UK Singles Chart records and statistics
The UK Singles Chart began to be compiled in 1969. However the records and statistics listed here date back to 1952. This is because the Charts Company counts a selected period of the New Musical Express chart (only from 1952 to 1960) and the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969 as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February 1969, where multiples of competing charts (none of which official) coexisted side by side. For example the BBC compiled its own chart based on an average of the music papers of the time; many songs announced as having reached number one on BBC Radio and Top of the Pops prior to 1969 may not be listed here as chart-toppers since they do not meet the legacy criteria of the Charts Company.
There have been various records to break, including most chart toppers, longest run at number one, biggest selling single etc. All the records have changed hands over the years, some more than others and many have certain reasons as to why the records have been held by a certain act. Here are some of the most important records held by acts in the UK at the moment:
- 1 Most number ones
- 2 Most combined weeks at number one on the UK singles charts
- 3 Longest run at number one
- 4 Number-ones by two or more different artists
- 5 Most successful debuts
- 6 Biggest selling single
- 7 Posthumous number ones
- 8 Lowest selling number one
- 9 Self replacement at number one
- 10 Fastest selling single
- 11 Biggest selling single not to top the chart
- 12 Downloads
- 13 Most weeks on UK Singles Chart by decade
- 14 Age records
- 15 Other records
- 15.1 General
- 15.2 Most hits without reaching...
- 15.3 Weeks on chart by individual singles
- 15.4 Singles which were first to reach chart milestones
- 15.5 Most singles in a year
- 15.6 Longest time between number one hit singles for an artist
- 15.7 Album with most original number-one hits
- 15.8 Album that spent the most weeks at number one
- 15.9 Biggest drop out of the Top 10
- 15.10 Singles to have stalled at Number 2 twice
- 15.11 First to...
- 16 See also
- 17 References
Most number ones
One of the most important records over the years has been which act could obtain the most UK Chart toppers. The following is a list of all the acts with 5 or more UK number one songs:
Note 1: Acts with equal total amount of chart toppers ordered chronologically
Note 2: Those denoted with an asterisk (*) reached number one as a featured artist
- 21 – Elvis Presley
- 17 – The Beatles
- 14 – Cliff Richard
- 14 – Westlife
- 13 – Madonna
- 12 – The Shadows*
- 11 – Take That
- 9 – ABBA
- 9 – Spice Girls
- 8 – The Rolling Stones
- 8 – Oasis
- 8 – Rihanna*
- 8 – Eminem
- 7 – Kylie Minogue
- 7 – George Michael
- 7 – Michael Jackson
- 7 – Elton John*
- 7 – U2
- 7 - McFly
- 7 – Robbie Williams
- 6 – Slade
- 6 – Rod Stewart
- 6 – Blondie
- 6 – Boyzone
- 6 – Queen
- 6 – Sugababes
- 6 – JLS*
- 6 – Britney Spears*
- 5 – The Police
- 5 – David Bowie
- 5 – The Bee Gees
- 5 – All Saints
- 5 – Beyoncé*
- 5 – Dizzee Rascal*
- 5 – The Black Eyed Peas
- 5 – David Guetta*
- 5 – Ne-Yo*
- 5 – Flo Rida*
The record has changed hands a few times, although after the massive success of Elvis, it was mainly him and the Beatles in the race for this chart record. Al Martino was the first act to have one number one single, with "Here In My Heart". In June 1953, Eddie Fisher became the first act to have two number one singles, with "Outside Of Heaven" and "I'm Walking Behind You" both reaching the top spot. However, the record was quickly beaten in November, when Frankie Laine scored a third number one single with "Answer Me" after "I Believe" and "Hey Joe" had reached the top. He broke his own record when "A Woman In Love" hit the top in October 1956.
Elvis finally scored his first UK number one single in 1957 with "All Shook Up", and quickly became a phenomenon. It was in 1960 when the million selling "It's Now or Never" hit the top giving Elvis his fifth number-one single after "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night/I Got Stung" and "A Fool Such As I" had all hit the top. He kept breaking his own record another ten times by June 1965 with "Are You Lonesome Tonight", "Wooden Heart", "Surrender", "His Latest Flame", "Can't Help Falling In Love/Rock-A-Hula Baby", "Good Luck Charm", "She's Not You", "Return To Sender", "Devil In Disguise" & "Crying In The Chapel". He had now achieved 15 #1 singles, a record that seemed very difficult to beat.
However, in 1963, the biggest phenomenon to sweep the UK began when the Beatles started recording. From the point when "From Me To You" hit #1 in 1963 to their last number one in 1969, they accumulated a total of 17 chart toppers. These included "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "A Hard Day's Night", "I Feel Fine", "Ticket To Ride", "Help!", "Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out", "Paperback Writer", "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby", "All You Need Is Love", "Hello Goodbye", "Lady Madonna", "Hey Jude", "Get Back" & "The Ballad Of John & Yoko".
Elvis fought back when he revived his career in Las Vegas. "The Wonder Of You" became his 16th #1 single in August 1970 and was a live recording taken from one of his shows. Upon his death in August 1977, Elvis scored a 17th chart topper with a single made shortly before his death, "Way Down". The two greatest acts in UK chart history were now neck and neck. Hundreds of re-issues happened over the next few decades including a massive anthology project of Beatles re-issues during the 1980s. However, it wasn't until 2002, 25 years after Elvis equalled the Beatles' record that he went one step forward.
Having been used in a Nike World Cup advertisement, an old Elvis song "A Little Less Conversation" was remixed as Elvis vs JXL and went straight to the top for 4 weeks, giving Elvis his 18th #1 single. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of his birthday, all of Elvis' 18 #1's were re-issued in 2005. "All Shook Up"'s format didn't allow it to qualify to take a place in the singles chart, so "Jailhouse Rock" hit the top and the following week it was replaced by "One Night/I Got Stung", which consequently also became the 1000th #1 on the UK singles chart. Despite being re-issues, they were given different catalogue numbers and therefore count as separate singles, giving Elvis 20 #1 singles overall. Although "A Fool Such As I" was kept off the top spot the following week, "It's Now or Never" was able to reach the top giving Elvis 21 #1 singles.
^ Note: The Shadows, or The Drifters as they were originally called, are credited on twelve #1 singles. Seven of these share credit with Cliff Richard and some lists recognise only their 5 chart-topping singles without Richard.
