List of Billboard Hot 100 number-ones by British artists

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This is a list of number-one hits by British artists in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 (existent since August 3, 1958). The only British artist to have a pre-Hot 100 number one was Vera Lynn, with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" holding the top spot for nine weeks starting from July 12, 1952.

With 20 number-one singles, the current most successful British act on the Billboard Hot 100 are The Beatles. They are followed by The Bee Gees and Elton John & Paul McCartney all of whom have had nine number-one singles on the chart. McCartney nine number ones are as a solo artist, in a group Wings and as duets with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. George Michael and The Rolling Stones have both had eight number one singles.[1]

Date Song Artist(s) Weeks at number Position in UK Singles Chart
May 26, 1962 "Stranger on the Shore" Mr. Acker Bilk 1 2£
December 22, 1962 "Telstar" The Tornados 3 1
February 1, 1964 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" The Beatles 7 1£
March 21, 1964 She Loves You The Beatles 2 1£
April 4, 1964 Can't Buy Me Love The Beatles 5 1£
May 30, 1964 Love Me Do The Beatles 1 4
June 27, 1964 A World Without Love Peter & Gordon 1 1
August 1, 1964 A Hard Day's Night The Beatles 2 1
September 5, 1964 The House of the Rising Sun The Animals 3 1
October 17, 1964 Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann 2 1
December 26, 1964 I Feel Fine The Beatles 3 1£
January 23, 1965 Downtown Petula Clark 2 2
March 13, 1965 Eight Days a Week The Beatles 2 N/A
April 10, 1965 I'm Telling You Now Freddie & the Dreamers 2 2
April 24, 1965 Game of Love Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders 1 2
May 1, 1965 Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter Herman's Hermits 3 N/A
May 22, 1965 Ticket to Ride The Beatles 1 1
July 10, 1965 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones 4 1
August 7, 1965 I'm Henry VIII, I Am Herman's Hermits 1 N/A
September 4, 1965 Help! The Beatles 3 1
October 9, 1965 Yesterday The Beatles 4 8
November 6, 1965 Get Off of My Cloud The Rolling Stones 2 1
December 25, 1965 Over and Over The Dave Clark Five 1 45
January 8, 1966 We Can Work It Out The Beatles 3 (2 runs) 1£
February 5, 1966 My Love Petula Clark 2 4
June 11, 1966 Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones 2 1
June 25, 1966 Paperback Writer The Beatles 2 (2 runs) 1
July 30, 1966 Wild Thing The Troggs 2 2
September 3, 1966 Sunshine Superman Donovan 1 2
November 5, 1966 Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees 1 21 [1]
December 3, 1966 Winchester Cathedral The New Vaudeville Band 3 (2 runs) 4
December 31, 1966 I'm a Believer The Monkees 7 1 [2]
March 4, 1967 Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones 1 3
March 18, 1967 Penny Lane The Beatles 1 2
August 19, 1967 All You Need Is Love The Beatles 1 1
October 21, 1967 To Sir, with Love Lulu 5 N/A
December 2, 1967 Daydream Believer The Monkees 4 5 [3]
December 30, 1967 Hello, Goodbye The Beatles 3 1
September 28, 1968 Hey Jude The Beatles 9 1
May 24, 1969 Get Back The Beatles with Billy Preston 5 1[4]
August 23, 1969 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones 4 1
November 29, 1969 Come Together / Something The Beatles 1 4
April 11, 1970 Let It Be The Beatles 2 2
June 13, 1970 The Long and Winding Road / For You Blue The Beatles 2 N/A
December 26, 1970 My Sweet Lord / Isn't It a Pity George Harrison 4 1
May 29, 1971 Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones 2 2
August 7, 1971 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Bee Gees 4 N/A[5]
September 4, 1971 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney 1 N/A[6]
October 2, 1971 Maggie May / Reason to Believe Rod Stewart 5 1
March 25, 1972 A Horse with No Name America 3 3
February 3, 1973 Crocodile Rock Elton John 3 5
June 2, 1973 My Love Paul McCartney and Wings 4 9
June 30, 1973 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) George Harrison 1 8
October 20, 1973 Angie The Rolling Stones 1 5
November 24, 1973 Photograph Ringo Starr 1 8
January 26, 1974 You're Sixteen Ringo Starr 1 4
April 13, 1974 Bennie and the Jets Elton John 1 37
June 8, 1974 Band on the Run Paul McCartney and Wings 1 3
August 17, 1974 The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace 1 3
September 14, 1974 I Shot the Sheriff Eric Clapton 1 9
November 16, 1974 Whatever Gets You thru the Night John Lennon 1 36
January 4, 1975 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Elton John 2 10
February 22, 1975 Pick Up the Pieces Average White Band 1 6
April 12, 1975 Philadelphia Freedom The Elton John Band 2 12
June 14, 1975 Sister Golden Hair America 1 N/A
July 19, 1975 Listen to What the Man Said Paul McCartney and Wings 1 6
August 9, 1975 Jive Talkin' Bee Gees 2 5
September 20, 1975 Fame David Bowie 2 (2 runs) 17
November 1, 1975 Island Girl Elton John 3 14
January 3, 1976 Saturday Night Bay City Rollers 1 N/A
May 22, 1976 Silly Love Songs Wings 5 (2 runs) 2
August 7, 1976 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee 4 1
September 4, 1976 You Should Be Dancing Bee Gees 1 5
November 13, 1976 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) Rod Stewart 8 5
January 15, 1977 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Leo Sayer 1 2
February 19, 1977 Blinded by the Light Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1 6
May 14, 1977 When I Need You Leo Sayer 1 1
June 18, 1977 Dreams Fleetwood Mac 1 24
July 30, 1977 I Just Want to Be Your Everything Andy Gibb 4 (2 runs) 26[7]
December 24, 1977 How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees 3 3
February 4, 1978 Stayin' Alive Bee Gees 4 4
March 4, 1978 (Love Is) Thicker Than Water Andy Gibb 2 N/A
March 18, 1978 Night Fever Bee Gees 8 1
May 20, 1978 With a Little Luck Wings 2 5
June 17, 1978 Shadow Dancing Andy Gibb 7 42
