Songs and Artists with Most Weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart
The following songs and artists hold the most weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart (non-consecutively):
I Believe by Frankie Laine. Written by Ervin Drake, Jimmy Shiri, Irvin Graham and Al Stillman, the song was commissioned by Jane Froman for her 1953 television show and used as a basis for many productions in London. The song that was performed by Frankie Laine immediately became a hit and with 18 number ones, it went into history as the song with the most (non-consecutive) weeks spent at #1 position.
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams. Soundtrack of the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and single from Bryan Adam’s album Waking Up the Neighbours is second to I Believe by Frankie Laine but it is the record holder in the number of consecutive weeks at #1 position on the UK Singles Chart, holding the number one for as many as 16 weeks in a row. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You also won Adams and the co-writers of the song, Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the 1992 Grammy Award for the Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television and an Academy Award Nomination for Best Song.
Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet. The Wet Wet Wet version of The Troggs’ Love Is All Around was created for the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. It received a much greater success than the original version which peaked at #5 in the 1960s. The 1994 version stayed on the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart 15 weeks in a row. This makes it second most successful song with most consecutive weeks at #1 position and 3rd including the songs with non-consecutive #1 positions.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Written by the singer of the British rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody holds in total 14 weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. It topped the charts for 9 consecutive weeks in 1971 and another 5 consecutive weeks in 1991 when it was re-released.
Rose Marie by Slim Whitman. The country version of the same name operetta by the American country singer and writer Slim Whitman (Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr.) was hugely popular in the mid-1950s and held the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart for as many as 11 weeks in a row. It was beaten only by Bryan Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams more than three and a half decades later.
Other songs and artists that went into history for long running #1 singles on the UK Singles Chart include:
- Cara Mia by David Whitman (10 weeks)
- I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston (10 weeks)
- Umbrella by Rihanna (10 weeks)
- Oh Mein Papa by Eddie Calvert (9 weeks)
- Secret Love by Doris Day (9 weeks)
- Mull of Kintyre/Girls’ School by Wings (9 weeks)
- You’re the One That I Want by Olivia Newton- John and John Travolta