Most combined weeks at number one on the UK singles charts
|Rank||Artist||Weeks at # 1|
|11||Wet Wet Wet||23|
Longest run at number one
Another record is how many weeks a record can stay at the top of the UK charts in a consecutive run (records that go back to the top are excluded from this section). This record hasn't changed much over the years. In 1952, the first Number 1, "Here In My Heart" by Al Martino, topped the UK charts for 9 weeks. In the summer of 1954 David Whitfield broke the record when "Cara Mia" held on for 10 weeks. During the 1950s songs managed to stay at the top of the charts for lengthy periods of time – the following year, US country singer, Slim Whitman held on to the top for 11 weeks with his only No. 1 single, "Rose Marie". This record remained for 36 years. In 1991, Bryan Adams spent 16 weeks at the top with his hit single, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", the theme song from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. To date, no-one has beaten this record.
In 1992 Whitney Houston spent 10 weeks at the top with the hit single from her movie, The Bodyguard, "I Will Always Love You". In 1994 Wet Wet Wet's recording of "Love Is All Around", featured in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral spent 15 weeks at the top. In 1992, Shakespear's Sister's "Stay" held the top spot for 8 weeks, to date the longest consecutive period at the top by an all-female duo. In 1997, Spice Girls' "Wannabe" managed 7 weeks at #1 making it the longest consecutive period at the top by an all-female group. It became less common for songs to stay in the number one spot for long from the mid 90s. In 1998, Cher's "Believe" spent 7 weeks at the top becoming the last single to spend more than 6 weeks at the top until 2005 when Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo", managed 7 weeks at the top. The addition of digital singles into the chart seems to have created a greater rate of change in the number one spot. In 2006 US duo Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" became the first artist in 12 years to spend 9 weeks at number one with its first week based solely on downloads (and being the first artist to do so). "Crazy" might have been able to spend additional weeks in the top position but it was deleted so that Gnarls Barkley could start promoting their upcoming single. In 2007, Rihanna's single, featuring rapper Jay-Z, "Umbrella" was at #1 for 10 weeks.
The record for most non consecutive weeks at No.1 is held by Frankie Laine's "I Believe". In 1953, it spent 9 weeks at No.1, dropped down for a week, returned to No.1 for 6 weeks, dropped down for a further week and returned to No.1 a third time for 3 weeks. This totalled its run at 18 weeks. It is also the only song to return to #1 more than once under the same catalogue number.
Below is a table of all singles that have lasted 10 or more weeks at the top of the charts:
|1st||Frankie Laine||"I Believe"*||1953||18 weeks|
|2nd||Bryan Adams||"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"||1991||16 weeks|
|3rd||Wet Wet Wet||"Love Is All Around"||1994||15 weeks|
|4th||Queen||"Bohemian Rhapsody"*||1975/76 & 1991/92||14 weeks|
|5th||Slim Whitman||"Rose Marie"||1955||11 weeks|
|6th||David Whitfield||"Cara Mia"||1954||10 weeks|
|Whitney Houston||"I Will Always Love You"||1992|
|Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z)||"Umbrella"||2007|
* not consecutive weeks at the top of the charts
Number-ones by two or more different artists
"Unchained Melody" reached number-one four times by four different artists, becoming the most successfully-covered song on the chart. Meanwhile, "Spirit in the Sky", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Do They Know It's Christmas?" reached number-one three times each.
- "Answer Me" — David Whitfield/Frankie Laine (1953)
- "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" — Perez Prado/Eddie Calvert (1955)
- "Unchained Melody" — Al Hibbler/Jimmy Young (1955), The Righteous Brothers (1990), Robson & Jerome (1995) and Gareth Gates (2002)
- "Singing the Blues" — Guy Mitchell/Tommy Steele (1957)
- "Young Love" — Tab Hunter (1957) and Donny Osmond (1973)
- "Mary's Boy Child" — Harry Belafonte (1957) and Boney M. (1978)
- "Living Doll" — Cliff Richard and The Drifters (1959) and Cliff Richard and The Young Ones feat Hank Marvin (1986)
- "Can't Help Falling in Love" — Elvis Presley (1962) and UB40 (1993)
- "You'll Never Walk Alone" — Gerry & The Pacemakers (1963), The Crowd (1985) and Robson & Jerome (1996)
- "I Got You Babe" — Sonny & Cher (1965) and UB40 and Chrissie Hynde (1985)
- Everything I Own" — Ken Boothe (1974) and Boy George (1987)
- "Somethin' Stupid" — Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra (1967) and Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman (2001)
- "Baby Come Back" — The Equals (1967) and Pato Banton feat UB40 (1994)
- "What a Wonderful World" — Louis Armstrong (1968) and Katie Melua and Eva Cassidy (2007)
- "With a Little Help from My Friends" — Joe Cocker (1968), Wet Wet Wet (1988) and Sam & Mark (2004)
- "Spirit in the Sky" – Norman Greenbaum (1971), Doctor and the Medics (1986) and Gareth Gates and The Kumars (2003).
- "Without You" — Harry Nilsson (1972) and Mariah Carey (1994)
- "Seasons in the Sun" — Terry Jacks (1974) and Westlife (1999)
- "Tragedy" — Bee Gees (1979) and Steps (1999)
- "The Tide Is High" — Blondie (1980) and Atomic Kitten (2002)
- "Uptown Girl" — Billy Joel (1983) and Westlife (2001)
- "Do They Know It's Christmas?" — Band Aid (1985), Band Aid II (1989) and Band Aid 20 (2004)
- "Eternal Flame" — The Bangles (1989) and Atomic Kitten (2001)
- "You Are Not Alone" – Michael Jackson (1995) and X Factor Finalists 2009 (2009)
- "Lady Marmalade" — All Saints (1998) and Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink (2001)
- "Mambo No. 5" — Lou Bega (1999) and Bob the Builder (2001)
- "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" — Mariah Carey feat Westlife (2000) and Steve Brookstein (2005)
Most successful debuts
Al Martino scored the first No.1 hit, meaning he was the first act to have his first single reach No.1 (although it was not the first single he ever released, it was the first single to chart). Eddie Calvert took "Oh Mein Papa" to the top in 1954 and "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" the following year. Eddie Calvert became the first act to have his first two singles reach No.1. Over eight years later, in 1963, Gerry & the Pacemakers became the first act to have their first three singles reach No.1 when "How Do You Do It?", "I Like It" & "You'll Never Walk Alone" all hit the top spot.
