List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 1990s

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Bryan Adams set a record in 1991 for the longest run at the top of the UK charts.

The UK Singles Chart is a record chart compiled on behalf of the British record industry. During the 1990s, the chart was compiled by The Chart Information Network (CIN) based entirely on sales of physical singles from retail outlets – airplay statistics are not used in compiling the official UK Singles Chart.[1][2] The chart week runs from Sunday to Saturday, and the Top 40 is first revealed on BBC Radio 1.[3] Record companies began making singles available to radio stations much further in advance of their release dates and making greater use of direct marketing techniques in the 1990s. As a result, the number of singles that entered the charts at number one increased dramatically, and it became commonplace for singles to enter the charts at the top and then plummet down the listing soon after.[4][5]

During the decade, 206 singles reached the number-one position on the chart. "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block reached number one on the first new chart of the decade, replacing "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid II which had been number one on the last chart issued in 1989.[6] The longest spell at the top was achieved by Bryan Adams's song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", which spent 16 weeks at number one in 1991, beating the record for the longest unbroken run at the top of the charts which had been held by Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" since 1955.[7] Wet Wet Wet and Whitney Houston also had runs of 10 or more weeks at number one during the 1990s.[7] Although it only spent five weeks at number one, Elton John's 1997 single "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" sold over 5 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling single in UK history.[8] Cher's song "Believe" spent 7 weeks at number-one at the end of 1998 and became the biggest-selling single by a female artist in UK history.[9] Also, Cher is the female solo artist with the most number-one singles in the 1990s, the total of three. The final number one of the decade was the double A-side "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" by Westlife.[10] Take That and the Spice Girls share the distinction of having achieved the most number-one hits in the 1990s, with eight each.[11]

Number-one singles[edit]

