Here’s a list of the artists with the most No1s
As of the chart week ending 24/8/17, there have been 1,011 No2s, and
Some No1s have hit the top spot more than once, but unless the Official Charts Company deem that it is a different No1, then it only counts as one No1. As examples, Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’, and Frankie Laine’s ‘I Believe’ have all had three separate runs in the No1 position, but are all counted as a single No1 for the artist.
Both George Harrison and Elvis Presley (3 times) have had the same hits at No1 many years apart. George gets credited with two No1s for ‘My Sweet Lord’, and Elvis gets six No1s from his three singles. I’m not aware of the logic that the Official Charts Company uses when deciding that a re-release of a No1 counts as a new No1, but suspect it is a little arbitrary.
Cliff Richard hit the top spot twice with ‘Living Doll’, but the two releases were very different versions, and so he unequivocally gets two No1s from that song. Queen get two No1s from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, as the second time it hit the top, it was as a double A-side with ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’.
I have not published a full list of the No1s, as the Official Charts Company have their own list, and understandably cherish their copyright. You can find it here.
There are now 32 acts who have had six or more No1 hits. Here’s the roll of honour.