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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 as "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



"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:


You're welcome.


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