August 5, 1978 Miss You The Rolling Stones 1 3
January 6, 1979 Too Much Heaven Bee Gees 2 3
February 10, 1979 Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? Rod Stewart 4 1
March 24, 1979 Tragedy Bee Gees 2 1
June 9, 1979 Love You Inside Out Bee Gees 1 13
November 3, 1979 Pop Muzik M 1 2
February 23, 1980 Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 4 2
March 22, 1980 Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) Pink Floyd 4 1£
June 28, 1980 Coming Up (Live at Glasgow) Paul McCartney and Wings 3 2
October 4, 1980 Another One Bites the Dust Queen 3 7
December 27, 1980 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon 5 1
May 2, 1981 Morning Train (Nine to Five) Sheena Easton 2 3
July 25, 1981 The One That You Love Air Supply 1 N/A [8]
May 15, 1982 Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder 7 1 [9]
July 3, 1982 Don't You Want Me The Human League 3 1£
November 6, 1982 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 3 7 [10]
April 23, 1983 Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners 1 1£
May 21, 1983 Let's Dance David Bowie 1 1
July 9, 1983 Every Breath You Take The Police 8 1 [11]
September 3, 1983 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics 1 2
October 1, 1983 Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler 4 1
December 10, 1983 Say Say Say Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson 6 2 [12]
January 21, 1984 Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes 2 9
February 4, 1984 Karma Chameleon Culture Club 3 1£
April 21, 1984 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) Phil Collins 3 2
June 23, 1984 The Reflex Duran Duran 2 1
September 22, 1984 Missing You John Waite 1 9
November 3, 1984 Caribbean Queen Billy Ocean 1 6
November 17, 1984 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham! 3 1
February 2, 1985 I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner 1 1 [13]
February 16, 1985 Careless Whisper George Michael 3 1£
March 30, 1985 One More Night Phil Collins 2 4
May 18, 1985 Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 1 7
May 25, 1985 Everything She Wants Wham! 2 2£
June 8, 1985 Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears 2 2
July 6, 1985 Sussudio Phil Collins 1 12
July 13, 1985 A View to a Kill Duran Duran 2 2
July 27, 1985 Everytime You Go Away Paul Young 1 4
August 3, 1985 Shout Tears for Fears 3 4
September 7, 1985 St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) John Parr 2 6
September 21, 1985 Money for Nothing Dire Straits 3 4
November 30, 1985 Separate Lives Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin 1 4 [14]
January 18, 1986 That's What Friends Are For Dionne and Friends (Elton John) 4 16[15]
May 3, 1986 Addicted to Love Robert Palmer 1 5
May 10, 1986 West End Girls Pet Shop Boys 1 1
July 5, 1986 There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) Billy Ocean 1 12
July 12, 1986 Holding Back the Years Simply Red 1 2
July 19, 1986 Invisible Touch Genesis 1 15
July 26, 1986 Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel 1 4
August 30, 1986 Higher Love Steve Winwood 1 13
September 6, 1986 Venus Bananarama 1 8
November 22, 1986 Human The Human League 1 8
April 18, 1987 I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) Aretha Franklin and George Michael 2 1[16]
May 2, 1987 (I Just) Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew 2 4
June 6, 1987 You Keep Me Hangin' On Kim Wilde 1 2
October 10, 1987 Here I Go Again Whitesnake 1 9
November 21, 1987 Mony Mony "Live" Billy Idol 1 7
December 12, 1987 Faith George Michael 4 2
January 16, 1988 Got My Mind Set on You George Harrison 1 2
February 27, 1988 Father Figure George Michael 2 11
March 12, 1988 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley 2 1
April 9, 1988 Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car Billy Ocean 1 3
May 28, 1988 One More Try George Michael 3 8
June 18, 1988 Together Forever Rick Astley 1 1
July 30, 1988 Roll with It Steve Winwood 4 53
August 27, 1988 Monkey George Michael 2 13
October 8, 1988 Love Bites Def Leppard 1 11
October 15, 1988 Red Red Wine UB40 1 1
October 22, 1988 Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins 2 1
November 12, 1988 Wild, Wild West Escape Club 1 N/A
January 21, 1989 Two Hearts Phil Collins 2 6
March 25, 1989 The Living Years Mike + The Mechanics 1 2
April 15, 1989 She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals 1 5
July 8, 1989 Good Thing Fine Young Cannibals 1 7
July 15, 1989 If You Don't Know Me by Now Simply Red 1 2
December 23, 1989 Another Day in Paradise Phil Collins 4 4
October 6, 1990 Close to You Maxi Priest 1 7
October 13, 1990 Praying for Time George Michael 1 6
July 20, 1991 Unbelievable EMF 1 3
February 1, 1992 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me George Michael and Elton John 1 1
February 8, 1992 I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred 3 2
July 24, 1993 Can't Help Falling in Love UB40 7 1
January 22, 1994 All For Love Bryan Adams / Rod Stewart / Sting 3 2 [17]
August 26, 1995 Kiss from a Rose Seal 1 4
February 22, 1997 Wannabe Spice Girls 4 1£
October 11, 1997 Candle in the Wind 1997 /
Something About the Way You Look Tonight
Elton John 14 1£
March 11, 2006 You're Beautiful James Blunt 1 1
March 27, 2008 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis 4 (3 runs) 1
June 28, 2008 Viva la Vida Coldplay 1 1
October 17, 2009 Down (feat. Lil Wayne) Jay Sean 2 (2 runs) 3 [18]
March 20, 2010 Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) Taio Cruz 1 1 [19]
May 21, 2011 Rolling in the Deep Adele 7 2
July 16, 2011 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 6 1 [20]
September 17, 2011 Someone Like You Adele 5 (2 runs) 1£
November 12, 2011 We Found Love Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 10 1 [21]
February 4, 2012 Set Fire to the Rain Adele 2 11
June 7, 2014 Fancy Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 7 5[22]

