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Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 100

1| 262 Killers - Mr Brightside (2004) +
2| 167 Ed Sheeran - Perfect (2017) +
3| 166 Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (2006)
4| 133 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969) *
5| 124 Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire (2008)
6| 121 George Ezra - Shotgun (2018)
7| 119 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
8| 115 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2018) +
9| 114 Sia - Chandelier (2014)
10| 112 Oasis - Whatever (1994)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 75

1| 128 Ed Sheeran - Perfect (2017)
2| 124 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969) *
3| 113 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019) +
4| 111 Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (2006)
5| 100 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (1987) 🎄
6| 93 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (1973) * 🎄
7=| 91 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
7=| 91 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994) 🎄
9=| 90 George Ezra - Shotgun (2018)
9=| 90 Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire (2008)
9=| 90 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984) 🎄

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 50

1| 123 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969)
2| 87 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019)
3| 82 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (1987) 🎄
4| 79 Ed Sheeran - Perfect (2017)
5| 78 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994) 🎄
6| 72 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984) 🎄
7=| 70 Tones & I - Dance Monkey (2019)
7=| 70 The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (2019) +
9| 68 George Ezra - Shotgun (2018)
10| 67 Judy Collins - Amazing Grace (1970)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 40

1| 76 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (1987) 🎄
2| 75 Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969)
3| 73 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994) 🎄
4| 69 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019)
5| 66 The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (2019) +
6| 63 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984) 🎄
7| 56 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
8=| 54 Bill Haley and his Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1955) **
8=| 54 John Legend - All Of Me (2014)
10=| 52 Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore (1961)
10=| 52 Tones & I - Dance Monkey (2019)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 20

1| 61 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (1987) 🎄
2| 51 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994) 🎄
3| 42 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019)
4=| 37 Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore (1961)
4=| 37 The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (2019)
4=| 37 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984) 🎄
7=| 36 Bill Haley and his Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1955)
7=| 36 Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (2014)
7=| 36 Frankie Laine - I Believe (1953) ***
10=| 32 Pharrell Williams - Happy (2013)
10=| 32 Tones & I - Dance Monkey (2019)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 10

1| 35 Frankie Laine - I Believe (1953)
2| 31 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019)
3| 29 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994) 🎄
4| 27 Doris Day - Secret Love (1954)
5| 26 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984) 🎄
6| 25 Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now (2019)
7| 24 Obernkirchen Children’s Choir - The Happy Wanderer (1954)
8=| 23 Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016)
8=| 23 Frank Chacksfield - Terry's Theme (Theme From "Limelight") (1953)
8=| 23 Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (1987) 🎄

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 5

1| 30 Frankie Laine - I Believe (1953)
2| 21 Frank Chacksfield - Terry's Theme (Theme From "Limelight") (1953)
3=| 20 Beatles - She Loves You (1963)
3=| 20 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994) 🎄
5=| 19 Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (1991)
5=| 19 Doris Day - Secret Love (1954)
5=| 19 Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
5=| 19 Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around (1994)
9=| 18 Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now (2019)
9=| 18 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019)

Most weeks in total in the UK Singles Top 3

1| 26 Frankie Laine - I Believe (1953)
2| 18 Beatles - She Loves You (1963)
3=| 17 Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (1991)
3=| 17 Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
3=| 17 Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around (1994)
6=| 16 Doris Day - Secret Love (1954)
6=| 16 Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (2019)
6=| 16 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
6=| 16 Wham! - Last Christmas (1984) 🎄
10=| 15 David Whitfield with Mantovani - Cara Mia (1954)
10=| 15 Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016)

Most weeks in total at UK Singles #1

1| 18 Frankie Laine - I Believe (1953)
2| 16 Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (1991)
3=| 15 Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016)
3=| 15 Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around (1994)
5=| 14 Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
5=| 14 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
7=| 11 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito (2017)
7=| 11 Slim Whitman - Rose Marie (1955)
7=| 11 Tones & I - Dance Monkey (2019)
10=| 10 David Whitfield with Mantovani - Cara Mia (1954)
10=| 10 Rihanna featuring Jay-Z - Umbrella (2007)
10=| 10 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (1992)

Most weeks in total at UK Singles #1 without ACR

1| 18 Frankie Laine - I Believe (1953)
2| 16 Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (1991)
3=| 15 Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016)
3=| 15 Tones & I - Dance Monkey (2019)
3=| 15 Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around (1994)
6=| 14 Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
6=| 14 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito (2017)
6=| 14 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
9=| 11 Slim Whitman - Rose Marie (1955)
9=| 11 The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (2020)

(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
*** includes weeks before full Top 20 introduced in 1954

Songs to spend most weeks in total in each Top X of the UK Singles Chart

All songs appear in at least one of the above lists - refer to these for artists and years:

