Top 10 Clubs with Most Premier League Titles Won
However, there is one thing here that should be noted, and that is, in this post, we are going to let you know about the clubs with the most actual Premier League titles. That means, in ranking these clubs we have omitted the number of First Division titles they have won prior to the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
Of course, we also rank these clubs based on all the top-tier league titles they have won - both Premier League and First Division - in some part of this post. Just for your information, First Division was the highest tier in the English football league system before the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
The List of English Clubs with Most Premier League Titles Won
Here comes a list of top 10 English clubs who have won the most Premier League championships with Manchester United topping the list. Please note that not all the clubs ranked here have always played in the Premier League - just one season in the Premier League is enough, though most of them have been in the major English league for long enough to win its title.
The winner of the first Premier League title in the major English league history - actually in 1992-93 season, Manchester United have won the most number of Premier League titles to this date.
They have actually won 13 Premier League titles so far which is more than two times the number of EPL titles the second position on the list - Chelsea - have won - Chelsea have only won 5 Premier League titles.
But concerning the number of First Division titles won, Manchester United trail behind Liverpool and Arsenal who have won 18 and 10 First Division titles, respectively - Manchester United have only won 7.
However, if you add the number of Premier League and First Division titles Manchester United have won so far, they rank first again with 20 titles in total.
Behind them again come Liverpool and Chelsea with 19 and 13 titles won in total - both Premier League and First Division.
And concerning the number of consecutive league titles won, Manchester United rank first again with two sets of three consecutive titles, namely the titles won from 1998 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2009 - part of the period during which The Red Devils had Alex Ferguson as their manager, and two sets of two consecutive titles, namely the titles won from 1955 to 1957 and 1995 to 1997. They are the champions, indeed!
With 5 Premier League titles to their name, Chelsea are the second club after Manchester United to have won most Premier League titles to this date. And if you know that they have won 6 league titles in total - both Premier League and First Division, you’ll admit that they have performed much better in the Premier League - For your information, they have also won 2 Second Division titles.
Let’s take it a little bit further! In terms of the portion of Premier League titles won to all titles won - we mean all First Division and Premier League titles, Chelsea rank second with a rating of near 85% but only after Leicester City who have won only one Premier League title during their history and no First Division one.
So, we can say among the English clubs who have won both Premier League and First Division titles, Chelsea’s rating is better than all.
And half of Chelsea’s titles have been won in the past decade, namely the Premier League titles they won in 2009-10, 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons, but no consecutive title. Chelsea have never finished runners-up either in the Premier League or First Division.
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Concerning the total number of Premier League and First Division titles won, Liverpool rank second after Manchester United with a total of 19 titles won so far. However, from all these titles only one of them is a Premier League one meaning that from the time Premier League was formed (1992) this is the first time that Liverpool are winning the major English league title.
And this first time is actually the current season of Premier League where Liverpool are leading by a wide margin.
So, that means Liverpool have won almost all their titles when they were competing in the First Division (18), and considering the portion of Premier League titles they have won to all their titles, they get a rating of 6% which is for sure behind Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
However, considering the number of titles won so far - both Premier League and First Division - Liverpool is ahead of the above-mentioned clubs with 19 titles.
o, you call them one of the clubs with most Premier League titles won? Both yes and no! Yes if you consider the Premier League and First Division as one and no if you differentiate between them.
You can also see that from another point of view: As Premier League is currently the top tier of English football league system so was First Division. So, You have a right to consider them as one and call Liverpool one of the top clubs in the highest tier of English football.
One of the clubs with most Premier League championships, Manchester City have actually won 4 Premier League titles so far plus two First Division ones which adds up to 6 titles in total.
The portion of their Premier League titles to all their league titles is 4 to 6 which gives a rating of almost 65%; higher than Liverpool but lower than Chelsea.
And from the Premier League titles Manchester City have won, two have been consecutive, namely the titles they won in 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. Sky Blues have also finished runners-up four times since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, namely in 1999-2000, 2012-13, 2014-15, and 2019-20 seasons.
So, although not topping the list of clubs with most EPL titles won, they are still among the top Premier League clubs if you consider that the rest of the clubs in the Premier League have won less titles than them.
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Manchester City rank fourth, as you see, on the list of English clubs with most Premier League titles won. And the two First Division titles they won was in 1936-37 and 1967-68 seasons.
However, they still rank first, although not among the clubs with most Premier League titles won, but just guess in what! Ja! This concerns the Second Division. They rank first jointly with Leicester City considering the most number of Second Division titles won.
Only one title behind Manchester City, Arsenal ranks fifth among the clubs with most Premier League titles won. The Gunners have actually won 3 Premier League titles and 10 First Division ones which adds up to 13 titles in total.
Although behind Manchester City considering the number of Premier League titles won, Arsenal are in front of Sky Blues when it comes to the number of First Division titles won.
While Manchester City have won only two First Division titles, Arsenal have earned the title 5 times higher which translates to 10 First Division titles. And considering the most EPL titles plus First Division titles won - in other words, highest-tier league titles won - Arsenal rank third after Manchester United and Liverpool.
And Arsenal are among the teams that have competed in the Premier League since its formation in 1992 and have never been relegated from it since - along with Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.
In fact, Arsenal have never played in the Second Division. They have always competed in the highest-tier league in the English football being it Premier League or First Division, and that’s why they are one of the great English clubs despite not winning the most number of Premier League championships.
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Only one Premier League title and they rank sixth jointly with Leciester City on our list of English clubs with most Premier League titles won. Why we have chosen them over Leicester City is because they have also won two First Division titles while Leicester City haven’t any.
Blackburn Rovers are not among those clubs with perpetual presence in the Premier League. They have been present in the Premier League only for 18 years with their longest run being 11.
