List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 1990s

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

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

During the decade, 206 singles reached the number-one position on the chart. "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block reached number one on the first new chart of the decade, replacing "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid II which had been number one on the last chart issued in 1989.[6] The longest spell at the top was achieved by Bryan Adams's song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", which spent 16 weeks at number one in 1991, beating the record for the longest unbroken run at the top of the charts which had been held by Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" since 1955.[7] Wet Wet Wet and Whitney Houston also had runs of 10 or more weeks at number one during the 1990s.[7] Although it only spent five weeks at number one, Elton John's 1997 single "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" sold almost 5 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling single in UK history.[8] Cher's song "Believe" spent 7 weeks at number-one at the end of 1998 and became the biggest-selling single by a female artist in UK history.[9] Also, Cher is the female solo artist with the most number-one singles in the 1990s (a total of three) and the female solo artist with most weeks at number one (13). The final number one of the decade was the double A-side "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" by Westlife.[10] Take That and the Spice Girls share the distinction of having achieved the most number-one hits in the 1990s, with eight each.[11]

Number-one singles[edit]

Key
Best-selling single of the year[12]
Best-selling single of the decade[12]
Elton John scored his first solo number one in 1990.
After more than a decade without a hit, Meat Loaf topped the charts for the first time in 1993.
Danish pop band Aqua scored three consecutive number ones with one of the UK's biggest selling singles "Barbie Girl" in 1997, and the follow up's "Doctor Jones" and "Turn Back Time" in 1998 making them one of the most successful bands this decade.
Spice Girls became the biggest act of the decade after they dominated the charts with eight out of their nine number one singles achieved in the '90s; "Wannabe", "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Mama", "Spice Up Your Life", "Too Much", "Viva Forever" and "Goodbye".
In 1999 Australian film director Baz Luhrmann scored a number one hit with "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" after a radio campaign by Chris Moyles.
Mariah Carey scored her only solo UK number one single in 1994.
In 1999 an advert for Levi jeans featuring the puppet Flat Eric helped take Mr. Oizo's track "Flat Beat" to number one, holding off Eminem's debut single.
German Eurodance group Snap! gained two massive number one's, first in 1990 with "The Power" and then in 1992 with their biggest hit to date Rhythm Is a Dancer".
Cher managed to spend a total of thirteen weeks at number one this decade; The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)", the Comic Relief charity single "Love Can Build a Bridge" with Neneh Cherry, Chrissie Hynde and Eric Clapton, and one of the world's biggest selling singles "Believe".
Contents
No. Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Week ending date[nb 1] Weeks at
number one[nb 1]
1990
638 Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 23 December 1989 3
639 New Kids on the Block "Hangin' Tough" 13 January 1990 2
640 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "Tears on My Pillow" 27 January 1990 1
641 O'Connor, SinéadSinéad O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U" 3 February 1990 4
642 Beats International "Dub Be Good to Me" 3 March 1990 4
643 Snap! "Power, TheThe Power" 31 March 1990 2
644 Madonna "Vogue" 14 April 1990 4
645 Adamski featuring Seal "Killer" 12 May 1990 4
646 England New Order "World in Motion" 9 June 1990 2
647 John, EltonElton John "Sacrifice" / "Healing Hands" 23 June 1990 5
648 Partners in Kryme "Turtle Power" 28 July 1990 4
649 Bombalurina "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" 25 August 1990 3
650 The Steve Miller Band "Joker, TheThe Joker"[nb 2] 15 September 1990 2
651 McKee, MariaMaria McKee "Show Me Heaven" 29 September 1990 4
652 The Beautiful South "Little Time, AA Little Time" 27 October 1990 1
653 The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody" † 3 November 1990 4
654 Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby" 1 December 1990 4
655 Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Saviour's Day" 29 December 1990 1
1991
656 Iron Maiden "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" 5 January 1991 2
657 Enigma "Sadeness (Part I)" 19 January 1991 1
658 Queen "Innuendo" 26 January 1991 1
659 The KLF ft. The Children of The Revolution "3 a.m. Eternal" 2 February 1991 2
660 The Simpsons "Do the Bartman" 16 February 1991 3
661 The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go" 9 March 1991 2
662 Hale and Pace "Stonk, TheThe Stonk" 23 March 1991 1
663 Hawkes, ChesneyChesney Hawkes "One and Only, TheThe One and Only" 30 March 1991 5
664 Cher "Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss), TheThe Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" 4 May 1991 5
665 Color Me Badd "I Wanna Sex You Up" 8 June 1991 3
666 Donovan, JasonJason Donovan "Any Dream Will Do" 29 June 1991 2
667 Adams, BryanBryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" † 13 July 1991 16
668 U2 "Fly, TheThe Fly" 2 November 1991 1
669 Reeves, VicVic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff "Dizzy" 9 November 1991 2
670 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Black or White" 23 November 1991 2
