Artists who replaced themselves at Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart

Replacing yourself at Number 1 is a feat only the biggest stars can pull off...

If you're going to be knocked off Number 1 by anybody, it may as well be by somebody you really care about – yourself! Ousting your own work off the top spot is a pretty rare occurrence on the Official Chart, but it does happen, albeit very, very rarely. But who's managed it? We've done some digging in the archives.

Singles

The Beatles

W/E December 14, 1963

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10 1 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND BEATLES
1 2 SHE LOVES YOU BEATLES

1963 was the year The Beatles truly hit their stride, landing their first three of their overall 17 Number 1s. Advance orders of I Want To Hold Your Hand reportedly exceeded 1 million and would have debuted at the top on the day of its release, had it not been blocked by their first million-seller She Loves You. No matter, though, as it soared to Number 1 the following week.

John Lennon

W/E February 7, 1981

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2 1 WOMAN JOHN LENNON
1 4 IMAGINE JOHN LENNON

In the months after his untimely death in December 1980, John Lennon's music flooded back into the chart, with his signature hit from 1975 Imagine returning to Number 1. The first single issued after his death, Woman - an ode to his wife Yoko - replaced Imagine at the top in February.

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Elvis Presley

W/E January 22, 2005

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NEW 1 ONE NIGHT/I GOT STUNG ELVIS PRESLEY
1 10 JAILHOUSE ROCK ELVIS PRESLEY

Reissues of Elvis' 18 Number 1 singles, released weekly in 2005, saw One Night return to the top spot, and also become the UK's Official 1,000th Number 1.

Justin Bieber

W/E December 10, 2015

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2 1 LOVE YOUSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
1 2 SORRY JUSTIN BIEBER

Justin was in full chart domination mode at the end of 2015, when his acoustic ballad Love Yourself replaced is electronic banger Sorry at the top. Three weeks later, he became the first artist ever to hold Numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the same week, and was the recipient of the first Official Chart Record Breaker Award.

Ed Sheeran

W/E January 25, 2018

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2 1 RIVER EMINEM FT. ED SHEERAN
1 2 PERFECT ED SHEERAN

After dominating 2017 with his Divide album and its singles, Ed kicked off 2018 with another Number 1, this time as a guest feature on Eminem's River. The song ousted his single Perfect - the 2017 Official Christmas Number 1 - from the summit. 

Ariana Grande

W/E February 21, 2019

PREV POS TITLE ARTIST
NEW 1 BREAK UP WITH YOU GIRLFRIEND I'M BORED ARIANA GRANDE
1 2 7 RINGS ARIANA GRANDE

 

W/E February 28, 2019

PREV POS TITLE ARTIST
2 1 7 RINGS ARIANA GRANDE
1 2 BREAK UP WITH YOU GIRLFRIEND I'M BORED ARIANA GRANDE

Not only is Ariana the first female artist to replace herself at Number 1, she claims the rare feat of replacing herself at Number 1 twice in back-to-back weeks around the release of her Thank U, Next album in 2019. 

Ed Sheeran

W/E September 23, 2021

PREV POS TITLE ARTIST
NEW 1 SHIVERS ED SHEERAN
1 3 BAD HABITS ED SHEERAN

Ed is the latest artist to pull off the feat, ending Bad Habits' 11-week reign at Number 1 with Shivers, the second single from his = album. The singer-songwriter helped Shivers secure the top spot with a limited run of CD singles, shifting 9,000 physical copies in its first week. 

Albums

Replacing yourself at the top of the Official Albums Chart is slightly rarer, with it only happening on six occasions. In February 2016, David Bowie's final studio album Blackstar get knocked off the summit by his 2002 retrospective Best Of Bowie following his passing the previous month.

Before Bowie, Michael Jackson replaced himself at the top in July 2009, when his Essential hits album knocked Number 1s off pole position following his death. 

Stepping even farther back in time, 35 years before that, folk-rock artist Mike Oldfield achieved the feat in October 1974 with Tubular Bells/Hergest Ridge, while Bob Dylan managed two successive Number 1s in May 1965 with Bringing It All Back Home and The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. 

Finally, The Beatles have replaced themselves at the top on no less than two separate occasions. The first was in December 1963 with With The Beatles and Please Please Me, and the second was almost exactly a year later with Beatles For Sale/A Hard Day's Night.