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The UK's longest-running chart toppers

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The UK's longest-running chart toppers
The days of long running singles may seem to be a thing of the past but this weekend a new chart record could be broken. Rihanna may make history for the longest running single this century if she manages to hold on to her number one spot at the top of the charts for a tenth consecutive week. We take a look at the other record breakers and which other songs have enjoyed the longest chart-topping stints.

Bryan Adams - '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You'

In the summer of 1991 Bryan Adams managed to get into the record books with hit single 'Everything I Do' by staying at number one for an amazing 16 weeks in a row. It was the longest run since Jennifer Rush and 'The Power Of Love' in 1985. The song was the soundtrack for Kevin Costner film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but producers originally said they didn't like the song. In his home country of Canada the single stayed at number one for an even more impressive 39 weeks.

Wet, Wet, Wet - 'Love Is All Around'

Three years after Bryan Adams broke records for his long-running single, Wet, Wet, Wet looked like they were going to take his crown away from him. But after 15 consecutive weeks at number one, the Four Weddings and a Funeral soundtrack dropped off the top, making it the second longest running single in the UK. Ten years after its success frontman Marti Pellow said of the track: "We did everybody's head in in the summer of 1994. I still think it's a brilliant record. Its strength is its sheer simplicity. Any band would give their eye teeth to have a hit record like that. I'm very proud of it."

Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You'

Yet another movie soundtrack in the nineties managed to stay at number one for a long period, but this time it was Whitney Houston for 10 weeks. 'I Will Always Love You' was originally a Dolly Parton song, but Whitney covered it in 1992 when she appeared in The Bodyguard film. It became the most successful song ever recorded by a female solo artist. The only other song to have peaked for ten weeks in a row was in 1954 with David Whitfield's 'Cara Mia'.

Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

There have been a lot of singles managing to peak at nine consecutive weeks at number one, but Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is worth a special note for topping the charts for nine weeks in 1971 - then scoring another five weeks in a row when the same version was re-released in 1991. The song also made another record as it was the first song to have made Christmas number one twice with the same version. On its second release in the nineties, ironically it was Whitney's 'I Will Always Love You' that knocked it off the number one spot and began its long run at the top.

Frankie Laine - 'I Believe'

Frankie Laine's 1953 version of 'I Believe' may not hold the record for the most consecutive weeks at number one, but it does hold the record for the largest number of weeks. The song, which has since been covered by Elvis Presley and LeAnn Rimes, was number one for a total of 18 weeks. The song initially stayed on top for nine weeks, it later reached number one again for another six weeks then came in for a third time for three more weeks. It was much more common for singles to move up and down like this when the charts first started.

Slim Whitman - 'Rose Marie'

Slim Whitman's rendition of 'Rose Marie' in 1955 was to hold the record for the longest running single, that was until Bryan Adams released the current record holder in 1991 - an astonishing 36 years later.

Gnarls Barkley - 'Crazy'

Although it has been rare more recently for artists to have a single at number one for long stretches of time, there is one recent song that has equalled Rihanna so far. When Gnarls Barkley released hit 'Crazy' it was the first time a single had dominated the charts for a long time. It also scored the first record for reaching number one on download sales alone, with people buying the leaked track months before its actual release date last year. The song, however, could have stayed on top for much longer, but the group's management stopped sales to prevent people getting too fed up of listening to it. At the time they said it was so that people would "remember the song fondly and not get sick of it".

Other notable long running singles:

These songs have also reached nine weeks at number one, which Rihanna's 'Umbrella' has currently acheived:

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta - 'You're the One That I Want' - 9 weeks in 1978
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - 'Two Tribes' - 9 weeks in 1984
Doris Day - 'Secret Love' - 9 weeks in 1954
Wings - 'Mull of Kintyre/ Girls' School' - 9 weeks in 1977
Eddie Calvert - 'Oh Mein Papa' - 9 weeks in 1954

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