Key
  † Best-selling single of the year[12]
  ‡  – Best-selling single of the decade[12]
Elton John scored his first solo number one in 1990.
After more than a decade without a hit, Meat Loaf topped the charts for the first time in 1993.
Mariah Carey scored her only solo UK number one single in 1994.
After leaving Take That in 1995, Robbie Williams had scored two solo number ones by the end of the decade.
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Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
New Kids on the Block "Hangin' Tough" 7 January 1990 2
Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "Tears on My Pillow" 21 January 1990 1
O'Connor, SinéadSinéad O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U" 28 January 1990 4
Beats International "Dub Be Good to Me" 25 February 1990 4
Snap! "The Power" 25 March 1990 2
Madonna "Vogue" 8 April 1990 4
Adamski featuring Seal "Killer" 6 May 1990 4
England New Order "World in Motion" 3 June 1990 2
John, EltonElton John "Sacrifice" / "Healing Hands" 17 June 1990 5
Partners in Kryme "Turtle Power" 22 July 1990 4
Bombalurina "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" 19 August 1990 3
The Steve Miller Band "The Joker"[nb 2] 9 September 1990 2
McKee, MariaMaria McKee "Show Me Heaven" 23 September 1990 4
The Beautiful South "A Little Time" 21 October 1990 1
The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody"† 28 October 1990 4
Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby" 25 November 1990 4
Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Saviour's Day" 23 December 1990 1
Iron Maiden "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" 30 December 1990 2
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Enigma "Sadeness (Part I)" 13 January 1991 1
Queen "Innuendo" 20 January 1991 1
The KLF ft. The Children of The Revolution "3 a.m. Eternal" 27 January 1991 2
The Simpsons "Do the Bartman" 10 February 1991 3
The Clash / Big Audio Dynamite II "Should I Stay or Should I Go" / "Rush" 3 March 1991 2
Hale and Pace "The Stonk" 17 March 1991 1
Hawkes, ChesneyChesney Hawkes "The One and Only" 24 March 1991 5
Cher "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" 28 April 1991 5
Color Me Badd "I Wanna Sex You Up" 2 June 1991 3
Donovan, JasonJason Donovan "Any Dream Will Do" 23 June 1991 2
Adams, BryanBryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"† 7 July 1991 16
U2 "The Fly" 27 October 1991 1
Reeves, VicVic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff "Dizzy" 3 November 1991 2
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Black or White" 17 November 1991 2
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael & Elton John "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" 1 December 1991 2
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives" 15 December 1991 5
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Wet Wet Wet "Goodnight Girl" 19 January 1992 4
Shakespears Sister "Stay" 16 February 1992 8
Right Said Fred "Deeply Dippy" 12 April 1992 3
KWS "Please Don't Go"/"Game Boy" 3 May 1992 5
Erasure "Abba-esque" (EP) 7 June 1992 5
Nail, JimmyJimmy Nail "Ain't No Doubt" 12 July 1992 3
Snap! "Rhythm Is a Dancer" 2 August 1992 6
The Shamen "Ebeneezer Goode" 13 September 1992 4
Archer, TasminTasmin Archer "Sleeping Satellite" 11 October 1992 2
Boyz II Men "End of the Road" 25 October 1992 3
Charles and Eddie "Would I Lie To You?" 15 November 1992 2
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"† 29 November 1992 10
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
2 Unlimited "No Limit" 7 February 1993 5
Shaggy "Oh Carolina" 14 March 1993 2
The Bluebells "Young at Heart" 28 March 1993 4
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael & Queen with Lisa Stansfield "Five Live" 25 April 1993 3
Ace of Base "All That She Wants" 16 May 1993 3
UB40 "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" 6 June 1993 2
Gabrielle "Dreams" 20 June 1993 3
Take That "Pray" 11 July 1993 4
Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury "Living on My Own" 8 August 1993 2
Culture Beat "Mr Vain" 22 August 1993 4
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Boom! Shake the Room" 19 September 1993 2
Take That featuring Lulu "Relight My Fire" 3 October 1993 2
Meat Loaf "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"† 17 October 1993 7
Mr Blobby "Mr Blobby" 5 December 1993 1
Take That "Babe" 12 December 1993 1
Mr Blobby "Mr Blobby" 19 December 1993 2
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Chaka Demus & Pliers "Twist and Shout" 2 January 1994 2
D:Ream "Things Can Only Get Better" 16 January 1994 4
Carey, MariahMariah Carey "Without You" 13 February 1994 4
Doop "Doop" 13 March 1994 3
Take That "Everything Changes" 3 April 1994 2
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" 17 April 1994 2
Di Bart, TonyTony Di Bart "The Real Thing" 1 May 1994 1
Stiltskin "Inside" 8 May 1994 1
Manchester United F.C. "Come on You Reds" 15 May 1994 2
Wet Wet Wet "Love Is All Around"† 29 May 1994 15
Whigfield "Saturday Night" 11 September 1994 4
Take That "Sure" 9 October 1994 2
Banton, PatoPato Banton "Baby Come Back" 23 October 1994 4
Baby D "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" 20 November 1994 2
East 17 "Stay Another Day" 4 December 1994 5
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Rednex "Cotton Eye Joe" 8 January 1995 3
Dion, CelineCeline Dion "Think Twice" 29 January 1995 7
Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton "Love Can Build a Bridge" 19 March 1995 1
Outhere Brothers "Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)" 26 March 1995 1
Take That "Back for Good" 2 April 1995 4
Oasis "Some Might Say" 30 April 1995 1
Livin' Joy "Dreamer" 7 May 1995 1
Robson Green & Jerome Flynn "Unchained Melody" / "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover"† 14 May 1995 7
Outhere Brothers "Boom Boom Boom" 2 July 1995 4
Take That "Never Forget" 30 July 1995 3
Blur "Country House" 20 August 1995 2
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "You Are Not Alone" 3 September 1995 2
Shaggy "Boombastic" 17 September 1995 1
Simply Red "Fairground" 24 September 1995 4
Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" 22 October 1995 2
Robson & Jerome "I Believe / Up on the Roof" 5 November 1995 4
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Earth Song" 3 December 1995 6
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Jesus to a Child" 14 January 1996 1
Babylon Zoo "Spaceman" 21 January 1996 5
Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" 25 February 1996 1
Take That "How Deep Is Your Love" 3 March 1996 3
The Prodigy "Firestarter" 24 March 1996 3
Morrison, MarkMark Morrison "Return of the Mack" 14 April 1996 2
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Fastlove" 28 April 1996 3
Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 19 May 1996 1
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions" 26 May 1996 1
Fugees "Killing Me Softly"† 2 June 1996 4
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions" 30 June 1996 1
Fugees "Killing Me Softly"† 7 July 1996 1
Barlow, GaryGary Barlow "Forever Love" 14 July 1996 1
Spice Girls "Wannabe" 21 July 1996 7
Andre, PeterPeter Andre "Flava" 8 September 1996 1
Fugees "Ready or Not" 15 September 1996 2
Deep Blue Something "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 29 September 1996 1
The Chemical Brothers "Setting Sun" 6 October 1996 1
Boyzone "Words" 13 October 1996 1
Spice Girls "Say You'll Be There" 20 October 1996 2
Robson & Jerome "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" / "Saturday Night at the Movies" / "You'll Never Walk Alone" 3 November 1996 2
The Prodigy "Breathe" 17 November 1996 2
Andre, PeterPeter Andre "I Feel You" 1 December 1996 1
Boyzone "A Different Beat" 8 December 1996 1
Various artists "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" / "Throw These Guns Away" 15 December 1996 1
Spice Girls "2 Become 1" 22 December 1996 3
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Amos, ToriTori Amos "Professional Widow" (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix) 12 January 1997 1
White Town "Your Woman" 19 January 1997 1
Blur "Beetlebum" 26 January 1997 1
LL Cool J "Ain't Nobody" 2 February 1997 1
U2 "Discotheque" 9 February 1997 1
No Doubt "Don't Speak" 16 February 1997 3
Spice Girls "Mama / Who Do You Think You Are" 9 March 1997 3
The Chemical Brothers "Block Rockin' Beats" 30 March 1997 1
Kelly, R.R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly" 6 April 1997 3
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Blood on the Dance Floor" 27 April 1997 1
Barlow, GaryGary Barlow "Love Won't Wait" 4 May 1997 1
Olive "You're Not Alone" 11 May 1997 2
Eternal featuring BeBe Winans "I Wanna Be the Only One" 25 May 1997 1
Hanson "MMMBop" 1 June 1997 3
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 "I'll Be Missing You" 22 June 1997 3
Oasis "D'You Know What I Mean?" 13 July 1997 1
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 "I'll Be Missing You" 20 July 1997 3
Smith, WillWill Smith "Men in Black" 10 August 1997 4
The Verve "The Drugs Don't Work" 7 September 1997 1
John, EltonElton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"‡ 14 September 1997 5
Spice Girls "Spice Up Your Life" 19 October 1997 1
Aqua "Barbie Girl" 26 October 1997 4
Various artists "Perfect Day" 23 November 1997 2
Teletubbies "Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!"" 7 December 1997 2
Spice Girls "Too Much" 21 December 1997 3
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Various artists "Perfect Day" 4 January 1998 1
All Saints "Never Ever" 11 January 1998 1
Oasis "All Around the World" 18 January 1998 1
Usher "You Make Me Wanna" 25 January 1998 1
Aqua "Doctor Jones" 1 February 1998 2
Dion, CelineCeline Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 15 February 1998 1
Cornershop "Brimful of Asha (The Norman Cook Remix)" 22 February 1998 1
Madonna "Frozen" 1 March 1998 1
Dion, CelineCeline Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 8 March 1998 1
Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins "It's Like That" 15 March 1998 6
Boyzone "All That I Need" 26 April 1998 1
All Saints "Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade" 3 May 1998 1
Aqua "Turn Back Time" 10 May 1998 1
All Saints "Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade" 17 May 1998 1
The Tamperer featuring Maya "Feel It" 24 May 1998 1
B*Witched "C'Est La Vie" 31 May 1998 2
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "3 Lions '98" 14 June 1998 3
Billie "Because We Want To" 5 July 1998 1
Another Level "Freak Me" 12 July 1998 1
Jamiroquai "Deeper Underground" 19 July 1998 1
Spice Girls "Viva Forever" 26 July 1998 2
Boyzone "No Matter What" 9 August 1998 3
Manic Street Preachers "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" 30 August 1998 1
All Saints "Bootie Call" 6 September 1998 1
Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams "Millennium" 13 September 1998 1
Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott "I Want You Back" 20 September 1998 1
B*Witched "Rollercoaster" 27 September 1998 2
Billie "Girlfriend" 11 October 1998 1
Spacedust "Gym and Tonic" 18 October 1998 1
Cher "Believe"† 25 October 1998 7
B*Witched "To You I Belong" 13 December 1998 1
Spice Girls "Goodbye" 20 December 1998 1
Chef "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" 27 December 1998 1
Artist Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Steps "Heartbeat / Tragedy" 3 January 1999 1
Fatboy Slim "Praise You" 10 January 1999 1
911 "A Little Bit More" 17 January 1999 1
The Offspring "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" 24 January 1999 1
Van Helden, ArmandArmand Van Helden "U Don't Know Me" 31 January 1999 1
Blondie "Maria" 7 February 1999 1
Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz "Fly Away" 14 February 1999 1
Spears, BritneyBritney Spears "Baby One More Time"† 21 February 1999 2
Boyzone "When the Going Gets Tough" 7 March 1999 2
B*Witched "Blame It on the Weatherman" 21 March 1999 1
Mr. Oizo "Flat Beat" 28 March 1999 2
McCutcheon, MartineMartine McCutcheon "Perfect Moment" 11 April 1999 2
Westlife "Swear It Again" 25 April 1999 2
Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way" 9 May 1999 1
Boyzone "You Needed Me" 16 May 1999 1
Shanks & Bigfoot "Sweet Like Chocolate" 23 May 1999 2
Luhrmann, BazBaz Luhrmann "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" 6 June 1999 1
S Club 7 "Bring It All Back" 13 June 1999 1
Vengaboys "Boom Boom Boom Boom" 20 June 1999 1
ATB "9pm (Till I Come)" 27 June 1999 2
Martin, RickyRicky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca" 11 July 1999 3
Keating, RonanRonan Keating "When You Say Nothing at All" 1 August 1999 2
Westlife "If I Let You Go" 15 August 1999 1
Halliwell, GeriGeri Halliwell "Mi Chico Latino" 22 August 1999 1
Bega, LouLou Bega "Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit Of...)" 29 August 1999 2
Vengaboys "We're Going to Ibiza" 12 September 1999 1
Eiffel 65 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" 19 September 1999 3
Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera "Genie in a Bottle" 10 October 1999 2
Westlife "Flying Without Wings" 24 October 1999 1
Five "Keep on Movin'" 31 October 1999 1
Halliwell, GeriGeri Halliwell "Lift Me Up" 7 November 1999 1
Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams "She's the One" / "It's Only Us" 14 November 1999 1
Wamdue Project "King of My Castle" 21 November 1999 1
Richard, CliffCliff Richard "The Millennium Prayer" 28 November 1999 3
Westlife "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" 19 December 1999 4