Gerry & the Pacemakers remained the only act to have achieved this until 1984, when Frankie Goes to Hollywood's first three singles also reached No.1 ("Relax", "Two Tribes" and "The Power of Love"). Five years later, Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers equalled the record when their first three singles reached No. 1.
During 1996 and 1997, the Spice Girls took their first six singles to No.1. These were "Wannabe", "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Who Do You Think You Are", "Spice up Your Life" and "Too Much". Their run was eventually broken by their seventh single "Stop", which stalled at No.2, although the group then went on to have another three consecutive No.1 hits following this.
Westlife, became the first act to have their first seven singles ("Swear It Again", "If I Let You Go", "Flying Without Wings", "I Have a Dream / Seasons in the Sun", "Fool Again", "Against All Odds" & "My Love") reach No.1. This record was achieved in 2000.
In 2006, Leona Lewis' debut single "A Moment Like This" broke the world record for fastest downloaded single, having been downloaded 50,000 times in just half an hour. It debuted at number one on the 24th December, making it the coveted Christmas number one having sold more records than all of the other songs in the top 40 combined. It stayed at number one for four weeks and was the most downloaded song of the year. In October 2007, Lewis released her second single "Bleeding Love". It went on to be Lewis' second number one single and stayed at the position for seven weeks. It had the biggest first-week sales of 2007 with 218,805 copies sold. It was the biggest selling single in the UK of 2007 (it became the biggest selling single internationally in 2008) and to this day remains one of the biggest selling singles of the 21st century. Lewis' streak of luck was broken when her third single "Better in Time" failed to top the charts. It still proved very popular however, peaking at the number two position. Lewis' debut album, Spirit, was the fastest-selling debut album until the release of Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream in November 2009. Spirit is the fourth best-selling album of the 2000s, and the twentieth best-selling album of all time.
Rita Ora became the first act in 2012 to have her first three singles ("Hot Right Now" (featured with DJ Fresh), "How We Do (Party)" and "R.I.P.") to go to number one within the first week on sale, with all breaking 100,000 sales barrier. This occurred as "How We Do: reached No.1 on the week of 19th August 2012. Also, her debut album Ora reached No.1 on the week of 02nd September 2012. She is also one of the few artists to have three consecutive debut number ones (Little Mix: "Wishing on a Star" (featured artist), "Cannonball", and "Wings" have also debuted with three consecutive chart-toppers; however, Ora is the first to do so in the same year).
Biggest selling single
The biggest selling singles in most countries tend to be charity singles. A lot of novelty singles clock up high sales and many one-hit wonders manage to sell many copies with their sole hit. Since sales also increase during the Christmas season, a Christmas number one single is sometimes able to sell in excess of a million copies, due more to the timing of the single's release than to any considerations of quality. The biggest selling single in the world is "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John.
Rock and roll became a massive craze in the mid-1950s and the first massive hit and most certainly the first number one to come from this genre in both the UK and the US was the second single released by Bill Haley & His Comets, "Rock Around The Clock". The single received massive airplay all around the world and was well-received across the globe. Breaking many records in various countries, it became the biggest selling single of all time in the UK after topping the charts for a total of five weeks in late 1955 and early 1956 and returning to the charts several times until 1957, when it clocked up its millionth sale. Spending 36 weeks in the charts, it sold 1.39 million copies and remained the biggest selling single of the 1950s. The record took the greatest phenomenon in the UK to be broken.
The Beatles's first single only reached #17 in the UK charts in 1962, but by 1969, they had scored that many UK #1s, they'd become a global phenomenon and clocked up 7 million-selling singles in the UK. "She Loves You" was the band's second UK #1 and a huge worldwide success. Selling 1.89 million copies after spending 29 weeks in the UK chart, it was the track which catapulted them to superstardom. It became not only the biggest selling single of the year and the decade, but also of all time; a record which remained for another 14 years. The Beatles' other million-selling singles were "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "I Feel Fine", and the double A side We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper.
In 1971, Paul McCartney formed a group called Wings, which also included his wife Linda McCartney. They enjoyed great success over the decade and in 1977 scored a massive hit with their single "Mull Of Kintyre". It topped the charts for nine weeks, enjoying the longest stay at the top of the charts all decade (joint with "Bohemian Rhapsody") and sold in excess of 2.05 million copies, becoming the first single to break the 2 million mark. It remained so for another 7 years, even amid a period of greatly increased singles sales in general, as shown by the huge success of the singles from the soundtracks to films such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease. The success of relatively new calypso group Boney M also clocked up high sales.
When Bob Geldof (former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats) saw images of the effects of devastating famine on the Ethiopian people, it inspired him to form the most successful charity act ever in UK history, Band Aid. Comprising a number of very successful artists at the time (1984), the single "Do They Know It's Christmas", written by him and Midge Ure, entered the charts at #1 and remained at the top for 5 weeks, selling over 3.55 million copies during its chart run. This made it the biggest selling single in the UK, but this was not all that came from Band Aid. The famous Live Aid concert of 1985 clocked up huge sales and saw many successful and popular artists perform in the UK and the US to millions of fans either there in person or watching on TV. The USA also made their own charity record, "We Are The World", which topped the charts in the UK, but was a much bigger success in the US, selling over 8 million copies there.
The 1997 release of Elton John's "Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997" became the biggest ever selling single in the world and also became the biggest selling single in Britain with 4.86 million copies sold. "Candle In The Wind", originally about Marilyn Monroe, was re-written and re-released to commemorate the then recently deceased Diana, Princess of Wales. It topped the UK charts for five weeks and topped the US charts for 14 weeks, where it sold 11 million copies. It is highly unlikely, due to rapidly declining numbers in single sales, that this record will be broken anytime soon, with the biggest selling single since then being Will Young's debut single "Evergreen" selling only 1.78 million copies by comparison.
The biggest-selling single released by a female artist in the UK history is Cher's "Believe". It reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart at the end of the 1998 and stayed there for 7 consecutive weeks. So far, it has amassed in excess of 1.7 million units and became one of the biggest-selling singles in the UK.
Posthumous number ones
The first artist to score a number one single after their death was Buddy Holly in April 1959 with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". It became common for artists to top the charts after their death, but only those who made a significant contribution to the music industry were generally able to make it to the top. Singer Eddie Cochran made #1 after being killed in a taxi crash with "Three Steps to Heaven" in June 1960. Being killed in a plane crash just like Buddy Holly, Jim Reeves scored a #1 single with "Distant Drums" in September 1966. Amazingly this was two years after his death.
