British female solo artists with the most Number 1s

As Jess Glynne aces a new chart record, we look at the leaderboard for the British ladies with the most chart-toppers.

She's done it! Jess Glynne has set a new record, topping the Official Singles Chart with I'll Be There. This seventh Number 1 means Jess is still the British female solo artist with the most chart-topping singles, but now she's even farther in front of the competition, ahead of Cheryl, long-time record holder Geri Halliwell, and Rita Ora.

Let's look at the leaderboard in more detail:

Jess Glynne (7)

Lucky seven for Jess. She was off to a flying start when her first two releases hit Number 1 in 2014, when she featured on Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Route 94's My Love. She first hit the summit alone the following year with Hold My Hand.

First Number 1: Rather Be (2014)
As a lead artist: 3. Hold My Hand (2015), Don't Be So Hard on Yourself (2015), I'll Be There (2018)
As a featured artist: 4. Clean Bandit's Rather Be (2014), Route 97's My Love (2014), Tinie Tempah's Not Letting Go (2015), These Days, with Rudimental and Macklemore (2018)
Longest consecutive streak: 2 (twice)
Time taken to get all her Number 1s: 4 years. Jess equalled Cheryl's then-record of 5 Number 1s in within just 18 months of her first Number 1. See Jess Glynne's full Official Chart history

Cheryl (5)

The former Girls Aloud star and national treasure Cheryl (Cole, sometimes) started big, selling over a million with debut solo effort proper Fight For This Love. She beat Geri and Rita's then-joint record in 2014, holding the record alone for just nine months until Jess came along and equalled it. Cheryl has spent six weeks at Number 1 as a solo artist.

First Number 1: Fight For This Love (2009)
As a lead artist: All five. Fight For This Love (2009), Promise This (2010), Call My Name (2012), Crazy Stupid Love (2014), I Don't Care (2014)
Consecutive? 2.
Time taken to get all her Number 1s: 5 years. See Cheryl's full run of hit singles

Geri Halliwell (4)

Another former girlgroup superstar to go solo, Geri held the record for most Number 1s by a British female solo artist for an incredible 14 years – 13 years all by herself and one shared with Rita Ora. Her first single Look At Me narrowly missed the top spot, but she soon made up for it by slamming her next four singles straight in at the top – a consecutive run as yet unmatched.

First Number 1: Mi Chico Latino (1999)
As a lead artist: All four. Mi Chico Latino (1999), Lift Me Up (1999), Bag It Up (2000), It's Raining Men (2001).
Longest consecutive streak:  4.
Time taken to get all her Number 1s: 21 months – the fastest of them all, but she did have four in a row, and the ladies above have more. Look back at Geri's chart reign

Rita Ora

Rita was off to a flying start with her first three singles going in at the top, and she soon matched up to Geri in 2014. Cheryl caught up and overtook, of course, and Jess sprinted ahead, but surely if anyone has a chance of challenging Jess, it's Rita – many years of success to come for both…

First Number 1: Hot Right Now (2012)
As a lead artist: Three. RIP, with Tinie Tempah (2012), How We Do (2012), I Will Never Let You Down (2014)
As a featured artist: One, Hot Right Now, with DJ Fresh (2012)
Longest consecutive streak: 3
Time taken to get all her Number 1s: 2 years, 3 months. Look back at Rita Ora's complete UK chart history

And who's next?

There are a number of British female solo singers on three Number 1s each, and some of them are still active so could well be moving up the leaderboard soon. Here's the list, with the time it took them to score their current clutch of chart-toppers:

Jessie J
3 years, 8 months between Price Tag (2011) and Bang Bang, with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (2014) 

Pixie Lott
2 years, 3 months between Mama Do (2009) and All About Tonight (2011)

Alexandra Burke 
17 months between Hallelujah (2008) and Start Without You (2010)

Leona Lewis
2 years between A Moment Like This (2006) and Run (2008)

Lily Allen
7 years, 5 months between Smile (2006) and Somewhere Only We Know (2013)

Olivia Newton-John
Born in Cambridge, fact fans! Olivia's first Number 1 was You're The One That I Want in 1978 and her last was 2 years later – Xanadu in 1980.

Sandie Shaw
The original record holder, Sandie took 2 years, 5 months between (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me (1964) and Eurovision winner Puppet on a String (1967)

Other active female solo stars in with a chance of the record: Dua Lipa is on two Number 1s, as is Adele!