By artist[edit]

The following artists achieved three or more number one hits during the 1990s. George Michael's collaborations with Elton John and Queen, in which both acts received billing on the single's cover, are counted against both acts. Appearances on the "Perfect Day" single are not included, as the individuals did not receive individual credit on the cover.

Artist Number one hits
United Kingdom Spice Girls 8
United Kingdom Take That 8
Republic of Ireland Boyzone 6[A]
Republic of Ireland B*Witched 4
United States Michael Jackson 4
United Kingdom George Michael 4
United Kingdom Oasis 4
Republic of Ireland Westlife 4
United Kingdom All Saints 3
Denmark Aqua 3
United States Cher 3
United Kingdom Elton John 3[A]
United Kingdom Queen 3
United Kingdom Robson & Jerome 3
  • A. ^ Total does not include an appearance on the "Perfect Day" single.

Million-selling and platinum records[edit]

In April 1973, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) began classifying singles and albums by the number of units sold. In the 1990s the highest threshold was "platinum record" and was awarded to singles that sold over 600,000 units.[25][26][nb 3] In February 1987, the BPI introduced multi-platinum awards so if a single sold 1,200,000 units it was classified as 2×platinum, 1,800,000 units as 3×platinum, and so on.[25]

Sixty-six records, including forty-seven number ones, were classified platinum in the 1990s and three other songs released in the 1990s were classified as platinum in the subsequent decade.[28] Thirty records from the decade sold over one million units.[29][30][31][32][33] Fourteen of these also went multi-platinum and "Candle in the Wind 1997" went nine times platinum and became the best-selling single of all time.[34] "Angels" by Robbie Williams, "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, and "Wonderwall" by Oasis all sold over one million copies but failed to get to number one.