671 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael & Elton John "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" 7 December 1991 2
672 Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" / "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 21 December 1991 5
1992
673 Wet Wet Wet "Goodnight Girl" 25 January 1992 4
674 Shakespears Sister "Stay" 22 February 1992 8
675 Right Said Fred "Deeply Dippy" 18 April 1992 3
676 KWS "Please Don't Go" / "Game Boy" 9 May 1992 5
677 Erasure Abba-esque (EP) 13 June 1992 5
678 Nail, JimmyJimmy Nail "Ain't No Doubt" 18 July 1992 3
679 Snap! "Rhythm Is a Dancer" 8 August 1992 6
680 The Shamen "Ebeneezer Goode" 19 September 1992 4
681 Archer, TasminTasmin Archer "Sleeping Satellite" 17 October 1992 2
682 Boyz II Men "End of the Road" 31 October 1992 3
683 Charles & Eddie "Would I Lie To You?" 21 November 1992 2
684 Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" † 5 December 1992 10
1993
685 2 Unlimited "No Limit" 13 February 1993 5
686 Shaggy "Oh Carolina" 20 March 1993 2
687 The Bluebells "Young at Heart" 3 April 1993 4
688 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael & Queen with Lisa Stansfield "Five Live" 1 May 1993 3
689 Ace of Base "All That She Wants" 22 May 1993 3
690 UB40 "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" 12 June 1993 2
691 Gabrielle "Dreams" 26 June 1993 3
692 Take That "Pray" 17 July 1993 4
693 Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury "Living on My Own" 14 August 1993 2
694 Culture Beat "Mr Vain" 28 August 1993 4
695 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Boom! Shake the Room" 25 September 1993 2
696 Take That featuring Lulu "Relight My Fire" 9 October 1993 2
697 Meat Loaf "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" † 23 October 1993 7
698 Mr Blobby "Mr Blobby" 11 December 1993 1
699 Take That "Babe" 18 December 1993 1
re Mr Blobby "Mr Blobby" 25 December 1993 2
1994
700 Chaka Demus & Pliers "Twist and Shout" 8 January 1994 2
701 D:Ream "Things Can Only Get Better" 22 January 1994 4
702 Carey, MariahMariah Carey "Without You" 19 February 1994 4
703 Doop "Doop" 19 March 1994 3
704 Take That "Everything Changes" 9 April 1994 2
705 Prince "Most Beautiful Girl in the World, TheThe Most Beautiful Girl in the World" 23 April 1994 2
706 Di Bart, TonyTony Di Bart "Real Thing, TheThe Real Thing" 7 May 1994 1
707 Stiltskin "Inside" 14 May 1994 1
708 Manchester United F.C. "Come on You Reds" 21 May 1994 2
709 Wet Wet Wet "Love Is All Around" † 4 June 1994 15
710 Whigfield "Saturday Night" 17 September 1994 4
711 Take That "Sure" 15 October 1994 2
712 Banton, PatoPato Banton "Baby Come Back" 29 October 1994 4
713 Baby D "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" 26 November 1994 2
714 East 17 "Stay Another Day" 10 December 1994 5
1995
715 Rednex "Cotton Eye Joe" 14 January 1995 3
716 Dion, CelineCeline Dion "Think Twice" 4 February 1995 7
717 Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton "Love Can Build a Bridge" 25 March 1995 1
718 Outhere Brothers "Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)" 1 April 1995 1
719 Take That "Back for Good" 8 April 1995 4
720 Oasis "Some Might Say" 6 May 1995 1
721 Livin' Joy "Dreamer" 13 May 1995 1
722 Robson Green & Jerome Flynn "Unchained Melody" / "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" † 20 May 1995 7
723 Outhere Brothers "Boom Boom Boom" 8 July 1995 4
724 Take That "Never Forget" 5 August 1995 3
725 Blur "Country House" 26 August 1995 2
726 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "You Are Not Alone" 9 September 1995 2
727 Shaggy "Boombastic" 23 September 1995 1
728 Simply Red "Fairground" 30 September 1995 4
729 Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" 28 October 1995 2
730 Robson & Jerome "I Believe" / "Up on the Roof" 11 November 1995 4
731 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Earth Song" 9 December 1995 6
1996
732 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Jesus to a Child" 20 January 1996 1
733 Babylon Zoo "Spaceman" 27 January 1996 5
734 Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" 2 March 1996 1
735 Take That "How Deep Is Your Love" 9 March 1996 3
736 The Prodigy "Firestarter" 30 March 1996 3
737 Morrison, MarkMark Morrison "Return of the Mack" 20 April 1996 2
738 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Fastlove" 4 May 1996 3
739 Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 25 May 1996 1
740 Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions" 1 June 1996 1
741 Fugees "Killing Me Softly" † 8 June 1996 4
re Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions" 6 July 1996 1
re Fugees "Killing Me Softly" † 13 July 1996 1
742 Barlow, GaryGary Barlow "Forever Love" 20 July 1996 1
743 Spice Girls "Wannabe" 27 July 1996 7
744 Andre, PeterPeter Andre "Flava" 14 September 1996 1
745 Fugees "Ready or Not" 21 September 1996 2
746 Deep Blue Something "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 5 October 1996 1
747 The Chemical Brothers "Setting Sun" 12 October 1996 1
748 Boyzone "Words" 19 October 1996 1
749 Spice Girls "Say You'll Be There" 26 October 1996 2
750 Robson & Jerome "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" / "Saturday Night at the Movies" / "You'll Never Walk Alone" 9 November 1996 2
751 The Prodigy "Breathe" 23 November 1996 2
752 Andre, PeterPeter Andre "I Feel You" 7 December 1996 1
753 Boyzone "Different Beat, AA Different Beat" 14 December 1996 1
754 Dunblane "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" / "Throw These Guns Away" 21 December 1996 1
755 Spice Girls "2 Become 1" 28 December 1996 3
1997
756 Amos, ToriTori Amos "Professional Widow" (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix) 18 January 1997 1
757 White Town "Your Woman" 25 January 1997 1
758 Blur "Beetlebum" 1 February 1997 1