Dying in 1970, Jimi Hendrix scored his only chart topping single with "Voodoo Child" two months after his death, in November. After this the only other artists to receive one posthumous number one single were:
- Jackie Wilson who died of pneumonia in 1984 and hit the top with "Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)"
- Freddie Mercury with "Living On My Own" in 1993 (also Queen topped the chart a few weeks after Mercury's death in 1991 with "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"These Are The Days Of Our Lives")
- Aaliyah who died aged 22 in a plane crash and hit the top with "More Than a Woman" in 2002
- George Harrison who died of cancer in 2001 and hit the top in 2002 with "My Sweet Lord", which had previously been a #1 single for him in 1971
- Tupac Shakur with "Ghetto Gospel" in 2005
- The Notorious B.I.G. with "Nasty Girl" in 2006
- Eva Cassidy featuring Katie Melua with "What a Wonderful World" in 2007
Harrison took over from Aaliyah at the top, marking the only time in UK chart history one posthumous act has replaced a different posthumous act at number one.
Elvis Presley and John Lennon have both accumulated 3 or more posthumous chart toppers. John Lennon did not receive any #1 singles during his lifetime, but after his death there was a massive frenzy of buying his singles, as a result of which he became the act to obtain 3 chart toppers quicker than any other. "(Just Like) Starting Over" hit the top in late 1980 and was replaced at the top after a week by "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma", which became the Christmas number one. Then after 2 weeks, it was knocked off the top by a re-entry of a #6 hit from 1975, "Imagine" which is the biggest selling posthumous hit with over 1.5 million copies sold. Remaining at the top for 4 weeks, Lennon became the second act to replace themselves at the top of the UK charts when "Woman" took over for a 2 week spell at the top. Shortly after this Roxy Music's version of "Jealous Guy" also reached #1, meaning that from December 1980 to March 1981 four out of six chart toppers were written by Lennon.
Elvis holds the record for the most posthumous chart toppers. Following his death in August 1977, "Way Down" instantly shot to the top for 5 weeks. Then 25 years later, an old song "A Little Less Conversation" was remixed by JXL and used in a Nike World Cup advert. It became so popular, it shot straight to the top of the charts and remained there for 4 weeks. Then in 2005, RCA decided to re-issue all 18 of his #1 singles for his 70th birthday anniversary. "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night/I Got Stung" and "It's Now or Never" became 3 more chart toppers for the superstar giving him 21 chart toppers and 5 posthumous chart toppers. In 2007, the 30th anniversary of his death, one of Elvis's albums reached the top spot.
American rapper Tupac Shakur died in September 1996. His friend, the Notorious B.I.G., was killed a few months later in 1997. Neither reached the top of the UK charts during their lifetimes, but in 2005, Tupac reached number one with "Ghetto Gospel" sharing the credit with Elton John. A few months later, in 2006 the Notorious B.I.G. matched his rival with "Nasty Girl" (sharing the credit with Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm).
Lowest selling number one
Unfortunately we cannot take into account many #1 singles from the 1950s and early 1960s as precise sales records were not kept. It was only in 1969 that cumulative totals for the entire UK were kept and although at their lowest then, they quickly rose. Therefore, the lowest selling number one by the 90s was Iron Maiden's "Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter". It was the heavy metal band's only #1 single and hitting the top for two weeks after Christmas 1990, it sold only 100,000. After a boom of sales in the 1990s with many tracks breaking 1 million and Elton John setting a record, singles sales declined as the 21st century began. After 2002, things got worse, and Kylie Minogue was able to beat Iron Maiden's record with her 7th UK #1, "Slow". This was broken in 2004 by Ja Rule featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti on their #1 single, "Wonderful", which sold around 65,000 copies during its chart run. By February 2005, this was the lowest selling number one single, however with sales being at their absolute worst in early 2005, this record is likely to have been broken several times. Subsequently, things have improved with the introduction of digital downloads into the UK chart.
Lowest weekly sale for a number one single is 17,694 copies held by Orson's "No Tomorrow". This was previously held by the re-issue of Elvis Presley's "One Night/I Got Stung", which sold 20,463 copies in its one week at #1. Presley broke his own record in doing so; the week before the re-issue of "Jailhouse Rock" had set an alltime low sales record with only 23,159 copies sold. Before this, the lowest weekly sale was from Eric Prydz's single, "Call On Me", which sold 23,000 copies upon its return to number one in October 2004. "No Tomorrow" is also the lowest selling number one in its first week at the top, destroying the records held by Elvis's "One Night".
The addition of downloads to the UK charts has made it harder to sell such low amounts overall, but has meant that singles can now reach number one with zero physical sales. The first, but not last, single to achieve this was Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" in early 2006.
Self replacement at number one
It is extremely difficult for an act to replace itself at the top of the UK chart seeing as one single must be popular enough to last at the top until the next song is released, however releases can come quicker due to posthumous releases and re-issues marking certain occasions, including deaths of an act. No non-posthumous act has replaced itself on top of the UK charts with both songs at consecutive runs at the top, however this is not required to be classed as a self-replacement.
Since the inception of the UK Singles Chart in 1952 only three acts have replaced themselves at the top of the UK charts. These are in order of replacement:-
Many UK chart books now add in numerous Cliff Richard singles and albums to The Shadows hits. This means that The Shadows replaced themselves at Number 1, in the UK Singles Chart once in 1960, and twice in 1963. They also replaced themselves at Number 1 in the UK Album Chart, in both 1961 and 1963. Also, The Official UK Charts Company gives The Shadows 8 UK Number 1 Albums – 4 as a Group, and 4 with Cliff Richard. It credits them with '40 Golden Greats', a 1977 Number 1 album – which all other sources credit only to Cliff Richard. The other sources give The Shadows 7 Number 1 UK albums – 4 alone, and 3 with Cliff.
In 1963, the Beatles became a phenomenon. They broke chart and sales records across the world and became the biggest selling group of all time and one of the top-selling music acts, based on both singles and albums sales. However, during this year, the Beatles had only just started receiving fame in the UK and were not a worldwide phenomenon. Nonetheless, it didn't stop their being a craze in the UK and breaking several records.