Artist Song Date released Date certified
platinum
Year of millionth sale
(Multi-platinum)
Sinéad O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U" 8 January 1990 1 March 1990
Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 11 December 1989 1 April 1990
Elton John "Sacrifice" 1 May 1990 1 September 1990
The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody" 15 October 1990 1 November 1990 2004–10
Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby" 29 October 1990 1 January 1991
Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" 17 June 1991 1 August 1991 1991, (2×: 1 September 1991)
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives" 9 December 1991 1 December 1991
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 31 October 1992 1 December 1992 1993, (2×: 1 January 1993)
Charles and Eddie "Would I Lie To You?" 12 October 1992 1 January 1993
Ace of Base "All That She Wants" 1 May 1993 1 June 1993
UB40 "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" 10 May 1993 1 July 1993
Meat Loaf "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" 27 September 1993 1 November 1993
Mr Blobby "Mr Blobby" 22 November 1993 1 December 1993
Take That "Babe" 6 December 1993 1 January 1994
Wet Wet Wet "Love Is All Around" 4 May 1994 1 June 1994 1994, (2×: 1 August 1994)
Whigfield "Saturday Night" 12 September 1994 1 September 1994 1994
All-4-One "I Swear"[No 2] 6 June 1994 1 September 1994
Pato Banton "Baby Come Back" 19 September 1994 1 November 1994
East 17 "Stay Another Day" 21 November 1994 1 December 1994
Céline Dion "Think Twice" 10 October 1994 1 January 1995 1994
Rednex "Cotton Eye Joe" 12 December 1994 1 February 1995
Take That "Back for Good" 27 March 1995 1 April 1995 2007–2010
Robson Green & Jerome Flynn "Unchained Melody" / "White Cliffs of Dover" 21 November 1994 8 May 1995 1995, (2×: 1 May 1995)
Robson & Jerome "I Believe" / "Up on the Roof" 30 October 1995 1 November 1995 1995
Coolio ft. L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" 16 October 1995 1 November 1995 1995
Simply Red "Fairground" 18 September 1995 1 November 1995
Michael Jackson "Earth Song" 27 November 1995 1 December 1995 1996
Babylon Zoo "Spaceman" 15 January 1996 1 January 1996 1996
Oasis "Wonderwall"[No 2] 30 October 1995 1 January 1996 2007
Everything but the Girl "Missing"[No 3] 6 October 1995 1 January 1996
Boyzone "Father and Son"[No 2] 13 November 1995 1 January 1996
Take That "How Deep Is Your Love" 26 February 1996 1 March 1996
Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" 19 February 1996 1 April 1996
Robert Miles "Children"[No 2] 12 February 1996 1 April 1996
Mark Morrison "Return of the Mack" 4 March 1996 1 May 1996
Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 25 March 1996 1 May 1996
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions" 1 June 1996 1 July 1996
Fugees "Killing Me Softly 3 June 1996 1 June 1996 1996, (2×: 1 August 1996)
Spice Girls "Wannabe" 15 July 1996 1 August 1996 1996
Spice Girls "Say You'll Be There" 14 October 1996 1 October 1996
Various Artists "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" 9 December 1996 1 December 1996
Spice Girls "2 Become 1" 16 December 1996 1 December 1996 1997
Robson & Jerome "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" 28 October 1996 1 January 1997
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart"[No 2] 21 October 1996 1 January 1997
The Prodigy "Breathe" 11 November 1996 1 December 1996
Spice Girls "Mama / Who Do You Think You Are" 3 March 1997 1 March 1997
Hanson "MMMBop" 26 May 1997 1 June 1997
R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly" 17 March 1997 1 June 1997
Oasis "D'You Know What I Mean?" 7 July 1997 1 July 1997
The Rembrandts "I'll Be There for You"[No 3] 21 August 1995 1 July 1997
Will Smith "Men in Black" 4 August 1997 1 August 1997
Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans "I'll Be Missing You" 16 June 1997 1 July 1997 1997, (2×: 1 August 1997)
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" /
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
13 September 1997 1 September 1997 1997, (2–6×: 1 September 1997)
1997, (7–9×: 1 October 1997)
Chumbawamba "Tubthumping"[No 2] 11 August 1997 1 October 1997
Spice Girls "Spice Up Your Life" 13 October 1997 17 October 1997
Various Artists "Perfect Day" 17 November 1997 21 November 1997 1997, (2×: 9 January 1998)
Aqua "Barbie Girl" 1 October 1997 7 November 1997 1997, (2×: 5 December 1997)
All Saints "Never Ever" 10 November 1997 5 December 1997 1998, (2×: 30 January 1998)
Natalie Imbruglia "Torn"[No 2] 27 October 1997 12 December 1997 2007
Teletubbies "Teletubbies say 'Eh-oh!'" 1 December 1997 12 December 1997 1997, (2×: 19 December 1997)
Spice Girls "Too Much" 12 December 1997 9 January 1998
Janet Jackson "Together Again"[No 4] 1 December 1997 23 January 1998
Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins "It's Like That" 9 March 1998 27 March 1998 1998
Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 9 February 1998 27 February 1998 1998, (2×: 24 April 1998)
Savage Garden "Truly Madly Deeply"[No 4] 16 February 1998 29 May 1998
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "3 Lions '98" 1 June 1998 3 July 1998
B*Witched "C'est la Vie" 1 June 1998 3 July 1998
LeAnn Rimes "How Do I Live"[No 7] 2 March 1998 17 July 1998
Boyzone "No Matter What" 3 August 1998 7 August 1998 1998
Spice Girls "Viva Forever" 20 July 1998 13 August 1998
Pras Michel ft. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mýa "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)"[No 2] 21 August 1998
Cher "Believe" 19 October 1998 30 October 1998 1998, (2×: 8 January 1999)
Stardust "Music Sounds Better with You"[No 2] 10 August 1998 6 November 1998
Robbie Williams "Angels"[No 4] 1 December 1997 6 February 1998 1998, (2×: 4 December 1998)
Spice Girls "Goodbye" 14 December 1998 18 December 1998
Steps "Heartbeat" / "Tragedy" 9 November 1998 8 January 1999 1999
Bryan Adams ft. Melanie C "When You're Gone"[No 3] 30 November 1998 12 February 1999
Chef "Chocolate Salty Balls" 14 December 1998 26 February 1999
Boyzone "When the Going Gets Tough" 1 March 1999 19 March 1999
Britney Spears "Baby One More Time" 15 February 1999 19 February 1999 1999, (2×: 26 March 1999)
Mr. Oizo "Flat Beat" 22 March 1999 1 April 1999
Martine McCutcheon "Perfect Moment" 5 April 1999 14 May 1999
Shanks & Bigfoot "Sweet Like Chocolate" 17 May 1999 4 June 1999
Shania Twain "That Don't Impress Me Much"[No 3] 10 May 1999 16 July 1999
TLC "No Scrubs"[No 3] 14 December 1998 18 December 1998
ATB "9pm (Till I Come)" 21 June 1999 23 July 1999
S Club 7 "Bring It All Back" 7 June 1999 30 July 1999
Ricky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca" 1 July 1999 13 August 1999
Lou Bega "Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit Of...)" 1 August 1999 17 September 1999
Eiffel 65 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" 13 September 1999 8 October 1999 1999
Cliff Richard "The Millennium Prayer" 15 November 1999 3 December 1999
Westlife "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" 13 December 1999 23 December 1999
R. Kelly "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"[No 2] 18 October 1999 14 January 2000
Artful Dodger "Re-Rewind"[No 2] 29 November 1999 3 March 2000
Alice DeeJay "Better off Alone"[No 2] 19 July 1999 19 May 2000