759 LL Cool J "Ain't Nobody" 8 February 1997 1
760 U2 "Discotheque" 15 February 1997 1
761 No Doubt "Don't Speak" 22 February 1997 3
762 Spice Girls "Mama" / "Who Do You Think You Are" 15 March 1997 3
763 The Chemical Brothers "Block Rockin' Beats" 5 April 1997 1
764 Kelly, R.R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly" 12 April 1997 3
765 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Blood on the Dance Floor" 3 May 1997 1
766 Barlow, GaryGary Barlow "Love Won't Wait" 10 May 1997 1
767 Olive "You're Not Alone" 17 May 1997 2
768 Eternal featuring BeBe Winans "I Wanna Be the Only One" 31 May 1997 1
769 Hanson "MMMBop" 7 June 1997 3
770 Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 "I'll Be Missing You" 28 June 1997 3
771 Oasis "D'You Know What I Mean?" 19 July 1997 1
re Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 "I'll Be Missing You" 26 July 1997 3
772 Smith, WillWill Smith "Men in Black" 16 August 1997 4
773 The Verve "Drugs Don't Work, TheThe Drugs Don't Work" 13 September 1997 1
774 John, EltonElton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" ‡ 20 September 1997 5
775 Spice Girls "Spice Up Your Life" 25 October 1997 1
776 Aqua "Barbie Girl" 1 November 1997 4
777 Various artists "Perfect Day" 29 November 1997 2
778 Teletubbies "Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!"" 13 December 1997 2
779 Spice Girls "Too Much" 27 December 1997 2
1998
re Various artists "Perfect Day" 10 January 1998 1
780 All Saints "Never Ever" 17 January 1998 1
781 Oasis "All Around the World" 24 January 1998 1
782 Usher "You Make Me Wanna" 31 January 1998 1
783 Aqua "Doctor Jones" 7 February 1998 2
784 Dion, CelineCeline Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 21 February 1998 1
785 Cornershop "Brimful of Asha (The Norman Cook Remix)" 28 February 1998 1
786 Madonna "Frozen" 7 March 1998 1
re Dion, CelineCeline Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 14 March 1998 1
787 Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins "It's Like That" 21 March 1998 6
788 Boyzone "All That I Need" 2 May 1998 1
789 All Saints "Under the Bridge" / "Lady Marmalade" 9 May 1998 1
790 Aqua "Turn Back Time" 16 May 1998 1
re All Saints "Under the Bridge" / "Lady Marmalade" 23 May 1998 1
791 The Tamperer featuring Maya "Feel It" 30 May 1998 1
792 B*Witched "C'est La Vie" 6 June 1998 2
793 Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "3 Lions '98" 20 June 1998 3
794 Billie "Because We Want To" 11 July 1998 1
795 Another Level "Freak Me" 18 July 1998 1
796 Jamiroquai "Deeper Underground" 25 July 1998 1
797 Spice Girls "Viva Forever" 1 August 1998 2
798 Boyzone "No Matter What" 15 August 1998 3
799 Manic Street Preachers "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" 5 September 1998 1
800 All Saints "Bootie Call" 12 September 1998 1
801 Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams "Millennium" 19 September 1998 1
802 Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott "I Want You Back" 26 September 1998 1
803 B*Witched "Rollercoaster" 3 October 1998 2
804 Billie "Girlfriend" 17 October 1998 1
805 Spacedust "Gym and Tonic" 24 October 1998 1
806 Cher "Believe" † 31 October 1998 7
807 B*Witched "To You I Belong" 19 December 1998 1
808 Spice Girls "Goodbye" 26 December 1998 1
1999
809 Chef "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" 2 January 1999 1
810 Steps "Heartbeat" / "Tragedy" 9 January 1999 1
811 Fatboy Slim "Praise You" 16 January 1999 1
812 911 "Little Bit More, AA Little Bit More" 23 January 1999 1
813 The Offspring "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" 30 January 1999 1
814 Van Helden, ArmandArmand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden "You Don't Know Me" 6 February 1999 1
815 Blondie "Maria" 13 February 1999 1
816 Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz "Fly Away" 20 February 1999 1
817 Spears, BritneyBritney Spears "...Baby One More Time" † 27 February 1999 2
818 Boyzone "When the Going Gets Tough" 13 March 1999 2
819 B*Witched "Blame It on the Weatherman" 27 March 1999 1
820 Mr. Oizo "Flat Beat" 3 April 1999 2
821 McCutcheon, MartineMartine McCutcheon "Perfect Moment" 17 April 1999 2
822 Westlife "Swear It Again" 1 May 1999 2
823 Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way" 15 May 1999 1
824 Boyzone "You Needed Me" 22 May 1999 1
825 Shanks & Bigfoot "Sweet Like Chocolate" 29 May 1999 2
826 Luhrmann, BazBaz Luhrmann "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" 12 June 1999 1
827 S Club 7 "Bring It All Back" 19 June 1999 1
828 Vengaboys "Boom Boom Boom Boom" 26 June 1999 1
829 ATB "9pm (Till I Come)" 3 July 1999 2
830 Martin, RickyRicky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca" 17 July 1999 3
831 Keating, RonanRonan Keating "When You Say Nothing at All" 7 August 1999 2
832 Westlife "If I Let You Go" 21 August 1999 1
833 Halliwell, GeriGeri Halliwell "Mi Chico Latino" 28 August 1999 1
834 Bega, LouLou Bega "Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit Of...)" 4 September 1999 2
835 Vengaboys "We're Going to Ibiza" 18 September 1999 1
836 Eiffel 65 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" 25 September 1999 3
837 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera "Genie in a Bottle" 16 October 1999 2
838 Westlife "Flying Without Wings" 30 October 1999 1
839 Five "Keep on Movin'" 6 November 1999 1
840 Halliwell, GeriGeri Halliwell "Lift Me Up" 13 November 1999 1
841 Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams "She's the One" / "It's Only Us" 20 November 1999 1
842 Wamdue Project "King of My Castle" 27 November 1999 1
843 Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Millennium Prayer, TheThe Millennium Prayer" 4 December 1999 3
844 Westlife "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" 25 December 1999 4

