UK Singles Chart records and statistics
The UK Singles Chart was first compiled in 1969. However the records and statistics listed here date back to 1952 because the Official 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 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.
- 1 Most number ones
- 2 Most combined weeks at number one on the UK singles charts
- 3 Most weeks at number one
- 4 Number ones by different artists
- 5 Most number ones from chart debut
- 6 Biggest-selling singles
- 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 Most singles in a year
- 15.5 Longest time between number one hit singles for an artist
- 15.6 Album with most original number-one hits
- 15.7 Biggest drop out of the Top 10
- 15.8 Singles to have stalled at Number 2 twice
- 15.9 First to...
- 16 See also
- 17 References
Most number ones
The following is a list of all the acts who are on five or more UK number one songs with an individual credit (meaning, the main artist or named separately as a featured artist – being part of a group does not count towards an individual's total).
If an artist's total included simply playing or singing on a single, then the top positions would almost certainly belong to Session musicians such as Clem Cattini who is reported to have played drums on over 40 number ones.
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
|The Rolling Stones|
|The Black Eyed Peas|
Progression of the record
Al Martino was the first act to have a number one single, with "Here In My Heart" in November 1952. Seven months later Eddie Fisher became the first act to have two number one singles, with "I'm Walking Behind You" following "Outside Of Heaven". In November 1953 Frankie Laine scored a third number one single with "Answer Me" and a fourth with "A Woman In Love" in October 1956. In 1960 "It's Now or Never" gave Elvis Presley his fifth number-one single. He increased the record ten times until June 1965 when "Crying In The Chapel" became his 15th number one. The Beatles then took the record with a 16th, "Get Back", and 17th, "The Ballad of John and Yoko", their last number one to date. After his death in August 1977, Elvis scored a 17th chart topper with "Way Down" to tie.
In 2002, having been used in a Nike World Cup advertisement, a 1968 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 number one single. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of his birthday, all of Elvis' 18 number ones were re-issued in 2005. Despite being re-issues, they were given different catalogue numbers and therefore count as separate singles, giving Elvis 21 number one 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|
|10=||Wet Wet Wet||23|
Most weeks at number one
The record for most non-consecutive weeks at number one is 18 by Frankie Laine's "I Believe" in 1953. It spent nine weeks at number one, dropped down for a week, returned to number one for six weeks, dropped down for a further week and returned to number one for a third time for three weeks. It is one of three singles to return to number one more than once, the others being "Singing the Blues" by Guy Mitchell in 1957 and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams in 2014.
In 1991, Bryan Adams spent 16 consecutive 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.
Below is a table of all singles that have spent 10 or more weeks at the top of the charts:
|1st||Frankie Laine||"I Believe"*||1953||18 weeks|
|2nd - Most Consecutive||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 different artists
- "Unchained Melody" — Jimmy Young (1955), The Righteous Brothers (1990), Robson & Jerome (1995) and Gareth Gates (2002)
- "Do They Know It's Christmas?" — Band Aid (1985), Band Aid II (1989), Band Aid 20 (2004) and Band Aid 30 (2014)
- "Spirit in the Sky" – Norman Greenbaum (1971), Doctor and the Medics (1986) and Gareth Gates and The Kumars (2003)
- "You'll Never Walk Alone" — Gerry & The Pacemakers (1963), The Crowd (1985) and Robson & Jerome (1996)
- "With a Little Help from My Friends" — Joe Cocker (1968), Wet Wet Wet (1988) and Sam & Mark (2004)
- "Answer Me" — David Whitfield/Frankie Laine (1953)
- "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" — Perez Prado/Eddie Calvert (1955)
- "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)
- "I Got You Babe" — Sonny & Cher (1965) and UB40 and Chrissie Hynde (1985)
- "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)
- "Dizzy" — Tommy Roe (1969) and Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff (1991)
- "Without You" — Harry Nilsson (1972) and Mariah Carey (1994)
- "Seasons in the Sun" — Terry Jacks (1974) and Westlife (1999)
- "Everything I Own" — Ken Boothe (1974) and Boy George (1987)
- "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)
- "The Power of Love" — Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984) and Gabrielle Aplin (2012)
- "Eternal Flame" — The Bangles (1989) and Atomic Kitten (2001)
- "You Are Not Alone" – Michael Jackson (1995) and The 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)
- "Wake Me Up" - Avicii (2013) and Gareth Malone's All Star Choir (2014)
Most number ones from chart debut
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 number one in 2000. 
|1||"Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something
About the Way You Look Tonight"
|John, EltonElton John||Rocket||September 1997||1||4,920,000|
|2||"Do They Know It's Christmas?"||Band Aid||Mercury||November 1984||1||3,750,000|
|3||"Bohemian Rhapsody"||Queen||EMI||October 1975||1||2,440,000|
|4||"Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School"||Wings||Parlophone||November 1977||1||2,080,000|
|5||"You're the One That I Want"||Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta and||RSO||May 1978||1||2,050,000|
|6||"Relax"||Frankie Goes to Hollywood||ZTT||January 1984||1||2,030,000|
|7||"Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring"||Boney M.||Atlantic/Hansa||April 1978||1||2,020,000|
|8||"She Loves You"||Beatles, TheThe Beatles||Parlophone||August 1963||1||1,910,000|
|9||"Love Is All Around"||Wet Wet Wet||PolyGram||May 1994||1||1,860,000|
|10||"Mary's Boy Child – Oh My Lord"||Boney M.||Atlantic/Hansa||November 1978||1||1,860,000|
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 lung 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
The addition of downloads to the UK charts meant that singles could reach number one with no physical copy being released. The first single to achieve this was Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" in early 2006. Since 2014, audio streaming has been included in the calculation of chart position, so it is now possible for a single to reach number one without selling any copies (e.g. if it were only available on streaming services). The number one with the highest proportion of 'chart sales' from audio streams in a week is "Cheerleader (song)" by OMI in week ending 23 May 2015 with 35 percent of its chart total coming from 3.1 million streams.