Additional information[edit]

  • [No 2]: The singles "I Swear",[35] "Wonderwall",[36] "Father and Son",[37] "Children",[38] "Un-Break My Heart",[39] "Tubthumping",[40] "Torn",[41] "Ghetto Superstar",[42] "Music Sounds Better with You",[43] and "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time",[44] "Better Off Alone"[45] peaked at number two in the UK Singles chart.
  • [No 3]: The singles "I'll Be There for You",[46] "Missing",[47] "When You're Gone",[48] "That Don't Impress Me Much",[49] and "No Scrubs"[50] peaked at number three in the UK Singles chart.
  • [No 4]: The singles "Together Again",[51] "Truly Madly Deeply",[52] and "Angels"[53] peaked at number four in the UK Singles chart.
  • [No 7]: The single "How Do I Live" peaked at number seven in the UK Singles chart.[54]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae The artist, song name, date of number-one and duration are those given by The Official Charts Company.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]
  2. ^ For the week ending 15 September 1990, "The Joker" was tied with Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" for the number of copies sold. Due to a rule introduced in the 1980s, the song that had climbed the most in the charts from the previous weeks was classified as number-one – "The Joker" climbed five places and "Groove Is in the Heart" had climbed three places. As a result of this controversial technicality, the rule was later scrapped and it was announced that "The Joker" had sold eight more copies after sales figures had been reviewed.[23][24]
  3. ^ The number of sales required to qualify for Platinum, Gold and Silver discs was dropped in 1989 from the former thresholds of Silver (250,000 units), Gold (500,000 units), and Platinum (1,000,000 units) to the current thresholds of Silver (200,000 units), Gold (400,000 units), and Platinum (600,000 units)[25][27]

References[edit]

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