Longest gap between No.1s on the UK’s Official Singles Chart
Kate Bush
44:83 year(s):day(s)
United Kingdom ()

It took 44 years 83 days for Kate Bush (UK) to return to No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart. Debut single “Wuthering Heights” spent the last of its four weeks at No.1 on 1 April 1978. Fast-forward to the week ending 23 June 2022, when “Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)”, originally a No.3 hit in 1985 and revived for a new generation of fans after its use in Season 4 of the TV series Stranger Things, climbed to the top spot.

Bush shattered Tom Jones’ record of 42 years 62 days, between “Green, Green Grass of Home” (18 January 1967 was the last of its seven weeks at No.1) and the charity effort “(Barry) Islands in the Stream” on 21 March 2009.

Elvis Presley retains the record for the longest span of UK No.1 singles, with 47 years 202 days between “All Shook Up” (first week at No.1: 18 July 1957) and the re-issued “It’s Now or Never” (5 February 2005).

“Running Up that Hill” also briefly enjoyed a revival when it returned to the UK chart at No.6 on 25 August 2012 after it featured in the closing ceremony of that year’s Olympic Games in London.