However, during this time they won one Premier League title. This is as some other clubs like Aston Villa and Everton have had a longer presence in the Premier league - the latter has always been in the Premier League since its formation, but have not won any league titles. That’s actually what makes Rovers special!
Blackburn Rovers have also finished runners-up once in the Premier League, namely in 1993-94 season. And the interesting thing about Blackburn Rovers is that they have also won one Second Division and one Third Division title. Seems always one title suffices for them, though they have won two First Division titles!
As already mentioned, Leicester City have also won only one Premier League title, but that’s enough to name them on the list of the clubs with most EPL titles won. They rank sixth jointly with Blackburn Rovers on the list, and this is the only title they have won since competing in the top tier of English football league system.
When in the second tier, however, Leicester City won 7 league titles, and it also should be noted that they finished once runners-up in 1928-29 season of the First Division of the first tier.
The fact that Leicester City earned their Premier League title in 2015-16 season, just two seasons after their promotion to the major English league in 2013-14, and that they have not been relegated since means the club is growing.
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Leicester City own the topscorer in the Premier League’s current season, too: Jamie Vardy with 23 goals. So, are they going to grow more and maybe win more Premier League titles? Only God knows! And one more thing!
The club has been in the Premier League for exactly 14 years, although on and off, that means they have been present in half of all the Premier League seasons since its formation.
And here the list of clubs who have won actual Premier League titles ends since there is no other club left having won the EPL title. From here on, we name clubs who have won the most First Division titles which was actually the highest tier in the English football league system before the formation of Premier League. Please note that the clubs we name after this may have competed in the Premier League, but they have never won an EPL title.
As for Aston Villa, they have been in the Premier League for 25 seasons out of all 28 EPL seasons held, but luck was never with them to win an EPL title. They just finished runners-up in the first season of the Premier League in 1992.
However, the club has won seven First Division titles within a century from 1893 to 1982 and can boast to be one of the oldest First Division champions as the league itself was founded in 1888.
Aston Villa have also won two Second Division titles, namely in 1937-38 and 1959-60 seasons, and finished runners-up nine times when they competed in the First Division. Not a bad record, Villa could be considered as one of the middle-to-top-rated clubs in the English football.
They are currently competing in the Premier League - they actually got promoted this season, but were out - in the Championship (current second tier of English football league system), for three consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2019.
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Like Aston Villa, Sunderland have never won a Premier League title. They even never finished runners-up during their 16-year presence in the English professional league.
However they have won six First Division titles from 1891 to 1936, and like Aston Villa, they also can boast to be one of the oldest First Division champions since the league itself was founded in 1888.
Sunderland have also 5 Second Division titles in the bag. In the Premier League they never finished higher than 7th, and as already mentioned, they have been present in the EPL for 16 years with their longest run being 10 years from 2006 to 2016.
The Black Cats’ best performance in the Premier League was in 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons where they finished 7th on the league table. They have also finished runners-up four times in the First Division.
Although having won no Premier League title, Newcastle United have finished runners-up twice in the Premier League and consecutively, namely in 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.
They have also won four First Division titles between 1904 and 1927 and four Championship titles (the second tier of English football league system) between 1964 and 2017.
Newcastle United have been present in 25 of all 28 Premier League seasons held to this date with their longest run being 16 years, and besides winning four First Division titles, they also finished runners-up five times in the top-tier English league before the Premier League replaced it.
Newcastle’s topscorer is Alan Shearer who not only was considered as one of the top EPL scorers at his own time but also remained Newcastle’s topscorer for 10 consecutive seasons, though in some of them jointly with his other teammates.
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And here comes the rankings!
As we already mentioned, we have ranked the clubs in this post based on the most actual Premier League championships which means we have not counted the number of First Division titles they have won. On this basis, the Rankings would be as follows:
- Manchester United, 13 EPL titles
- Chelsea, 5 EPL titles
- Manchester City, 4 EPL titles
- Arsenal, 3 EPL titles
- Liverpool, 1 EPL title + 18 First Division titles
- Blackburn Rovers, 1 EPL title + 2 First Division titles
- Leicester City, 1 EPL title but no First Division titles
- Aston Villa, no EPL title but 7 First Division titles
- Sunderland, no EPL title but 6 First Division titles
- Newcastle United, no EPL title but 4 First Division titles
As you see, from Liverpool on, we have ranked the clubs based on their EPL titles plus First Division ones. That’s because from this point on clubs have won only one or no title so they are equal and there should come another factor in effect to
Rankings based on all top-tier league titles won (EPL + First Division)
If we just consider EPL and First Division both as the top-tier leagues of English football league system, as they really are and were, then the rankings will be different.
You know before the formation of EPL in 1992, First Division was the top-tier league in the English football league system, so the clubs who have won both league titles have actually won the title of top-tier leagues regardless of the time they were top tier.
Based on what we said, it is quite reasonable to add all the Premier League and First Division titles the clubs have won and then rank them based on the total number of titles they have earned. According to this, the rankings will be as follows:
- Manchester United, 20 titles (13 EPL + 7 First Division)
- Liverpool, 19 titles (1 EPL + 18 First Division)
- Arsenal, 13 titles (3 EPL + 10 First Division)
- Everton, 9 titles (No EPL titles but 9 First Division ones)
- Aston Villa, 7 titles (No EPL title but 7 First Division ones)
- Chelsea, 6 titles (5 EPL + 1 First Division)
- Manchester City, 6 titles (4 EPL + 2 First Division)
- Sunderland, 6 titles (No EPL title but 6 First Division ones)
- Newcastle United, 4 titles (No EPL title but 4 First Division ones)
- Sheffield Wednesday, 4 titles (No EPL title but 4 First Division ones)