In week ending 14 September, the Beatles' 4th single, "She Loves You" became their 2nd #1 single, storming to the top of the charts. It remained there for 4 weeks and then fell from the top spot and began to decline down the charts. Amazingly, after a total of 7 weeks (becoming the longest gap between a song falling from the top and returning) "She Loves You" returned to the top of the UK charts for 2 weeks. It became the biggest selling single in the UK on its chart run of 29 weeks, selling over 1.89 million copies.
Since the Beatles had already planned to release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" for Christmas, on the week ending 4 December, the song was released and it overtook "She Loves You" at the top. They became the first act to replace themselves at the top of the charts and the only as of January 2005 to not be posthumous when replacing themselves at the top.
The death of ex-Beatle John Lennon shocked the world due to his iconic influence during the 60s and afterwards and with the addition of the cause for his death (he was shot), the impact of this moment was huger than ever. Although never being hugely successful chartwise as a solo artist, his death caused him to become the act to receive 3 chart toppers quicker than any other (having not had any previously). A week after he was shot dead in New York, "(Just Like) Starting Over" – a track from his comeback album Double Fantasy -topped the charts for 1 week (having previously only peaked at #8). It was deposed from #1 by a sentimental release for the Christmas market, "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma".
In the first chart of 1981, another Lennon re-issue, "Imagine" was on top. This topped the charts for 4 weeks and went onto sell 1.51 million copies and was replaced by another track from Double Fantasy, "Woman" which topped the charts for 2 weeks. It made Lennon the second act to replace themselves at the top of the UK charts and the first to do so posthumously.
A re-issue of Elvis' 18 #1 singles to celebrate his 70th birthday anniversary by RCA led Elvis to score more posthumous #1's after "A Little Less Conversation" hit the top in 2002. His first to be re-issued was "Jailhouse Rock", previously at #1 in 1958. The song became his first chart topper in 2005 and his second posthumous chart topper. The following week was the competition for the 1000th #1 single which he scored yet again when "One Night/I Got Stung", previously at #1 in 1959 hit the top. This is the only time that an artist has replaced himself at the top with both songs being at the top for just one week each. Elvis also became the second act to replace themselves at #1 posthumously.
Fastest selling single
In the 1990s, record companies became much more focused at promoting singles and producing ones with maximum chart impact. The fastest selling single became the new phenomenon. This is basically how many copies a single shifts in its first full week of sale.
The record is held by Elton John with "Candle in the Wind 1997" which sold 1.55 million copies in its first week (it sold 658,000 on the first day of release, 13 September 1997). It is also the biggest selling single in the UK as well as the fastest selling, and the biggest selling single in the world (37m copies) and the fastest selling single in many other countries also – it went platinum (sold a million copies) in 24 hours in the US. Elton outsold Dario G's "Sunchyme" by a clear margin, and this is the biggest ratio between #1 and #2 to date. Dario G sold 85,000 to hit the #2 slot that week.
The fastest selling debut single is "Anything is Possible/Evergreen" by Will Young. It sold 1.11 million copies in its first week of sale. Massive publicity had built up in his single due to Pop Idol and the massive phone vote of 8.7 million people phoning in the final showed how popular the show was, with he himself receiving over 4 million votes.
The fastest selling single from a group (and also fastest selling debut from a group) is Hear'Say's debut single, "Pure and Simple". Winning ITV's first series of Popstars, massive interest in the group had built up and their debut single sold 0.55 million copies in its first week. This is only true if we discount Band Aid from being classified as a group whose single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" sold 0.75 million copies in its first week due to the pictures shown of the famine in Ethiopia.
Biggest selling single not to top the chart
The record is held by Wham! and their 1984 Christmas release, "Last Christmas / Everything She Wants". It hit #2 being kept off the top by Band Aid's huge sales. The single itself sold 1.45 million copies and even managed a first week sale of 0.5 million, meaning it would have easily topped the chart any other week.
The biggest selling single to peak at #3 is New Order's "Blue Monday", which has sold over a million copies. However, it could be said this was not achieved on its own merit, because its two remixes caused the single to be re-issued twice, pushing up sales. If we are talking about the biggest selling single to peak at #3 where sales from re-issues are not counted, then Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" takes the record. It has sold just over a million copies since its 2011 release.
In 1942, Christmas classic "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby was released which became the second biggest selling single in the world (30 million copies sold). It peaked at #5 in 1977 after Crosby's death and is believed to have sold a million copies (if it has, it has been the million seller taking the longest to achieve the millionth sale – a total of 33 years). It is incredibly likely to have sold a million copies, seeing as it is so popular and has clocked up high sales around the world, but with the inception of the singles chart happening 10 years after the release, we can never be sure. If this is excluded due to uncertainty, "I Love You Because" by Jim Reeves is the biggest selling single to peak at #5. Although total sales are hard to come by, it seems to be the only #5 to have exceeded 750,000 copies with such a high degree of certainty.
The biggest selling single to peak at #6 is Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, which has sold over 1 million copies since its release in 2006, becoming the longest-running song on the top 100 of the chart in the process. The highest-selling #7 hit, which for a long time exceeded the sales of any #6 hits, is LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" which despite selling around 714,000 copies during 1998, it only managed to peak at #7 (it did however spend 30 weeks in the UK Top 40).
As for lower peaking singles, sales get so close, it is hard to make out which singles have sold more overall, and it is usually not in a chart researchers interest to be aware of lower peaking singles sales. Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine, which only reached #23, but has sold over 345,000 copies since release - this is very likely to be the highest-selling song to never chart in the Top 20, while Gold Dust by DJ Fresh also didn't chart within the top 20, only peaking at #22, but has managed to sell over 202,000 copies. It is known, however, that Forever by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem - charting only at #42 but having so far cleared 150,000 copies - is the highest selling song to miss the top forty.
