List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 1980s

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UK Singles Chart number ones
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Christmas number one

The UK Singles Chart is the official record chart in the United Kingdom. Until 1983, it was compiled weekly by the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) on behalf of the British record industry with a two-week break each Christmas.[1] The BMRB used motorcycle couriers to collect the sales figures taken up to the close of trade on Saturday. This data was compiled on Monday and given to the BBC on Tuesday to be announced on Johnnie Walker's afternoon show and later published in Music Week.[1] On 4 January 1983, the chart was taken over by Gallup who expanded the chart from the Top 75 to the Top 100[2] and began the introduction of computerised tills which automated the data collection process.[1][2] The chart was based entirely on sales of physical singles from retail outlets and announced on Tuesday until October 1987, when the Top 40 was revealed each Sunday, due to the new automated process.[3]

In terms of number-one singles, Madonna was the most successful single act of the decade, as six of her singles reached the top spot. George Michael had significant involvement with seven number-one singles; with two number-one singles as a solo artist, four as a member of pop duo Wham!, and one as a duet with Aretha Franklin. The longest duration of a single at number one was nine weeks, achieved by Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Two Tribes" in 1984.

Thirteen records that reached number one in the 1980s sold over one million copies, as did one record that reached number two. Eight other songs from the 1980s also sold over one million copies; two following re-release in a subsequent decade and six following the introduction of music downloads. Charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was released by Band Aid in 1984 to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia. The record sold over 3.5 million copies and, in doing so, became the best-ever selling single beating the benchmark set by Wings' song "Mull of Kintyre" in 1977.[4] "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was also the best-selling song of the decade and was not surpassed in physical sales until 1997, when Elton John re-wrote "Candle in the Wind 1997" after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.[5]

The 1980s saw the introduction of the cassette single (or "cassingle") alongside the 7-inch and 12-inch record formats and in 1987 major record labels developed a common format for the Compact Disc single.[6] For the chart week ending 3 May 1989, chart regulations confined Kylie Minogue's song "Hand on Your Heart" to number two. Minogue would have reached number one if sales from cassette singles were included but they were sold for £1.99 – cheaper than was allowed at the time. Following the debacle the British Phonographic Industry reduced the minimum price for cassette singles to become eligible towards sales figures.[7]

Number-one singles[edit]

