Oldest female artist to reach No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart
Kate Bush
63:328 year(s):day(s)
United Kingdom ()

Kate Bush (UK, b. 30 July 1958) was 63 years 328 days old when “Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)” climbed to No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart on 23 June 2022. The enigmatic singer-songwriter, who had previously hit No.1 with the self-penned “Wuthering Heights” at the age of 19 and was the first solo female artist to score a No.1 studio album (Never for Ever, 1980), was introduced to a whole new generation of fans when “Running Up that Hill” featured in Series 4 of the Netflix TV series Stranger Things.

Cher (USA, b. Cherilyn Sarkisian, 20 May 1946) was formerly the oldest solo female chart-topper on the UK’s singles chart with “Believe”, which nailed its seventh and final week at the top on 12 December 1998 when she was 52 years 206 days old.

Mariah Carey (b. 27 March 1969) was 51 years 272 days old when “All I Want for Christmas is You” enjoyed a second week at No.1 on 24 December 2020.

Deborah “Debbie” Harry (b. Angela Trimble, 1 July 1945) was 53 years 227 days old when her band Blondie debuted at No.1 with “Maria” on 13 February 1999 – making her the oldest female chart-topper in the UK overall (solo, or as a member of a group) before Bush took the accolade.

Bush is the fifth-oldest chart-topper since the first UK singles chart was published on 14 November 1952, behind Captain Tom Moore (100 years old in 2020), Elton John (74 in 2021), Tom Jones (68 in 2009) and Louis Armstrong (66 in 1968);of these, only Armstrong made it to No.1 as a solo artist with no other credited vocalists.