Acts with the most Number 1 singles in Ireland

For most, bagging just one Number 1 single can be an almighty feat, but for others, it can come a little more naturally...

For most, bagging just one Number 1 single can be an almighty feat, but for others, it just seems to come naturally. 

Since the Irish Singles Chart's inception in 1962, acts across a range of decades and genres have hogged the top spot on the multiple occasions. Let's take a look.

U2 - 21

Way out in front with the most chart-toppers in Ireland are U2, who have racked up an eye-popping 21 Number 1s to date, starting with The Unforgettable Fire in 1985, the title track from their fourth studio album that was inspired by an art exhibition by victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that was held at The Peace Museum in Chicago.

After that, the band were often a shoo-in for Number 1 until their most recent, 2009's Get On Your Boots, from their No Line On The Horizon album. One of their most successful singles is Beautiful Day, which spent three weeks at the top in 2000. 

U2's 19 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
THE UNFORGETTABLE ONE U2 1985
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2 1987
I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR U2 1987
WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2 1987
DESIRE U2 1988
WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN U2 FT BB KING 1989
ALL I WANT IS YOU U2 1989
THE FLY U2 1991
MYSTERIOUS WAYS U2 1991
ONE U2 1992
STAY (FARAWAY, SO CLOSE!) U2 1993
HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME, KILL ME U2 1995
DISCOTHEQUE U2 1997
SWEETEST THING U2 1998
BEAUTIFUL DAY U2 2000
STUCK IN A MOMENT YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF U2 2001
ELEVATION U2 2001
VERTIGO U2 2004
THE SAINTS ARE COMING U2 & GREEN DAY 2006
THE BALLAD OF RONNIE DREW U2, THE DUBLINERS, KILA & A BAND OF BOWSIES 2008
GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 2009

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The Beatles - 13

The Fab Four scored multiple Number 1s across the world, and Ireland was no exception. Kicking off with 1963's From Me To You, the band managed to take 13 singles to the top; their last being The Ballad Of John and Yoko, which went straight in at Number 1 in June 1969. 

The Beatles 13 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
FROM ME TO YOU BEATLES 1963
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE BEATLES 1964
HARD DAY'S NIGHT BEATLES 1964
I FEEL FINE BEATLES 1964
TICKET TO RIDE BEATLES 1965
HELP! BEATLES 1965
DAY TRIPPER/WE CAN WORK IT OUT BEATLES 1965
PAPERBACK WRITER BEATLES 1966
YELLOW SUBMARINE BEATLES 1966
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE BEATLES 1967
HEY JUDE BEATLES 1968
GET BACK BEATLES 1969
BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO BEATLES 1969

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Westlife - 13

Matching The Beatles' run are Westlife, who between 1999 and 2006 were an unstoppable force on the charts. Their debut single, Swear It Again, spent five weeks at the summit, while 2001's Uptown Girl and 2005's You Raise Me Up each logged six weeks at Number 1. Just over the pond in England, the band managed an extra chart-topper - World Of Our Own was a Number 1 but topped out at 3 in Ireland. 

Westlife's 13 Number 1 singles in Ireland 

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1999
IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1999
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1999
I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1999
AGAINST ALL ODDS WESTLIFE 2000
MY LOVE WESTLIFE 2000
UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 2001
QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 2001
UNBREAKABLE WESTLIFE 2001
TONIGHT WESTLIFE 2003
MANDY WESTLIFE 2003
YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 2005
THE ROSE WESTLIFE 2006

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ABBA - 12

ABBA have scored a mammoth 12 Number 1s in Ireland, compared with nine in the UK. The first was their Eurovision winner Waterloo in 1974, while singles Summer Night City (a Number 5 hit in the UK), Chiquitita (a Number 2 hit) and Gimme Gimme Gimme (Number 3) all took pole position on the Irish Chart. 

