Artists With The Most #1 Singles

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  1. Elvis Presley - 21 chart-toppers, 80 total weeks at top
  2. The Beatles - 17 chart-toppers, 69 total weeks at top
  3. Cliff Richard, 14 chart-toppers, 48 total weeks at top
  4. Westlife, 14 chart-toppers, 20 total weeks at top
  5. Madonna, 12 chart-toppers, 25 total weeks at top
  6. Take That, 11 chart-toppers, 27 total weeks at top
  7. ABBA, 9 chart-toppers, 31 total weeks at top
  8. Spice Girls, 9 chart toppers, 22 total weeks at top
  9. Rolling Stones, 8 chart-toppers, 18 total weeks at top
  10. Oasis, 8 chart-toppers, 8 total weeks at top(!)
  11. George Michael, 7 chart-toppers, 17 total weeks at top
  12. Michael Jackson, 7 chart-toppers, 16 total weeks at top
  13. Kylie Minogue, 7 chart-toppers, 16 total weeks at top
  14. McFly, 7 chart-toppers, 8 total weeks at top
  15. Eminem, 7 chart-toppers, 7 total weeks at top
  16. Queen, 6 chart-toppers, 21 total weeks at top
  17. Elton John, 6 chart-toppers, 20 total weeks at top
  18. Slade, 6 chart-toppers, 20 total weeks at top
  19. Rod Stewart, 6 chart-toppers, 18 total weeks at top
  20. Blondie, 6 chart-toppers, 13 total weeks at top
  21. Robbie Williams, 6 chart-toppers, 9 total weeks at top
  22. Boyzone, 6 chart-toppers, 9 total weeks at top
  23. U2, 6 chart-toppers, 6 total weeks at top
  24. The Shadows, 5 chart-toppers, 16 total weeks at top
  25. The Bee Gees, 5 chart-toppers, 13 total weeks at top
  26. The Police, 5 chart-toppers, 13 total weeks at top
  27. David Bowie, 5 chart-toppers, 13 total weeks at top
  28. All Saints, 5 chart-toppers, 8 total weeks at top
  29. Britney Spears, 5 chart-toppers, 6 total weeks at top
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This list details the acts that have scored the most number one records in the UK singles chart, and also how many combined weeks that act has spent on the top of the charts. For example, ABBA's first #1 Waterloo spent 2 weeks at the top, followed by their 2nd #1, Mamma Mia with another 2 weeks at the top, followed by 3rd #1 Fernando with 4 weeks...and so on, to give them a total of 31 weeks for all their nine #1 hits.

Unsurprisingly, Elvis rules the roost with 21 chart-toppers to his name - his 17th, Way Down, released just after his death in 1977, his 18th was a remixed version of A Little Less Conversation by JXL, and his 19th, 20th and 21st were all re-releases of singles that had already topped the chart in 1958, 1959 and 1960!
Elvis is followed by The Beatles with seventeen chart-toppers, all in the same decade, from From Me To You in 1963, to The Ballad of John and Yoko in 1969. John Lennon had a trio of number ones in the wake of his fatal shooting, while Paul McCartney went on to experience further success and scored number ones as a solo artist, in a duet (with Stevie Wonder), a trio (with Wings), a quartet (The Beatles), a quintet (The Beatles with Billy Preston for Get Back) and in an ensemble (Band Aid).
At number three on this list is Sir Cliff Richard who has had a number one in every decade (1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and who knows, might just get one in the 2000s...)
Hot on their heels are Westlife, who have fourteen number one hits, but have only amassed twenty weeks at the top of the charts, due to nearly all of their singles only staying at number one for one week. This is also true of Oasis, who have eight number ones and only spent eight weeks at the top (each single only staying at #1 for a single week)!

The list is sorted by the number of number ones, and then when there is a tie, how many weeks that act has spent on the top with that number of chart-toppers.