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No2s Trivia

no2xFacts and Figures of the UK No2 Hit Singles - as at 17/5/16

Who’s had the most No2s?  Who’s the unluckiest act to never have a No1?  If you have any other questions you’d like answered, please email me - website2015@ndfletcher.org.uk

imagesThere are currently 21 acts who have had 5 or more hits that stalled at No2.

Madonna is the chart act with the most No2s, closely followed by Cliff Richard & Kylie Minogue.
The most unfortunate act on the list are Sash!, who have had 5 No2 hits, but never a No1.  All the others have hit the top at least once.

Artist

No2s

No1s

Madonna

12

13

Cliff Richard

11

14

Kylie Minogue

11

7

Rihanna

10

7

Elvis Presley

9

21

Justin Timberlake

8

8

Michael Jackson

7

7

Boyzone

6

6

Oasis

6

8

Queen

6

6

Robbie Williams

6

7

Calvin Harris

6

8

George Michael

5

7

Girls Aloud

5

4

S Club 7

5

4

Sash!

5

0

Steps

5

2

Sweet

5

1

The Beatles

5

17

Tom Jones

5

3

U2

5

7

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elvisHere’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
1,327 No1s.
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 positionbeatles, 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.

 

Artist

No1s

1

Elvis Presley

21

2

The Beatles

17

3=

Cliff Richard

14

3=

Westlife

14

5

Madonna

13

6=

Take That

12

6=

The Shadows

12

8=

Abba

9

8=

Spice Girls

9

10=

Eminem

8

10=

Oasis

8

10=

Rihanna

8

10=

Rolling Stones

8

14=

Calvin Harris

7

14=

Elton John

7

14=

George Michael

7

14=

Kylie Minogue

7

14=

McFly

7

14=

Michael Jackson

7

14=

Robbie Williams

7

14=

U2

7

22=

Blondie

6

22=

Boyzone

6

22=

Britney Spears

6

22=

David Guetta

6

22=

Justin Bieber

6

22=

Queen

6

22=

Rod Stewart

6

22=

Sam Smith

6

22=

Slade

6

22=

Sugababes

6

22=

Tinie Tempah

6

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