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.

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

"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


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

"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.

  7. Congratulations to Tones and I. I still feel that there's a world of difference between a single that is "the most consumed" for 16 weeks and one that is the "highest selling", but I realise that I am alone on this. I also maintain that most of the massive pre-2014 hits would have stayed at #1 for much longer if their individual plays had been counted, but unfortunately, we'll never know for how long.Again, congrats to Tones and I.