ABBA's 12 Number 1 singles in Ireland 

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
WATERLOO ABBA 1974
MAMMA MIA ABBA 1976
FERNANDO ABBA 1976
DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1977
KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU ABBA 1977
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME ABBA 1978
SUMMER NIGHT CITY ABBA 1978
CHIQUITITA ABBA 1979
GIMME GIMME GIMME ABBA 1979
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL ABBA 1980
SUPER TROUPER ABBA 1980
ONE OF US ABBA 1981

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Cliff Richard - 9

Sir Cliff first arrived on the scene with The Drifters in 1958 - four years before the Irish Chart was born. Still, as soon as it was up and running, he was featuring right at the top, with double A-side The Next Time/Bachelo Boy in 1962. Cliff has nine Number 1s on the Irish Singles Chart, his most recent being 1988's Christmas classic Mistletoe and Wine. 

Cliff Richard's 9 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
BACHELOR BOY/NEXT TIME CLIFF RICHARD 1962
LUCKY LIPS CLIFF RICHARD 1963
DON'T TALK TO HIM CLIFF RICHARD 1963
CONGRATULATIONS CLIFF RICHARD 1968
GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA CLIFF RICHARD 1970
WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE CLIFF RICHARD 1979
ALL I ASK OF YOU CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN 1986
LIVING DOLL CLIFF RICHARD & THE YOUNG ONES 1986
MISTLETOE AND WINE CLIFF RICHARD 1988

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Michael Jackson - 9

Michael also landed nine chart-toppers in Ireland, two more than he managed in the UK. His first was with sweet ballad One Day In Your Life in 1981 and his last was 1995's You Are Not Alone.

Michael Jackson's 9 Number 1 singles in Ireland 

TITLE ARTIST

YEAR

ONE DAY IN MY LIFE MICHAEL JACKSON 1981
BILLIE JEAN MICHAEL JACKSON 1983
I JUST CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU MICHAEL JACKSON 1987
BAD MICHAEL JACKSON 1987
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL MICHAEL JACKSON 1987
LEAVE ME ALONE MICHAEL JACKSON 1989
LIBERIAN GIRL MICHAEL JACKSON 1989
BLACK OR WHITE MICHAEL JACKSON 1991
YOU ARE NOT ALONE MICHAEL JACKSON 1995

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Boyzone - 9

Before Westlife, Boyzone were Ireland's biggest boyband, landing their first Number 1 in 1994 with Love Me For A Reason. Ballads were their forte, with the likes of Father and Son, Words and No Matter What all reaching the top spot. in 2010 they landed their first chart-topper in 11 years with their comeback track Gave It All Away.

Boyzone's 9 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
LOVE ME FOR A REASON BOYZONE 1994
KEY TO MY LIFE BOYZONE 1995
SO GOOD BOYZONE 1995
FATHER AND SON BOYZONE 1995
WORDS BOYZONE 1996
ALL THAT I NEED BOYZONE 1998
NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE 1998
EVERY DAY I LOVE YOU BOYZONE 1999
GAVE IT ALL AWAY BOYZONE 2010

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Dickie Rock & The Miami Showband - 8

The legendary Irish singer may have had huge success throughout the 1960s, but he has remained a constant for people in Ireland ever since. The entertainer and his showband were the closest thing the country had to The Beatles, even representing Ireland at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest with Come Back To Stay, one of their eight Number 1s on the chart. 

Dickie Rock & The Miami Showband's eight Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
THERE'S ALWAYS ME DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1963
I'M YOURS DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1964
FROM THE CANDY STORE ON THE CORNER DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1964
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1965
WISHING IT WAS YOU DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1966
COME BACK TO STAY DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1966
SIMON SAYS DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1968
BACK HOME DICKIE ROCK & MIAMI 1977

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Elvis Presley - 8

The King is on every trivia list ever compiled, and he's here too! Elvis scored the first ever Number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart with She's Not You in October 1962, claiming one posthumously in 2002 with his Junkie XL collaboration A Little Less Conversation.

Elvis Presley's 8 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
SHE'S NOT YOU ELVIS PRESLEY 1962
RETURN TO SENDER ELVIS PRESLEY 1962
DEVIL IN DISGUISE ELVIS PRESLEY 1963
CRYING IN THE CHAPEL ELVIS PRESLEY 1965
IN THE GHETTO ELVIS PRESLEY 1969
THE WONDER OF YOU ELVIS PRESLEY 1970
WAY DOWN ELVIS PRESLEY 1977
A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION ELVIS PRESLEY VS JUNKIE XL 2002

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Madonna - 8

Madonna had to wait until her sixth single to take the top spot with Into The Groove in 1985, then they keep in their droves. The Queen of Pop claimed six Number 1s in a four year span before waiting fourteen years to collect her next. 