The Jam managed 4 number ones during the 1980s, 2 in 1980 and 2 in 1982.
In 1980 ABBA had two number ones and their last being Super Trouper.
John Lennon was murdered in 1980 and his song, "Imagine", reached number one posthumously.[8]
During the 1980s Michael Jackson had number one singles with One Day in Your Life, Billie Jean and I Just Can't Stop Loving You.
Bucks Fizz scored three number-one singles during the 1980s.
During the 1980s Culture Club had 2 number ones, including their best-selling single of 1983 Karma Chameleon.
George Michael was one of the most successful artists of the 1980s, with two number-one singles as a solo artist, four with Wham! and one as a duet with Aretha Franklin.
Bob Geldof who wrote Do They Know It's Christmas?, which was the biggest selling single of the decade
Frankie Goes to Hollywood had three consecutive singles reach number one, of which two, "Relax" and "Two Tribes", sold over one million copies.
In 1985 Jennifer Rush was the first single female to have a single sell over a million.
The 1980s saw the beginning of Madonna's music career, where she scored 6 number ones, her first Into the Groove in 1985.
During the 1980s the Pet Shop Boys gained 4 number ones, West End Girls, It's a Sin, Always On My Mind and Heart.
Mel and Kim are the only British Girl Group to achieve a number one during the 1980s.
In 1988 Kylie Minogue went to number one with her debut single I Should Be So Lucky, and achieved 3 more number ones, including as a part of Band Aid II.
Key
  † Best-selling single of the year[9]
  ‡  – Best-selling single of the decade[9]
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Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1 (week ending)[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Pretenders "Brass in Pocket" 19 January 1980 2
The Special A.K.A. feat. Rico The Special A.K.A. Live![nb 2] 2 February 1980 2
Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers "Coward of the County" 16 February 1980 2
Blondie "Atomic" 1 March 1980 2
Kinney, FernFern Kinney "Together We Are Beautiful" 15 March 1980 1
The Jam "Going Underground" / "Dreams of Children" 22 March 1980 3
Detroit Spinners "Working My Way Back to You – Forgive Me Girl" 12 April 1980 2
Blondie "Call Me" 26 April 1980 1
Dexy's Midnight Runners "Geno" 3 May 1980 2
Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan "What's Another Year" 17 May 1980 2
M*A*S*H "Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)" 31 May 1980 3
McLean, DonDon McLean "Crying" 21 June 1980 3
Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra "Xanadu" 12 July 1980 2
Odyssey "Use It Up and Wear It Out" 26 July 1980 2
ABBA "The Winner Takes It All" 9 August 1980 2
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" 23 August 1980 2
The Jam "Start!" 6 September 1980 1
Marie, KellyKelly Marie "Feels Like I'm in Love" 13 September 1980 2
The Police "Don't Stand So Close to Me"† 27 September 1980 4
Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand "Woman in Love" 25 October 1980 3
Blondie "The Tide Is High" 15 November 1980 2
ABBA "Super Trouper" 29 November 1980 3
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "(Just Like) Starting Over" 20 December 1980 1
St Winifred's School Choir "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" 27 December 1980 2
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Imagine" 10 January 1981 4
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Woman" 7 February 1981 2
Joe Dolce Music Theatre "Shaddap You Face" 21 February 1981 3
Roxy Music "Jealous Guy" 14 March 1981 2
Shakin' Stevens "This Ole House" 28 March 1981 3
Bucks Fizz "Making Your Mind Up" 18 April 1981 3
Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" 9 May 1981 5
Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson "Being with You" 13 June 1981 2
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "One Day In Your Life" 27 June 1981 2
The Specials "Ghost Town" 11 July 1981 3
Shakin' Stevens "Green Door" 1 August 1981 4
Aneka "Japanese Boy" 29 August 1981 1
Soft Cell "Tainted Love"† 5 September 1981 2
Adam and the Ants "Prince Charming" 19 September 1981 4
Stewart, DaveDave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin "It's My Party" 17 October 1981 4
The Police "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" 14 November 1981 1
Queen and David Bowie "Under Pressure" 21 November 1981 2
Iglesias, JulioJulio Iglesias "Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)" 5 December 1981 1
The Human League "Don't You Want Me" 12 December 1981 5
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Bucks Fizz "The Land of Make Believe" 16 January 1982 2
Shakin' Stevens "Oh Julie" 30 January 1982 1
Kraftwerk "Computer Love" / "The Model" 6 February 1982 1
The Jam "Town Called Malice" / "Precious" 13 February 1982 3
