List of singles which have spent the most weeks on the UK Singles Chart

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The following is a list of singles that have charted for 50 weeks or more in total on the UK Singles Chart according to the Official Charts Company (OCC).[1] The OCC records the weeks each single spends in the top 75 since 1978 (top 50 prior to this from 1960). To be eligible the single has to be the original version whether it be by re-entry or re-issue. Re-mixes do not count except under certain circumstances (see "Blue Monday" below).

The song with the most weeks on the chart is Frank Sinatra with "My Way" which entered the top 50 in April 1969 and notched up its 122nd week on 1 January 1972, having re-entered several times. It added two more weeks when it was re-released following a Legend Award for Sinatra at the Grammy Awards in 1994.[2] Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol has had the most weeks in the charts since 2000 with 111 between 2006 and 2013.[3]

The longest continuous run in the charts is 63 weeks by The Black Eyed Peas with "I Gotta Feeling", surpassing the 56 weeks set by Engelbert Humperdinck's "Release Me" more than 40 years before,[4] although "Release Me" remains the longest run within the top 50. In 2014 both "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel became the first singles to stay in the chart for a whole calendar year.

In the pre-digital era Christmas themed songs were often re-released in different years and several have continued to chart each year from the mid-Noughties onwards. "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade has had 17 chart runs in different years (1973, 1980-86 and 2006-14). In a similar way, "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. has charted at Halloween in 6 years since 2007.

Singles with 50 or more weeks in the UK Singles Chart[edit]

Year first
entered chart
Artist Song Peak
position
Total
Weeks
Consecutive
weeks
[a]
1969 Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra "My Way" 5 124dagger 42
2006 Snow Patrol "Chasing Cars" 6 111 48
2008 Kings of Leon "Sex on Fire" 1 90 42
2009 Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" 1 78 63
2008 Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" 2 77 40
2007 Take That "Rule the World" 2 75 30
2013 Bastille "Pompeii" 2 73 30
1987 Pogues, TheThe Pogues / Kirsty MacColl "Fairytale of New York" 2 68 9
1970 Collins, JudyJudy Collins "Amazing Grace" 5 66dagger 32
1973 Slade "Merry Xmas Everybody" 1 66dagger 9
1982 Journey "Don't Stop Believin' 6 66 48
2009 Lady Gaga "Poker Face" 1 66 46
2008 Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" 11 65 47
2011 Adele "Someone Like You" 1 65 61
2013 OneRepublic "Counting Stars 1 64 59
2013 Pharrell Williams "Happy" 1 61 61
2012 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive 13 60 44
1983 Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" 1 59 48
2011 LMFAO (featuring Lauren Bennett & Goonrock) "Party Rock Anthem" 1 59 34
2013 Idina Menzel "Let It Go 11 59 59
2006 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse "Rehab" 7 58 34
2011 Adele "Rolling In The Deep" 2 58 43
2011 David Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" 1 58 32
1955 Bill Haley and his Comets " Rock Around The Clock" 1 57dagger 17
2010 Tinie Tempah "Pass Out" 1 57 39
1967 Engelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" 1 57dagger 56
2013 Avicii "Wake Me Up" 1 57 57
1961 Bilk, AckerAcker Bilk "Stranger On The Shore" 2 55dagger 55
1984 Wham! "Last Christmas" 2 55 13
2008 Flo Rida featuring T-Pain "Low" 2 55 38
2008 Adele "Make You Feel My Love" 4 55 34
1994 Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 2 54 8
2011 J, JessieJessie J featuring B.o.B. "Price Tag" 1 54 36
2013 Passenger "Let Her Go" 2 54 51
1995 Faithless "Insomnia" 3 53 19
2007 Fray, TheThe Fray "How To Save A Life" 4 53 39
2012 Gotye (featuring Kimbra) "Somebody That I Used to Know" 1 53 45
2005 Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" 2 52 37
2011 Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" 2 52 52
2014 Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be" 1 53 53
1984 Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 1 51 13
1994 Oasis "Whatever" 3 51 15
2007 Rihanna featuring Jay-Z "Umbrella" 1 51 47
2014 John Legend "All of Me" 2 51 51
1983 New Order "Blue Monday" 3 50 17
2007 Nickelback "Rockstar" 2 50 50
2011 One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" 1 50 35
2011 Christina Perri "A Thousand Years" 11 50 17

dagger Some or all weeks in charts when only top 50 compiled.

  1. ^ Enter song title in search box[5]

Notable singles[edit]

"Blue Monday"[edit]

New Order's 'Blue Monday' includes the remixed version of the original, which was finally made available on 45 for the first time in 1988[6] with almost the same catalogue number; sales for this shorter version and the original were combined when calculating its chart position. The second remix, from 1995,[7] charted for 4 weeks but is excluded from this list.

"Merry Xmas Everybody"[edit]

In addition to Slade's 66 week chart count for 'Merry Xmas Everybody', they also had two remixes of the single not counted in the above list because they were re-recorded with other artists. The first, from 1980, was credited to Slade and the Reading Choir; the second, from 1998, was credited to Slade vs Flush.[8]

"White Lines"[edit]

Grandmaster Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" was remixed in 1994[9] and charted for an additional 3 weeks, making 46 in total. It was also re-recorded in 1995[10] by Duran Duran featuring Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and charted for another 5 weeks. These are not counted so it doesn't appear in the list.

"Three Lions"[edit]

Three Lions, recorded by Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds isn't eligible for the above list for either version but has clocked up an impressive 46 weeks[11] on the UK Singles Chart Top 75 under the guise of Three Lions and Three Lions '98. It was originally released in 1996 as 'Three Lions'; subsequently released in 1998 and re-issued in 2002 as 'Three Lions '98'; then re-issued in 2006 as 'Three Lions/Three Lions '98' as a dualdisc. In 2010, 'Three Lions' charted once again due to downloads. It was also released in 2010[12] by The Squad, aptly called "Three Lions 2010"; this version tallied up a further 5 weeks in addition to the 46 weeks.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist name". Official Charts Company. 
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Mark (2 March 1994). "The 36th Annual Grammy Awards : From Eloquent to Embarrassing: An Evening of Firsts". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Snow Patrol". Official Charts Company. 
  4. ^ "Engelbert Humperdinck honoured with Guinness World Record ahead of Eurovision Song Contest". Guinness World Records News. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "UK Singles Top 75". 
  6. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  7. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  8. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  9. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  10. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  11. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  12. ^ "Squad - Three Lions 2010 - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 

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