Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Longest-running Number 1s In Australian Chart History

He's broken just about every chart record possible so far in 2017, and now Ed Sheeran is seven days away from having the title of longest-running number 1 single in Australian chart history all to himself. At present, he ties with ABBA for that honour. 

Of course, the Swedes did it in one run while "Shape Of You" racked up its 14th week after spending a week at number 2 behind Harry Styles's "Sign Of The Times", so while Ed won't be able to claim the longest consecutive run at the top, he may end up with the highest number of weeks if he can cling on again.

Will Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" make it to 15 weeks at number 1?

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.

UPDATE (April 29, 2017): He's done it. "Shape Of You" has registered week number 15 on top.

UPDATE (April 21, 2018): Two more songs from the past 12 months have joined the list below.

UPDATE (July 29, 2019): Another 13-week number 1 has been added to the list.

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

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

"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

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

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

"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


"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:

You're welcome.


  1. I'm sick of shape of you. Went to a party last night. Started well with 80s music then the modern crap stuff came on & shape of you was repeated at least 5 times. I do have some music from now which I don't mind but definitely prefer the older music.

  2. At the risk of sounding like an old fart, I don't see why Shape of You should be number 1 for a zillion weeks. Probably because there are no other contenders.

    Also, Fernando is hardly Abba's best song IMO so I dunno why that holds the record either...


  3. So Ed Sheeran broke ABBA's 41 year old chart record...inevitable really. There were no decent contenders to dethrone him. Actually, I just noticed that last week, there were only 5 Australian artists in the ARIA top 50, the highest of which was at number 21. This week, only 5 as well. Pitiful really. I believe the same situation led to the creation of Countdown in the '70s!

  4. "Shape of You" holds the record purely because of streaming. If there was a way to measure how many times people who bought every single one of the other massive hits listed above actually listened to the track on the devices (record players, iPods, stereos, cassette players etc.), there's no way in the world that Ed would be #1. Yes, it's a major hit, but does it deserve to hold the title as the longest running #1 hit of all time? No.

  5. I hear you about being sick of this song. My 5 yo song wants to listen to it over and over again. A recent road trip had us listening to this song at least 50 times in a row!

  6. Can't see how charts are still relevant since the demise of the single. Numbers can easily be manipulated as is is no longer based on physical sales.