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post May 10 2019, 09:30 PM
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Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 100

1| 215 Killers - Mr Brightside (2004) +
2| 166 Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (2006)
3| 133 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969) *
4| 124 Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire (2008)
5| 118 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
6| 114 Sia - Chandelier (2014)
7| 112 Oasis - Whatever (1994)
8| 110 Ed Sheeran - Perfect (2017)
9| 109 Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (2009)
10| 107 Imagine Dragons - Radioactive (2012)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 75

1| 124 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969) *
2| 111 Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (2006)
3| 91 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
4| 90 Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire (2008)
5| 89 Ed Sheeran - Perfect (2017)
6| 88 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York (1987)
7| 83 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (1973) *
8=| 78 Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (2009)
8=| 78 Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne - Rather Be (2014)
8=| 78 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 50

1| 123 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969)
2| 72 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York (1987)
3| 67 Judy Collins - Amazing Grace (1970)
4| 66 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994)
5| 65 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
6| 63 George Ezra - Shotgun (2018) +
7=| 60 Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne - Rather Be (2014)
7=| 60 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)
9=| 58 Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
9=| 58 John Legend - All Of Me (2014)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 40

1| 75 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969)
2| 66 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York (1987)
3| 61 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994)
4| 56 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
5=| 54 Bill Haley and his Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1955) **
5=| 54 John Legend - All Of Me (2014)
7| 53 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)
8| 52 Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore (1961)
9| 50 Pharrell Williams - Happy (2013)
10=| 49 Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
10=| 49 Sia - Chandelier (2014)

(years in brackets indicate first weeks on chart)
* includes weeks before full Top 75 introduced in 1978 and full Top 100 introduced in 1983
** includes weeks before full Top 40 and Top 50 introduced in 1960
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post May 10 2019, 09:31 PM
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Commentary on top 10 songs with most weeks in total in the Top 100:

These songs have spent the longest in the charts of their size at the time. Always remember them this way, as two of those tied in 10th place are about to be booted out of the top 10. That does at least mean those remaining will have all racked up two or more years on the chart, while Mr Brightside’s next week will complete four years. This is the only of these top 10s which is (for now) a Christmas-free zone and it’s also notable that, other than Chandelier and the two Ed Sheeran songs, these all completed at least half of their current tallies while the charts were sales only.
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post May 17 2019, 09:41 PM
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Commentary on top 10 songs with most weeks in total in the Top 75:

And here are the songs with the most presence in the charts Music Week would recognise. The first 122 chart weeks for My Way were in what was then a Top 50 chart but over a period of 144 weeks – had it then been a full Top 75, it would have been much further in front here. I know it feels like Perfect has been around forever, but who knew it’s just two weeks behind (the song it aspired to be in) 3rd place? Further down the list, it’s Chriiistmaaas, as all those festive chart runs add up – if you’re wondering, Mariah’s classic is poised on 77 weeks, so should join this list by the end of November (OCC rules permitting).
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post May 17 2019, 10:16 PM
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My Way will always remain the greatest song on any of these "most weeks" lists...

Whatever is sensational as well, unbelievable to see that appear here as it's not really considered one of Oasis' most well-known songs.


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post May 17 2019, 10:19 PM
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I believe Whatever only lasted so long in the chart because it wasn't on any of their studio albums, still impressive though.
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post May 17 2019, 10:29 PM
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Yes I do believe that's the primary reason why! I think it wasn't even included on any greatest hits either until Time Flies.
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post May 25 2019, 10:23 AM
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Commentary on top 10 songs with most weeks in total in the Top 50:

My Way tops this list by such a huge margin it may never be caught, at least not within the next decade. Sinatra’s nearest challenger namechecks him in the lyrics. These ten songs first appeared in six different decades with the oldest, Rock Around The Clock, starting out when the chart was just a Top 25, before charting again in the 60’s and 70’s – although its place in this top 10 is under threat from an all too familiar song which has just fallen out of the Top 50 this week (for now.)
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post May 31 2019, 07:03 PM
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Commentary on top 10 songs with most weeks in total in the Top 40:

Sinatra rules again – can you imagine if Buzzjack had existed in the early 1970’s, the chart show thread would be full of complaints that My Way was still hanging around and that R1 kept playing it every week smile.gif On an unrelated note, Shotgun (which belatedly draws level with Rock Around The Clock for time in the Top 50 this week) is one Top 40 week away from joining this top 10 as well – maybe after Glastonbury? Anyway, I’ll try to keep these lists up to date when anything changes.
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post May 31 2019, 11:35 PM
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QUOTE(jimwatts @ May 31 2019, 08:03 PM) *
Commentary on top 10 songs with most weeks in total in the Top 40:

Sinatra rules again – can you imagine if Buzzjack had existed in the early 1970’s, the chart show thread would be full of complaints that My Way was still hanging around and that R1 kept playing it every week smile.gif On an unrelated note, Shotgun (which belatedly draws level with Rock Around The Clock for time in the Top 50 this week) is one Top 40 week away from joining this top 10 as well – maybe after Glastonbury? Anyway, I’ll try to keep these lists up to date when anything changes.
There were a number of long running hits around in the early 1970s simply because singes sales were quite low and the likes of 'My Way' were selling small but consistent amounts each week so just kept charting. The lack of turnover in the charts led to the then chart compilers (BMRB) to introduce for the first time a rule which removed records from the charts - from 12 July 1975 any record that had falling sales for two weeks in a row and which would otherwise be placed below number 40 was removed from the chart. That's why there were so few re-entries to the chart from that date until the rule was dropped in May 1978 when the chart was expanded to a top 75.

Despite the multiple weeks 'My Way' spent on the chart it only sold something like 625,000 copies back in the day though it has since gone on to sell enough downloads and rack up enough streams to bring its overall total close to a million. I'm not sure if it has passed a million yet but it surely can't be far off.
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