Bob Dylan makes history as oldest chart-topper still writing new songs

Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan. Photo credit: Getty

Bob Dylan has broken records by selling records. 

The musician is officially the oldest to reach the number one spot in the UK charts with an album of new material - Rough and Rowdy Ways. 

His first batch of new songs in eight years sold 34,000 copies, most of them on that ancient format older readers will know as CDs. 

Bob Dylan is 79. The former record holder was folk singer Paul Simon, who was 74 when he hit number one in 2016.

The late Dame Vera Lynn remains the oldest artist to ever have an album at number one - 92 when a collection of her wartime hits We'll Meet Again reached number one in 2009. She died last week. 

Rough and Rowdy Ways has received rave reviews, scoring 95/100 on aggregator Metacritic.