Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ becomes first single to spend a whole year in UK Top 40 chart

The singer becomes the first artist to remain in chart for full year with same song

Ed Sheeran has become the first artist to have the same song last an entire year in the UK Singles Chart Top 40.

As confirmed by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), the British singer’s track ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has lasted a full 52 weeks in the charts countdown since its release in June 2014. The ‘X’ album cut is currently at Number 28 this week.

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Other songs have enjoyed longer stays in the chart with non-consecutive runs. Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ holds the record, appearing in the Top 40 for 75 weeks between April 1969 and September 1971. More recently, Pharrell Williams’ hit single ‘Happy’ almost reached the year milestone, managing 49 consecutive weeks in the chart.

Sam Smith recently achieved a feat only managed previously by The Beatles as his debut album remained in the UK Albums Top Five for a year.

A year after its May 2014 release, Smith’s album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ remained high in the UK Albums Chart, making it only the second ever debut to stay in the Top Five for 12 consecutive months.

The Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ remained in the Top Five for 51 consecutive weeks following its release in 1963, and 56 weeks overall. The only other album, and non-debut release, to achieve such a feat was Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, which managed to stay in the Top Five for 52 weeks back in 1970 (and 84 consecutive weeks overall).

Smith said of the news: “Seeing this statistic genuinely makes me feel very weird, but also insanely happy and just so thankful to everyone who has purchased the album. Not so lonely any more!”