Self replacement at number one
Since the inception of the UK Singles Chart in 1952 only three acts have replaced themselves at the top of the UK charts with exactly the same billing (as opposed to any named artist, for example 'Cliff Richard and the Shadows' and 'The Shadows' have had back to back number ones on four occasions):
- The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" replaced "She Loves You" in 1963
- John Lennon "Woman" replaced "Imagine" in 1981
- Elvis Presley "One Night/I Got Stung" replaced "Jailhouse Rock" in 2005
Fastest selling single
The fastest selling single in chart history is "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John which sold 1.55 million copies in its first week (it sold 658,000 on the first day of release, 13 September 1997).
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. Publicity had built up due to the televised talent contest Pop Idol with 8.7 million people phoning in to vote for the finalists.
Biggest selling single not to top the chart
The record is held by Wham! with their 1984 Christmas release, "Last Christmas / Everything She Wants", which peaked at number two, being kept off the top by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?". It has sold 1.7 million copies following first week sales of half a million.
The biggest selling single to peak at number three is New Order's "Blue Monday", which has sold over a million copies. However, it garnered its total sales via two further remixes of the track, meaning its one million sales are attributed over all three releases. The biggest selling single to peak at #3 without re-issues is Ed Sheeran's "The A Team", which has sold just over a million copies since its 2011 release.
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 one on downloads alone in 2006, this eventually received a physical CD release. The first number one to chart without ever receiving a UK physical release was Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" in June 2008. 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 there on downloads alone:
On 31 August 2008, the top three were download-only at the time:
On 1 March 2009, 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
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
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).
- The youngest artist to have a number 1 single is Jimmy Osmond who was 9 years old in 1972 with "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool".
- The youngest artist to have a number 1 single in three decades is Britney Spears who was 31 years old when "Scream and Shout" became her sixth number one single in 2012. She had scored one number one in the 1990s and 4 in the 2000s.
- The youngest artist to debut at number 1 is Billie Piper who was 15 with "Because We Want To".
- The oldest artist to have a number 1 single is Tom Jones, who was 68 when "(Barry) Islands in the Stream" reached the top in 2009.
- The oldest artist to debut at number 1 is TV actor Clive Dunn with "Grandad" in 1971 on the week of his 51st birthday.
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 Consecutive Top 40 hits: Prince (23)
- 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: Super Furry Animals (21)
- Most Top 40 hits without reaching Top 10: Super Furry Animals (19)
- 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 chart by a single: "My Way" by Frank Sinatra (124 weeks) (Chart was the top 50 at the time)
- Fewest weeks in Top 40 by a No. 1 single (2 weeks): "Wake Me Up" by Gareth Malone's All Star Choir
- 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.
Most singles in a year
- Most Top 75 singles in a year: 45 by Glee (up to 24 July 2010)
- Most singles simultaneously in Top 75: 27 by Michael Jackson (21 solo, 1 with Janet 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 starting 5 July 2009 ending 11 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
- "They Don't Care About Us" #32
- "Earth Song" #33
- "The Way You Make Me Feel" #34
- "You Are Not Alone" #35
- "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" #38
- "Bad" #40
- "Ben" #46
- "Rock With You" #54
- "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" #57
- "You Rock My World" #60
- "Heal The World" #63
- "Leave Me Alone" #66
- "Off The Wall" #73
- "Give In To Me" #74
As well as the six Jackson 5 / The Jacksons / Michael & Janet Jackson singles:
- "I Want You Back" #43
- "ABC" #50
- "Blame It On The Boogie" #55
- "Can You Feel It" #59
- "I'll Be There" #65
- "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
Biggest drop out of the Top 10
|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||AC/DC||"Highway to Hell"||4||81||77||4 January 2014|
|6||Precision Tunes||"Payphone"||9||85||76||23 June 2012|
|7||Union J||"Tonight (We Live Forever)"||9||74||65||6 September 2014|
|8||Wizard of Oz Film Cast, TheThe Wizard of Oz Film Cast||"Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead"||2||65||63||21 April 2013|
|9||delirious?||"History Maker"||4||61||57||17 April 2010|
|10||Wedding Present, TheThe Wedding Present||"Come Play with Me"||10||65||55||23 May 1992|
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
- 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 five 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), "Sadeness (Part I)", by Enigma released in 1990 (Latin/French), "We No Speak Americano", by Yolanda Be Cool Vs DCUP, released in 2010 (Italian/Neapolitan) 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.)
- The first artist to reach No.1 on the UK Official Singles Chart based on both sales and streaming figures was Ariana Grande with "Problem" on 6th July 2014.
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