Every once in a while a song comes along that’s basically omnipresent for weeks or months on end. They’ll sit comfortably at the top of the charts until the public gets sick of them and/or there’s no one else left to buy a copy. This year, a new record for time at the top could be set, besting all these tracks that just refused to budge.
It's the song of the summer and it's refusing to go away - Drake's 'One Dance' is top of the charts for yet another week, racking his total up to 14 weeks in prime position. He's edging ever closer to breaking the record for most weeks at Number One, but will he hold on for long enough?
Chicago singer, songwriter and actor Frankie Laine topped the charts all the way back in 1953 with his song 'I Believe'. He spent 18 non-consecutive weeks at the top, which is still the longest any one song has spent at Number One on the UK singles chart. Will Drake have spoiled his 63 year long record by the end of summer?
Canadian musician Bryan Adams was inescapable in 1991, when his single '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You', the theme from Robin Hood, Prince Of Thieves spent a massive 16 consecutive weeks at Number One, dropping off just two weeks before he could break Laine's record. Drake's only two weeks behind him now, so he'd better watch out.
One of the keys to having a long-running Number One seems to be having it included on a film soundtrack. Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' was featured on Four Weddings And A Funeral in 1994, of course, and subsequently spent 15 weeks looming above everyone else.
Queen know exactly what it's like to spend 14 weeks at the top of the charts. They achieved the same feat as Drake, except it took them 16 years to do it. When 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was originally released in 1975, they clocked up nine weeks in poll position. Then, following Freddie Mercury's death in 1991, the song was rereleased and racked up the remaining five from their record.
Floridian country and western star Slim Whitman spent 11 weeks at Number One in 1955 with his track 'Rose Marie'. That reign was actually the record for most consecutive weeks at the top until Bryan Adams went and spoiled things for him.
Hull's David Whitfield enjoyed 10 weeks on top of the pile in 1953 with 'Cara Mia', a track which featured composer Mantovani and his orchestra.
'I Will Always Love You' saw the late Whitney Houston top the charts for 10 weeks in 1992 and 1993. Even 13 years later, you can find someone weepily belting it out in any karaoke bar across the country.
RiRi and special guest Jay Z managed 10 weeks at the top with 'Umbrella' in 2007. Perhaps that was due to the song's insane catchiness or the British public just really appreciated Rihanna's generous offer to keep us safe from the rain. Let's face it, it's a regular issue over here.
'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley (aka Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green) is one of many tracks to have spent nine weeks at Number One in the UK. It's joined by Al Martino's 'Here In My Heart', Eddie Calvert's 'Oh Mein Papa', 'Secret Love' by Doris Day, 'Diana' by Paul Anka, Wings' 'Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School', 'You're The One That I Want' by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Two Tribes'.