Longest Span Between First and Last Number 1


Information last updated in January of 2013. Information subject to change in the future.

Pre-Hot 100

Two other artists had comparable durations between their first and final #1 hits if the pre-Hot 100 era is considered.

Louis Armstrong’s “All of Me” topped the 1932 chart, according to Whitburn’s “Pop Memories: 1890-1954” research; Armstrong’s “Hello, Dolly!” was #1 in May 1964, some 32 years and 2 months later.

Frank Sinatra’s first chart-topper was “All or Nothing at All” in September 1943, as the singer for Harry James’ orchestra; his last was “Somethin’ Stupid,” an April 1967 duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra, for a span of 23 years, 7 months.

Cher

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“I Got You Babe”
August 1965 
(with Sonny)

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“Believe”
March 1999

Michael Jackson

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“I Want You Back”
January 1970
(as part of The Jackson 5)

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“You Are Not Alone”
September 1995

Elton John

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“Crocodile Rock”
February 1973

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“Candle in the Wind 1997” / “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”
October 1997

The Beach Boys

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“I Get Around”
July 1964

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“Kokomo”
November 1988

George Harrison

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 “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
February 1964
(as part of The Beatles)

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“Got My Mind Set on You”
January 1988