Number one singles on downloads alone
|Gnarls Barkley||"Crazy"||2 April 2006||31,703|
|Mika||"Grace Kelly"||21 January 2007||30,500|
|Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z)||"Umbrella"||20 May 2007||34,164|
|Sugababes||"About You Now"||30 September 2007||34,068|
|Duffy||"Mercy"||17 February 2008||38,366|
|Estelle (feat. Kanye West)||"American Boy"||23 March 2008||51,857|
|Madonna (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)||"4 Minutes"||20 April 2008||80,634|
|Coldplay||"Viva la Vida"||22 June 2008||23,212|
|Dizzee Rascal (feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome)||"Dance Wiv Me"||6 July 2008||49,414|
|Katy Perry||"I Kissed a Girl"||10 August 2008||45,935|
|17 August 2008||44,500|
|24 August 2008||41,131|
|31 August 2008||40,587|
|Kings of Leon||"Sex on Fire"||14 September 2008||44,943|
|Leona Lewis||"Run"||7 December 2008||131,593|
|14 December 2008||85,034|
|Kelly Clarkson||"My Life Would Suck Without You"||1 March 2009||51,115|
|Flo Rida (feat. Kesha)||"Right Round"||8 March 2009||72,101|
|Lady Gaga||"Poker Face"||22 March 2009||53,699|
|29 March 2009||57,781|
|5 April 2009||55,318|
|Calvin Harris||"I'm Not Alone"||12 April 2009||66,970|
|The Black Eyed Peas||"Boom Boom Pow"||17 May 2009||74,440|
|"I Gotta Feeling"||2 August 2009||61,314|
|David Guetta (feat. Akon)||"Sexy Bitch"||23 August 2009||55,207|
|Dizzee Rascal (feat. Chrome)||"Holiday"||30 August 2009||80,070|
|Jay-Z (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)||"Run This Town"||6 September 2009||62,836|
|Rage Against the Machine||"Killing in the Name"||20 December 2009||502,569|
|Iyaz||"Replay"||10 January 2010||106,237|
|17 January 2010||86,814|
|Eminem feat. Rihanna||"The Monster"||29 October 2013||74,674|
With very few singles now issued in a physical format, almost every (if not all) number 1 single since early 2010 has reached number 1 on downloads alone.
Downloads grew steadily in popularity after first being integrated into the chart in 2005. Although Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' gained considerable attention for being the first song to enter at number 1 on downloads alone in 2006, this eventually received a physical CD release. The first number 1 to chart without ever receiving a UK physical release was Coldplay's Viva la Vida in June 2008, although a physical was released overseas. As of 2012 very few songs are given a physical release, and almost the entire chart is released solely on digital download.
On 22 June 2008, both songs in the top two were on downloads alone:
However, on 31 August 2008, this record was broken again and the top three were download only at the time:
On 1 March 2009, this record was broken a third time, when the top four were all download only:
- "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson
- "Love Story" by Taylor Swift
- "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
- "Dead and Gone" by T.I. (feat. Justin Timberlake)
By 13 February 2010, the whole top 9 consisted of download only songs:
- "Fireflies" by Owl City
- "Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)" by Jedward (feat. Vanilla Ice)
- "If We Ever Meet Again" by Timbaland (feat. Katy Perry)
- "Don't Stop Believin'" by Glee Cast
- "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" by Alicia Keys
- "Replay" by Iyaz
- "Starstrukk" by 3OH!3 (feat. Katy Perry)
- "One Shot" by JLS
- "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
The biggest selling single to reach number one on digital downloads alone, based on one week sales, is "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine. Downloaded as a successful attempt to gain the 2009 Christmas number one single, it sold 502,569 in seven days. At the moment passengers let her go is going successfully and could be on course to break records the song was released early this year and is still in the charts
Most weeks on UK Singles Chart by decade
- 1. Elvis Presley 298 weeks
- 2. Frankie Laine 268 weeks
- 3. Pat Boone 239 weeks
- 4. Lonnie Donegan 213 weeks
- 5. Perry Como 191 weeks
- 6. David Whitfield 189 weeks
- 7. Bill Haley & his Comets 173 weeks
- 8. Johnnie Ray 163 weeks
- 9. Guy Mitchell 153 weeks
- 10. Nat "King" Cole 147 weeks
- 1. The Shadows 631 weeks
- 2. Cliff Richard 537 weeks
- 3. Elvis Presley 444 weeks
- 4. The Beatles 333 weeks
- 5. Roy Orbison 309 weeks
- 6. Jim Reeves 292 weeks
- 7. Billy Fury 258 weeks
- 8. Adam Faith 246 weeks
- 9. The Hollies 231 weeks
- 10. The Everly Brothers 222 weeks
- 1. Elvis Presley 331 weeks
- 2. Elton John 223 weeks
- 3. Diana Ross 220 weeks
- 4. Paul McCartney/Wings 216 weeks
- 5. Rod Stewart 209 weeks
- 6. Marc Bolan/T. Rex 196 weeks
- 7. David Bowie 196 weeks
- 8. Cliff Richard 185 weeks
- 9. Hot Chocolate 176 weeks
- 10. Abba 173 weeks
- 1. Shakin' Stevens 254 weeks
- 2. Madonna 252 weeks
- 3. Michael Jackson 241 weeks
- 4. Cliff Richard 234 weeks
- 5. UB40 222 weeks
- 6. Madness 217 weeks
- 7. Kool & the Gang 196 weeks
- 8. David Bowie 190 weeks
- 9. Elton John 190 weeks
- 10. Adam Ant(& the Ants) 185 weeks
- 1. Oasis 282 weeks
- 2. Madonna 258 weeks
- 3. Mariah Carey 219 weeks
- 4. Celine Dion 215 weeks
- 5. Boyzone 201 weeks
- 6. Janet Jackson 177 weeks
- 7. Michael Jackson 175 weeks
- 8. East 17/E17 170 weeks
- 9. Whitney Houston 169 weeks
- 10. Bryan Adams 163 weeks
All-time total weeks on chart (15 Nov 1952 – 31 December 1999)
- 1. Elvis Presley 1,166 weeks
- 2. Cliff Richard 1,130 weeks
- 3. The Shadows/Drifters 769 weeks
- 4. Diana Ross 661 weeks
- 5. Elton John 565 weeks
- 6. Madonna 509 weeks
- 7. Michael Jackson 490 weeks
- 8. Rod Stewart 473 weeks
- 9. Beatles 456 weeks
- 10. Frank Sinatra 440 weeks
- 11. David Bowie 438 weeks
- 12. Stevie Wonder 415 weeks
- 13. Paul McCartney/Wings 410 weeks
- 14. Status Quo 408 weeks
- 15. Queen 402 weeks
- 16. The Rolling Stones 366 weeks
- 17. Tom Jones 365 weeks
- 18. Bee Gees 349 weeks
- 19. Everly Brothers 345 weeks
- 20. Roy Orbison 345 weeks
Top chart acts per year by total weeks on chart
|Year||Artist||Weeks on Chart|
|1956||Bill Haley & His Comets||110|
|1966||Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich||51|
|1981||Adam & The Ants||91|
|1984||Frankie Goes To Hollywood||68|
|1990||New Kids On The Block||56|
Totals include all instances where artist is actually credited as part of the act. Therefore, for example, The Shadows score for their own hits as well as those where they backed Cliff Richard, and Diana Ross scores for both her solo hits and those as Diana Ross & the Supremes. However, Paul McCartney, for example, is not credited for any of The Beatles' hits as he does not have a separate credit, (although his hits with Wings do count towards his total as they are classed together in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles).