Artists by total number of weeks at number-one[edit]

Artist Weeks at number-one
Spice Girls 22
Take That 21
Wet Wet Wet 19
Bryan Adams 16
Cher 13
Robson & Jerome 13
Elton John 12
Michael Jackson 11
Whitney Houston 10
Queen 9
Celine Dion 9
George Michael 9
Boyzone 9
Snap! 8
Shakespears Sister 8
Westlife 8
Aqua 7
Meat Loaf 7
B*Witched 6
Run–D.M.C. 6
Jason Nevins 6

By artist[edit]

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

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

Million-selling and platinum records[edit]

See also List of Platinum singles in the United Kingdom awarded before 2000 and List of million-selling singles in the United Kingdom

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

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

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

Additional information[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The artist, song name, date of number-one and duration are those given by The Official Charts Company. The dates are those for the Saturday after publication. The actual sales week represented is that up to and including the previous Saturday (i.e. from 13 to 7 days prior to the chart date).[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]
  2. ^ For the week ending 15 September 1990, "The Joker" was tied with Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" for the number of copies sold. Due to a rule introduced in the 1980s, the song that had climbed the most in the charts from the previous weeks was classified as number-one – "The Joker" climbed five places and "Groove Is in the Heart" had climbed three places. As a result of this controversial technicality, the rule was later scrapped and it was announced that "The Joker" had sold eight more copies after sales figures had been reviewed.[23][24]
  3. ^ The number of sales required to qualify for Platinum, Gold and Silver discs was dropped in 1989 from the former thresholds of Silver (250,000 units), Gold (500,000 units), and Platinum (1,000,000 units) to the current thresholds of Silver (200,000 units), Gold (400,000 units), and Platinum (600,000 units)[25][27]

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