Madonna's 8 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
INTO THE GROOVE MADONNA 1985
BORDERLINE MADONNA 1986
PAPA DON'T PREACH MADONNA 1986
TRUE BLUE MADONNA 1986
WHO'S THAT GIRL MADONNA 1987
LIKE A PRAYER MADONNA 1989
ME AGAINST THE MUSIC BRITNEY SPEARS FT MADONNA 2003
4 MINUTES MADONNA FT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 2008

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Britney Spears - 8

Britney Spears is one of the most successful females in Ireland, with eight Number 1 singles. Brit even managed to score four Number 1s in less than 12 months across 2003/2004. Her latest chart topper was 2012's Scream & Shout with will.i.am.

Britney Spears' 8 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
...BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1998
BORN TO MAKE YOU HAPPY BRITNEY SPEARS 1999
ME AGAINST THE MUSIC BRITNEY SPEARS FT MADONNA 2003
TOXIC BRITNEY SPEARS 2004
EVERYTIME BRITNEY SPEARS 2004
MY PREROGATIVE BRITNEY SPEARS 2004
PIECE OF ME BRITNEY SPEARS 2007
SCREAM & SHOUT WILL.I.AM FT BRITNEY SPEARS 2012

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Rihanna - 8

One of three women on eight Number 1s, Rihanna completes the trio. Her first Number 1 came in the form of Umbrella featuring Jay Z in 2007, while her most recent is 2016's This Is What You Came For with Calvin Harris. ChartFact: Rihanna has reached the peak of the Official Irish Singles Chart twice with both Calvin Harris and Eminem.

Rihanna's 8 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
UMBRELLA RIHANNA FT. JAY Z 2007
TAKE A BOW RIHANNA 2008
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FT. RIHANNA 2010
ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) RIHANNA 2010
WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FT. CALVIN HARRIS 2011
THE MONSTER EMINEM FT. RIHANNA 2013
FOURFIVESECONDS RIHANNA, KANYE WEST & PAUL MCCARTNEY 2015
THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FT RIHANNA 2016

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Dustin the Turkey - 7

The star of RTE's The Den for 21 years, Dustin The Turkey has been described as "the most subversive comedy force on Irish television". The turkey-vulture creature with a Dublin accent thicker than expired milk also ran a hugely successful music career in tandem with his TV show, topping the Irish Singles Chart on seven occasions. What's more, he always did it in style; his first was the 1990 Irish Christmas Number 1, fittingly titled The Christmas No.1, while in 1996 he teamed up with Bob Geldof on a cover of Rat Trap. 

Dustin the Turkey's 7 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST PEAK
THE CHRISTMAS NO.1 DUSTIN & ZIG AND ZAG 1990
SPANISH LADY DUSTIN & RONNIE DREW 1994
RAT TRAP DUSTIN & BOB GELDOF 1996
GOOD LOOKING WOMAN DUSTIN & JOE DOLAN 1997
32 COUNTIES DUSTIN 1999
SWEET CAROLINE DUSTIN 2001
HERE COME THE GOOD TIMES DUSTIN & THE IRISH WORLD CUP SQUAD 2002

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Calvin Harris - 7

Calvin Harris has scored more Number 1s in the 2010s than anyone else. He leapfrogged Rihanna to claim that title, ironically the collaborator who helped him achieve his first.

Calvin Harris' 7 Number 1 singles in Ireland

TITLE ARTIST PEAK
WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA & CALVIN HARRIS 2011
WE'LL BE COMING BACK CALVIN HARRIS FT. EXAMPLE 2012
SWEET NOTHING CALVIN HARRIS FT. FLORENCE WELCH 2012
SUMMER CALVIN HARRIS  2014
THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FT. RIHANNA 2016
ONE KISS CALVIN HARRIS FT. DUA LIPA 2018
PROMISES CALVIN HARRIS FT. SAM SMITH 2018

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