- Have a number 1 single: Jimmy Osmond was just 9 years old when he hit the summit in 1972 with "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool".
- Debut at number 1: At the age of 15 Billie Piper became the youngest ever solo artist to debut at number 1, she did this with "Because We Want To". Piper is also the second youngest artist to get a number 1 single, again with "Because We Want To".
- Band ever to have an album debut at number 1: in 2004, McFly's debut album, Room on the 3rd Floor, debuted at number 1 in the UK Album Chart and is certified as double platinum, this led to the band becoming known as the youngest band ever to have an album debut at number 1 – a title taken from The Beatles.
- Début at number 1: In 1971, TV actor Clive Dunn's only hit, "Grandad", reached the top of the charts on the week of his 51st birthday.
- Have a number 1 single: The oldest singer to reach number one was Tom Jones, who was 68 when "(Barry) Islands In The Stream" reached the top in 2009.
NB: In the following statistics, Elvis Presley's 17 re-issues in 2005, which all made the Top 5, count as separate hits.
- Most Top 75 hits: Elvis Presley (152). Runner-up: Cliff Richard (131)
- Most Top 40 hits: Elvis Presley (128). Runner-up: Cliff Richard (120)
- Most Top 20 hits: Elvis Presley (100). Runner-up: Cliff Richard (95)
- Most Top 10 hits: Elvis Presley (77). Runner-up: Cliff Richard (66)
- Most Top 5 hits: Elvis Presley (54). Runner-up: Madonna (44)
- Most Consecutive Top 5 hits: Westlife (22). Runner-up: Elvis Presley (20)
- Most Consecutive Top 10 hits: Madonna (35). Runner-up: Ronan Keating (30)
- Most Consecutive Top 10 hits by a female group: Girls Aloud (20). Runner-up: Destiny's Child (11)
- Most Consecutive Top 10 hits including debut single by male solo: Rick Astley (8)
- Most Top 40 hits by a female group: The Supremes (30). Runner-up: Bananarama (25) and Sugababes (25)
- Most successful songwriter: Paul McCartney 1695 weeks. Runner-up: John Lennon 1424 weeks
- Most number ones written; Paul McCartney and John Lennon (33). Runner-up: Madonna (13)
- Most weeks on singles chart: Elvis Presley (1277 wks). Runner-up: Cliff Richard (1166 weeks)
Most hits without reaching...
- Most Top 75 hits without reaching No 1: Glee Cast (97)
- Most Top 40 hits without reaching No 1: Depeche Mode (40)
- Most Top 10 hits without reaching No 1: Bon Jovi and Janet Jackson (17)
- Most No 2 hits without a No 1: Sash! (5)
- Most Top 75 hits without reaching Top 5: Chris Rea (32)
- Most Top 40 hits without reaching Top 5: Gloria Estefan (27)
- Most Top 10 hits without reaching Top 5: Gloria Estefan (5)
- Most Top 75 hits without reaching Top 10: AC/DC (28)
- Most Top 40 hits without reaching Top 10: Super Furry Animals (20)
- Most Top 20 hits without reaching Top 10: The Levellers and Super Furry Animals (8)
- Most Top 75 hits without reaching Top 20: PJ Harvey (15)
- Most Top 40 hits without reaching Top 20: The Almighty (8)
- Most Top 75 hits without reaching Top 40: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (8)
Weeks on chart by individual singles
- Most weeks in Top 75 by a single: "My Way" by Frank Sinatra (124 weeks)
- Most consecutive weeks in Top 75 by a single: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas (63 weeks) (Final week on chart was 18 September 2010).
As of 1 May 2010, "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon has been in the chart for 81 weeks. Take That's "Rule The World" left the chart after spending 71 weeks on the chart. "Sex On Fire" is also the only single in chart history to have two separate chart runs of more than 30 weeks. It first charted on 20 September 2008 and on its initial run left the chart after 42 weeks on 4 July 2009. However, three weeks later it re-entered the top 75 and this time managed a 37 week run with the final week being 3 April 2010.
- Fewest weeks in Top 40 by a No. 1 single (3 weeks):
- "(Barry) Islands In The Stream" by Vanessa Jenkins (Ruth Jones) and Bryn West (Rob Brydon) featuring Sir Tom Jones and Robin Gibb
- "Beetlebum" by Blur
- "What a Wonderful World" by Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua
- "Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania" by McFly
- "Wishing On A Star by The X Factor finalists 2011 featuring JLS and One Direction
- "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by The Justice Collective
- Fewest weeks in Top 75 by a Top 10 single (1 week)
- Fewest weeks in Top 75 by a Top 20 single: 1 week. Notable acts to have achieved this include The Wedding Present 6 times, Garbage, The Chemical Brothers, Elvis Presley and Red 'N' White Machines.
Singles which were first to reach chart milestones
- 20 weeks on chart: "Because You're Mine" by Mario Lanza (28 March 1953)
- 26 weeks on chart: "I Believe" by Frankie Laine (26 September 1953)
- 30 weeks on chart: "I Believe" by Frankie Laine (24 October 1953)
- 40 weeks on chart: "A Scottish Soldier" by Andy Stewart (21 October 1961)
- 50 weeks on chart: "Stranger On The Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk with the Leon Young String Chorale (10 November 1962)
- 52 weeks on chart: "Stranger On the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk with the Leon Young String Chorale (24 November 1962)
- 60 weeks on chart: "My Way" by Frank Sinatra (11 July 1970)
"My Way" was also the first single to reach each milestone from 70 weeks to 120 weeks as follows:-
- 70 weeks: 19 September 1970
- 80 weeks: 5 December 1970
- 90 weeks: 13 February 1971
- 100 weeks: 1 May 1971
- 110 weeks: 10 July 1971
- 120 weeks: 16 October 1971
Please note all above figures relate to total weeks on the chart as per the "Guinness Book of British Hit Singles". The following are the same details for consecutive weeks on the chart where different from the above:
- 40 weeks on chart: "Stranger on the Shore" (as above)(1 September 1962)
- 60 weeks on chart: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas (28 August 2010)
Only official chart lengths used as specified by the "Guinness Book of British Hit Singles", therefore the placings between 76 and 200 are not included for the purpose of these records.
