Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Longest-running Number 1s In Australian Chart History

Back in 2017, I wrote this post when Ed Sheeran was challenging for the record of the longest-running number 1 in Australian chart history - a record he ended up breaking with "Shape Of You", which enjoyed 15 non-consecutive weeks (13 weeks, a week off, and then two more) at the top. Purists rightly stated that ABBA's "Fernando" still had the record for the longest unbroken run at number 1, since "Fernando" amassed its 14 weeks in one stretch.

Since then, I've updated this post three times as more songs have been added to the list of songs with 10 or more weeks at number 1 - something that seems relatively easy for tracks to manage in the streaming era.

Tones And I smashed chart records set by ABBA and Ed Sheeran

Now, in November 2019, it's time to completely rewrite the chart record books - and this post - as "Dance Monkey" by Tones And I has spent 16 straight weeks (and counting) at number 1. There can be no debate that the song is now the longest-running number 1 in Australian chart history, whether you look at consecutive weeks or overall tally - either way a new record has been set.


Here's a handy guide to the songs that've spent the most weeks at number 1 in Australia since the rock'n'roll era began in the late 1950s.


24 WEEKS
"Dance Monkey" by Tones And I
Date reached number 1: August 11, 2019




15 WEEKS
"Shape Of You" by Ed Sheeran
Date reached number 1: January 16, 2017




14 WEEKS
"Fernando" by ABBA
Date reached number 1: April 5, 1976




13 WEEKS
"Hey Jude / Revolution" by The Beatles
Date reached number 1: October 5, 1968




"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V.
Date reached number 1: October 22, 1995




"Despacito (remix)" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Date reached number 1: May 22, 2017




"Old Town Road (remix)" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Date reached number 1: April 28, 2019




12 WEEKS
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
Date reached number 1: December 9, 2002




"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
Date reached number 1: January 6, 2014





11 WEEKS
"Mull Of Kintyre / Girls' School" by Wings
Date reached number 1: December 12, 1977




"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams
Date reached number 1: July 28, 1991
*Click the song title above for the un-embeddable music video




"Wannabe" by Spice Girls
Date reached number 1: November 3, 1996





"God's Plan" by Drake
Date reached number 1: February 5, 2018

 



"Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd
Date reached number 1: February 2, 2020




10 WEEKS
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters
Date reached number 1: February 14, 1959




"Eagle Rock / Bom Bom" by Daddy Cool
Date reached number 1: June 28, 1971




"Mamma Mia" by ABBA
Date reached number 1: November 3, 1975




"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Date reached number 1: December 20, 1992




"I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" by Sandi Thom
Date reached number 1: September 4, 2006




"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Date reached number 1: April 18, 2011




And here's the obligatory Spotify playlist:





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