Every Number 1 'love' song on the Official UK Chart

It's pop's favourite subject matter - look back at all 96 'love' songs that have reached Number 1 on the singles chart.

Love is a tricky thing, which is probably why it's the favourite subject of songs; whether that be falling in love, losing it, obsessing over it, the friendship kind, or even a love of sausage rolls - as per the most recent 'love' Number 1 by LadBaby.

It may come as a surprise, then, that in the 68-year history of the Official Singles Chart just 96 songs with the word 'love' in the title have reached Number 1. The very first arrived in 1953, when US jazz-pop singer Kay Starr spent one week at the summit with Comes A-Long A-Love. 

While the list of 'love' Number 1s doesn't discriminate by genre, for some acts it has proven a particularly fruitful subject to sing about. The Beatles, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston all have three chart-topping 'love' songs, as does Gary Barlow (two solo and one with Take That). The Osmonds, meanwhile, have the lead at four across all family members.

Every Official Singles Chart 'Love' Number 1

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TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
I LOVE SAUSAGE ROLLS LADBABY 1 2019
SOMEONE YOU LOVED LEWIS CAPALDI 1 2019
LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER 1 2015
EASY LOVE SIGALA 1 2015
LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO ELLIE GOULDING 1 2015
LOVERS ON THE SUN DAVID GUETTA FT SAM MARTIN 1 2014
CRAZY STUPID LOVE CHERYL COLE 1 2014
NOBODY TO LOVE SIGMA 1 2014
MY LOVE ROUTE 94 1 2014
LOVE ME AGAIN JOHN NEWMAN 1 2013
I LOVE IT ICONA POP FT CHARLI XCX 1 2013
THE POWER OF LOVE GABRIELLE APLIN 1 2012
LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF) NE-YO 1 2012
THIS IS LOVE WILL I AM FT EVA SIMONS 1 2012
FEEL THE LOVE RUDIMENTAL FT JOHN NEWMAN 1 2012
WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS 1 2011
LOVE YOU MORE JLS 1 2010
THIS AIN'T A LOVE SONG SCOUTING FOR GIRLS 1 2010
EVERYBODY IN LOVE JLS 1 2009
FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE CHERYL COLE 1 2009
WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER DAVID GUETTA FT KELLY ROWLAND 1 2009
BLEEDING LOVE LEONA LEWIS 1 2007
WHERE IS THE LOVE BLACK EYED PEAS 1 2003
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE ELTON JOHN 1 2003
CRAZY IN LOVE BEYONCE 1 2003
THE WAY TO YOUR LOVE HEAR'SAY 1 2001
LOVE DON'T COST A THING JENNIFER LOPEZ 1 2001
MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
HOLLER/LET LOVE LEAD THE WAY SPICE GIRLS 1 2000
GROOVEJET (IF THIS AIN'T LOVE) SPILLER 1 2000
LOVE WON'T WAIT GARY BARLOW 1 1997
FOREVER LOVE GARY BARLOW 1 1996
FASTLOVE GEORGE MICHAEL 1 1996
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE TAKE THAT 1 1996
LOVE CAN HANDLE A BRIDGE CHER/HYNDE/CHERRY WITH CLAPTON 1 1995
LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET 1 1994
(I CAN'T HELP) FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU UB40 1 1993
I'D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON'T DO THAT) MEAT LOAF 1 1993
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1 1992
A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1 1988
NOTHING'S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU GLENN MEDEROS 1 1988
I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) WHITNEY HOUSTON 1 1987
CARAVAN OF LOVE THE HOUSEMARTINS 1 1986
SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1 1985
THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH 1 1985
EASY LOVER PHILIP BAILEY & PHIL COLLINS 1 1985
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS FOREIGNER 1 1985
THE POWER OF LOVE FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1 1984
I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1 1984
YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1 1983
SAVE YOUR LOVE RENEE AND RENATO 1 1982
THE MODEL/COMPUTER LOVE KRAFTWORK 1 1982
TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL 1 1981
WOMAN IN LOVE BARBRA STREISAND 1 1980
FEELS LIKE I'M IN LOVE KELLY MARIE 1 1980
WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN DR HOOK 1 1979
I FEEL LOVE DONNA SUMMER 1 1977
UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY 1 1976
I LOVE TO LOVE TINA CHARLES 1 1976
CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING (BUT MY LOVE) STYLISTICS 1 1975
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE BAY CITY ROLLERS 1 1975
I'M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1 1975
LOVE ME FOR A REASON OSMONDS 1 1974
SUGAR BABY LOVE RUBETTES 1 1974
I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER 1 1973
YOUNG LOVE DONNY OSMOND 1 1973
LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND 1 1972
PUPPY LOVE DONNY OSMOND 1 1972
HOT LOVE T. REX 1 1971
LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GROS) EDISON LIGHTHOUSE 1 1970
I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN BOBBY GENTRY 1 1969
EVERLASTING LOVE LOVE AFFAIR 1 1968
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE THE BEATLES 1 1967
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME DUSTY SPRINGFIELD 1 1966
LONG LIVE LOVE SANDI SHAW 1 1965
WHERE ARE YOU NOW (MY LOVE) JACKIE TRENT 1 1965
BABY LOVE THE SUPREMES 1 1964
DON'T THROW YOU LOVE AWAY SEARCHERS 1 1964
A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE PETER & GORDON 1 1964
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE THE BEATLES 1 1964
DO YOU LOVE ME? BRIAN POOLE AND THE TREMELOES 1 1963
SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES 1 1963
CONFESSIN' (THAT I LOVE YOU) FRANK IFIELD 1 1963
LOVESICK BLUES FRANK IFIELD 1 1962
CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE ELVIS PRESLEY 1 1962
I LOVE YOU CLIFF RICHARD 1 1960
TELL LAURA I LOVE HER RICKY VALANCE 1 1960
DREAM LOVER BOBBY DARIN 1 1959
A FOOL SUCH AS I/I NEED YOUR LOVE TONIGHT ELVIS PRESLEY 1 1959
AS I LOVE YOU SHIRLEY BASSEY 1 1958
YOUNG LOVE TAB HUNTER 1 1957
A WOMAN IN LOVE FRANKIE LAINE 1 1956
WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE TEENAGERS FT FRANKIE LYMON 1 1956
NO OTHER LOVE RONNIE HILTON 1 1956
SECRET LOVE DORIS DAY 1 1954
COMES A-LONG A-LOVE KAY STARR 1 1953

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