Most singles in a year
- Most Top 75 singles in a year: 45 (up to 24 July 2010) by Glee
- Most singles simultaneously in Top 75: 27 (21 solo, 1 with Janet Jackson by Michael Jackson, 3 as part of The Jackson 5 and 2 as part of The Jacksons) (July 2009).
- Most weeks spent on the Top 75 in a calendar year by solo artist: 145 by Lady Gaga (includes 37 weeks Featuring Colby O'Donis ("Just Dance") and 3 weeks Featuring Beyoncé ("Telephone")) (2009).
- Most weeks spent on the Top 75 in a calendar year by a group: 134 by Oasis (1996).
The 21 solo Michael Jackson songs to chart simultaneously on the chart dated 5 July 2009 (the week after his death) were:
- "Man In The Mirror" #2
- "Billie Jean" #10
- "Thriller" #12
- "Smooth Criminal" #13
- "Beat It" #19
- "Black Or White" #25
- "Dirty Diana" #26
- "Earth Song" #33
- "They Don't Care About Us" #32
- "The Way You Make Me Feel" #34
- "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" #38
- "Bad" #40
- "Ben" #46
- "Rock With You" #54
- "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" #57
- "Heal The World" #63
- "Leave Me Alone" #66
- "Off The Wall" #73
- "Give In To Me" #74
- "You Are Not Alone" #35
- "You Rock My World" #60
As well as the six Jackson 5 / The Jacksons / Michael & Janet Jackson singles:
- "ABC" #50
- "I Want You Back" #43
- "I'll Be There" #65
- "Blame It On The Boogie" #55
- "Can You Feel It" #59
- "Scream" with Janet Jackson #70
One other Jackson 5 song had charted ten weeks earlier, bringing the 2009 total of top 75 singles for Jackson to 28:
- "Who's Lovin' You" #54
On the chart dated 12 July 2009 although many of the 27 Jackson songs in the top 75 previously had fallen out, three new ones entered bringing his year total to 31.
Longest time between number one hit singles for an artist
The Hollies went 23 years between their first top hit "I'm Alive" in 1965 and their next top hit, the re-release of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in 1988. They had eleven other singles in the top 10 in that interim time, including three singles to reach the number 2 spot.
Album with most original number-one hits
Album that spent the most weeks at number one
Biggest drop out of the Top 10
Originally, Wet Wet Wet set the record for the second biggest drop out of the Top 10 when "Weightless" fell from number 10 to number 96 in February 2008, a drop of 86 places. The biggest drop ever had been recorded six weeks earlier in January 2008 by the Pogues when they fell from number 9 to number 107 with "Fairytale of New York". In May 2010, "Leeds Leeds Leeds (Marching On Together)" by Leeds United Team & Supporters fell from number 10 to number 112, a drop of 102 places, a new record. On 1 January 2012, Alex Day's "Forever Yours" fell from number 4 to number 112 making it the single with the highest chart placing to spend just one week inside the Top 75 since its inception in May 1978.
|Chart position the
|1||Day, AlexAlex Day||"Forever Yours"||4||112||108||7 January 2012|
|2||Leeds United Team & Supporters||"Leeds Leeds Leeds (Marching On Together)"||10||112||102||30 May 2010|
|3||Pogues, TheThe Pogues||"Fairytale of New York"||9||107||98||12 January 2008|
|4||Wet Wet Wet||"Weightless"||10||96||86||23 February 2008|
|5||Precision Tunes||"Payphone"||9||85||76||23 June 2012|
|6||Wizard of Oz Film Cast, TheThe Wizard of Oz Film Cast||"Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead"||2||65||63||21 April 2013|
|7||delirious?||"History Maker"||4||61||57||17 April 2010|
|8||Wedding Present, TheThe Wedding Present||"Come Play with Me"||10||65||55||23 May 1992|
|9||Turner, TinaTina Turner||"Best, TheThe Best"||9||63||54||8 May 2010|
|10||Emma's Imagination||"Focus"||7||53||46||9 October 2010|
Some singles have been deleted from the charts due to technicalities, and have thus "dropped" out of the Top 10 and the singles chart entirely. Such singles include: "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (1969), "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley (2006) and "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado (2006).
Singles to have stalled at Number 2 twice
This unlucky feat has only been achieved three times in chart history-
"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro on 1 June 1968 then, on reissue, on 26 April 1975
"Crazy for You" by Madonna on 29 June 1985 then, on reissue on 2/9 March 1991
"One For Sorrow" by Steps on 5 September 1998 then, on reissue on 6 October 2001 (Only one of the three to go straight in at Number 2 twice).
- Eden Kane (real name Richard Sarstedt) and Peter Sarstedt are the first pair of siblings to score no. 1s as solo artists. Eden Kane scored a no. 1 with "Well I Ask You" in 1961 and Peter Sarstedt got a no. 1 with "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" in 1969. A third brother Robin Sarstedt (real name Clive Sarstedt) made the Top 3 in 1976 with "My Resistance Is Low" making them the only set of three brothers to have separate solo Top Three singles.
- The first song recorded completely in a foreign language to reach number-one on the UK Singles Charts is "Je t'aime... moi non plus" by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in 1969 (French). There are only four other foreign language number-one songs which are "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco released in 1986 (German), "La Bamba" by Los Lobos released in 1987 (Spanish), "We No Speak Americano", by Yolanda Be Cool Vs DCUP, released in 2010 (Italian/Nepolitan) and "Gangnam Style" by Psy released in 2012 (Korean).. (Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP, both being Australian, both spoke English as their first languages, and "We No Speak Americano" even had a title largely in English, but the song was based entirely on a sample of the Italian language "Tu vuò fà l'americano" by Renato Carasone and as a result was completely Neapolitan.)
- Information from www.chartstats.com
- Guinness Book of British Hit Singles
- Charts Plus issue 458