Tight Fit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" 6 March 1982 3
Goombay Dance Band "Seven Tears" 27 March 1982 3
Bucks Fizz "My Camera Never Lies" 17 April 1982 1
McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney and Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory" 24 April 1982 3
Nicole "A Little Peace" 15 May 1982 2
Madness "House of Fun" 29 May 1982 2
Ant, AdamAdam Ant "Goody Two Shoes" 12 June 1982 2
Charlene "I've Never Been to Me" 26 June 1982 1
Captain Sensible "Happy Talk" 3 July 1982 2
Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Fame" 17 July 1982 3
Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express "Come On Eileen"† 7 August 1982 4
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 4 September 1982 4
Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 2 October 1982 3
Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 23 October 1982 3
Grant, EddyEddy Grant "I Don't Wanna Dance" 13 November 1982 3
The Jam "Beat Surrender" 4 December 1982 2
Renée and Renato "Save Your Love" 18 December 1982 4
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Collins, PhilPhil Collins "You Can't Hurry Love" 15 January 1983 2
Men at Work "Down Under" 29 January 1983 3
Kajagoogoo "Too Shy" 19 February 1983 2
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Billie Jean" 5 March 1983 1
Tyler, BonnieBonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 12 March 1983 2
Duran Duran "Is There Something I Should Know?" 26 March 1983 2
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Let's Dance" 9 April 1983 3
Spandau Ballet "True" 30 April 1983 4
New Edition "Candy Girl" 28 May 1983 1
The Police "Every Breath You Take" 4 June 1983 4
Stewart, RodRod Stewart "Baby Jane" 2 July 1983 3
Young, PaulPaul Young "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" 23 July 1983 3
KC and the Sunshine Band "Give It Up" 13 August 1983 3
UB40 "Red Red Wine" 3 September 1983 3
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon"† 24 September 1983 6
Joel, BillyBilly Joel "Uptown Girl" 5 November 1983 5
The Flying Pickets "Only You" 10 December 1983 5
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney "Pipes of Peace" 14 January 1984 2
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" 28 January 1984 5
Nena "99 Red Balloons" 3 March 1984 3
Richie, LionelLionel Richie "Hello" 24 March 1984 6
Duran Duran "The Reflex" 5 May 1984 4
Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 2 June 1984 2
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" 16 June 1984 9
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Careless Whisper" 18 August 1984 3
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" 8 September 1984 6
Wham! "Freedom" 20 October 1984 3
Khan, ChakaChaka Khan "I Feel for You" 10 November 1984 3
Diamond, JimJim Diamond "I Should Have Known Better" 1 December 1984 1
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "The Power Of Love" 8 December 1984 1
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?"‡ 15 December 1984 5
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" 19 January 1985 3
Paige, ElaineElaine Paige and Barbara Dickson "I Know Him So Well" 9 February 1985 4
Dead or Alive "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" 9 March 1985 2
Bailey, PhilipPhilip Bailey (duet with Phil Collins) "Easy Lover" 23 March 1985 4
USA for Africa "We Are the World" 20 April 1985 2
Nelson, PhyllisPhyllis Nelson "Move Closer" 4 May 1985 1
Hardcastle, PaulPaul Hardcastle "19" 11 May 1985 5
The Crowd "You'll Never Walk Alone" 15 June 1985 2
Sister Sledge "Frankie" 29 June 1985 4
Eurythmics "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" 27 July 1985 1
Madonna "Into the Groove" 3 August 1985 4
UB40 and Chrissie Hynde "I Got You Babe" 31 August 1985 1
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie and Mick Jagger "Dancing in the Street" 7 September 1985 4
Ure, MidgeMidge Ure "If I Was" 5 October 1985 1
Rush, JenniferJennifer Rush "The Power Of Love"† 12 October 1985 5
Sharkey, FeargalFeargal Sharkey "A Good Heart" 16 November 1985 2
Wham! "I'm Your Man" 30 November 1985 2
Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "Saving All My Love for You" 14 December 1985 2
Shakin' Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone" 28 December 1985 2
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" 11 January 1986 2
a-ha "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." 25 January 1986 2
Ocean, BillyBilly Ocean "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" 8 February 1986 4
Ross, DianaDiana Ross "Chain Reaction" 8 March 1986 3
Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Young Ones "Living Doll" 29 March 1986 3
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "A Different Corner" 19 April 1986 3
Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" 10 May 1986 1