Top 1| I Believe (18)
Top 2| I Believe (25)
Top 3| I Believe (26)
Top 4| I Believe (29)
Top 5| I Believe (30)
Top 6| I Believe (32)
Top 7| I Believe (33)
Top 8-9| I Believe (34)
Top 10| I Believe (35)
Top 11-12| I Believe (36)
Top 13| All I Want For Christmas Is You (37)
Top 14| All I Want For Christmas Is You / Fairytale Of New York (39)
Top 15| Fairytale Of New York (45)
Top 16| Fairytale Of New York (47)
Top 17| Fairytale Of New York (49)
Top 18| Fairytale Of New York (55)
Top 19| Fairytale Of New York (60)
Top 20-21| Fairytale Of New York (61)
Top 22| Fairytale Of New York (62)
Top 23| Fairytale Of New York (64)
Top 24-25| Fairytale Of New York (65)
Top 26| Fairytale Of New York (67)
Top 27-30| Fairytale Of New York (69)
Top 31| Fairytale Of New York (70)
Top 32| Fairytale Of New York (71)
Top 33-35| Fairytale Of New York (72)
Top 36| Fairytale Of New York (73)
Top 37| All I Want For Christmas Is You / Fairytale Of New York (73)
Top 38| Fairytale Of New York (74)
Top 39| Fairytale Of New York (75)
Top 40| Fairytale Of New York (76)
Top 41| My Way (79)
Top 42| My Way (87)
Top 43| My Way (93)
Top 44| My Way (98)
Top 45| My Way (105)
Top 46-47| My Way (107)
Top 48| My Way (110)
Top 49| My Way (118)
Top 50-57| My Way (123)
Top 58-74| My Way (124)
Top 75| Perfect (128)
Top 76| Perfect (130)
Top 77| Perfect (132)
Top 78| Perfect (133)
Top 79| Perfect (136)
Top 80| Perfect (138)
Top 81| Perfect (140)
Top 82| Perfect (142)
Top 83| Perfect (143)
Top 84-85| Perfect (144)
Top 86| Perfect (145)
Top 87| Perfect (147)
Top 88| Perfect (151)
Top 89| Perfect (152)

Top 90| Mr Brightside (160)
Top 91| Mr Brightside (166)
Top 92| Mr Brightside (183)
Top 93| Mr Brightside (194)
Top 94| Mr Brightside (200)
Top 95| Mr Brightside (209)
Top 96| Mr Brightside (219)
Top 97| Mr Brightside (226)
Top 98| Mr Brightside (237)
Top 99| Mr Brightside (247)
Top 100| Mr Brightside (262)


+ most recent week at date last updated

All lists last updated w/e 15/4/21

See also: Most consecutive weeks in the UK Singles Top 100, 75, 50, 40


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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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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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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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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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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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As with the equivalent thread for consecutive weeks, I’ve added a new list to the first post here:
Songs to spend most weeks in total in each Top X of the UK Singles Chart

This goes from a Top 1 to a Top 100 to list the songs which spent the most weeks in each. As can be seen, Chasing Cars has so far withstood at least some of Mr Brightside’s quicksand, but the real story is the growing domination of the Pogues / Kirsty song in the upper reaches: 53 weeks in the Top 20, with more to come very soon! Mariah is catching up, but both have a long way to go to shift I Believe from its lead all the way down its native Top 12.

I’ve also given a more permanent home here to:
- Songs with the most weeks to date in the UK Top 10 while on ACR
originally posted on the ACR thread in August - they are as yet unchanged, but won't be for much longer...


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OP updated - Christmas songs on the march 🎄🎄🎄
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QUOTE(dobbo @ May 17 2019, 10:29 PM) *
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.



That's right. It was a glaring omission from Stop The Clocks.
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I've added new lists for the songs with: Most calendar years in which a new run started in each of the Top 100, 75 , 50 and 40.

Merry Xmas Everybody, which (if you include the late 1990's Slade vs. Flush version as I have) is now on its 101st week in the Top 100, leads the way for the Top 100 with entries in 26 different calendar years, and similarly for the Top 75 and 50, while Fairytale Of New York dominates the Top 40 with entries in 17 years (including all of the past 15). A few non-Christmas songs have also made it into these top tens.


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I was going to combine this with Friday’s update, but today seems more appropriate: I’ve added new lists for the ten Christmas songs with most weeks on chart (once again, each of Top 100, 75, 50 and 40).

I’ve gone for an objective definition of a Christmas song tongue.gif as one which has spent at least 50% of its time on chart in weeks beginning during the month of December. That immediately excludes Let It Go and, by a slim margin, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love (which, despite a nativity themed video, owes 4 of its 18 weeks in the Top 40 to a dance remix in summer 2000), but narrowly qualifies Stay Another Day whose continued seasonal placement now outweighs its months in the bargain bins in early 1995.

This also happens to be my 500th post (and probably one of my shorter ones). I hope you’ve found at least some of these lists of interest, and have a great Christmas!


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Thanks mate, how long until TPOL can get in here then?
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It would be here for the Top 40 (18 weeks) and Top 50 (21 weeks), except that I excluded it as most of those weeks weren't in December - had to draw the line somehow!
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Eventually most of those weeks will fall in December though if it charts enough.
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The thing is it's only charted once in the digital era, in 2012 on the back of the Gabrielle Aplin version, so would probably be dropping off these lists next year anyway.
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Mariah will very slowly catch The Pogues' longevity stats if current trends continue indefinitely. As in catching up by about 1 week per year laugh.gif
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I’ve updated the OP as everything stands going into the new decade.
Festive tunes now make up 3 of the 4 most charted songs in the Top 40 at any time, although that could change again in late February... Also, Bré is correct that Mariah isn’t really closing in on the Pogues that much, except when you go into the Top 14 where she is already ahead or very close:

Top 15: FONY (40), I Believe (36), AIWFCIY (33)
Top 14: I Believe (36), FONY (34), AIWFCIY (33)
Top 13: I Believe (36), AIWFCIY (32), FONY (31)
Top 12: I Believe (36), AIWFCIY (30), FONY (26) etc.

The lack of a reset to SCR (amongst other things well documented elsewhere) may have cost Mariah a long-awaited #1, but it does mean her song joins the exclusive club which have had four runs at their peak position and also replaces Despacito for having the most weeks in the Top 10 while on ACR. Meanwhile, the #9 position is being increasingly left behind in terms of ACR action: it has long been the only position in the Top 100 where no song on regular ACR has yet landed. Conversely, at least one song on permanent ACR due to being over 3 years old has now held every position in the Top 100 with the exception of #40 – maybe one day I’ll post a full list...
Happy new year folks.
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