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Notes[edit]

  • N/A represents a single that was not released in the UK, or failed to chart
  • £ represents a single that sold over 1 million copies in the UK
  1. ^ Davy Jones was British and the three other members of The Monkees are American
  2. ^ Billy Preston was American
  3. ^ The Bee Gees were born on the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency that is not part of the UK, and moved to the UK proper in their early childhood, but moved to Australia later in their childhood and resided there for eight years before moving back to the UK.
  4. ^ Linda McCartney was American. It is unknown whether she chose to become a British national too.
  5. ^ Andy Gibb was the brother of the Bee Gees. He was born in the UK proper, but moved with the rest of his family to Australia as an infant, grew up mainly in Australia, and lived in the US for most of his recording career.
  6. ^ Graham Russell of Air Supply was born in Britain, but is now an Australian citizen, while Russell Hitchcock is Australian
  7. ^ Paul McCartney is British, Stevie Wonder is American
  8. ^ Joe Cocker is British, Jennifer Warnes is American
  9. ^ The Police were Britons Sting and Andy Summers, and American Stewart Copeland
  10. ^ Paul McCartney is British, Michael Jackson was American
  11. ^ Mick Jones, Ian McDonald (founding members) and Dennis Elliott are British, Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi are American
  12. ^ Phil Collins is British, Marilyn Martin is American
  13. ^ Dionne and Friends are Americans Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, and Briton Elton John
  14. ^ George Michael is British, Aretha Franklin is American
  15. ^ Rod Stewart and Sting are British, Bryan Adams is Canadian
  16. ^ Jay Sean is British, Lil Wayne is American
  17. ^ Taio Cruz is British, Ludacris is American
  18. ^ Lauren Bennett is British and a featured artist, LMFAO and GoonRock are American
  19. ^ Calvin Harris is British and is a featured artist, Rihanna is Barbadian
  20. ^ Iggy Azalea was born in Australia, but now lives in the United States, while Charli XCX is British


References[edit]

  1. ^ Bronson, F. (2003) The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits" Billboard Books. p. 936