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Lists of UK Singles Chart number ones

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Black-and-white publicity photograph of Elvis Presley from the film Jailhouse Rock.
Elvis Presley has achieved 21 number ones on the UK Singles Chart, more than any other act.

The UK Singles Chart is a weekly record chart which for most of its history was based on single sales from Sunday to Saturday in the United Kingdom. Since July 2014 it has also incorporated streaming data, and from 10 July 2015 has been based on a Friday to Thursday week. As of 5 July 2020, 1373 singles have reached number one. The chart was founded in 1952 by Percy Dickins of New Musical Express (NME), who telephoned 20 record stores to ask what their top 10 highest-selling singles were. Dickins aggregated the results into a top 12 hit parade, which was topped by "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino. NME's chart was published each week in its eponymous magazine.

The sources, in accordance with the official canon of the Official Charts Company, are the New Musical Express chart from 1952 to 1960; the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969; and the Official UK Singles Chart from 1969 onwards.

Turnover of number ones

The calendar year that has featured the most UK number ones is 2000, which featured 42 singles reaching the top spot; the years with the fewest number ones are 2016 & 1954, both with 11, just ahead of 1956, 1962, 1992 and 2019 with 12. The act that has achieved the most number ones is American entertainer Elvis Presley, who has topped the chart 21 times – Presley's second number one, "Jailhouse Rock" was the first single ever to debut at the top of the chart.[1] The most successful band are The Beatles, who have achieved 17 number ones on the chart. The Beatles' first chart-topper, "From Me to You", reached number one in May 1963.

In the 1970s the required number of sales needed to top the chart was roughly 150,000.[2] During 1992, when few releases were reaching number one, sales of CD singles were low: songs needed to sell only 60–70,000 each week to remain at the top.[3] In 2000, when turnover of number ones was high, tracks could often sell between 100,000 and 200,000 copies in a single week.[3] UK chart commentator James Masterton remarked in 2003: "When record sales are high, public interest in a song expires very quickly and this creates a need for ever more new product to take its place."[3] Sales figures improved in 2008 and continued into the early 2010s, peaking in 2013, before declining over the next few years as audio streaming became popular. Eventually, streaming was incorporated into the sales chart.

Graph showing number of UK number-one singles for each year since 1953. The 2011 figure is projected.
Graph showing number of UK number-one singles for each year since 1953. The 2011 figure is projected.
Al Martino's track "Here in My Heart" was the first single ever to top the UK Singles Chart, and the only single to reach number one during 1952.
Al Martino's track "Here in My Heart" was the first single ever to top the UK Singles Chart, and the only single to reach number one during 1952.

Number ones in each year

Composite image of four black-and-white photographs showing the faces of The Beatles.
The Beatles topped the chart 17 times during the 1960s, more than any other act that decade.
Madonna is the most successful female solo artist in the UK, having achieved 13 number-one singles.
Madonna is the most successful female solo artist in the UK, having achieved 13 number-one singles.
Bryan Adams's first number one, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", spent 16 consecutive weeks at number one, longer than any other track.
Bryan Adams's first number one, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", spent 16 consecutive weeks at number one, longer than any other track.
Spice Girls have claimed the most number ones for a female group in UK chart history. They have had nine number one hit singles in total.
Spice Girls have claimed the most number ones for a female group in UK chart history. They have had nine number one hit singles in total.
Westlife were the most successful band of the 2000s with 11 number one singles in that decade, and 14 overall.
Westlife were the most successful band of the 2000s with 11 number one singles in that decade, and 14 overall.
Tinie Tempah (above) had seven UK number-one singles in the 2010s.
Tinie Tempah (above) had seven UK number-one singles in the 2010s.
Key
dagger Most number ones of the decade
double-dagger Most number ones of all time
Contents
1950s • 1960s • 1970s • 1980s • 1990s • 2000s • 2010s • 2020s
Year Number-one singles Ref.
1950s
1952 1 [4]
1953 14 [4]
1954 11 [4]
1955 14 [4]
1956 12 [4]
1957 13 [4]
1958 13 [4]
1959 16 dagger [4]
1960s
1960 16 [5]
1961 21 [6]
1962 12 [7]
1963 17 [8]
1964 23 [9]
1965 24 dagger [10]
1966 20 [11]
1967 14 [12]
1968 21 [13]
1969 18 [14]
1970s
1970 14 [15]
1971 13 [16]
1972 17 [17]
1973 17 [18]
1974 21 dagger [19]
1975 20 [20]
1976 16 [21]
1977 18 [22]
1978 14 [23]
1979 18 [24]
1980s
1980 24 dagger [25]
1981 19 [26]
1982 21 [27]
1983 16 [28]
1984 14 [29]
1985 19 [30]
1986 20 [31]
1987 19 [32]
1988 19 [33]
1989 18 [34]
1990s
1990 17 [35]
1991 17 [36]
1992 12 [37]
1993 15 [38]
1994 15 [39]
1995 17 [40]
1996 24 [41]
1997 24 [42]
1998 29 [43]
1999 36 dagger [44]
2000s
2000 42 double-dagger [45]
2001 30 [46]
2002 30 [47]
2003 22 [48]
2004 29 [49]
2005 28 [50]
2006 24 [51]
2007 17 [52]
2008 20 [53]
2009 31 [54]
2010s
2010 35 [55]
2011 30 [56]
2012 36 [57]
2013 29 [58]
2014 38 dagger [59]
2015 23 [60]
2016 10 [61]
2017 14 [62]
2018 16 [63]
2019 12 [64]
2020s
2020 14 [65]

See also

References

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