Spitting Image "The Chicken Song" 17 May 1986 3
Doctor and the Medics "Spirit in the Sky" 7 June 1986 3
Wham! "The Edge of Heaven" 28 June 1986 2
Madonna "Papa Don't Preach" 12 July 1986 3
de Burgh, ChrisChris de Burgh "The Lady in Red" 2 August 1986 3
Gardiner, BorisBoris Gardiner "I Want to Wake Up with You" 23 August 1986 3
The Communards "Don't Leave Me This Way"† 13 September 1986 4
Madonna "True Blue" 11 October 1986 1
Berry, NickNick Berry "Every Loser Wins" 18 October 1986 3
Berlin "Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun)" 8 November 1986 4
Europe "The Final Countdown" 6 December 1986 2
The Housemartins "Caravan of Love" 20 December 1986 1
Wilson, JackieJackie Wilson "Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)" 27 December 1986 4
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Hurley, Steve "Silk"Steve "Silk" Hurley "Jack Your Body"[nb 3] 24 January 1987 2
Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin and George Michael "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" 7 February 1987 2
King, Ben E.Ben E. King "Stand by Me" 21 February 1987 3
George, BoyBoy George "Everything I Own" 14 March 1987 2
Mel and Kim "Respectable" 28 March 1987 1
Ferry Aid "Let It Be" 4 April 1987 3
Madonna "La Isla Bonita" 25 April 1987 2
Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" 9 May 1987 4
Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 6 June 1987 2
The Firm "Star Trekkin'" 20 June 1987 2
Pet Shop Boys "It's a Sin" 4 July 1987 3
Madonna "Who's That Girl" 25 July 1987 1
Los Lobos "La Bamba" 1 August 1987 2
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson and Siedah Garrett "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" 15 August 1987 2
Astley, RickRick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up"† 29 August 1987 5
M|A|R|R|S "Pump Up the Volume" / "Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance)" 3 October 1987 2
Bee Gees "You Win Again" 17 October 1987 4
T'Pau "China in Your Hand" 14 November 1987 5
Pet Shop Boys "Always on My Mind" 19 December 1987 4
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Carlisle, BelindaBelinda Carlisle "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" 16 January 1988 2
Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now" 30 January 1988 3
Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "I Should Be So Lucky" 20 February 1988 5
Aswad "Don't Turn Around" 26 March 1988 2
Pet Shop Boys "Heart" 9 April 1988 3
S-Express "Theme from S-Express" 30 April 1988 2
Fairground Attraction "Perfect" 14 May 1988 1
Wet Wet Wet
Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"She's Leaving Home"
21 May 1988 4
The Timelords "Doctorin' the Tardis" 18 June 1988 1
Bros "I Owe You Nothing" 25 June 1988 2
Medeiros, GlennGlenn Medeiros "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" 9 July 1988 4
Yazz and the Plastic Population "The Only Way Is Up" 6 August 1988 5
Collins, PhilPhil Collins "A Groovy Kind of Love" 10 September 1988 2
The Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" 24 September 1988 2
U2 "Desire" 8 October 1988 1
Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "One Moment in Time" 15 October 1988 2
Enya "Orinoco Flow" 29 October 1988 3
Beck, RobinRobin Beck "First Time" 19 November 1988 3
Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Mistletoe and Wine"† 10 December 1988 4
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue and Jason Donovan "Especially for You" 7 January 1989 3
Almond, MarcMarc Almond feat. Gene Pitney "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" 28 January 1989 4
Simple Minds "Belfast Child" 25 February 1989 2
Donovan, JasonJason Donovan "Too Many Broken Hearts" 11 March 1989 2
Madonna "Like a Prayer" 25 March 1989 3
The Bangles "Eternal Flame" 15 April 1989 4
Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "Hand on Your Heart" 13 May 1989 1
The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney,
Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman
"Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" 20 May 1989 3
Donovan, JasonJason Donovan "Sealed with a Kiss" 10 June 1989 2
Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" 24 June 1989 4
Sonia "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" 22 July 1989 2
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Swing the Mood" 5 August 1989 5
Black Box "Ride on Time"† 9 September 1989 6
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "That's What I Like" 21 October 1989 3
Stansfield, LisaLisa Stansfield "All Around the World" 11 November 1989 2
New Kids on the Block "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" 25 November 1989 3
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Let's Party" 16 December 1989 1
Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 23 December 1989 3

