List of artists who have spent the most weeks on the UK music charts

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This is a list of artists who have spent more than one thousand weeks on the UK Singles Chart and UK Albums Chart combined. It uses the methodology used to compile a top 500 list in the British Hit Singles & Albums books until 2005. Any album or single must be credited to the named artist and must appear in the top 75 singles or albums chart as recorded by the Official Charts Company.[1]

Elvis Presley has the most weeks on the singles charts with 1,302 weeks for 165 singles. Cliff Richard and Rihanna are the only other artists to record over one thousand weeks in the singles chart. Rihanna has the most weeks in the singles chart since 2000, with 1058 between September 2005 and September 2016 – an average of over 1.8 singles per chart week during this eleven-year period.

Queen have the most weeks on the albums chart with over 1,400 weeks, followed by ten other artists with more than a thousand weeks. David Bowie passed the thousand-week mark following his death in January 2016, when 16 of his albums entered or re-entered the top 75.[2]

Artists with over 1000 weeks combined on singles and albums charts[edit]

Figures are as of week ending 14 September 2017.

Artist Singles chart
(weeks)
Albums chart
(weeks)
Combined (weeks) Ref
Elvis Presley 1303 1416 2719 [3]
Cliff Richard 1177 878 2055 [4]
Michael Jackson 688 1324 2012 [5]
Queen 440 1466 1906 [6]
Madonna 740 1143 1883 [7]
The Beatles 461 1418 1879 [8]
Elton John 664 1045 1709 [9]
David Bowie 476 1185 1661 [10]
Rod Stewart 480 1141 1621 [11]
Rihanna 1108 449 1557 [12]
U2 364 1088 1452 [13]
Frank Sinatra 440 928 1368 [14]
ABBA 260 1096 1356 [15]
Fleetwood Mac 229 1099 1328 [16]
Oasis 420 834 1254 [17]
The Rolling Stones 385 868 1253 [18]
Ed Sheeran 769 441 1210 [19]
Diana Ross 569 629 1198 [20]
Simon & Garfunkel 87 1086 1173 [21]
Coldplay 495 626 1120 [22]
Take That 417 667 1084 [23]
Robbie Williams 415 637 1052 [24]
Eminem 462 583 1045 [25]
Pink Floyd 56 956 1012 [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "View your favourite artist's chart history". Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 15 January 2016 - 21 January 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "ELVIS". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "CLIFF RICHARD". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "MICHAEL JACKSON". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "QUEEN". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "MADONNA". Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "THE BEATLES". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "ELTON JOHN". Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "DAVID BOWIE". Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "ROD STEWART". Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "RIHANNA". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "U2". Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "FRANK SINATRA". Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "ABBA". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "FLEETWOOD MAC". Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "OASIS". Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  18. ^ "THE ROLLING STONES". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ed Sheeran". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "DIANA ROSS". Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "SIMON AND GARFUNKEL". Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "COLDPLAY". Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "TAKE THAT". Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  24. ^ "ROBBIE WILLIAMS". Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  25. ^ "EMINEM". Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  26. ^ "PINK FLOYD". Retrieved 1 July 2017.