Paul McCartney

UPDATED STORY: 24th December 2012:

The Justice Collective's Hillsborough tribute single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' has been confirmed as this year's Christmas number 1. This takes Paul's time spent at the UK number 1 position to 99 weeks.



 

ORIGINAL STORY: 14th November 2012:

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the UK official singles chart. Originally compiled by sales of sheet music, the chart began when the NME took a leaf out of Billboard’s book - who had been publishing charts based on sales since 1940 - and published the first sales-based UK chart in November 1962.

In the 60 years since the chart's inception music fans have bought around 3.7 billion singles, it has been topped by over 1,200 songs and is still considered a standard bearer amongst the UK public and music industry. Out of the 1,200 number 1 singles Paul has been confirmed by Music Week as the artist with the most by any single performer with an impressive 24 during his career. Paul has also been involved in the top-selling single of the decade three times.

The full list of Paul’s number 1 singles is below and includes the number of weeks each song spent at the top of the charts:

'From Me To You' (7 weeks)
'She Loves You' (6 weeks) - The biggest selling single of the 1960s
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' (5 weeks)
'Can’t Buy Me Love' (3 weeks)
'A Hard Day’s Night' (3 Weeks)
'I Feel Fine' (5 weeks)
'Ticket To Ride' (3 weeks)
'Help!' (3 weeks)
'Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out' (5 weeks)
'Paperback Writer' (2 weeks)
'Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby' (4 weeks)
'All You Need Is Love' (3 weeks)
'Hello Goodbye' (7 weeks)
'Lady Madonna' (2 weeks)
'Hey Jude' (2 weeks)
'Get Back' (6 weeks)
'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' (3 weeks)
'Mull of Kintyre / Girl’s School' (9 weeks) - The biggest selling single of the 1970s
'Ebony and Ivory' (3 weeks)
'Pipes of Peace' (2 weeks)


In addition, Paul has also been to number 1 with Band Aid (5 weeks) - the biggest selling single of the 1980s; Ferry Aid’s ‘Let It Be’ (3 weeks); The Christians et al’s 'Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey’ (3 weeks) and Band Aid 20 (4 weeks).

The total number of weeks that Paul has spent at number 1 = 98

For more facts about the UK charts head over to their website HERE!

Which is your favourite number 1 single of Paul’s? Let us know in the comments below...
 

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