By artist[edit]

American entertainer Madonna was the most successful act of the decade in terms of number-one singles. She had six number ones: "Into the Groove" (1985); "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue" (both 1986); "La Isla Bonita", "Who's That Girl" (both 1987); and "Like a Prayer" (1989). George Michael had significant involvement with seven number-one singles; he was also involved with Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" but his contribution was less significant. He had two number-one singles as a solo artist, four as a member of pop duo Wham!, and one as a duet with Aretha Franklin. The following artists achieved three or more number-one hits during the 1980s.

Artist Number-one hits
United States Madonna 6
United Kingdom The Jam 4
United Kingdom Pet Shop Boys 4
United Kingdom Shakin' Stevens 4
United Kingdom Wham! 4
United Kingdom Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie 4
United States Blondie 3
United Kingdom Bucks Fizz 3
United Kingdom Collins, PhilPhil Collins 3
Australia Donovan, JasonJason Donovan 3
United Kingdom Frankie Goes to Hollywood 3
United States Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 3
United States Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 3
United Kingdom Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers 3
United Kingdom Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon 3
United Kingdom McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney 3
United Kingdom Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael 3
Australia Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue 3
United Kingdom The Police 3

Million-selling and platinum records[edit]

The British Phonographic Industry classified singles and albums since 1973 by the number of units sold, with the highest threshold being a "platinum record". Before 1989, a platinum record was given to singles that sold over 1,000,000 units, a gold record for 500,000 unit sales and a silver record for 250,000.[24] For singles released after 1 January 1989, the number of sales required to qualify for platinum, gold and silver records was dropped to 600,000 units (platinum), 400,000 units (gold) and 200,000 units (silver).[24][25][26] Fifteen records were classified platinum in the 1980s.[27] These include two songs from the 1970s that were classified platinum in the 1980s: Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody", released in 1973, re-entered the charts and was classified platinum in 1980 and sold over one million copies in 1985. Pink Floyd's 1979 release "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" was classified platinum at the beginning of 1980 and, although certified as selling 0.995 million units, is believed to have surpassed a million copies in the 1980s when sales not "over-the-counter" are included.[28][29]

Although John Lennon's song "Imagine" charted in 1975, the record had greater success following his death, reaching number one in 1981 and selling over a million units.[8][28] In the 1980s, twelve songs were released that were classified platinum in the decade; ten of these records also sold one million units.[28] The double A-side, "Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants" by Wham!, is notable for being the only million-selling single of the decade not to reach number one. This was due to the best-selling single of the decade – Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? – being released at the same time.[30] A new version of Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid II was released in December 1989 and was classified platinum in 1990.

Nine other songs originally released in the 1980s are listed as having sold one million units. Two were later re-released in the subsequent decade: "Blue Monday" by New Order was released in 1983 but was re-released in 1988 and 1995. New Order's label, Factory Records, were not a member of the British Phonographic Industry so they never received any sales certifications but the record is believed to have sold over one million units.[31] "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell was released in 1981 and certified "gold" (500,000 units) that year.[32] It was re-released in 1991 and, although it is not listed as being classified platinum,[32] it is believed to have sold over one million units following its re-release.[28][29] The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" was classified as a silver record (250,000) in March 1988, Adam and the Ants' "Stand and Deliver", Irene Cara's "Fame", Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger, Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl", and Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" were all classified as a gold records (500,000 units) – in June 1981, July 1982, September 1982, November 1983 and October 1984, respectively – and Black Box's "Ride on Time" was classified as a platinum record (600,000) in October 1989. Each sold their millionth copy following the introduction of music downloads in 2004.[33][34][35][36][37][38]

Artist Song Date released Date certified
platinum
Year of millionth
sale
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Imagine" 1 October 1975 1 February 1981 1981
The Human League "Don't You Want Me" 27 November 1981 1 January 1982 1981
Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express "Come On Eileen" 1 June 1982 1 September 1982 1982
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 6 September 1983 1 October 1983 1983
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" 1 January 1984 1 March 1984 1984
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" May 1984 1 June 1984 1984
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Careless Whisper" 23 July 1984 1 September 1984 1984
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" 17 August 1984 1 September 1984 1984
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 28 November 1984 1 December 1984 1984
Wham! "Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"[No. 2] 3 December 1984 1 January 1985 1984
Jennifer Rush "The Power of Love" 28 May 1985 1 November 1985 1985
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Swing the Mood" June 1989 1 August 1989
Black Box "Ride on Time" 18 August 1989 1 October 1989 2004–10
Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 11 December 1989 1 April 1990
Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" 1 May 1981 2004–10
Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Fame" 1 June 1982 2004–10
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 2 July 1982 2004–10
Joel, BillyBilly Joel "Uptown Girl" 30 September 1983 2004–10
Parker, Jr., RayRay Parker, Jr. "Ghostbusters"[No. 2] 17 August 1984 2004–10
The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl "Fairytale of New York"[No. 2] 23 November 1987 2011

Additional information[edit]

[No. 2]: The singles "Last Christmas", "Ghostbusters" and "Fairytale of New York" peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.

See also[edit]

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 af ag ah ai aj ak al am an The artist, song name, week-ending date of number-one and consecutive number of weeks at the top are those given by The Official Charts Company.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]
  2. ^ This number-one record was not a single but a five-track extended play (EP) with "Too Much Too Young" as the lead track.[20] The rules now require at most four distinct songs to be eligible for the UK Singles Chart.[21] Although the EP is credited to The Special A.K.A. on the record sleeve the record label credits The Specials.[22]
  3. ^ "Jack Your Body" was released on a 12" single that was over 25 minutes long, exceededing the maximum time for a record to be classified as a single. The track should have been classified as an album instead and, during the two weeks it spent at number one, "Reet Petite" would have been number one for a fifth week and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" would have become number one a week earlier.[23]

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