album Kids Off the Estate and 2021 EP May Seriously Harm You and Others Around.

What’s Rock And Roll? has also topped the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

Speaking to, The Reytons said: “We’ve got no words for it. We’ve been dreaming of this moment for as long as we can remember.

“We’ve absolutely grafted all week. We’ve had it in us heads, we’ve been using the law of attraction, we’ve had the trophy on us phones for the last two or three years. It feels really surreal, it’s not sunk in yet!

“Thank you to everybody for believing in us, coming out and spending your money. It’s January and there’s a cost of living crisis. People have got better things to be spending their money on, but people believe in this. Thanks for backing us.”

Meanwhile, the UK’s biggest-selling singles of last year were revealed recently, with Harry StylesEd Sheeran and Kate Bush among 2022’s success stories.

The Official Charts Company also released data on the most popular albums of 2022 as well as the best-selling vinyl and cassette releases of the year.

According to data reported by The Guardian, for the first time in the more than 50 year history of the official charts, the Top 10 singles of the year in the UK were all released by British artists.

Styles headed up the list with ‘As It Was’, with Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ in second place and his collaboration with Fireboy DML, ‘Peru’, taking third. See the rest of the list here.